What To See & Visit In Manchester, City Guide
From the Industrial Revolution to Britpop, Manchester has a special place in the UK’s historic and cultural life. And although it isn’t the country’s most obvious city break destination, this northern outpost has a lot going for it.
Thinking about a city break in Manchester? Read on for tips on what to see and where to stay.
Manchester’s top attractions
Start your trip with a wander around Manchester’s historic centre. Manchester Cathedral is one of the city’s most cherished buildings and it now hosts gigs as well as religious services. A short walk from here is Manchester Town Hall, an attractive Gothic building that opened in the late 19th century and is now the home of Manchester City Council. Its clock tower is a particularly striking feature of the city’s skyline.
Next, head over to Castlefield, the site of a Roman settlement, where you can still see city walls that date back to the 16th century. Today, you’ll find a number of great bars near its canals so it’s the perfect place to stop off for a pint. And on nearby Deansgate, the John Rylands Library is another proud local building that’s worth a peek, though it’s now part of the University of Manchester.
Take time to indulge in the locals’ favourite pastime: shopping. In the city centre, shops are crowded around Deansgate and Piccadilly. The Manchester Arndale is the city’s premier shopping centre and the third-largest city-centre shopping mall in Europe. Here, you’ll find a range of top high street fashion brands, including London department store Selfridges. A few miles to the west of the city is the Trafford Centre, a huge shopping mall that’s visited by 35 million people every year. There’s also a huge food court here, as well as the indoor ski and snowboarding centre, Chill Factore.
For many people, Manchester is synonymous with just one thing: football. Visit the stadiums of its two Premier League Clubs – Manchester United and Manchester City – and take a tour around their grounds. Alternatively, soak up some local culture at the Manchester Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry or at The Cornerhouse’s cinema and exhibition spaces.
Staying in Manchester
Manchester’s hotels are clustered around its main attractions: the main shopping district, its football grounds, the Trafford Centre and the new BBC building at Salford Quays. To stay in one of the city’s most iconic buildings, book a room at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate, a breath-taking glass-fronted building that towers over the city and is immediately noticeable when you arrive by train. For luxury on a smaller scale, try the Great John Street Hotel or the Velvet.
Increasingly, visitors on city breaks in Manchester are turning towards rental apartment instead of traditional hotels. And if you’re planning to spend most of your time in the shops and pubs of the city centre, this could be the best option for you too. Near Deansgate and Piccadilly, Roomzzz offers sumptuous apartments for travellers looking for luxury self-catering accommodation. SACO offers aparthotel accommodation near Piccadilly too, and may be preferable for families or travellers who don’t want to splurge too much.
Latest posts by Silversurfer's Editor (see all)
- Which travel adventure is top of your Bucket List? - June 26, 2017
- Does the country need a new ‘caretaker’ prime minister? - June 25, 2017
- Escape to Ardencote Manor - June 25, 2017
- Five Essentials for Carers Looking After Someone with Dementia - June 22, 2017
- Over 50s ‘should have more sex to boost their IQ’ - June 22, 2017
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!