Discover England outside of London with a stopoff in a few of the northern cities, starting with Manchester. More than just a home to one of the world's most famous football teams, this bustling city is alive with plenty to see and do. To get you started, we're talking to the Travel Experts who name off their favourite Manchester highlights, from day trips to secret tips ...
“This city has a rich history and culture with a modern twist where the locals are lovely.” – Jess Prior, Travel Expert, Flight Centre Mt Gravatt Plaza, Qld
Food: Mr Coopers House & Garden
From drinks in the library to lunch in the indoor garden, there’s something for everyone at this gorgeous hotel restaurant. Check out the interesting decor, like a feature tree in the dining room.
Play: Old Trafford Stadium
This is the home field of football team Manchester United. Take a stadium tour and visit the National Football Museum, too.
After dark: The Northern Quarter
Known for its creative flair and contemporary urban restaurants and bars, this is the place to go in the evening. The Blue Pig, with its quirky boho style, is perfect for a night out.
Day trip: Imperial War Museum
Visit the Imperial War Museum to learn more about England’s modern conflicts or Manchester Arndale for a shopping fix.
Secret tip: Insider info
Find one of Manchester’s hidden bars. The Fitzgerald is tucked down a small side street in the Northern Quarter. This 1920s prohibition-themed bar serves up excellent cocktails and dance music.