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Manchester is a city brimming with history and it’s been at the centre of innovation for decades – from building the first passenger railway station to the invention of the computer.

This is where Rolls met Royce, where Bob Dylan first plugged in his guitar and played electric and where the first public library was established. Will your flight to Manchester result in something similarly seismic? Or will you just enjoy some of the best restaurants, nightlife venues and hotels in the UK?

If you want to learn more about Manchester’s past, check out one of the many museums in the city. The Museum of Science and Industry and the National Football Museum are highlights. If the weather’s nice, make like the locals and head for the hills – literally. Manchester is surrounded by the Pennines and the Peak District, so it’s perfect for walking, climbing, biking and hiking.

Just make sure you’re back in the evening, when Manchester’s brilliant music scene comes alive. Few cities can claim such a cool musical lineage – for a taste, check out the Salford Lads Club, where you can re-create The Smiths’ iconic Queen Is Dead album cover. You can see up-and-coming bands at vintage venues such as the Deaf Institute and the Apollo.

In recent years, Manchester has become just as famous for its food as for its music scene, with lots of new restaurants raising the bar and causing a stir. Spinningfields has become a foodie destination to rival the best of them. And the Christmas markets pull in visitors from across the world as soon as the first hint of festive chill sets in. Add to that chart-topping bands and you’ve got a city with serious heart and soul. As Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown once said: “Manchester has everything except a beach.”

Visit the National Football Museum

Manchester is the home of Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City. While the guided tours of both clubs are interesting, be sure to check out the National Football Museum for a fascinating and interactive look at the history of the game.

Urbis Building
Cathedral Gardens
M4 3BG
+44 161 605 8200
nationalfootballmuseum.com

Visit People’s History Museum

Manchester’s canals and Victorian warehouses may have been spruced up, but this city is where the Industrial Revolution took shape. Visit the People’s History Museum to learn more, or simply get out and about. See the gothic Town Hall, the Manchester Art Gallery or book a walking tour.

People’s History Museum
Left Bank
Spinningfields
M3 3ER
+44 161 838 9190
phm.org.uk

Visit Manchester Art Gallery

The Lowry might be the place to start for famous Manchester artists, but Manchester Art Gallery has an enviable collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings and consistently excellent temporary exhibitions. The Whitworth is worth checking out too, with its 55,000-strong collection of paintings and textiles.

Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
M2 3JL
+44 161 235 8888
manchesterartgallery.org

Take a tram to Salford Quays

Salford Quays is a true culture hub. Media City, home of the BBC, offers trips behind the scenes at world-famous programmes such as Match of the Day, while the Lowry has a large collection by Manchester artist LS Lowry as well as exhibitions and theatre shows. The Imperial War Museum North is worth a visit too.

Pier 8
Salford Tourist Information Centre
The Quays
Salford
M50 3AZ
+44 161 848 8601
thequays.org.uk

Get lost in the Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter’s narrow lanes are a cool mishmash of art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, music venues, lounges, cafes, record stores and warehouse apartments. You could easily spend at least half a day just wandering around and exploring – start your exploration with a refreshing drink at Teacup.

Teacup
55 Thomas Street
M4 1NA
northernquartermanchester.com

Celebrate Manchester’s musical heritage

As the birthplace of The Smiths, New Order, The Stone Roses and Oasis, and the iconic The Hacienda club, Manchester’s status as a music hotbed is unrivalled. Try one of the Manchester Music Tours or go to a gig in an iconic venue such as The Deaf Institute or The Apollo. Check local listings for details.

The Deaf Institute
135 Grosvenor Street
M1 7HE
+44 161 276 9350
thedeafinstitute.co.uk

63 Degrees (French)

The Northern Quarter is full of relaxed restaurants, cafes and lounges that don’t expect you to book ahead, so walk around and see what takes your fancy. 63 Degrees is a lovely authentic French restaurant that brings a little taste of Paris to the North West.

104 High Street
M4 1HQ 
+44 161 832 5438
63degrees.co.uk

The French (British)

Simon Rogan – whose Cumbrian restaurant L’Enclume has two Michelin stars – came to Manchester in 2013 to work his magic on The French at The Midland Hotel. Be sure to try the 10-course tasting menu – it’s one of the top Manchester dining experiences.

