Manchester is unquestionably one of the hippest cities in the UK right now. Instead of forking out on expensive flights abroad or feeling claustrophobic and anonymous on London’s busy streets, why not make a trip to the UK’s second city? There's many things you can do here, from cultural to sports events...
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Some tips to help you get around Manchester, here are some of the highlights of the city you will soon fall in love with.
Watch a game
Manchester now has two of the biggest football teams in the world. Both City and United are competing for domestic and European glory and boast some of the game’s most exciting talent. If you are a fan of sport then buying tickets to a game is a must; all you have to do is decide if you are a red or blue. For proper football geeks, Manchester is also home to the National Football Museum, which is certainly worth a look around, and includes some of the game’s most prized artefacts.
Arguably the most creative hub of music in the UK, if not the world, Manchester has consistently churned out both best-selling artists and cult favourites for decades. Whether it’s Oasis, the Stone Roses, Joy Division, the Happy Mondays , or even Simply Red, there is no denying that they now how to do music. Check out some of the latest talent while you are there at one of the many venues, such as the Deaf Institute or Roadhouse.
Staying in Manchester is a much cheaper operation than in London. So if you have a set figure in your head, you are much more likely to get more for your money. Whether you are after a swanky city centre hotel, a cheaper hostel to sleep you and your mates at minimal cost, or a cosy bed and breakfast, there will be something to suit your preference and budget in Manchester. Accommodation like www.lutherkinghouse.co.uk offers very affordable prices for en suite rooms.
Famous for its nightlife, Manchester has something for everyone’s tastes; with indie clubs spinning some of its aforementioned musical heritage, a burgeoning dance and drum and bass scene, an LGBT-friendly area of town, and many other venues catering for every niche crowd and subculture under the sun. Manchester is also beginning to gather a reputation for serving some of the finest beers in the UK, with a number of pubs offering the trendiest imported American ales, alongside local British microbreweries. If you swoon at the idea of fancy beers then visit Port Street, Brew Dog and Common.
Much like its southern counterpart (London), you can eat out at almost any country in the world in Manchester, often with a much smaller dent to your wallet. Some of the city’s current favourites include Almost Famous, serving up gut-busting American burgers and hipster beers, and Bar Burrito, which is ideal for a Mexican lunch with extra hot sauce. How could ‘food’ and ‘Manchester’ be mentioned together though without bringing up Curry Mile in Rusholme, which offers the largest concentration of South Asian restaurants outside the Indian subcontinent.
There is so much to do and see in Manchester. Going during off peak season often means special offers when it comes to accommodation. Check out some Manchester hotel websites for more information and enjoy a budget holiday this winter in a city with a cool vibe, great music scene and incredible nightlife.