Inviting, original, edgy, happening and different: spend time in Manchester and you will see that this is a city like no other. Situated only two hours from central London, Manchester is a dramatic mix of old and new. The futuristic design and innovative shapes of Manchester’s contemporary architecture blend in with the city spires and grinning gargoyles.
Manchester is widely recognized as one of UK’s coolest cities with music and arts, being a huge part of this city’s heritage. Whitworth Art Gallery, a large lively space owned by the University of Manchester is famous for its textile and wallpaper collection as well holding a fine collection of British watercolours, sculptures, drawings, prints and modern art. Manchester Art Gallery has 25,000 objects on display and houses some of the best exhibitions and installations in Britain.
Manchester’s music scene has been one of the most influential in modern music history giving us some of the biggest names in music today. So Manchester offers some of the best nightlife entertainment around. Clubs around Manchester host some of the best live music programmes and this is where you might see the next “Oasis” or “The Smiths”.
If you love to ski, a visit to the Chill factor, Manchester’s indoor real snow ski slope is a must. Other activities include snowboarding, tubing, and lugging. The 50-minute ski taster lesson costing 25 for an adult will give you the chance to get a feel for the slope. There are also wall climbing facilities, alpine village shops, cafs and restaurants to keep you busy.
Manchester shopping rivals that of London, with Manchester city centre offering everything you could ask for from vintage boutiques to more indulgent shops such as Harvey Nichols. Manchester Andale Centre is a two-storey shopping centre housing high street brands such as Topshop, Next, H&M, Marks and Spencer, etc. The Triangle on Exchange is the Mecca for smart shopping and also includes a branch of Selfridges. The Trafford centre, a large indoor shopping centre located in greater Manchester area with great links to the town centre, is a shopper’s paradise offering high street shops as well as designer shopping. Trafford centre also includes a 20-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, Laser Tag arena, miniature golf, a large Namco centre offering bowling and the latest arcade games as well as restaurants and bars.