Manchester is one of the most important cities in England, known for its nightlife and incredible architecture. It is also one of the most gay-friendly cities in Europe. If you plan to travel to Manchester, here are some things to do.
Learn some history live: Castlefield
In the inner city of Manchester, you’ll find remains of what used to be the Roman for of Mamucium. Five main areas have been reconstructed and can be visited: the Roman Gardens, the Vicus – civilian settlement outside the fort – , the North Gate, the Defensive Ditches and the West Wall. There are canal-side bars and restaurants, so if hunger strikes, you can relax and have a bite to eat.
A day in Chinatown
Whether you want to get something to eat, plan to wonder around for some shopping or just want to kill some time, head to Chinatown. On Sundays, you can pick up wonderful herbs from here. It’s located behind the Town Hall and really close to The Village.
Clubbing in the Village
Even if you are not in the clubbing scene, an evening in a bar is something you should try while in Manchester. The staff at the hotel/hostel will be able to tell you some of the hottest bars and clubs or whether you can find something to suit your tastes.
Visit the Museum of Science and Industry
Adult or child, you’ll love this interesting museum which shows impressive machineries, such as a working waterwheel. You can also see the booking halls of one of the first passenger railway station (on the route to Liverpool) , learn about Castlefied – the Roman Fort – and many more. It is open daily from 10 a.m. Entrance to the museum is free.
See the city from above: The Wheel of Manchester
London has London Eye and the Wheel of Manchester is this city’s take on the idea of getting a bird’s eye view of the surroundings. Admission fee is £8.50 for an adult (£5.00 for a child). You get to see the city from the height of 60 min and the ride takes about 13 min. It is open daily from 10 a.m.
A museum for the (big) boys: Imperial War Museum
If war vehicles, weapons and war memorabilia are what interest you, then don’t miss this museum. Entry is free and the museum opens at 10 a.m.
If you are looking for food , great shops and fun, then this is the place to check out. The pedestrian street is filled with stuff which will easily diminish your vacation money, but it’s so worth it.
Tour Old Trafford
If you are a football (soccer) fan, then this is an exciting thing to do. Of course, you can watch a match but if you happen to travel when no matches are played, then a tour of the famous pitch is the next best thing. The Museum & Tour Centre is open daily from 9:30 a.m. The museum and tour ticket is £15.00 for an adult (£10.00 for juniors). More details here
Visit Manchester Cathedral
The current cathedral dates from Medieval times but was extensively renovated and , as a result, looks much newer. It is a working church so pay attention to the visiting hours (unless you plan to attend the service). Personal guided tours of the cathedral and grounds can be requested. Find the details here .
Aerial Extreme at The Trafford Centre
If you want something different than museums, markets and cathedrals, then Aerial Extreme is a good choice. It’s a combination of amusement park with a challenge of your fitness, which will get your heart pumping.