The Midland Hotel
Peter Street
M60 2DS
+44 161 932 4198
the-french.co.uk

Sam’s Chop House (British)

For an atmospheric slice of Victorian life, try this beautiful gastropub with a restaurant attached. Their corned beef hash – 10 days in the making and a classic British dish – is rightly famous. And if you can’t get a booking, try one of the other two Chop Houses – Tom’s and The Albert Square.

Back Pool Fold
Off Cross Street
M2 1HN
+44 161 834 3210
samschophouse.com

Red Chilli (Chinese)

Manchester has a thriving Chinatown and while the impressive Yang Sing often attracts business diners, those in the know go to Red Chilli. The basement venue is fashionably fitted out and features all kinds of weird and wonderful treats for the palate. There’s another branch near the university.

403-419 Oxford Road
M13 9WL
+44 161 273 1288
redchillirestaurant.co.uk

Manchester House (British)

Spending £3 million on a new restaurant seemed a gamble back in 2013, but Aiden Byrne’s inventive local cooking has won over Manchester’s diners. This is pretension-free fine dining. You even walk through the open kitchen on your way to your table.

Tower 12
18-22 Bridge Street
Spinningfields
M3 3BZ
+44 161 835 2557
manchesterhouse.uk.com

Australasia (Asian fusion)

Located in the trendy foodie neighbourhood of Spinningfields, this laid-back brasserie opened in 2011 and quickly became one of Manchester’s favourite restaurants. You can feast on a variety of Asian dishes, from Australian fillet steak to sashimi, or order a few tapas to share.

1 The Avenue
Spinningfields
M3 3AP
+44 161 831 0288
australasia.uk.com

Velvet

If you want to be in the heart of the action, head to this boutique hotel on Canal Street, close to lots of Manchester’s best lounges and nightlife venues. There are 19 stylish rooms to choose from, and The Restaurant downstairs is a Manchester destination in its own right.

2 Canal Street
M1 3HE
+44 161 236 9003
velvetmanchester.com

The Lowry

The Lowry was Manchester’s first ever five-star hotel, and today it continues to attract discerning guests. Don’t be surprised to bump into footballers who’ve just joined United or City, or international pop stars playing the nearby arena. Located right by the Irwell River, there are great views of Santiago Calatrava’s Trinity Bridge.

50 Dearmans Place
Chapel Wharf
M3 5LH
+44 161 827 4000
thelowryhotel.com

Radisson Blu Edwardian

The Radisson Blu Edwardian is a city centre hotel with a rich history. It used to be Manchester’s Free Trade Hall, which has seen speeches by everyone from Winston Churchill to the Dalai Lama, and iconic concerts from Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd. This is a cool place to stay if you’re a music or history buff.

Peter Street
M2 5GP
+44 161 835 9929
radissonblu-edwardian.com/manchester-hotel

Hilton Manchester Deansgate

This Hilton has the best view in the city. Housed in Beetham Tower, it soars over Manchester, a 47-storey skyscraper from which you can gaze out at all that the city has to offer. Its Cloud 23 lounge is a great place to watch the sunset.

303 Deansgate
Deansgate
M3 4LQ
+44 161 870 1600
hilton.com/hilton-manchester-deansgate

Great John Street

A Victorian schoolhouse that’s been converted into a boutique townhouse hotel in the centre of Manchester. If you want to get out of the city, the same company also has two similar luxury boutique hotel properties in suburban Didsbury: Eleven Didsbury Park and Didsbury House.

Great John Street
M3 4FD
+44 161 831 3211
eclectichotels.co.uk/great-john-street

ABode Manchester

The higher you climb in this former cotton merchant’s warehouse, the better the rooms – the 5th floor’s apartment-style rooms are more like a hip loft conversion than a hotel. Downstairs, Michael Caines’ restaurant is vibrant and atmospheric, while the location just a few paces from Manchester’s main railway station is fantastic.

107 Piccadilly
M1 2DB
+44 161 247 7744
abodemanchester.co.uk

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