Manchester – a city as iconic as the legends it’s produced. From the world famous footy squad to the cobbles of Coronation Street, this northern powerhouse lives life in the spotlight. And Manchester Airport also puts you in prime position for exploring the lavish county of Cheshire as well as the picturesque Peak and Lake District National Parks.
Arty types, this is your city and The Lowry gallery and theatre space is a great place to start. For a glimpse at iconic architecture, the grand pillared façade of Manchester Central Library’s sure to tick the box, while footy fans will have a ball at the Old Trafford Arena tour.
Manchester’s enchanting tale spans back centuries, with each bustling street whispering the secrets of a time gone by. From its Roman roots to the rise of the textile trade during the Industrial Revolution, this city’s history’s as prominent as its present.
Manchester’s no stranger to the hipster scene. Those in the know head to the Northern Quarter – a unique tangle of streets where graffiti-clad shops and vintage boutiques meet quirky cafés and one-of-a-kind pop ups. It’s the north’s answer to London’s Shoreditch.
If you’re looking for the arty part, go off in the direction of the Northern Quarter. It’s a dynamic district that’s populated with street art, coffee shops, bars, and small, independent record shops. It’s also got some great exhibitions on at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre.
Football fans will better know this as the stadium of world-famous football heavyweights, Manchester United. The Red Devils typically dominate the Premier League and Champions League, so you’re bound to know a few star players. Book a tour to check out the pitch, dressing room and museum.
Can’t resist the chance to shop? Here’s something for you. Back in 1998, this huge indoor shopping complex opened in Greater Manchester. It’s one of the country’s most revered places for retail therapy, so you can head to high-street brands, brilliant boutiques and plenty of food outlets while you’re there.