Top 5 things to do in Manchester
The second most visited city in the UK, Manchester proudly attracts over a million new sightseers every single year. Also home to the third busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow and Gatwick, Manchester is capable of hundreds of direct flights from everywhere to Hong Kong, Dubai and more.
More so, Manchester has a rich industrial history which proves a go-to for those seeking days of culture, heritage and expansive greenery. Set in amongst iconic neo-gothic architecture, it’s a vibrant city with the worker bee symbol dominating the city’s energy and sense of community.
It has been a symbol of the city since the Industrial Revolution and traditionally, Bees are featured in Manchester’s coat of arms and on many public buildings. Keep your eyes peeled for them and see how many you can find.
Based in the North West of England, Manchester’s population comfortably sits at around 420,000 and for those football fanatics, boasts sporting clubs such as Manchester United F.C and Manchester City F.C.
The city is very well connected by public transport, especially by train, Metrolink and motorway, ideal for a coach trip; making your trip to the city a breeze, from wherever in the UK or EU you’re travelling from.
Did you know that the North West region is also home to over 1,300 Coaches and Minibuses, therefore making these mode of transport over 9.7% of all UK based Coach and Minibus Operators. So if that’s not a reason to visit Manchester with Coach Hire Plus, we don’t know what is. Let us help make your trip easier when visiting some great places in Manchester.
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Visit the art galleries
We couldn’t think of a better place than Manchester to get your culture fix. Indulge in the vast range of galleries which sweep through the city, bursting full of places to see iconic art, with galleries and museums that rank among the best in the country. Ranging from stunning contemporary pieces at Castlefield Gallery to gorgeous Victorian masterpieces at Richard Goodall Gallery, you’re certain to find something to please all of your senses. Top galleries range from Whitworth Art Gallery to The Lowry – home to the largest collection of paintings and drawings by one of our greatest artists. You may feel overwhelmed with the dozens of gallery choices to choose from, but who’s saying you can’t visit them all? You might need a week or two, mind… See the top Manchester galleries at Time Out.
Open 7 days a week to the general public, the Manchester Museum is proud to be a part of the University of Manchester. Home to thousands of varieties of fossils, rocks, minerals and meteorites, the museum also prides itself on an impressive collection of more than 18,000 Ancient Egyptian artefacts.
Not forgetting, the museum’s money section showcases a wide range of coins used by different peoples and civilisations across the world. If these don’t tickle your fancy, why not take a look at the archaeology, Earth Sciences or the archery sections instead. They say every day is a school day and there’s something for everyone to enjoy here. The museum is free to enter and opening times and updated news can be found on the Manchester Museum website.
Mingle in the markets
Five gold stars for the city’s culinary offering, Manchester is constantly brimming with food and market stalls all year round. Ranging from unique street food to tantalise your tastebuds, to local independent crafts, you can find it all and a whole lot more across the city. One of the most well-known street food markets is based in Piccadilly Gardens, City Centre. Treating people to fresh produce from some of the UK’s best street vendors, it’s definitely not one to be missed. The markets take place every month on Thursday, Friday and Saturday – 11am to 5.30pm. Although the market is closed in January, there’s still plenty of opportunity to sink your teeth into something tasty.
With a wide range of exotic dishes available; ranging from hot Middle Eastern wraps, chow mein noodles to home baked goods and hearty African cuisine. If the food markets take your fancy, take a peek at the list of traders to see what feasts you can treat yourself to. Please note, there are also many food markets around Manchester – other alternatives available.
City or United fan? There’s nothing like visiting the Etihad Stadium on your travels to Manchester. Home of Manchester City Football Club, the stunning venue can also hosts a large number of other events including concerts. Originally built to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the stadium was built by Laing Construction at a cost of £112 million so it’s well worth popping your head in, if only for the spectacular views once inside.
But let’s take a moment to remember it’s not all about football here. The amazing legacy of the Commonwealth Games left Manchester with first-class facilities, including the Manchester Aquatics Centre, Regional Athletics Arena, National Squash Centre and Manchester Velodrome. It’s no wonder Manchester has been named as one of the best sporting capitals of the UK.
Have a drink in the oldest pub
If you do just one thing when in Manchester, it has to be visiting one of the most historic pub in the centre, The Old Wellington Inn. Described as a ‘half-timbered, traditional pub offering real ales and a menu of hearty pub grub’ what more could you want from a pub slap bang in the city centre? The oldest building of its kind in Manchester, it was built around 1552, located next to the market square which led off what is now known as the ‘Shambles’. With a stunning structure to gawk at, it was damaged in the 1996 Manchester bombing, and was reopened in February 1997 with costs of £500,000 paid to completely repair the damage.