Things to do in Manchester
The city's facelift and subsequent urban revival have invigorated it, ensuring there are always plenty of things to see and do in Manchester. Manchester City and Manchester United are two of the biggest football clubs in England, and Old Trafford (home to Manchester United) has become a huge tourist destination. Apart from epic football matches, the city also plays host to countless events, concerts, festivals, and parades, is home to world-class bars and restaurants, and has plenty of shops and markets.
Manchester is also home to the United Kingdom's largest Chinatown, and a vibrant and friendly Gay Village, concentrated around Canal and Chorlton Streets. Chinatown, centred around George and Faulkner streets, provides a heady array of sights, sounds, and smells, as does the 'Curry Mile' concentration of sari shops, jewellery stores, and Indian restaurants in Rusholme. For a truly modern experience, visitors should check out the slick Urbis shopping centre.
For those more interested in arts and culture, the Lowry complex in Salford Quays boasts a fantastic selection of art galleries and theatres. There are many historical attractions in Manchester as well: Manchester Cathedral and the town hall are both examples of beautiful Gothic architecture, and the ruins at Castlefield date back to the medieval period. For the best view of the whole city, visitors should take a spin on the Manchester Wheel, located in the Millennium Quarter.
The Peak District
The Peak District was England's first national park. This beautiful region sits in the central and northern parts of England, largely within the picturesque county of Derbyshire. D…
The Peak District
The Peak District was England's first national park. This beautiful region sits in the central and northern parts of England, largely within the picturesque county of Derbyshire. Diverse landscapes, abundant wildlife, and a rich historic heritage combine with busy market towns and thriving cities such as Sheffield and Manchester. With over 22 million visitors annually, the Peak District is a major UK tourist destination, and the Peak District National Park is one of the most visited parks in the world. The district is generally divided into three main areas. White Peak in the south is characterised by its limestone landscapes with a blend of flat plateaus and gentle valleys, while the South West Peak is a mix of hay meadows and moorland. The most sparsely populated area is Dark Peak in the north, where dramatic gritstone plateaus, craggy edges, and ridges contrast with deep valleys. The whole region is rife with quaint towns, majestic historic homes, old mills, and museums, as well as plenty to please the outdoor enthusiast, including top-class rock climbing, caving, and fly fishing. Visitors can enjoy an authentic Bakewell pudding in the eponymous village, take a leisurely hot air balloon ride for a bird's eye view, mountain bike in the Hope Valley near Charleston, or travel back in time in an impressive country manor. It's an excellent choice for visitors who plan to rent their own car while on holiday in the UK.
Nicknamed the 'Theatre of Dreams', Old Trafford has since 1878 been home to Manchester United, England's premier football club. More than 200,000 visitors come each year to marvel …
Nicknamed the 'Theatre of Dreams', Old Trafford has since 1878 been home to Manchester United, England's premier football club. More than 200,000 visitors come each year to marvel at the home of the sport's greatest superstars. Guided tours of the stadium run every 10 minutes, and the award-winning on-site museum is chock-full of fascinating trivia, memorabilia, and interactive exhibits, guaranteed to delight fans and perhaps even win over a few new ones. The Red Cafe, in the North Stand of the stadium, is open daily and serves up delicious food for those needing replenishment, while the Megastore in the East Stand sells every conceivable type of Manchester United merchandise, from replica kits to posters and key chains.
Museum of Science and Industry
It may not seem like everybody's cup of tea, but the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry is a truly fascinating and varied collection of exhibits, displays and more, that wil…
Museum of Science and Industry
It may not seem like everybody's cup of tea, but the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry is a truly fascinating and varied collection of exhibits, displays and more, that will appeal to visitors of all ages. Fifteen different galleries crammed full of interesting items are housed in the key historic site of one of the world's oldest railway stations, Liverpool Road Station. Some of the permanent exhibits include the Revolution Manchester interactive technology gallery; the captivating Collections Centre with anything from antique microscopes to memorabilia; a 4D cinema; and the Air and Space Hall. The Special Exhibitions gallery plays host to several touring exhibitions annually. The museum also houses a shop, cafe and restaurant, as well as several picnic areas. A highly recommended outing for the entire family, visitors should budget at least half a day to take in all the sights at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (better known as MOSI).
Situated on an arm of the Bridgewater Canal, the world-class, £42-million concert venue of Bridgewater Hall holds over 250 performances a year and is home to one of Britain's long…
Situated on an arm of the Bridgewater Canal, the world-class, £42-million concert venue of Bridgewater Hall holds over 250 performances a year and is home to one of Britain's longest-running orchestras, the Halle Orchestra. This architecturally striking building can house just under 2,500 audience members and the main auditorium is centred round a remarkable 5,500-pipe organ. The Hall plays host not only to classical music, but has also seen a range of popular music artists such as the legendary James Brown, indie artist Badly Drawn Boy, and guitarist John Williams. Bridgewater Hall is also home to the award-winning Charles Halle restaurant, as well as the Stalls Cafe Bar.
Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House is one of Europe's greatest private houses. It is set on the River Derwent in the Peak District National Park. The esta…
Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House is one of Europe's greatest private houses. It is set on the River Derwent in the Peak District National Park. The estate comprises the 16th-century house, a 1,000-acre park, a farmyard, miles of free walking trails, and spectacular gardens. Dubbed the 'Palace of the Peak', the house contains a treasure trove of antiques and impressive artworks. Thirty of the magnificently preserved rooms are open to the public. Wardens are on hand to provide information and answer questions, while an audio guide is also available. The manicured gardens boast a yew maze, sculptures and several impressive fountains including the Cascade, a 24-step waterfall that drops 600ft (183m) down the hill towards the house. There is a well-stocked farm shop selling locally produced and homegrown items, as well as the Farmyard Children's Shop, the Carriage House Shop, Orangery Shop, and Garden Shop. There are several restaurant options to choose from, and picnicking in the grounds is encouraged. The house also hosts several exciting events throughout the year. It is well worth allocating several hours to explore this fine historic estate and its gardens.