8 things to do when visiting Manchester, England
As a Londoner one of my favourite cities to visit when I leave the uh big smoke, is Manchester. It’s a stylish city with a huge amount of choice which packs quite a punch, with both a social scene and a tram that rivals London on a smaller scale ( Well Croydon has the tram – but I’m sure you catch my drift!)
Here are some of my favourite things to do / try when you visiting Manchester. ( Maybe worth noting, Virgin have a killer seat sale in July – so bag yourself a first class return ticket for £60 and arrive fabulous! or £30 if fabulous is too much)
1.Stay at a luxe unique hotel: Try independent chains like Malmaison or Abode ( Both of which I’ve stayed at on previous visits) I’ll be trying out the Lowry on my next stay.
2.Visit one of Manchester’s many impressive restaurants: Like Hawksmoor ( newly opened) or San Carlo, or Neighbourhood. The list is endless if I’m honest! Hawksmoor have theee best staff that genuinely know what they’re talking about. They also happen to have some of the best steak on offer, Yes I have penchant for rib – eye and their establishment more than provide probably one of the best steaks I’ve had in the UK!
3.Try your skill with a mate at Breakout Manchester: Yep get put in a room, break some riddles do some tasks and get the hell out of there within 60 minutes. Make sure you try and book in advance. Let’s not talk about the fact that I probably didn’t quite get out in 60 minutes but ah well I’m definitely ready for it next time!
4.Have breakfast at one of a number of eateries: like Moose Coffee. It get’s very busy in here at times so you’ll have to be patient. The staff are friendly, helpful and hilarious and they are probably one of the biggest reasons for me returning, well them and those pancakes below of course!
5.Do Adult Stuff: Visit Manchester Art Gallery and take in some culture for free!
6.Visit Salford Quays: a short 15 min taxi ride ( in Street cars cab mind you) to the new home of the BBC, ITV and Coronation Street. There’s also the … museum and some bars and restaurants there.
7.Go for drinks: at any of the millions of bars, then walk home because every things within walking distance in the city centre. Try a bar like the Alchemist who have these stranger Scientist type drinks which are EVERYthing!
8.Do some shopping: you have the Arndale Centre, Trafford Centre to more than occupy your time and of course Selfridges.
On my next visit I’ll be trying a few more places, so if you’ve been to Manchester, which places do you recommend I go to? I’ll be back next August and hopefully earlier on in the year too!