Manchester City Guide

In a Nutshell

Manchester is the capital of the North and for good reason! Now home to the BBC, the city has been a cultural hub for decades with famous bands and events elevating Manchester to a legendary status. The oldest surviving library in any English-speaking country sits in this city and if you want a more modern afternoon out then you can now even go skiing! Take a look over our Manchester city guide to make the most of this friendly giant!

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Things to see and do:


  1. Head to the Quays to experience a whole host of attractions in Manchester. If you are a sports fan then start off by taking in Old Trafford, home to Man United, and the Lancashire County Cricket Club which is just a few minutes walk away. The Lowry and Imperial War Museum will stimulate your brain before unwinding at the cinema of the array of restaurants and bars on offer at the Quay side. Visit in the evening for a spectacular view as the water reflects the lit-up bridges and buildings to create a memorable view.
  2. It would be wrong to not indulge in some live music when in Manchester. There is a packed itinerary of live music every night of the week across the city and all tastes are catered for. Depending on when you visit, you may be in luck with a world-class act visiting the city so check out what’s on at the major venues here.
  3. Explore the deep blue at Sea Life Manchester. Get up close to starfish and other underwater beauties while discovering over 5,000 creatures that call this Manchester aquarium their home. This is perfect for adults and children alike!

Hidden gems:

  1. When you think of skiing, you probably think of Alpe d’Huez rather than Manchester but there is a hidden gem in the form of an indoor skiing and snowboarding centre in Manchester. Learn how to navigate the slopes on skis or a snowboard before a holiday or let Chill Factore host a children’s birthday for a memorable experience!
  2. Manchester is home to some of the best record stores for vinyl lovers. These independent stores are a treasure trove of music gems with Vinyl Exchange, Piccadilly Records and Eastern Bloc among the popular outlets. Oasis fans will want to visit Sifters, the store mentioned in their hit Shakermaker.
  3. In 2002, the Commonwealth Games came to Manchester and over a decade later you can still see the benefits. Take a visit to the Manchester Aquatics Centre for an opportunity to use the leading swimming and diving facilities. Dive like Daley or splash around the family for a fun trip out.

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Where to stay:

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Where to eat and drink:

  1. There are food stalls that will make choosing lunch a near-impossible task across the city. GRUB is worth following as they bring you the best of street food and local independent food outlets.
  2. Journey to the biggest Chinatown in Europe for a taste of the far east. You will be spoilt for choice and won’t be disappointed with the food on offer for lunch and dinner. Check out Siam Smiles for a relaxed thai dining experience in the heart of Manchester Chinatown.
  3. Take a wander around about Piccadilly Gardens if you are a fan of craft beers. With a high concentration of pubs serving craft beer within walking distance of each other, taste your way around this part of the city and don’t think about the headache that will come!

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