The city of Manchester prides itself on many things: world-famous football teams, a legendary music scene, a celebrated tram system and of course, the much-loved TV soap, Coronation Street. Manny, Madchester, The Rainy City – whatever you like to call it – it’s an excellent place to spend a weekend.
I was born in the Manchester area and spent four years living in this city during my 20s. It’s where I trained to be a journalist on the Manchester Evening News. And even though I’ve lived in London for longer, it’s a city that still feels a bit like ‘home’ whenever I return.
I loved writing this piece for Love Exploring on the best things to do in Manchester over a weekend. It covers some of the best coffee shops in Manchester, some of the best places to eat and drink, as well as some of Manchester’s best cultural attractions. From the People’s History Museum and the National Football Museum to the industrial history of Ancoats and the Whitworth Gallery, there are many ways to fill 48 hours here.
Here are just a few ideas:
Check-in to: The Cow Hollow Hotel which occupies a former textiles warehouse in the trendy Northern Quarter – an easy 10-minute walk from Piccadilly train station.
Eat at: Home Sweet Home. It serves up excellent comfort food in a colourful, homely setting, with a great cocktail and wine menu, plus nostalgic favourites like dandelion and burdock and cream soda.
Explore: Ancoats. Once dubbed the ‘workshop of the world’, there’s now a buzz around this once-dilapidated area as a burgeoning restaurant scene starts to unfold. Stroll along the canal, explore the former mills and factories and stop by the Cutting Room Square ‘Sentinels’ – five giant monoliths displaying images of textile mills that once stood here.
Shop: around the Northern Quarter, Manchester’s ‘Bohemian’ neighbourhood, home to vintage stores and independent boutiques. Piccadilly Records has been named one of the world’s best independent records stores while Affleck’s Palace is an Aladdin’s Cave of fancy dress and alternative fashion.
Go for drinks at: Albert’s Schloss. This beer hall is as Bavarian as it gets and is bouncing most evenings, thanks to regular jazz, cabaret and DJ nights. Order an apple strudel cocktail, heritage Schnapps, or try their own-brewed Saxe Coburg session ale. Visit during the day for their tasty cruffins and kronuts.
Things to do in Manchester | LoveExploring
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