One of the most dynamic cities in the North of England, Manchester is rightly renowned for its world-class sporting arenas, trendy Northern Quarter and vibrant city centre – which is crammed full of top restaurants, clubs, bistros, boutiques and bars.
Having birthed many of the UK’s most iconic bands, from The Stone Roses to The Smiths, the local music scene remains as vibrant as ever. Grass-roots rock flourishes in intimate venues, while the city’s numerous club nights are famous for the variety and strength of electronic acts on show.
The Northern Quarter is a haven for shoppers with its many specialist boutiques, while also playing host to the best cocktails, coffee shops and eateries around – offering menus inspired by food from around the globe. An authentic taste of the orient can also be found in Manchester’s China Town, which is the largest district of its kind outside of London.
Just a stone’s throw away in the city of Salford, visitors can enjoy entertainment, culture and stunning views in the picturesque surroundings of the Quays, with The Lowry’s art galleries and theatre particularly worthy of your attention.
Now that the city plays host to two of the biggest teams in the world, football fanatics may wish to take in a match or stadium tour at the United or City grounds – while the National Football Museum provides an ideal family day out for soccer enthusiasts.
Whether you’re a day-tripping tourist or a life-long Mancunian, there’s numerous things to see and do.