Manchester is known for it’s vibrant city centre, shopping, dining and the variety of museums on offer in the city. A university town, Manchester is now the UK’s third largest city – only smaller than London and Birmingham – and has become a popular tourist destination for visitors worldwide. As well as being a busy metropolitan area Manchester is also a firm favourite with football fans, but it is also a great place to visit if you like outdoor adventures. Just a few miles outside the city lies the beautiful Peak District, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Find out what to do in Manchester below!
The first thing you will notice about Manchester Museum is the amazing neo-Gothic architecture. Inside this very special building, based on the Campus of Manchester University, live 4.5 million items collected from around the world. Visitors looking for a cultural day out flock to the university to look at the anthropological, archaeological and natural history exhibits housed inside.
Media City houses two TV Channels – ITV and, of course, the BBC. There are tours of the different studios for fans of hit TV shows like Coronation Street or Dr Who, which give an insight into how the programmes are made. There are also opportunities to participate as part of a live audience for the many television shows that are taped within the buildings. Media City is one of the newer areas and is full of modern restaurants, bars and other venues like shopping centres. The area is constantly changing with new things to see arriving all the time. Day or night, the area is always buzzing and is full of exciting things to do and see.
National Football Museum
Manchester is known for it’s love of ‘the beautiful game’ and it is no surprise that the National Football Museum found its home here. Entry to the museum is free and has a lot of different exhibits which will please any football fan, including team shirts, trophies and much more.
Science and Industry Museum
Located in an area of the city known as Castlefield, the Science and Industry Museum (MOSI) houses exhibits related to the study of science and technology. Included in the premises are individual aircraft and locomotive museums. It is definitely a full day out for travellers and has a wide variety of exhibits including aircraft, cars, and railway stock including a variety of water, steam and gas engines. There are some great restaurants and bars in the area for travellers seeking refreshment after a busy day in the museum.
Manchester boasts two football teams: Manchester United and Manchester City. There are big games on an almost weekly basis and various outlets across the city sell tickets to those wanting to enjoy the Manchester football experience. In addition to football games each stadium has it’s own museum and offer tours to visitors. You can even enjoy a meal in the restaurant at Old Trafford. If you are travelling on a budget you could opt to see Manchester City Women, Salford City or FC United of Manchester play in one of their many stadiums across the city. The Peninsula Stadium, home of Salford City is currently one of the world’s major football tourism destinations.
On the 23rd floor of the Beetham Tower sits Cloud 23 a first class restaurant that offers views across the City. Built in 2006, the tower also hosts the Hilton Hotel as well as many private luxury apartments and is the highest point in Manchester, offering the very best views of the UK’s premier northern city.
Worsley Woods Loopline
It is well worth finding the time to visit the Worsley Woods Loopline. This rural trail takes you into the heart of the Lancashire countryside. It is a perfect way to see the green areas and parks in the area and is a firm favourite for walkers, runners and cyclers. If you can’t make it out to the loopline there are plenty of other places where you can enjoy exploring a more natural environment. A trip along the canal paths which lead out of the city can provide many hours of peace and tranquillity and a break from city life.