A day (or 2) out in Manchester ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ

If you fancy a day out in Manchester (or 2!) there are lots of things to see in this exciting, vibrant and bustling city located in the north of England. Known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester as a rich history in politics, science, music, arts and sport as well as being packed with amazing bars, restaurants, cafes and shops.

You won’t be short of things to do!

Northern Quarter

Northern Flowers

Check out this boutique flower shop, known for its eye-catching arrangements that sells out of the ordinary pot plants, bouquets, gifts and more!

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Afflecks

This is an indie indoor market with loads of little independent shops, stalls and boutiques but what draws me here are the murals on the outside. Look out for ‘God created Manchester!’

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Manchester
Manchester

– Flok Wine Bar

This is a vintage wine bar in Stevenson Square with lots of outdoor seating and a cosy interior for when it gets chilly. On offer is wine (obviously!), sherry and Mediterranean inspired dishes for when you feel peckish

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– Deadstock General Store

This eye-catching shop is just as cute on the inside as it is on the outside.

Spend some time enjoying browsing through the quality gifts that range from organic toiletries, facial tools and treatments and beautifully made socks and candles to vintage homeware for both functional and beautiful items!

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– The Printworks

Back in 1873, the Printworks started life as Withy Grove Printing House and successfully printer newspapers for over 100 years including papers such as the Manchester Evening Chronicle and the Daily Mirror until it close din 1985.

Now, the Printworks is Manchester’s main entertainment destination! It features lots of bars and restaurants such as Frankie & Bennys, Hard Rock Cafe, Chiquito, Nandos and O’Neils to name a few!

There is a also a cinema, an escape room, tenpin bowling and adventure golf.

Head over here for a fun-filled evening!

Top Tip: Pre-booking is recommended

Printworks

– Shambles Square

This historic square in central Manchester is home to 4 pubs: The Crown & Anchor, The Old Wellington Inn, Sinclairs Oyster Bar and The Mitre Hotel.

The Mitre Hotel is the last surviving Tudor building in the city centre and the rest have been re-created to keep their Tudor look.

The name ‘shambles’ comes from the name of the street where the butchers would slaughter and sell meat. Don’t worry, it looks nothing like that now!

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St Peter’s Square

– Manchester Central Library

A beautiful building in the centre of the square with a domed roof

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– Statue of Emmeline Pankhurst

Found in the corner of the square is the statue of one of the most famous women in British history – Emmeline Pankhurst. Born in 1858 (in Manchester) and died in 1928, Mrs Pankhurst was a political activist and well known for her role in the Suffragettes and helping to win the vote for women.

Top Tip: In the corner by the Friska building

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– Phone boxes

I think these just make a pretty picture! Stand facing the library and look to the right. There you will see the phone boxes just before a series of archways

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– Peaky Blinders Bar

If you’re starting to feel like its time for a sit down, head around the corner to the Peaky Blinders bar that was built as a tribute to the TV show

Top Tip: Check out the cocktail menu

Peaky Blinders

Central Manchester

– China Town

This is one of the largest outside China, 2nd in the UK (largest in London) and 3rd in Europe with the largest to be found in Paris.

This is a bright, colourful area with some amazing restaurants and lots of shops selling Chinese goods.

Top Tip: Go to Ho’s Bakery for authentic Chinese buns

Chinatown

– Alan Turing Memorial

Who remembers Alan Turing? He was a British mathematician, born in 1912 who studied at Cambridge and graduated in 1934.

Turing joined the Government Code and Cyper School and in 1939 at the outbreak of war he was sent to Bletchley Park, the Code headquarters. He went on to help build a code-breaking machine and devised the first systematic method for breaking messages coded by a sophisticated German machine. He received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his code-breaking war work.

A memorial to him can be found in Sackville Park, close to a university building.

Alan Turing

– Vimto Monument

Vimto is a soft drink made with blackcurrants, grapes and raspberries.

It was invented by Noel Nichols in 1908 with the idea being to create a soft drink that tasted so good that people would stop drinking alcohol. It didn’t work but still became very popular (and still is!).

Its full name is Vimtonic, which was shortened in 1912 and was first registered as a health tonic or medicine before becoming a cordial several years later.

It is located on Granby Row where the warehouse it was created in used to be.

Top Tip: Try it heated up, its delicious!

Vimto

– Mackie Mayor

This opened in 1858 as a fresh produce market and is the only remaining building that is fully intact from what used to be the Smithfield market. Unfortunately it was abandoned in the early 1990s but how since been transformed into what is now Mackie Mayor, a modern food court.

It named after Manchester Mayor, Alderman Ivie Mackie who opened the original market.

It’s a great place to meet for a snack, drink or a full meal and has plenty or vegan and vegetarian options. The current vendors include: Honest Crust Pizza, Fin Fish Bar, Wolf House Coffee, Nationale 7, Tender Cow, Baohouse, Little Window, J. Atkinsons & Co, Jack in the Box and Reserve Wines.

Top Tip: A family friendly place with a cosy play area

Mackie Mayor

– Town Hall

This iconic city landmark has Neo-gothical architecture, is the headquarters of Manchester City Council and also houses several local government departments. It is one of the most important Grade 1 listed buildings in England.

Unfortunately, it is currently being refurbished so I was unable to get a picture

– John Rylands Library

This library, located in Deansgate is part of the University and is a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture. I think it looks more like a a castle or a cathedral than a library. Imagine studying in it!

It has featured on lists of the most beautiful libraries in world, so get yourself down to Deansgate and take a look! Check out the historic reading room, it looks like something straight out of Harry Potter!

Top Tip: Check opening times as it is part of the University

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– Manchester Cathedral

This beautiful cathedral, built in 1421, is located at the back of Shambles Square, right in the heart of Manchester’s vibrant city centre.

It used to be known as the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St. Mary, St Denys and St George, is the Mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Manchester and is where the Bishop of Manchester sits.

It is famous for having the widest nave out of all the cathedrals in England!

If you would like to attend a service, check the times here

Cathedral
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– Heaton Park

For a relaxing afternoon, head over to Heaton Park, 600 acres set in the grounds of a Grade 1 listed, 18th century country house, Heaton Hall.

There are plenty of pleasant walks around the park where you can enjoy the lush greenery and along the lake. On the lake you can take out pedalos and boats and enjoy the view from a different angle!

There is an animal centre (free for children), which is set in the Old Stables and houses mostly farmyard animals, such as chickens, guinea pigs, goats, rabbits and pigs. Keep your eyes peeled for an alpaca wander about! There are also highland cows and peacocks to be found.

If you’re in the mood for history, head on over to the tramway museum and after this, go and check out the fun fair!

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Heaton Park
Heaton Park

– Friends Cafe

For all you Friends fans who weren’t able to get to FriendsFest this year, fear not! Pop along to primark near Market street and have a coffee and a meatball marinara sandwich in Central Perk, complete with a sofa and backdrop outside for instagram photos! You can even squeeze in a bit of retail therapy at the same time.

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Friends Cafe

C.King

Brit girl on a bummel. A solo female traveller accompanied by her camera, aiming to see as much of the world as possible and sharing what she's learnt along the way!

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