It’s likely you already know something about this northern English city, even before you head on your Manchester holiday. Maybe you’ve heard of the soccer teams – two of the wealthiest in the UK Premier Football League – or the famed music scene? Globally successful bands like Oasis, The Smiths and Simply Red all hail from here.
Despite what you may already know, there’s so much more to discover. Visit Manchester and you’ll find out why its canal system is one of the longest in the UK, experience first-hand how the city’s multicultural population have shaped the restaurant scene, and see why well-known institutions like the BBC have moved to MediaCity.
With so many things to do in Manchester, some pre-holiday prep is essential. In the heart of the city you’ll find weekly Manchester markets and historical sites like Manchester Town Hall. Make the most of the Metrolink tram and train lines and even more attractions will open up to you: excellent parks, gardens and shopping destinations around Greater Manchester are only a short trip away.
Your holiday should be an experience for your taste buds too. There’s an eclectic mix of mouthwatering options when picking where to eat in Manchester. Central Manchester serves up the best fine-dining options. Head to Deansgate or Spinningfields to find exciting and trendy restaurants. For a more relaxed dining experience, seek out Chinatown or the Curry Mile – a testament to the city’s proud multicultural population.
Splash some holiday cash in the many Manchester shopping destinations. Get all of your gift and souvenir shopping done in one hit with a trip to the expansive Trafford Centre. Looking for wares that are a little more unique? Smithfield Market is the place to go. Within the converted market stalls are local artists and designers selling original, handmade items.
From the centrally located Piccadilly Gardens to the woodlands of Wythenshawe Park, all of the Manchester parks and gardens have their own story to tell. Many are home to heritage-listed buildings or have been created by and for the local community. Visit these green spaces and you’ll get a better understanding of the important part these parks play in the lives of Manchester locals.
Deciding what to see in Manchester is simple. Finding time for it all is harder. Begin with a trip to the stunning Manchester Cathedral. Continue your adventures into the city’s historical architecture with a trip to Manchester Town Hall and Victoria Baths. Not all of the city’s past is on land. Book a canal cruise and you’ll discover the role these waterways played in Manchester’s development.
Get to know Manchester better through the museums, arts, and cultural scenes. The People’s History Museum recalls the development of workers’ rights and unions, not just in Manchester, but across the UK. Follow this with trips to the very grand Manchester Art Gallery and John Rylands Library, before snapping up tickets to a performance at The Lowry – a champion of local arts and theatre.