Stay-cations are a holiday trend that won’t be going away anytime soon. They are the perfect alternative to going abroad without breaking the bank on pricey flights, and with it’s amazing culture, sport and nights out, it’s not a surprise that Manchester is the third most visited city in the UK.
With so much to see and do, GrosvenorCasinos.com has created a guide to making the most of a trip to Manchester highlighting the best places for food, to stay and things to do and see for all the family.
Where to stay
If value for money is top priority, Manchester has no shortage of great, affordable hotels to put you up during you visit to the city. To get close to the nightlife, Abel Heywood Boutique Hotel offer stylish rooms from £75, all within a short walk from some of the city’s coolest bars. For a more family friendly experience, check in to Novotel Manchester Centre, where kids are given a cuddle toy or colouring book upon arrival, and plenty of amenities for parents with rooms starting at £92.
If it’s luxury you’re after, look no further than The Edwardian Manchester. This 5-star hotel boasts some of the most beautiful architecture in the city and is a regular hotspot for celebrities where rooms start from £98. For something a bit more relaxed, why not float along in the infinity pool on top of the King Street Townhouse and enjoy amazing views over Manchester, with rooms starting from £131.
Where to eat
Marked out by the huge, beautiful arches, Manchester is home to the UK’s second largest China Town, so you’re guaranteed a huge range of incredible food. If Chinese isn’t your thing, the city is also home to the impressive Corn Exchange, a huge Edwardian building full to the brim of restaurants boastings cuisines from across the globe, including restaurants like Wahaca, Pho, Cosy Club, Cabana, Alston Bar & Beef, Mowgli, Banyan Bar and Grill, Zizzi, Pizza Express, Salvi’s, Vapiano and Tampopo.
For a special occasion, Rosso is the place to go. Owned by former Manchester United footballer, Rio Ferdinand, the Italian restaurant is just a step off the pavement at the head of Manchester’s famed King Street. Walking in, you are welcomed by the domes of the restaurants Grade-II listed room where you’ll find breath-taking shades of white, echoing some of the world’s most premium dining locations in its own unmistakably unique style.
Things to do
In Manchester, there is no shortage of things to do and places to visit all year round, with a large selection of museums, festivals and amazing sights to fill your time in the city. The Lowry is the city’s hotspot for the top theatre, world premiers and West Ends shows, built on what was a busy industrial dock between Salford and Trafford. History buffs will have a whale of a time at the Manchester Museum, full of ancient fossils and relics stretching from the Jurassic, to ancient Egyptian.
If you’d rather take things at your own pace and explore, Manchester is also the perfect place to tie up your walking boots and explore. The Northern Quarter is a hub for amazing architecture, galleries and attractions around every corner.
When it comes to shopping, you’re spoilt for choice but those looking for a dose of retail therapy should head to one of many of Manchester’s premier shopping centres. Close to the city centre, you can find the Manchester Arndale shopping centre packed with leading high street names such as Apple, Monki, River Island and Topshop.
If you still can’t find what you’re look for, intu Trafford Centre will be your one-stop-shop for… well, everything. With more top brands than you can shake a stick at and plenty of things to do including a SEA LIFE centre, Odeon, and so much more.
It will be hard to find a football fan in the country that will disagree when we say that neither Manchester United nor Manchester City are at the top of their game this season. That being said, you’ll also not find many football fans that wouldn’t want to be at either Old Trafford or The Etihad on Derby day and those in town in March are in luck as the red and blue sides of the city come head to head at Old Trafford on 8th March for the historic match.
Whether Pep’s your guy or you’re a convinced Ole should remain at the wheel – this isn’t a game to be missed.
Coming up in 2020
With all this in mind, there’s only one more question to ask: When? Here is a list of some of the top, unmissable events in store for 2020 in Manchester to help time your trip:
- 08 MARCH – Man Utd vs Man City
- 14 MARCH – Sausage and Cider Fest
- 17 MARCH – Man City vs. Real Madrid
- 4 APRIL – Man City vs. Liverpool
- 13 JUNE – Parklife Festival
- 5 JUNE – Manchester Gin Festival
- 28 AUGUST – Manchester Pride Festival
- 26 SEPTEMBER – Oktoberfest
- 12 SEPTEMBER – The Colour Run, Manchester
- 08 NOVEMBER – Beginning of Christmas Markets
- 12 NOVEMBER – Christmas Light Switch-On
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