Located in England’s north-east, Manchester is a vibrant, pulsating city and a popular destination for visitors. Once a key part of the country’s industrial revolution, today it’s been transformed into a cosmopolitan hub with a distinctive character and exciting cultural offerings.
Manchester’s former dockland area has been redeveloped into The Quays and is now a popular waterside location that’s home to the Lowry (which houses the world’s largest collection of works by LS Lowry) and the Imperial War Museum North, as well as a number of shops, restaurants and a cinema.
Another must-see is the Manchester Museum. As the city’s most famous museum, it has over 16,000 ancient Egyptian artefacts, including 20 human mummies. From archeology to anthropology and zoology there’s plenty to interest everyone, and with a picnic area and children’s exhibitions, it promises a great day out for the family.
Football enthusiasts should not leave the city without a trip to Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium or Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, depending on your preference. Both offer stadium and club tours that give an interesting glimpse into life behind the scenes of these world-famous football clubs.
Manchester is a veritable shopping mecca – regardless of your budget. For high-street finds, head to Market Street, the Corn Exchange, Arndale Centre or the Trafford Centre. For high-end shopping, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and the designer boutiques of King Street offer plenty to choose from.
There are a number of luxury 5-star hotels in Manchester. The Lowry Hotel Manchester is a popular choice, located on the banks of the River Irwell. An award-winning hotel, its impressive curved, glass-fronted façade is matched by modern furnishings inside and spectacular views across the city. With a spa, gym, sauna and the largest rooms in the city, it’s easy to see why this is a destination of choice. Another popular option is the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester, which is in the city’s historic Free Trade Hall – one of Manchester’s most celebrated buildings. With an award-winning restaurant, popular spa and swimming pool, this centrally located hotel offers luxury in the heart of the city. The Light Aparthotel Manchester is on the edge of the city’s trendy Northern Quarter and provides 60 fully equipped studios, one and two-bedroom apartments and penthouse suites. Promising flexibility for guests who want high quality in a relaxed environment, this 5-star accommodation will meet everyone’s needs.
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