Manchester, England is a great example of a city that has it all. As well as fantastic restaurants, a buzzing culture scene and brilliant shopping opportunities, there’s also a host of other activities, festivals, and beautiful outdoor spaces to keep you busy. We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback for an article we recently published about the top five places to visit in the UK outsides of London, so we decided to give you specifics on five things you can do in Manchester in case you are considering traveling to the UK.
Davidsbeenhere.com has always encouraged travelers to explore beyond the beaten path. London is a city unlike any other, but a trip to the “UK’s Northern Capital” is also a unique and immensely satisfying experience. Websites like Travelodge allow you to click on the various attractions and highlights in cities across the UK so you can easily plan your trip by looking at the map of Manchester and seeing what exactly sparks your interest and where you could stay. Here are five reasons to add Manchester to you bucket list.
Manchester boasts some amazing museums, making it easy to inject a little culture and education into your vacation. For the kids, there is the Museum of Science and Industry; a fantastic venue, with five buildings jam packed with everything from steam engines and airplanes, to exciting interactive exhibits.
There is also the MOSI, Manchester Museum (natural history), the Museum of Transport and the Imperial War Museum.
Manchester is well known for its sports scene, and there’s plenty to keep sports fans of all ages entertained. Old Trafford is of course a must for any Manchester United fans – or maybe you’re a city fan? Whatever your team, the National Football Museum makes for an exciting day as the world’s biggest and best.
Manchester boasts amazing shopping. Of them all, the Arndale Mall is an excellent one-stop venue with over 240 stores. The House of Fraser Department Store is Manchester’s oldest department store, which contains several world-class fashion and beauty brands. You could also score great finds at Marks and Spencer (used to be the larges M&S in the world). The best part of shopping here is that you’ll be able to do tax-free when you leave England!
Despite being a bustling city centre, Manchester boasts some beautiful and serene green spaces that are perfect for exploring on a sunny day. Heaton Park is one of the best, with a brilliant playground, rowing boats and a small animal farm. The Chester Zoo is also a great idea for those traveling with children.
It’s not all about London when it comes to amazing dining. While in Manchester you can’t miss a walk along Curry Mile, an 800-meter stretch of curry restaurants and Indian stores that come to life after midnight. When it comes to dining out, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Among the city’s outstanding eateries are Grenache, Aumbry, and Manchester House.
We hope this mini guide to Manchester will help you explore this incredible city!
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