Widely distinguished as the ‘Capital of the North’; it’s safe to say Manchester can hold its own, with experiences and attractions to challenge other top UK cities. Whether it’s a day trip or a longer stay; you’ll be sure to find many things to keep you entertained in the city. From unearthing the city’s history to discovering its famous sports heritage – you’ll undoubtedly be truly amazed.
Home to many great landmarks such as the Manchester Wheel, the UMIST campus and not forgetting the Royal Exchange; most notable for enduring direct hits during the course of the Blitz. The art galleries and museums of Manchester are second to none with places such as the Stockport air raid shelter only a short ride outside of the city centre. You certainly don’t have to travel outside the city centre to visit some of the best tourist attractions that the city has to offer. The Manchester Art Gallery has been previously voted as the city’s number one tourist attraction. It would be rude
Old Trafford & Etihad Stadium
If it’s the city’s sporting history you want to experience then Old Trafford (home of Manchester United football club) and the Etihad Stadium (home of Manchester City football club) will unquestionably be on your list places to visit. Although both stadiums are outside the city centre, they can be easily accessed via the extensive metro link network that runs throughout the city.
It would be impolite to not pay homage to some of the beautiful restaurants that Manchester has to offer. San Carlos is centrally located in the city centre and is well-known as a celebrity’s favourite restaurant. Another recommended restaurant is Rosso, owned by Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand; naturally it’s no surprise to regularly see footballers and celebrities.
Throughout the year there’s a wide-variety of experiences ranging from the colourful Pride commemorations during the summer to its Christmas markets in the winter. The biennial Manchester International Festival offers a diverse range of events covering a range of arts located in venues throughout the city.
Last, but by no means least, there’s the ladies favourite…shopping! There’s no shortage of high street stores in the city; but more specifically, there’s no shortage of shopping centres. Whether you decide to visit the Arndale shopping centre in the city centre or the highly recommended, Trafford Centre (the UK’S second biggest shopping centre) located just outside the city centre; you’ll fail to be impressed by the city’s shopping destinations.