Manchester is among the world’s best places to check out

Manchester being named among Lonely Planet’s top 10 travel destinations for 2016 only serves to remind us what we should already knew – which our city is really a brilliant spot to are in and visit.

Here are just a couple of the logic behind why – so if you haven’t already booked your holiday here, what exactly are you waiting for?


The French in the Midland Hotel
We don’t desire a Michelin star to find out we’ve got essentially the most exciting munchies scene in the country right this moment, with all the rate of recent restaurant openings here outstripping even London.

The Corn Exchange’s £30m transformation has lured a string of high quality brands away from the capital, including Wahaca, Pho and Cabana, and King Street is additionally getting ready to welcome an influx of recent eateries including Quill and El Gato Negro.

From fine dining at The French and Manchester House towards the indie cafe-bars with the Northern Quarter, the town’s dining scene offers something to fit every occasion and budget – as well as the options span nearly all cuisine conceivable.

Read more: Best restaurants in Manchester: Our help guide to eating out

Locksmith Manchester


The Warehouse Project
The Hacienda might be long gone however its indomitable spirit endures at clubbing institutions like The Warehouse Project and Sankeys, which will bring some with the biggest names in dance music towards the city.

Whatever beat you dance to, Manchester’s eclectic nightlife offers something for all, in the hipster bars with the Northern Quarter towards the glitz and glamour of Spinningfields, while Canal Street hosts one with the liveliest gay villages in Europe.

The music scene
Prince in the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester
Prince at Manchester Arena (Image: 3RDEYEGIRL)
Few cities can claim the musical pedigree that Manchester can, because birthplace of The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis and many more bands besides.

The city’s still-thriving music scene is really a major stop-off about the UK gig circuit and its particular venues regularly host global superstars along with up-and-coming acts.

Manchester Arena is one of the largest indoor music venues in Europe and has set the stage for shows by everyone from Madonna and Prince to Take That and Kylie Minogue during the last two decades.

The Apollo as well as the Academies also command plenty of heavyweight acts, while more intimate venues like Dry Bar and Night and Day have helped to launch the careers of varied bands and gives audiences the chance say ‘I saw them first’.


Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford, home of Manchester United
City or United? We’ll allow you to decide. But it’s its not all about football here. The legacy with the Commonwealth Games has left us with world-class facilities like the Manchester Aquatics Centre, Regional Athletics Arena, National Squash Centre and Manchester Velodrome.

We’re also where you can among England’s most renowned test venues in the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground. And don’t ignore the National Football Museum. No wonder Manchester was recently named the sporting capital with the UK.


The designer boutiques of New Cathedral Street (Image: Emma Williams)
Whether you’re rummaging through the treasures with the Northern Quarter’s vintage boutiques and record stores, hunting for bargains in the high street brands with the Arndale Centre or splashing the cash in the luxury designer shops and shops of New Cathedral Street and Exchange Square, Manchester truly could be the shopping capital with the north west.

We’ve also got one with the largest shopping centres in Europe on our doorstep in the Trafford Centre.


Hotel Gotham
There’s no shortage of places in which to stay Manchester, with forecasts predicting there’ll be than 15,000 resort rooms by 2016 – a lot more than every other city outside London.

From the historic grandeur with the Midland Hotel as well as the five-star luxury of Hotel Gotham to boutique boltholes like the Great John Street Hotel as well as the soon-to-be-opened King Street Townhouse, visitors spoilt for option for booking options.

Christmas Markets

Manchester Christmas Markets
Among the most important, busiest as well as in Europe, Manchester’s Christmas Markets are grounds to check out the town in themselves.

Arts and culture

The Whitworth (Image: Jan Chlebik)
This year alone has seen the opening with the £25m HOME arts centre in First Street as well because long-awaited reopening of The Whitworth public after a £15m revamp – as well as the future for Manchester’s arts scene looks bright too.

Plans have been unveiled to get a £110m new arts space, The Factory, complete with a 2,200-seater theatre, in the old Granada Studios site, which is being turned into a fresh creative neighbourhood for the town.

The venue is caused by open in 2019 as a permanent base to the biennial Manchester International Festival, containing turned the town right into a world stage to the arts in the last decade using its diverse programme of theatre, dance, music plus more.

This year’s festival was another resounding success that showcased the town’s all kinds of other arts venues, with shows including Damon Albarn’s musical in the Palace, The Skriker starring Maxine Peake in the Royal Exchange and Bjork’s first European performance since launch of her latest album Vulnicura at Castlefield Bowl.

The museums

We’re officially home towards the UK’s museum with the year in aforementioned public The Whitworth, containing welcomed record visitor numbers through its doors since reopening in February.

And it’s one of many: visitor numbers in the Imperial War Museum North in Trafford may also be in an all-time high, driven by interest in the First World War centenary commemorations.

Visitors is additionally home towards the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Museum, the People’s History Museum and several, many more.

Read more: Our help guide to Manchester’s museums

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