Manchester Travel Guide
As one of the most important cities in England, Manchester is packed with attractions that come in all shapes and sizes. While this is without doubt a great place to dine in style, dance the night away and indulge in a spot of shopping, Manchester also boasts many natural attractions that are just waiting to be discovered as well as accommodation options to suit all budgets.
Things to see and do in Manchester
Anyone who wants to see Manchester in a whole new way are sure to enjoy messing about on the water with a city centre cruise. Special city centre cruises are offered by the Irwell & Mersey Packetboat Company and take visitors along the River Irwell as well as the Manchester Ship Canal before concluding at Salford Quays and last for around an hour.
People who are football crazy will want to make sure that they allow plenty of time to explore the Old Trafford Football Ground. This is the home of the Mighty Reds and tours include a visit to the Manchester United Museum as well as the stadium where visitors can follow in the footsteps of their heroes.
People who want to unwind for a while are sure to enjoy spending time in the park. Manchester boasts several large and lovely green zones for visitors to hang out in such as Dunham Park, while Chorlton Nature Reserve in the Styal district offers excellent rambling and bird watching opportunities.
Situated in the very heart of the city, Chinatown is perhaps Manchester’s most vibrant district. This is a great place to visit to sample Cantonese and Pekingese cuisine, while there are plenty of treasures to discover in the area’s shops. There is always plenty to see and do and visitors are sure to enjoy browsing for bargains and simply soaking up the atmosphere.
Visitors who are interested in art should head to the Salford Quays area to check out the Lowry Centre. This special art and entertainment zone is dedicated to the area’s most noted artist; LS Lowry, while the works of many contemporary artists can also be found here and there are plenty of shops and other attractions to enjoy as well.
Manchester has a rather damp and humid climate and winter tends to be rather cold. The sunniest days of the year generally fall between June and August each year and this is also the time of year when temperatures tend to rise, although there are still likely to be showers scattered throughout even the driest of days.