Whether you like to wander around galleries and the outdoors while travelling, or prefer to roam the shopping districts and bars, Manchester has you covered. Here are 10 ways to get the best out of your visit.
1. See street art in the Northern Quarter
You’ll find an eclectic mix of boutiques, record shops, galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants in this part of the city. It’s also home to some of the country’s best street-art spots, but you’ll have to wander down cobbled alleys to discover them, so put on your walking boots.
2. Shop at Afflecks
Located in the Northern Quarter, this eclectic venue is a great place to shop for anything from top hats to a new tattoo. After stopping by this indie spot, team your visit with a trip to the nearby Manchester Craft and Design Centre, where you’ll find more one-off handmade gifts to take home.
3. Soak up culture at The Whitworth
The Whitworth Art Gallery on Oxford Road won the Art Prize for Museum of the Year in 2015, following a refit and extension into Whitworth Park. It’s now considered one of the finest galleries on the continent, so make sure to at least experience the glass-walled cafe within.
4. Get up-close to a piece of history at The John Rylands Library
While people often traipse the streets of Deansgate for retail therapy, The John Rylands Library nearby can be overlooked by tourists, who may not be aware that the Victorian Gothic building is there. It’s said to have one of the world’s finest rare book and manuscript collections, including the oldest known piece of the New Testament, the St John Fragment.
5. Explore The Quays and MediaCityUK
Located just 10 minutes from the city centre is MediaCityUK, a digital and creative hub where popular soap opera Coronation Street is based, as well as the BBC building. On the other side is The Quays, where Manchester’s famous museums and galleries, including the IWM North and Lowry arts centre, overlook the water.