Manchester is one of the top holiday destinations in the UK, showcasing both modern urban living and its vital place in the history of science and industry. Here are six captivated spots in the city that you should be sure not to miss.
Manchester Town Hall
- Magnificent Victorian Gothic architecture outside
- Beautiful decoration inside, including a mural showing the history of the city and celebrating its industrial heritage.
- The interior is often used in films and TV dramas as a substitute for the Houses of Parliament in London.
- Large Square in front where events are held year-round: currently a continental-style Christmas market.
- Largest in the UK and second largest in Europe.
- Has a picturesque Dragon Gate and many Chinese restaurants and shops.
- Especially worth a visit during Chinese New Year, at the end of January. Traditional Chinese arts such as calligraphy and origami will be on display, along with a fair and spectacular fireworks.
National Football Museum
- Housed in a stunning all-glass building in an attractive square opposite the cathedral.
- The world’s finest collection of football-related memorabilia
- Free entry
- Die-hard football fans can combine this with a visit to the Manchester United Museum and tour the famous stadium at Old Trafford, on the outskirts of the city.
Museum of Science and Industry
- Learn about the early computers that were built in Manchester such as Baby, the world’s first stored-program computer, and Atlas, one of the world’s first super-computers.
- Discover Manchester’s part in the history of road, rail and air transport. Relics of the steam age can be seen working at various times and you can even take a short ride on a steam train
- Find out how Manchester became ‘Cotton polis’ and a major force in banning slavery on the cotton plantations on which this industry depended.
The Trafford Centre
- If you are a shopaholic the Trafford Centre, five miles outside the city, is an ideal destination.
- As well as around 230 stores to browse in, you can also marvel at the grandiose architecture, reminiscent of Ancient Rome and Egypt.
- There are often special events such as fashion shows, concerts and book signings.
- A Food Court offering a great variety of meals in sixty cafes and bars, will enable you to happily spend the whole day here.
- If you want to extend your stay into the evening there is a 20-screen cinema, so you will be spoilt for choice of movies.
- In these historic docks, which can be reached by modern tram, you will also find plenty to entertain you.
- The Lowry Theatre has excellent shows, plus cafes, bars and exhibitions
- The brand new Media City produces many national TV shows and you can book a tour.
- For the more serious-minded, The Imperial War Museum of the North is an award-winning exhibition space housed in an iconic piece of architecture.
Although there are many fascinating indoor spaces to explore in this great city, if you are coming to Manchester don’t forget your umbrella as the weather can be variable. And if visiting from abroad, think about passport renewal well in advance.