Weekend Breaks in Manchester

If you are looking for the ideal city for a weekend break, why not try Manchester? With plenty of exciting attractions, interesting architecture and historical sites as well as good dining and shopping choices, Manchester presents an attractive spot for an enjoyable weekend away. Check out the following things to see and do in Manchester.


Manchester Town Hall

Take a tour of the historical Manchester Town Hall. Situated in Albert Square, the neo-Gothic structure was built in 1887 and shines as an impressive architectural work. Admire its many grand features such as the statue of the Roman Governor, Agricola, at the main entrance. See also the elegant interior with its lovely vaulted ceilings, staircases and the Great Hall with its beautiful murals. Relax and have a bite to eat in the cafe.

Imperial War Museum

Spend time at the Imperial War Museum and get a great overview of Britain’s war history from World War I to present day. The museum is comprised of five buildings with each being based on different subjects such as aircraft from the two world wars, the HMS Belfast ship, the Churchill War Rooms and more. The museum offers a wide range of intriguing displays, artefacts and exhibitions as well as activities for children.

The Imperial War Musuem in Manchester

Chill Factor

Enjoy fun and adventure at The Chill Factor, an indoor ski complex located in Trafford Park. The centre offers many snow activities like skiing, snowboarding, tubing and luging year round. Other activities include wall climbing, airboarding, sledging and a snow zipper. Visitors can even take classes to learn snowboarding and skiing. After all the fun, shop at the various stores in the Alpine Village.

Inside The Chill Factor E near the Trafford Centre

Victoria Baths

Pay a visit to the historical Victoria Baths. Opened in 1906 as a water palace by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, the Victoria Baths featured a Turkish bath, jacuzzi and two swimming pools. Though the baths are closed at present for restoration, guided tours are offered and well worth taking. Admire the beautiful brickwork with its terracotta decorations, glazed tiles and stained glass windows. The Victorian Baths also host various events, workshops and fairs throughout the year.

Etihad Stadium

Enjoy an hour of touring the Etihad Stadium. With guided tours available seven days a week, visitors can see the players’ tunnel and dressing room, executive lounge and director’s box. Behold the architecture of the vast stadium and learn all about the Manchester United Football Club and its players.

The Lowry

Enjoy a night out at The Lowry. Located at the renovated Salford Quays, The Lowry is a magnificent work of architecture constructed to look like a flagship, and built of metal and glass to reflect the surrounding waterways. Visitors can see live performances of ballet, opera, dance, drama, musicals and comedy and children’s shows as well as art exhibits.

Where to Eat

Some of the most popular restaurants in Manchester include Puccini’s on Chorley Road for Italian cuisine, The Rose Garden on Burton Road for British fare and The Rice Bowl on Cross Street for Chinese food.

For a romantic dinner, try out the Alexandros Greek Restaurant on Palantine Road or Bistro West 156 on Burton Road.

Eating on a budget? Good choices include authentic Indian cuisine at This ‘n’ That or Al-Faisal. Enjoy tasty game dishes like rabbit, quail and pheasant at Hunter’s BBQ. Enjoy fine dining near the Lowry at restaurants like the Choice Bar and Restaurant, Twisted Med and Bohemia Bar and Grill.

Where to Shop

The Trafford Centre offers the latest in designer fashion and accessories while Afflecks features many outlets and vintage shops as well as boutiques specialising in unique items.

Manchester also offers several markets from farmers’ markets to flea markets to flower markets. One of the most popular is the well known New Smithfield Market that covers 35 acres just 2.5 miles from the city centre.

Ross blogs as a freelance writer on blog.netflights.com and loves visiting the city of Manchester.

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