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Manchester: Something for Everyone

Not only is Manchester home to some grand relics of the industrial revolution, but it is also studded with independent boutiques and cool bars, meaning it has a contemporary cultural pulse that puts other British cities to shame. There really is something for all tastes and interests, and with plenty of cheap hotels available in and around the city everyone should make sure they visit this fantastic city at least once.

Things to see and do:

History and Culture

Dedicated to telling a 200-year tale of British democracy, you could be forgiven for assuming that The People’s Museum is dry and dusty. But you couldn’t be more wrong. Reopened in 2010 after a £12.5 million development, the museum is packed full of interactive exhibits which bring political history to life.


The best shopping in Manchester can be found at either end of the retail spectrum. While King Street is great for a more high-end, big-brand experience, quirkier items can be found in the one-off independent boutiques that cluster around the Northern Quarter.


Scooping Restaurant of the Year in the 2008 Manchester Food & Drink Festival awards, Abode is notable for its basement restaurant and was masterminded by the Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines.Another impressive restaurant is Isinglass which uses only local produce and pays homage to traditional British dishes.


Cloud 23’s floor-to-ceiling windows on all sides mean you can enjoy panoramic views of Manchester in this swanky bar on the 23rd floor of Beetham Tower. Not only that, but it’s also got an oval plate of glass in the floor which gives a view down to the ground.


An annual season of underground parties, The Warehouse Project is now in full swing and will continue to bring some of the biggest names in dance music to the city until New Year’s Day. Clubbing institution Sankey’s is also worth a visit for dance music fans. A free disco bus picks up at various locations around the city on Friday and Saturday nights.


If sports fans can’t get tickets to either a United or City game, they should definitely do a tour of Old Trafford or visit the National Football Museum instead. Changing exhibitions keep things constantly fresh and it even houses the ball used in the 1966 World Cup final.

With so much to do in Manchester, we could go on and on, but instead of listening to us, why not book hotels in Manchester and see for yourself what this diverse city has can offer you?