If you’ve visited Manchester I’m sure you’ll agree with the Mancunian people that this city is one of the greatest! And here’s why…
Champions of the UK sport scene
From Beckhams‘ fabulous free kicks to Ronaldo smashing in goals from 20 yards, some of the greatest footballers have originated from Manchesters’ football scene. To honour this sporting legacy, Manchester also hosts the best football museum featuring over 2500 world class items including historic shirts worn by football legends and the 1966 world cup final ball is even out on display! Manchester was fortunate enough in 2015 to receive the sporting capital of the UK award. According to ‘Manchester Evening News’, councillor Bernard Priest, deputy leader of Manchester City Council said, “The region’s connection to football obviously played a part in us being awarded this accolade but it’s not just the beautiful game that makes Manchester a great sporting city. Hosting the 2002 Commonwealth Games created a lasting legacy.”
Earlier this month Manchester were fortunate enough to host the heroes parade, a celebration to welcome home the Olympians and Paralympions from the summer games in Rio. Thousands of Mancunians waited out in the pouring rain just to catch a glimpse of their sporting heroes, which included golden couple Laura Trott and Jason Kenny who train at Manchesters velodrome which has become the hub for British cycling.
With a range of quality facilities and the birth place of many sporting legends, its quite clear Manchester is top of the ranks for being the UK’s number one sporting city!
You can shop until you drop!
Forget the likes of New York, Milan and London as Manchester is the perfect place to shop as it caters for everyone!
If you’re wanting to find independent vintage shops then Northern Quarter is the ideal place for you.
The city centres Arndale has a great selection of shops including your typical high street brands of H&M, Topshop and New Look. This fantastic shopping complex also offers an 800 seated food court, perfect for a quick bite to eat and chance to re-energise before heading back to the shops!
Alternatively, if you’re wanting to splash the cash and treat yourself, the New Cathedral Street (which is roughly a 5 minute walk from the Arndale) is home to designer shops and department stores including Ted Baker, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Harvey Nichols, Reiss, 7 For All Mankind and Burberry, offering a shopping experience you’ll never forget.
And that’s not all! Manchester is also home to one of Europe’s largest shopping outlets, The Trafford Centre which combines a vast range of high street shops and luxury department stores like Selfridges.
A Perfect family day out for those wanting to shop and stay inside to avoid the Mancunian rain!
The music scene is booming!
With musical local legends such as the Gallagher brothers from Oasis,Joy Division and The Smiths, Manchester has an endless list of musical venues to accompany the love Mancunians have for music.
The most well known venue is the Manchester Arena, located north of the city centre, which has the largest seating capacity of any UK indoor venue. Since opening in 1995, global superstars like Britney Spears, Take That and Justin Bieber have graced the stage with their presence.
On the other hand, if you prefer to go and see any up and coming acts you’ll be pleased to know that Manchester is home to many smaller gig venues including the Academies and the Apollo, and many more, allowing audience members to see their favourite artists in a more intimate environment.
Manchester tastes better than ever…
Fancy a beef burger topped with pulled pork, bacon strips and cheddar cheese? Or how about a chicken tikka masala with naan bread and poppadoms? Maybe throw in a big mac too? Spoilt for choice much?
Maybe that’s because Manchester has more restaurants opening at a faster rate than anywhere else in the country according to the M.E.N website. Indian cusine has now replaced Britains favourite seaside meal of fish and chips, and with Rusholmes’ popular curry mile being crowned the king of all curry houses, it’s definitely a place to check out!
For those wanting to try something a little different why not head down to Europe’s third largest China town or if the Jack Daniels burger at TGI’s tickles those taste buds, Manchester still hosts many of your favourite restaurants so you can still go and grab a cheeky nandos.
Champagne or shots? Manchester lives for the sesh
Whether you like to cut a few shapes, chic cocktail bars or have a good rave, Manchester’s spectacular nightlife offers something for everyone!
If you want to keep things classy, Deansgate and Spinningfields offer a variety of champagne bars where celebrities have been known to party the night away!
The Printworks features a range of pubs like your typical Wetherspoons, perfect for a standard pint and a packet of crisps. However, if you’re wanting to twerk up a storm, Tiger Tiger #tigertigermanchester (where Bieber made a surprise appearance last week) and Birdcage are amongst many of the cities livelier nightclubs.
Alternatively, if you’re wanting to rave all night long in this fabulous city, head down to the Warehouse Project, Sankeys or Factory, where the dress down code allows you to explore all three floors in the comfort of your favourite pair of nikes (without having to worry about any blisters on the following day!)