This wonderful city is famous throughout the world for all things from football and music, through to its rainy weather. Ranked as the third best city in the world by Time Out, there is never a dull moment in Manchester. We have compiled this list to help you enjoy your time here to the fullest. Whether you’re a local or just stopping off at The Lowry Hotel for a day or two, this list will give you plenty of ideas and share some of Manchester’s best kept secrets…
Manchester is known for having some of the best bars and clubs in the country, so if you like to party, you’re in for a treat. If you’re a cocktail connoisseur head to the Alchemist for colour changing, smoke emitting cocktails, served with a theatrical flair. However, if you like your cocktails with a view, be sure to visit The Lowry Lounge and Bar for top class service, uniquely delicious cocktails, and stunning views from the terrace. Looking for live music and a cosy outdoor atmosphere? Head to The Oast House to enjoy drinks as the sun sets, surrounded by sparkling lights and outdoor fireplaces. If you’re a clubber at heart, there’s no better place for you than Club Liv; situated in the heart of the city and renowned as one of the most exclusive, exciting nightlife spots in Manchester, you’ll not want to miss out on this one. Canal Street is the place to be if you’re looking to keep the party going through into the morning, with plenty of bouncing clubs, drinks at affordable prices, and a friendly atmosphere, there’s no wonder the street is world famous!
With cuisines from all around the world, there is something for every mood and occasion. EastZEast is a restaurant serving delicious Punjabi cuisine alongside views of the River Irwell; perfect if you’re staying at The Lowry Hotel, as this restaurant is less than a 5-minute walk away! For a dining experience like no other, head to 20 Stories – situated 19 floors high with 360-degree views of the city, 20 Stories definitely provides dinner with a view. Of course, our favourite restaurant in the city has to be The River Restaurant. Serving a modern take on classic British cuisine, when dining in an esteemed restaurant with two AA-Rosettes, you know you are guaranteed expertly crafted dishes accompanied by five-star service.
A culture and history rich city, you are never short of choice for an intriguing experience. The Imperial War Museum is located on the Salford Quays and contains immersive exhibitions, interactive experiences, and secrets from those affected by the wars of times gone past. If you’re looking for an incredible experience right in the city centre, Manchester Art Gallery hosts unique and exciting exhibitions. Some past exhibitions have included the work of Leonardo DaVinci, and a celebration of Vogue’s 100th birthday, whilst the current star of the show is Grayson Perry’s Art Club exhibition.
If you are looking for something to entertain the whole family, there is no shortage of fun in Manchester. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, head to Chill FactorE. Make sure to wrap up warm as you experience the snowy slopes; this one is the perfect way to get in the winter mood! Are you a sucker for soaps? If so, the Coronation Street tour allows you to experience the iconic street for yourself and is a great day out for everyone to enjoy – from young children to grandparents. Dino Golf is the best way to get the family feeling competitive. Located across the road from The Trafford Centre, choose between the two dinosaur conquered minigolf courses and battle for the title of champion!
Manchester is jam packed with great shopping experiences, whether you’re looking to simply update your wardrobe, grab some designer treats, or go hunting for vintage finds, there’s something for everyone. Manchester Arndale hosts a huge selection of shops, stalls, and food outlets. This is the place to go for the shopping spree of dreams… The Trafford Centre, whilst being occupied by countless designer shops and boutiques, also boasts some of the most beautiful architecture in the city. If you’re visiting for the first time, you won’t be able to resist snapping a few photographs of the incredible building. For those who love anything vintage, be sure to head to the Northern Quarter. Filled with vintage boutiques and independent shops, you’re guaranteed to find some unique pieces here.
Two things that Manchester is universally famous for is football and music. Whilst you’re here don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a tour around one (or both) of the iconic football stadiums – and if you’re here at the right time, you may even be able to catch a game! If you have the opportunity, be sure to visit Manchester Arena – one of the largest arenas in the whole of Europe – any event here always comes with an electric atmosphere as sound, lights, and people fill the space. If smaller concerts are more what you enjoy, you have the choice of plenty of other venues, from the Apollo, through to Manchester Academy, there is always live music happening in Manchester.
Where to Stay
To really make the most of your time in Manchester, it is always recommended to stay right in the heart of the city. The Lowry Hotel is located on the edge of the city centre allowing for some peace and tranquillity after your busy days exploring and enjoying the delights of Manchester. Book your stay now and get started with planning your trip!