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LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL IN MANCHESTER!
Get in on the action in vibrant Manchester! Directly linked to Manchester Airport’s terminals, and just 13 km from the city centre, the luxury Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport is perfect for catching an early flight, or simply enjoying all that Manchester has to offer. While you’re there, take in a Manchester United or Manchester City football match, shop ‘til you drop and see some of the city’s multitude of museums and art galleries!
Manchester is a big, bold northern city, close to the Pennines and on the Cheshire Plain. It sings with culture, colour and diversity. Manchester is famous for its music scene and two successful football teams today but its success as a city has been built on the back of its industrial heritage; it was king of the coal and textile industry for many years – sometimes known as Cottonopolis – transporting cotton and cloth along the railways and the Bridgewater Canal to the Mersey and the world beyond. Manchester was the place to be – a cosmopolitan centre way ahead of its time. The advent of container shipping put an end to its heyday but as with many industrial cities the docklands, warehouses and waterways have been regenerated to create cool new spaces. The Salford Quays are a lively place to hang out and you’ll find L.S Lowry’s matchstick people on display in the museum dedicated to the painter.
Manchester Airport flies millions of holiday makers and business travellers all over the world and it’s just a short train ride into the heart of the city. From the busy Manchester Piccadilly Station it’s easy to walk to the middle of the action. Manchester is a shopping heaven and the Triangle, Exchange Square, King Street, the Avenue in Spinningfields and Printworks are the places to head to for some serious retail therapy. On your way around the city check out some of the architecture – Manchester has some real gems – look out for the distinctive red brick and the heart of the old Roman fort, Castlefield, on the Bridgewater Canal. Manchester Town Hall built in 1877 is an iconic piece of Gothic Victorian architecture and the Chetham Library is the oldest English language public library in the world (founded in 1653).
In the evening you’ll be spoilt for choice – from comedy clubs to restaurants, orchestras to live music. This is the home of Oasis, The Smiths, Joy Division, Elbow, New Order and Take That. Head to Canal Street for the real Manchester vibe – this is one of the city’s hottest night time spots and part of the famous gay scene. Before you leave don’t miss out on visiting one of the country’s most well-known streets: Coronation Street. Take a tour and have a photo outside the Rovers Return Inn with the traditional terraced houses in the background.
Manchester is bursting with hip culture, music, shops and museums. We’ve picked a few top attractions to help you enjoy your stay.
- Take a guided tour – this is a great way to see the city’s top attractions and learn about Manchester’s history. You can choose from different tour themes such as a Coronation Street tour, a market tour or an architecture tour or canal cruise.
- Manchester has many galleries and museums but one of the most unique is the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art – this building has an enormous collection of work from South East Asia and is an education in the region as well as art history.
- Eat! You will eat well in Manchester as the city has eateries serving all the world’s cuisines. Try James Martin’s in a trendy Victorian warehouse for contemporary British fare with local meat and fish, or enjoy Aiden Byrne’s Manchester House; a culinary adventure from start to finish.
- The Museum of Science and Industry is one of the city’s top attractions for its sheer range of creative exhibitions across its five buildings. Have a look at how 3D printing works, join in debates about fracking or learn about X-Ray machines or the mechanics of the city’s textile industry. You could spend hours here and only scratch the surface of science in Manchester.
- Football fans can over indulge in Manchester as the sport is one close to the city’s heart – ask our concierge to try and get you tickets to see Manchester City or Manchester United or take a tour of Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium. Manchester is also home to the National Football Museum which has a FIFA World Cup Collection and you can try your hand at commentating or hold your nerve while you take a virtual penalty.
- Hit the shops! You can choose from high street favourites to high end treats in Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger and Hermes. Manchester has a fantastic range of outlets across the city so ask the hotel concierge and they will direct you to the right part of town.
Manchester is an incredible place to shop. You will have fun browsing and discovering the perfect gift for a friend or topping up your wardrobe at one of the city’s many stores. Here is just a small part of what Manchester has on offer so make sure you ask the concierge for more ideas.
The heart of the matter
The Arndale Centre is Manchester’s key shopping centre and it is in the heart of the city. It is actually the UK’s largest shopping centre, with all the high street brands you can imagine and more than 200 stores. You’ll find everything from technology to fashion, from books to jewellery, from sports equipment to shoes galore. There are also plenty of places to stop and have a bite to eat or a drink.
The Northern Quarter is a popular area of the city with trendy artists’ shops and galleries and it is a good place to head for a unique gift. Here you’ll find a hand crafted piece of jewellery, original painting, quirky pottery and more. The delightful Manchester Craft and Design Centre is an absolute must and you’ll love chatting to the artists as you browse in their tiny shops and studios. The Northern Quarter is known for its nightlife so after a hard day’s shopping you can enjoy the bars, restaurants and clubs.
What better place to stock up your wardrobe than in the Manchester Corn Exchange? The historic building is now a great shopping space filled with unique brands. This space has a ‘limited edition’ atmosphere and draws the crowds looking for something a bit different, with names such as Pop Issue, Army of Me, Mouli and Judas Sinned.
Head out of town for some retail fun at the intuTrafford Centre. Only five miles away this huge modern shopping outlet is filled with more than 200 stores including the world famous Selfridges. The centre is a lively place with fashion shows, musical performances, a Sealife Centre and a Lego Discovery Land, as well as restaurants, bars and a cinema. You can easily spend a day here before retiring to the hotel to relax.