As the self-proclaimed ‘cultural center of the north’, it’s no surprise that Manchester has a thriving art scene and the city is home to an impressive collection of museums and galleries. The top destination in Manchester for art lovers is the Manchester Art Gallery, home to a prestigious collection of more than 13,000 paintings, sculptures and photographic works including an important collection of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite paintings, a series of works by Manchester’s most famous Impressionist, Adolphe Valette and modern pieces by the likes of Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud.
You’ll probably want to pack an umbrella and wrap up warm if you’re visiting Manchester in winter, but don’t let the dreary weather put you off exploring the city. With some of the UK’s most popular Christmas festivities, a thriving party scene and plenty of unique things to do, winter is actually one of the atmospheric times to enjoy the city. Not convinced? Here are just some of the many reasons to Manchester in winter.
As one of England’s biggest and most vibrant cultural centers, Manchester’s museums are as diverse as the city itself, drawing more than 2 million annual visitors. From immersing yourself in British football culture to learning about the industrial revolution, here are 5 of Manchester’s best museums.
The end of summer might mean the return of the dreaded British rain, but with the summer crowds dispersing and accommodation prices falling, this is the ideal time to travel in England and there are plenty of things to do in Manchester in autumn.
Manchester has always ranked among England’s best shopping destinations, but while you could max out your credit card at the designer boutiques of Cross Street and King’s Road, or spend an entire day in shopping malls like the Arndale Centre and the Trafford Centre, the city’s markets are also well worth a visit. From alternative clothing to artisan produce, Manchester’s best markets are full of bargain buys and unique finds – here are some of the best.
Whether you have road-weary youngsters to entertain or thrill-seeking teenagers to impress, there are plenty of fun things to do with kids in Manchester and many of them are equally enjoyable for the whole family. Here are a few ideas.
Like London’s Camden Town, Manchester’s Northern Quarter has earned a reputation as a creative hub and is the heart of the city’s alternative scene, home to a lively cluster of independent shops, contemporary art galleries and left-of-the-center bars and cafes. With a burgeoning foodie scene and some unique nightlife venues, the Northern Quarter has been drawing the spotlight away from the central district in recent years, voted as the UK’s Neighborhood of the Year back in 2011 and even used as a filming location for Hollywood hit Captain America: The First Avenger.
Stretching 429km from Edale in Derbyshire all the way to the Scottish Borders, the Pennine Way is one of England’s most iconic hiking routes and, first marked out in 1965, is the oldest of the country’s 15 National Trails. Located less than an hour from the start of the trail, there are a number of options for hiking the Pennine Way from Manchester and those short on time or fitness can enjoy a number of shorter loops ideal for day or multi-day hikes.
Once you’ve discovered the legacy of The Beatles in their hometown, cruised along the famous Mersey River and got your culture fix at the city’s top museums and galleries, Liverpool’s excellent transport links make it easy to explore further afield. Whether you want a day at the beach or a hike in the hills, there are plenty of great day trips from Liverpool – here are a few ideas.
Pop-up bars and restaurants have been springing up all around the UK in the last few years, with everything from quirky theme bars in unique locations to gourmet eateries adding a new dimension to British cuisine. Lasting anything from a single day to several months, some of the pop-ups have become so popular they’ve become regular events or even taken to touring around England, and Manchester has wasted no time jumping on board with the new trend.