Manchester is well known as a key place to visit in the UK for lively nightlife and culture. Travel and lifestyle blogger Sarah Christie from Extraordinary Chaos spent 48 hours in the city as part of the SuperBreak #UKin48Hours challenge. Here’s her guide to exploring the Northern City in just two days.
9am – Visit Chetham’s Library
Founded in 1653, this is the oldest free public library in the UK. With more than 100,000 books and an accreditation by Arts Council England, this library is a great place to stop off on your visit the city. You can even get a tour of the library where you can find out more about the building’s history.
11am – Visit the Cathedral
From one high ceiling to another, Manchester’s Cathedral is located close to Chetham’s Library and is guaranteed to take your breath away. With beautiful stained glass windows and a striking design, it’s a pleasure just to look around the building. If you’re a history fan too you can learn more about the historic building through one of the cathedral’s guided tours.
1pm – National Football Museum
The National Football Museum is not only for football fanatics. This free award-winning attraction explores the history of the game, players and fans. Sir Alex Ferguson once said “Each time I visit the Museum I am so impressed by the great job it does in bringing the rich history of football to life.” It’s a great spot for visiting on a short break with the family.
4pm – Check into the Townhouse Hotel on Portland Street
Looking for somewhere to stay in Manchester? The 4 star Townhouse Hotel on Portland Street boasts a contemporary look in a boutique hotel. Situated just a few minutes’ walk away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, and a ten minute walk away from Piccadilly station, it’s the perfect base for exploring the city. Sarah chose the Grade II* listed building for an early Valentine’s Day with her partner to enjoy a romantic break together in the city.
7pm – Mary Poppins Theatre Show
Following the successful London West End shows, Mary Poppins the Musical is now on at the Palace Theatre in Manchester and attracting large crowds on a daily basis. Brought to you by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, this iconic award-winning story makes for a perfect evening activity in Manchester and is bound to take you back to your childhood. The Palace Theatre is host to many great shows throughout the year so make sure to check what’s on when you visit.
10am – Manchester Art Gallery
The Manchester Art Gallery hosts many interesting exhibitions throughout the year so it’s always best to check what’s coming up before planning your trip. From May 2016 onwards, the Fashion and Freedom exhibition promises to display stunning creations from famous designers.
12pm – Retail Therapy
Manchester has a lively shopping district which includes a variety of retail outlets. If you enjoy browsing rails in vintage boutiques then head to the Northern Quarter, or for a more high-end shopping experience visit Selfridges Manchester Exchange Square store. If you’re a devoted shopper and enjoy treating yourself once in a while, Manchester is the perfect place to spend that hard-earned cash. Make sure to check out the famous Trafford Centre while you’re there.
5pm – Turtle Bay
Turtle Bay has quickly become a must have restaurant for every large UK city. Caribbean cuisine tickles the taste buds of many and their tropical cocktails come highly recommended.The traditional curried goat and Caribbean fish curry are particularly good picks from the mains menu.
Alternatively, The Albert Square Chop House
If you’re not a fan of Caribbean cuisine then try out The Albert Square Chop House – an old-English inspired restaurant. A Victorian warehouse conversion, with a rustic décor and huge leather sofas, this British eatery with a modern twist offers the perfect place to unwind after all that shopping. Rated 4 out of 5 on Trip Advisor, the restaurant serves classic dishes such as High Peak Lamb and Steak & Kidney Pudding.
8pm – Cocktails at Cloud 23
End the day with a cocktail while looking out over the city. The Cloud 23 bar located on the 23rd floor of the iconic Beetham Tower, offers incredible views over the city lit up at night. Take in the stunning skyline while enjoying an indulgent cocktail in the bar’s elegant setting. A perfect way to end your short break in Manchester.
Feeling inspired? Discover more activities and places to stay in Manchester with the SuperBreak Manchester travel guide and have a look at our great range of Manchester short break packages. Alternatively have a look through our hotels in Manchester.