We’re sure you don’t need us to tell you how great a city Manchester is, but we do think it is rather amazing and so we’ve come up with some must visit places.
1. The Football Grounds
It’s no secret that Manchester has two clearly established and successful football teams, and whether you’re red or blue, there’s no denying that they’re a huge part of Manc culture. Both teams do fun tours of the ground and have team shops to purchase merchandise.
This one’s something a bit different! This is a real life escape room game where you are given 60 minutes to escape from a locked room in teams of 2-5. To be released you have to find clues and solve puzzles. There are 7 room themes to choose from; John Monroe’s Detective Office, Virus, Madchester (which they claim to be the hardest), Sabotage, Infiltrate, Classified 1 and Classified 2.
3. The Arndale
Shopping is a big thing in the centre of Manchester, and it doesn’t come much better than the Arndale filled with a range of shops, high street fashion and fast food outlets there’s plenty to do for a day out and it has a range of stores leading to the infamous Market Street where you’ll never fail to find a street performer or two.
4. Vintage Shops
From retro fashion to vintage furniture the popularity of being old-fashioned is stronger than ever. The Northern Quarter is home to lots of unique vintage stores such as Retro Rehab, Oxfam Originals and Pop Boutique with hundreds of quirky pieces to pick up! It’s also not just the shops that are going retro but there are plenty of cute and quirky little cafes dotted around (as mentioned later).
5. Music Venues
Music is and always has been a huge part of Manchester, whether you’re a fan of The Stone Roses, Oasis, Joy Division or The Smiths there’s been some amazing artists to come out of the wonderful city. Alongside the music has come some incredible music venues, such as The Hacienda renowned for its huge events and The Ritz, the longest continuously running club and home to The Smiths first gig. Other brilliant venues you should definitely go to if you get the chance include The Warehouse Project which switches homes between Victoria Warehouse in Trafford Park and its original home on Shore Street and The Albert Hall which holds host to amazing like gigs and club nights.
6. Coffee Shops
Cool coffee shops and quirky tea rooms are popping up all over the city making tea trendy and bringing us some amazing cakes. Some of the best places are Teacup Kitchen in the Northern Quarter where the tea is taken so seriously that some varieties come with a timer to get the optimum flavour point. Other favourites are Home Sweet Home also based in the Northern Quarter which do brunch, dinner and huge cakes with some incredible flavours.
7. Salford Quays and Media City
The area where Salford and Trafford meet gives us the lovely waterside location of Salford Quays just 10 minutes from the city centre. This beautiful location is home to The Lowry which includes a cinema, some lovely restaurants and some amazing shows and comedians performing in the theatre. Other good places to visit include the Imperial War Museum, Media City, Old Trafford Stadium and Lancashire County Cricket Club.
There are some great museums to visit in Manchester such as the Manchester Museum which is proud to host 20 Egyptian human mummies which are not only a marvel to see but also have incredible stories behind them. There’s also the Museum of Science and Industry which is a great day out, where you have the opportunity to discover industries such as energy, transport and get involved on the interactive floor. They also hold regular exhibitions which are good to keep your eye out for. There’s also the Football Museum located in the Urbis near Victoria Train Station which has recently been revamped.
Food is undeniably another huge part of Manchester, from the Chinese restaurants in China Town to the street food in the Great Northern, Manchester has a bit of everything. One of Manchester’s favourite foods is the big dirty burger and we certainly aren’t short of places to choose, from Almost Famous, Reds True BBQ, Luck Lust Liqueur and Burn, Beef and Pudding and so many more. If burgers aren’t your thing there’s also some fancier options and although Manchester is still to get a Michelin star restaurant we still have some pretty big contenders such as The French, Manchester House and Mr Cooper’s House.
10. Afflecks Palace
We could have put this one in with the vintage shops but we thought it deserved a spot of its own. You can’t miss Afflecks Palace, right in the middle of the Northern Quarter, it’s home to lots of eclectic and quirky little shops. Whether you’re looking for fancy dress, skateboarding gear, one off fashion or unusual homeware items, it’s likely you’ll be able to find it in Afflecks. More recently, they have become home to Black Milk Cereal, Manchester’s first cereal cafe which is definitely something to try out!