City Guide to Manchester, England
Author: Julie Thompson | Last Updated: 30 Jun 2019
The city of Manchester is located in northwest England and it is a very popular city which has a rich industrial heritage. Manchester is popular with visitors as there is a lot of things to see and do. The city of Manchester enjoys a temperate climate which is pretty much the same as other parts of the UK. This area tends to have rather mild summer months and cooler winter months. The best summer weather tends to be experienced during July and August. The city tends to have a light rainfall all during the year, therefore there is no particular wet months. The best times to visit the city of Manchester are between June and August, as the weather tends to be slightly warmer and the city has an active calendar of events.
The city of Manchester is actually very easy to get to as it is well connected for both international and national visitors. The city has three main railway stations which are Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly and it take just over two hours from London and just over three hours from Edinburgh. There is excellent road and coach connections that run to the city centre from all over the country. Manchester airport has three terminals and it is the largest airport in the UK, with direct flights to and from over two hundred destinations.
Old Trafford Stadium Tour
A visit to the Old Trafford Stadium will be an activity for football fans regardless of the team that you support, as it will take you behind scenes of one the most known stadium in the UK. The tour will immerse you in the history of Manchester United who make this stadium home and you will also be able to explore the players dugout, the dressing rooms and even walk down the tunnel, where you football heroes have emerged from. The museum at this stadium has an amazing array of memorabilia about the club as well as about the past and present players. The tour will last for about two hours during which time you can marvel at the heritage of the club and experience the emotion of the dugout.
Coronation Street Tour
The Coronation Street tour will take you on a stroll through Weatherfield and you can enjoy a stroll down one of the most famous streets in the nation. The tour will let you see the hidden world that lies behind the cameras. This tour is a must do activity for anyone who enjoys watching Coronation Street, as it will give you information about the history of the seat and how it works. You can even take a selfie outside the Rovers Return. Due to limited numbers the tour needs to be booked in advance however the smaller group size means that you are able to enjoy a more personalised experience. The hour long tour will not only take you down the main cobbled street you will also be able to explore Victoria Street and Rosamund Street.
Science and Industry Museum
The Science and Industry Museum that is located in Manchester is home to a vast array of word changing ideas and amazing objects. One of the highlights of this museum is the oldest surviving passage railway station anywhere in the world, as it dates back to 1830. A visit too this museum will inspire you with the wonder of science and you can enjoy the live demonstrations using historical machinery and you can take part in science shows. There is a café on the ground floor of this attraction where you can choose from a wide range of cold and hot drinks, breakfast bites, cakes and snacks. There is also a bistro on the first floor which serves hot meals and they also have a children’s menu which is great for the younger visitors.
The Lowry is a world class arts centre which is based in the cultural and creative quarter of the city. As well as being a centre for art the Lowry is also a theatre. This attraction was named after the famous painter from the 20th century, L.S Lowry. The complex occupies two thousand square meters of space and it is home to many collections. The Lowry collection is one of the main exhibitions and there is our hundred works of art, which are a combination of pastel, watercolours an oil. There are many multimedia displays which encourage the participation of the visitors. At the core of the complex is the two theatres and the drama studio.
Manchester Art Gallery
The Manchester Art Gallery is a publicly owned art museum which is located on Mosley Street in the centre of Manchester. The museum is split between three building which are all linked together. This art gallery is very popular with visitors and one of the advantages is that it is free entry. The gallery is home to many international and local artefacts and things of local significance. The collection is comprised of twenty five thousand objects. This gallery will give an interesting day out for people of all ages, as it has some of the finest art collections houses within Victorian buildings. The highlights of the collection at this gallery has to be the pre-Raphaelite painting and designs that date back to the early 20th century. The gallery has tool belts to assist with keeping the young visitors entertained, as they are equipped with spot cards, binoculars, magnifying glasses and a lot more.
National Football Museum
Regardless of whether you are a diehard football fan on a trip to Manchester you will want to visit the national football museum, as this is the biggest football dedicated museum in the world. A visit to this museum will take you on a history trip about the much loved sport and there is a range of fascinating exhibitions and objects to look at. There is even the chance to try out your skill when it comes to penalty shoot outs, commentating and shot stopping. You an even get your hands on some of the top silverware that has been used within the sport. There is a range of tours that take place at the museum and these can be the perfect way to enjoy a visit to the museum.
Manchester Cathedral will be an interesting day out for people who have an interest in history or architecture. This is one of the places that should be visited if you enjoy looking at lovely interiors and there is some superb woodwork that has been down at the cathedral and it is some of the best in the north. The ceilings in the cathedral are carved so beautifully that they really are full of life. It is possible to book guided tours around the cathedral and these provide the ideal way to explore everything that the cathedral has to offer.
Manchester museum is spread across four different floors and it comprises fifteen different exhibitions and displays, which feature things from all across the world. The mum as first founded in 1821 as the natural history museum however since then it has grown to be home to so much more than just natural history. The collections at the museum include anthropology collections which have been collected in South America. The Living Worlds and Ancient Worlds gallery will really make things come alive and the zoology collection in the Natures library and vivarium will let you explore frogs and reptiles.
Legoland Discovery Centre
Legoland Discovery Centre is a great place for people how have a real passion for Lego. One of the great things about this attraction is that they have nights where it is only adults that are allowed in. There is a vast amount of things to see and do at this attraction including a $D cinema., Merlin’s apprentice ride, Quest laser ride, Forest pursuit driving school and Lego city to name a few. Ninjago city adventure is an adventure zone where the younger visitor can enjoy being ninjas. There is a miniature replication of Manchester built from Lego. This attraction is home to a Lego shop where you can purchase what you need to build your next creation. There is a coffee shop at this attraction where you can enjoy some tasty food and beverages. There is also special menu for the little visitors.
Sea Life Manchester
This Se Life Centre will be a hit with people of all ages as there is a lot of things to see and do. This attraction is home to more than five thousand creatures including seahorse, rays, jellyfish, octopuses and sharks. There is a number of talks that take place at this attraction and there are also various feeds that take place throughout the day. The interactive pool gives you the opportunity to touch a starfish or hold a crab. A visit to Sea Life in Manchester will take you on an amazing underwater adventure and bring you nose to nose with a shark. This attraction will be a hit with visitors of all ages.
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