A Weekend in Manchester
Are you looking to explore the north of England? Take two days and uncover the fascinating history of Manchester. The city has come a long way from its industrial past, while still conserving its historic architecture. The skyline is now dotted with modern buildings, world class galleries and large shopping complexes. Here is a guide to help you explore Manchester in just two days.
Start off your first morning in Manchester bright and early. The morning is the perfect time to explore as there will not be as many people around and you can get some great photos of the beautiful architecture.
You will find car parks all around the city, including near the iconic Castlefield region. This is a great place to start learning about the history of Manchester, and see examples of an railway viaducts dating back to the 1800s, and canals that cut through the city.
Just up the road, find the Museum of Science and Industry. When it comes to technological and industrial developments, Manchester has an impressive list of achievements. The museum is worth a visit even if just to see the oldest inter-city railway station in the world.Afternoon
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to food in central Manchester. Visit one of the many restaurants and cafes lining the Rochdale Canal in Deansgate.
Take a walk around St. Peter's Square, and admire the architecture of the beautiful Town Hall building. For easy transport around central Manchester, you can jump on the Metrolink tram to areas like Piccadilly Gardens, a popular spot among locals during nice weather. This is also a good stop for shopping, offering easy access to the Arndale shopping centre. You'll find all the major retail names here as well as a few unique local shops.
Return to your car and take a quick trip out to Etihad Stadium. This is a must-see for any Manchester City fans. The journey should not take you more than ten minutes, depending on traffic. Choose from a number of different tours and explore the home of one of the UK's most famous football teams.
Find a dinner spot in the Northern Quarter on your return from Etihad Stadium. Along with many interesting artworks covering the building walls, you will find vintage shops and unique eateries.
Start the morning off with a shopping spree in the huge Trafford Centre. The shopping centre is located about 20 minutes outside of the city centre. The trip is worth it just to enjoy the architecture of the building.
The centre is also home to an aquarium if you are travelling with kids. The children will also love the centre's putt putt course, games arcade, Legoland Discovery Centre and cinema. At the Trafford Centre you can also enjoy the UK's largest indoor ski slope.
There is no shortage of options for morning tea and lunch at the centre, with a huge food court boasting international cuisines. As well as popular British cafes, the centre also offers cuisines like Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Indian, Mexican, Thai, French and Portugese.Afternoon
Any football fans can not afford to miss the next stop. Drive to Old Trafford and see the home of the famous Manchester United. The stadium operates tours throughout the day so you can go behind the scenes of the iconic team.
A short drive from the stadium will take you to the home of the BBC, Media City. The area is home to the Imperial War Museum North and the Lowry gallery. There are also plenty of scenic walks alongside the river.
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