You may want a bit of a break from leather, or this may be one of the first times you have visited Manchester and you want to get to know the city. As one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan destinations in the UK, Manchester is a proud city attracting visitors from all over the globe. It is a city of firsts – the birthplace of the industrial revolution, where the first computer was invented, the atom was split and where votes for women and the first professional football league started. Head over to the Visit Manchester website if you want to see more about what Manchester has to offer.
With its award-winning attractions, diverse shopping, legendary nightlife and spectacular events programme, it is no wonder Manchester is the third most visited city in the UK, offering an unforgettable city-break experience. Manchester is an ideal gateway to the rest of the north of England, with Liverpool, Chester and the Lake District only an hour away, and you may plan to visit those. Furthermore, you are directly connected to over 200 destinations worldwide, including Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia with Manchester Airport.
The Gothic Manchester Town Hall on Albert Square is a Grade I listed, neoclassical landmark; guided tours can be taken through the Sculpture Hall, Ford Maddox Brown murals and clock tower. Another significant landmark is the John Rylands Library, which once belonged to one of Manchester’s most successful industrialists and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world; both the building and its collections are of outstanding international significance.
A more modern landmark is the National Football Museum, encompassing three floors of football fable, including the display of the legendary exhibits such as the original 1966 World Cup ball, incredible stories and interactives as well as regularly changing exhibitions showcasing football’s links with popular culture.
For high-end shopping, The Avenue at Spinningfields is home to exclusive luxury brands including Emporio Armani, Mulberry and DKNY, and is the city’s newest retail quarter. You may also want to visit Manchester’s popular Arndale Centre. For daytime food, visitors can enjoy the traditional British pastime which can include champagne, English tea and a delicious selection of sandwiches, cakes and petit fours in a variety of settings. The Midland Hotel’s Octagon Lounge and the five-star hotels Radisson Blu Edwardian’s Opus One and The Lowry Hotel’s River Restaurant also offer special packages.
For traditional British food and real ale, the Victorian Chop Houses—Albert Square, Sam’s Chop House and Mr. Thomas’ Chop Houses –
each have their own personality and offer a seasonal menu that includes fish and chips, steak & kidney pudding and corned beef hash. A less traditional, and a more unique and quirky experience can be found at Teacup, Sugar Junction or Richmond Tea Rooms.