With Covid-19 still adding unwelcome layers of risk, expense and complication to international travel, staycations are still very much the order of the UK for Britons. Today we’re taking a look at some of the best things you can do with a weekend city break in Manchester!
If you’re taking a trip with your family then there’s plenty to enjoy together. Get to know the city with a treasure hunt. Treasure Trails’ Manchester options are a great blend of fun storytelling, historical exploration and accessible mystery solving that can turn an afternoon with your family into a real adventure!
If you’re interested in history, then one way to get your kids involved is taking them to Mamucium Roman Fort. This is a reconstruction of the Roman fort that marks the first settlement of the town that became the modern day Manchester. As a reconstruction it’s more accessible and fun for younger kids than a museum – and a great introduction to an interest in history.
There’s no more famous football team than Manchester United, and a visit to their home city wouldn’t be complete without a pilgrimage to their home ground. Football fever can take over a whole day, with a trip to the Manchester United Museum, a tour of the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford stadium, and lunch in the Cafe Football – a restaurant that aims to capture the spirit of the game with a view of the stadium, live matches and themed specials!
You can also visit the Manchester City Museum and Stadium, and the UK’s National Museum of Football which finds its home, quite naturally in Manchester.
If the Nicky Butty club sandwich doesn’t appeal you don’t have to look far for some sophisticated dining options. Mana is the city’s Michelin starred restaurant, showcasing contemporary British cuisine and the best ingredients from right across the British Isles – including Reindeer Moss brought all the way from the Isle of Skye!
There are plenty of other great restaurants in Manchester, even if they’re not Michelin starred – you can plan a whole culinary tour to make sure your trip is accompanied by nothing but the very best in dining.
One of the best things you can do in Manchester is leave it! With the Pennines on the outskirts of the city, the Peak District not far away, and a series of beautiful and informative National Trust properties scattered across the suburbs and nearby countryside, Manchester makes a great base for outdoor explorations, hiking and climbing – possibly a surprise from one of the UK’s great urban centres!