Got a business trip coming up in Manchester? Make time, in between meetings, to explore this exciting Northern city.
We asked our Facebook and Twitter followers: If you had just one night in Manchester what are the top things you would suggest doing?
Visit a museum
If you like a bit of culture there’s a whole host of museums to visit, as recommended by Lindsay Harris on Facebook. Try the Manchester National Art Gallery, open until 9 pm on Thursdays, and be inspired by the vast collection of paintings, over 13,000 craft and design objects and the many temporary exhibitions. Being the world’s first industrial city, you’ll want to visit the Museum of Science and Industry and learn how it all started. Wander around and admire the brilliant inventions from clothing to transport, technology to medicine. Take part in various interactive activities or just soak up the history.
Visit MediaCityUK, home to the BBC and ITV and a great shopping and entertainment destination on the waterfront. Recommended by Lee Hunt on Facebook, there are events held throughout the year, a cinema and plenty of food and drink choices – it’s particularly lovely in the summertime. Whilst you’re there, check out Lowry Outlet shopping centre for up to 70% off big name brands such as Nike and Molton Brown as recommended by Lynette Woodhead on Facebook.
Stay: Travelodge Salford Quays
Pot Kettle Black
Located in the beautiful Victorian Barton Arcade, Pot Kettle Black, recommended by @Clare_PureHR on Twitter, has end to end windows making this the perfect place to sit back and watch the world go by, get lost in a good book or check in to the office. They are real coffee connoisseurs here and offer up delicious brunches to enjoy alongside. Open from 8am – 7pm, it’s a perfect spot for before, during and after your busy day.
Absorb yourself in the culture Manchester has to offer and take a walk around the Northern Quarter, as recommended by Addy Rehman on Facebook. You’ll find yourself surrounded by cafes, restaurants, and bars along with live music venues and record shops. Book yourself onto a quirky Street Art tour and learn more about this arty city. Just 5 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Northern Quarter, you’ll find peace and quiet at Piccadilly Gardens. Wander around the beautiful gardens, admire the central water feature or simply take in the view as green meets suburban, recommended by @loypass_VTMan on Twitter.
Shop ‘til you drop
Open till 10 pm on weekdays, it’s easy to pop to the Trafford Centre after a day of meetings. With over 250 stores to browse, you won’t be stuck for choice. Treat yourself to a mini-manicure at Selfridges & Co, or head down to Debenhams for a free personal shopping experience (pre-booking is necessary). Wander around Sea Life and admire the creatures of the deep, or simply sit back and enjoy the latest blockbuster at the Odeon. Feeling peckish? Take your pick from over 40 restaurants in Europe’s biggest food hall. Keep an eye on their offers page for the latest store deals.