Sometimes called the capital of the north or England's 'second city', Manchester is known for its prestigious sporting connections, outstanding museums and galleries, excellent shopping and entertainment and friendly locals. Historic landmarks like Manchester Cathedral are complemented by contemporary attractions like the award-winning Imperial War Museum North building at the Quays. The city's incredible diversity is a huge part of its immeasurable charm and Chinatown, Canal Street and Curry Mile are well worth exploring. Those famous football teams are a big attraction and fans travel to Manchester from around the world to see them play.
|Must Know||Manchester is one of the more popular cities in the country and has officially gained the title of the second city of the UK.|
|Must See||John Rylands Library, which opened in 1900, is a stunning Gothic style building and one of the most impressive places in the city.|
|Must Do||Known for its music scene, there are always live shows going on somewhere in Manchester.|
|Did You Know||There are more than 70 restaurants on Manchester's famous ‘Curry Mile’|
When travelers head to Manchester largely depends on what they want to see and do. For example, anyone who wants to watch Manchester City or United playin the EPL will want to book their tickets between late August and early May. May is also time for the popular Manchester Jazz Festival, while mid-July sees the Manchester International Festival dominate the city's cultural life, with global music acts and theater performances. Otherwise, summer is definitely the best time for pure sightseeing. Spring and fall tend to see plenty of rain in Greater Manchester (although attractions will be much less busy). However, between June and the end of August, the weather is usually bright, warm, and perfect for getting to know the city. This period is also the peak period for music festivals and community street events, such as June's Parklife Festival in Heaton Park or August's Manchester Pride. Winter breaks could work well too, with plenty of Christmas Markets, foodie events, and sales at malls like the Trafford Center for visitors to enjoy. Just remember to dress warm and, carry a weather-resistant jacket.