Manchester is quickly becoming a really popular destination for tourists outside the UK, as well as Brits, to take a short break to. The city is packed with exciting things to do, sights to see and places to explore but the biggest stumbling block most people incur is wondering what to pack.
We caught up with Onyi Moss for her top tips on what to wear, things to do and where to stay in Manchester. Don’t forget, you can Click & Collect your outfits for your city break with some of your favourite retailers to a CollectPlus Point near you.
Things To Do In Manchester
Manchester is a city worth exploring. It’s a place I’ve come to call home for the past seven years. And in that time, I’ve made an effort to discover a lot of what the city has to offer. The folks are really warm and friendly and are always up for having a great time. But I can’t say the same for the weather which is why I’ll be kicking off this post with what to pack for a trip to Manchester.
What To Pack
Think layers when it comes to Manchester. This city won’t hold back in showing you all the seasons in one day. When it comes to layers, you always need a base that you can carry on adding do depending on the weather. For example, a slip dress (£30 from ASOS) topped up with a cosy knit (£32 from ASOS) and a coat (£56 from ASOS), preferably one that has a hood to help shield off the wind and rain if you happen find yourself without an umbrella. Comfy boots (£10 from New Look) would be the ideal shoes to explore Manchester with as the city centre is packed with much to do within walking distance.
Where To Stay
You’ll find quite a few boutique hotels in Manchester. The Eclectic Hotels has at least five boutique hotels with my favourite King Street Townhouse which has an infinity pool and rooms that overlook the city centre with the Town Hall in great view. The city centre is packed with hotels with various budgets. A quick google search will show you some of the best ones.
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Things To Do
There’s a lot to do in Manchester depending on your schedule. If you’re looking to shop for hidden gems, head over to The Northern Quarter. It’s packed with vintage stores and quirky coffee shops and restaurants to stop for treats inbetween shopping. Affleck Palace is known to have some of the best vintage stores. Other places to shop are The Arndale located in the city centre and Trafford Centre which is a few miles away from the city centre.
Manchester has quite a few museums and it’s worth checking them out. The Museum of Science and Industry is one of my favourites. There you’ll find historical gadgets and artefacts, with planes and cars from different eras. If you’re in luck, you might experience the fairground which they occasionally set up. The People’s History Museum and Manchester Museum are also good ones to visit. A couple of miles away from the city centre lies the Museum of Transportation which feels like a time machine. With old ticket stores and vintage buses that feel like something out of a movie. If you’re into art, then stop by Manchester Art Gallery as there’s always an exhibition going on.
For the lovers of football, you’re in for a treat. Start off at The National Football Museum located right in the city centre before heading to Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford for a tour. And if you’re a true football fan, then you should be checking into Hotel Football in Old Trafford.
For those looking for a bit more of an adventure, try out the escape rooms. There are at least three located in the city centre. There’s also The Crystal Maze which is packed with live experiences.
Where To Eat and Drink
As Manchester is a very eclectic city, there are various cuisines to try in and around the city centre. The Corn Exchange has quite a few restaurants serving up world delicacies. Deansgate and Spinningfields are also great for food and drinks with one of my favourites Australasia which also has a Sunset bar that looks like something out of LA. Peter Street Kitchen is a new restaurant in town serving up Mexican and Japanese tasting menu. Dishoom (also new) is great for Indian food. Albert Schloss is a lovely place to dine and socialise. And if you find yourself craving some afternoon tea, Grand Pacific is the place to go to.
A Bit of Country
If you’re looking to have a relaxing break, you can also experience a bit of the countryside in Manchester. Places like Didsbury, Prestwich and Sale are good to visit. And if you feel like getting really close to nature, Manchester isn’t very far off from the Peak District and Lake District.
Whatever your holiday plans may be, you’re sure to have a good time in Manchester. To find out more about what’s on in Manchester, check out the Visit Manchester website.
March 6th 2019 - by @CollectPlus