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Things to do in Manchester

Manchester is a city oozing with atmosphere. Well-known for its musical and sporting heritage, it boasts some of the best pubs, bars and restaurants outside of London. It’s also bursting with culture – you will be pleasantly surprised with what’s on offer in Manchester.

This bustling modern metropolis is able to keep you entertained both night and day, and Manchester does not disappoint. Go shopping along Market Street or shop under one roof in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols department stores. See a masterclass of football at one of the city’s two Premier League stadiums. Find a stylish place to drink on each corner – Manchester is teeming with great bars and after dark hangouts. When you include music venues showcasing new talent alongside old favourites, you have a weekend break like no other.

Pubs.

Pubs

Manchester centre is full of great little pubs that are favourites to those in the know. Head to Shambles Square for an afternoon drink after the shopping. Northern Quarter has no less than six famous pubs – try The Castle or The Marble for traditional ale. Or venture across town to the Briton’s Protection near Deansgate, it is a much-loved Manchester stalwart.

Nightlife.

Nightlife

Famed for its connection to the rave culture and the Hacienda days of the early 90s, Manchester’s club scene has developed into one of the best in the UK. Visit the ground-breaking seasonal nightclub Warehouse Project, which runs September to NYE – when the students aren’t too busy. Or visit legendary Sankey’s, notorious for its all night raves and showcasing the best DJs in the world.

Live music.

Live music

A trip to Manchester wouldn’t be the complete without seeing a live band or two. Music is part of Manchester’s lifeblood, from The Smiths to Oasis and beyond. Head to the Deaf Institute or Sound Control on Oxford Road for old and new bands alike. Or go to the Ritz, whose sprung dancefloor has welcomed the likes of Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and R.E.M over its 80-plus year’s operation.

Cuisine.

Cuisine

From gourmet bistros on Deansgate to famous curry houses in Rusholme, Manchester’s food scene is world-class. A cosmopolitan city, it boasts many cuisines – try Russian borscht, Bohemian bratwurst or Korean kim chi. Tapas is big in Manchester, so venture to Castlefield’s El Rincon de Rafa for classic Spanish fare. Or head to Chinatown for traditional dumplings and prawn toast by the plate full.

Shopping.

Shopping

From Manchester Arndale’s underground market to the high-end boutiques inside Harvey Nichols or House of Fraser, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Though the Northern Quarter is where you’ll find the coolest shops. Don’t miss a trip to the eclectic and alternative Affleck’s Palace on Tib Street for vintage bargains, or head over the road to Piccadilly Records – Manchester’s legendary record shop.

Culture & museums.

Culture & museums

History is everywhere you look in Manchester centre, from the renovated warehouses to the canals that navigate the city. Visit the John Ryland’s Library or the circular Central Library – both amazing architectural examples. The Whitworth Art Gallery on Whitworth Street has recently been massively renovated and the superb Museum of Science and Industry takes you on a journey of the UK’s past.

Football in Manchester.

Football in Manchester

With two of the world’s biggest football teams, it is reasonable to assume that Manchester loves football. The friendly rivalry between Manchester United and Manchester City has been key to their successes. Visit Old Trafford on match day to see why this city goes crazy for football – its electric atmosphere is captivating. Take a tour of Manchester City’s City of Manchester Stadium to see how a modern football club ticks.

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