Manchester: What to Know

Manchester is one of the most exciting cities in the UK with its energetic vibe and its vitality. Check out what you need to know about this wonderful city!

With one of the largest student populations across Europe, Manchester has a real youthful feel to it. So whether you want to fill your days checking out art at the Richard Goodall Gallery, picking up a one-off piece at Affleck’s Palace or dancing the night away at a cool club, the choice is endless. Manchester is one of the most exciting cities in the UK. It has an energetic yet cool vibe and its vitality is expressed through its fascinating architecture, magnificent buildings and most of all, the spirit of its people. There is so much more to Manchester than meets the eye, it’s a city that is waiting to be discovered. As the ‘original, modern city’, Manchester has earned a reputation as being revolutionary, innovative and entrepreneurial. The city was the birthplace for the industrial revolution, leading the development of the modern world… ‘What Manchester does today, the world does tomorrow.’

Although Manchester city center is pretty compact, it packs a lot in, so you will find plenty to do. Whether it’s wandering the alternative labyrinth that is Affleck’s Palace or stopping in for ‘Supper and a Cuppa’ at Teacup, owned by British DJ Mr Scruff, the choice is endless. Add to that the many museums and art galleries (over 90), the majority of which are free of charge you will be hard pressed to fit everything in. Visit the National Football Museum, The Lowry, Imperial War Museum North, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour and many more…….

Manchester is the perfect walking city, stroll along the streets, exploring the mixture of old and new architecture sat side by side. Soak up the urban vibe, speak to the people of the city – there’s nothing like being amidst this hive of activity.

With some of the best nightlife in the country, Manchester is renowned as ‘the’ party city! From real ale pubs to cutting-edge clubs, Manchester’s nightlife is as varied as it is exciting. Check out the bars at Deansgate Locks or in the Northern Quarter, before dancing the night away in one of the many clubs across the city. If you are looking for something a bit quieter, many of the theaters across the city-region offer student/youth discounts.

If you are visiting Manchester on a budget, there are plenty of things to see and do. Enjoy an unforgettable stay in the city with the many special offers on accommodation, attractions, restaurants, retail and much more. There is no need to break the bank, with free downloadable self-guided tours available, two and three course special offers at restaurants and free entry to comedy clubs with a valid student ID.

Whatever time of year you are looking to visit, there is always something going on in Manchester. Festivals such as FutureEverything, Eurocultured and Dot to Dot offer cutting edge art and live music acts, whilst unique events such as the Black Pudding Throwing Championships and Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival, offer something a little bit different for you to enjoy.

An activity that Mancunians (someone from Manchester) take very seriously is shopping – and that’s reflected in the range of stores there are across the city. Regardless of taste and budget, whether its designer labels or vintage clothing, the city has it all.