14 Aug Top 5 Reasons to Visit Manchester
Manchester underwent huge restoration after the industrial revolution and came back bigger and better than ever before. Although it is not official, it is now seen by some as the capital of the north of England, and it certainly has the dominance of a capital city, benefiting from as much cultural vibrancy as its Southern counterpart London.
The Northern Quarter offers up an alternative scene with independent shops, pubs and galleries whilst Canal Street is ideal for people watching whilst enjoying the array of top quality restaurants, bars and clubs.
There’s an abundance of reasons to visit the city however, there’s a few reasons which make the city unique and exciting to visit;
Manchester is home to one of the most diverse shopping experiences in the UK including one of the largest shopping centres, the Old Trafford Centre. Although it’s outside the centre of town, it’s worth a visit if you’re a shopaholic as it has over 250 shops.
If you’d rather stay in town for the ease, there’s plenty to spend your money on. Kings Street, Market Street and Cross Street are all great for splashing out on some big brands and designer labels, whilst the Northern Quarter’s bohemian vibe thrives in its independent and quirky array of shops.
Music and Nightlife
Pioneers of the music scene in the 1980s and 90s, inventing their very own music scene “Madchester,” a collaboration of alternative rock, psychedelic rock and dance, Manchester produced some of the most legendary bands in musical history including The Stone Roses and New Order. This led to a passionate and diverse nightlife scene which today is reflected through an eclectic choice of live music gigs, as well as decent club nights, in particular at Sankeys and the Warehouse Project, the latter of which Manchurians hold as their ultimate gem of a venue.
The Warehouse Project runs throughout September up until New Year and showcases some of the best club nights in the city along with some of the top international DJs and biggest band names in the world including past acts “Faithless” and “Annie Mac.” An old disused warehouse, it’s one of the most renowned and best respected music venues in the city and the Mancunian clubbers regular haunt.
Festivals and Events
The calendar is full every month when it comes to diverse events to check out in Manchester and there are also plenty of festivals too.
Perhaps most worthy of mention is Manchester International Arts Festival, the world’s first ever festival which showcases entirely new and original works. It put Manchester on the map in terms of cultural influence and showcases an eclectic and entertaining array of including music, visual arts, theatre and dance all from talented international artists and performers.
Home to the richest football club in the UK, Manchester United, there’s few more exciting teams to watch. Manchester City are also a premier league football team so whether you’re an avid football fan or simply looking for an experience with a good atmosphere, watching one of these teams play a match in their home stadiums will be well worth the venture.
Recently opened is the National Football Museum which was formerly known as Urbis. An impressive building itself, the museum portrays the history of football in the UK with artefacts, visual media, interactive installations and activities visitors can get involved in. It’s a great experience and provides an insight into the importance of football in British culture.
Galleries, Museums and Theatres
Galleries, museums and theatres are packed in and around Oxford Road so for the culture vultures of you, this is where to venture. Nicknamed “Cultural corridor,” you’ll find The Palace Theatre putting on international as well as local plays each month, Manchester Art Gallery showcasing modern art, design and photography exhibitions, Cornerhouse; the centre for contemporary visual arts and film, and The Lowry providing contemporary art, design and photography, as well as art from L.S Lowry.
The People’s Museum is possibly one of the most interesting to visit and after a 12.5 million refurbishment; it’s very far from the mundanity of a lot of museums. Telling the story of 200 years of democracy, British politics and political reform, of which Manchester knows very well, the museum is interactive and fun as well as being informative.
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