One of the world’s music capitals, it’s a city that simply oozes ambiance and culture. It’s the birthplace of many world famous musicians, world famous football clubs, and the most known fictional street in the UK, Manchester is a city that will keep you entertained for a long time with its many comings and goings. Don’t worry if you don’t know where to start, because whatever you visit is bound to be interesting, and you’ll quickly learn to navigate in the city that has it all.
Immerse yourself in music
Even if you don’t listen to much music, you’ve definitely heard of Manchester’s importance when it comes to musicians and artists. It’s been a hub for everyone talented in the art of music, and it’s been that way for decades. Since the Bee Gees and Hollies in the 70s, then the Smiths and Joy Division in the 80s, the music scene has only grown stronger. The Manchester Arena has hosted many artists throughout the years, like Madonna and the Rolling Stones, but if that’s not your style, you can freely check all the other party venues Manchester has to offer.
Learn all about football
Manchester is house to two of the biggest football teams in the world – the reds of Manchester United & the blues of Manchester City. There’s a long rivalry going on between the teams and their fans, and one of the best ways to learn all about that is going to either Old Trafford or the Etihad, homes to Manchester United and City respectively. The stadium tours offered at the stadiums are a fantastic way to witness the teams’ history, and you can also visit the inner workings of the stadiums where you will be treated as part of the team.
Have a night out
Manchester has some of the best nightlife in the UK, and that’s not a boast. You can freely have a posh night out in places like the hotel bar Cloud 23, Mr. Coopers House and Garden, where ordering swanky cocktails is basically a must. A great place for champagnes is the well-known Eparnay Manchester – a stylish, bare-bricked bar, or you prefer something of with more leisure, you can visit one of the oldest pubs in the city – The Britons Protection, with its great range of whiskies, beer gardens, and real fireplaces.
Read books in two of the finest libraries in the world
Wonderful not only for the endless selection of books, the two world-famous libraries are truly unique cases. Considered a building of exceptional interest, the John Rylands Library, part of the University of Manchester, which is Grade I-listed is famous for its neo-Gothic architecture. The fine Polish Oak panelling comes directly from Gdansk, and there’s the unique Reading Room that’s built 30ft above the street so as not to disturb readers from the traffic below.
The other fascinating library is Chethams Library, which is considered the oldest public library in the English-speaking world, ever since 1653, but the building in which it’s housed is even older, a monastery built in 1421.