3 Way to Spend a Weekend in Manchester
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Take a look at this travel itinerary and ideas for spending 2-3 days in Manchester and experiencing the city's highlights
Mixing the old and the new, Manchester is full of fascinating and exciting things to see and do. Even if you only have one weekend to enjoy it all. Each day shows a different way of seeing this unique English city.
When Friday rolls around, you'll have 72 hours in Manchester. Start with dinner at Where the Light Gets In, a foodie haven with an extensive wine list and seasonal tasting menu housed in a Victorian coffee warehouse.
After dinner, visit the Barrio Norte for great nightlife. Located between Piccadilly and Ancoats, the Northern Quarter is full of shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants to explore. You can find everything from quiet beer taverns to lounges and clubs with live entertainment and dancing, so there is something for everyone.
Another highlight for your first night in Manchester is the Mackie Mayor Market. The historic market offers all kinds of food and drink in a community setting, as well as great bars for beer, wine, cocktails, and music. If you want more music, go to YES Manchester, a former auction house that has 4 stories with different music genres, bars and food.
On Saturday morning, you will have 48 hours for your visit to Manchester. Start with breakfast at Moose Coffee, an American-style breakfast restaurant featuring morning classics like pancakes and bacon eggs, as well as American-themed breakfasts like Bronx Brunch and Coney Island.
After breakfast, you can see some of the most remarkable museums in the city. The National Football Museum celebrates the city's most valuable pastime and its history with exhibits and artifacts. There is also the Imperial War Museum North, a museum of conflicts that shows the impact of war on society, and the Science and Industry Museum, a science museum in an 1830 train station. You can also visit the John Rylands Library, a neo-Gothic library with an extensive collection of rare and valuable books.
For lunch, visit Home Sweet Home, a charming cafeteria with breakfast and lunch options for all tastes, such as cheeseburger toast, afternoon tea, and freshly baked pastries and coffee.
Saturday afternoon and night
After lunch, you can prepare your meal with a visit to the Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden. The vast park is filled with tranquil rock gardens and heather with walking paths. You can also visit the Chetham Library, a historic 17th-century library with medieval architectural details and an extensive collection of books.
On Saturday night in Manchester, you can experience the city's legendary nightlife. Start with dinner at Mana, an innovative restaurant with an open kitchen and creative dishes using British ingredients such as reindeer moss and corn broth.
After dinner, visit the Dog Bowl for some friendly competition. The elegant bowling alley has a restaurant, a bar and a bowling alley near Oxford Road station. You can also play Junkyard Golf on one of two indoor crazy golf courses, which feature pop culture touches with holes named after clever puns. Like bowling, you can also enjoy cocktails and food at Junkyard Golf.
On Sunday morning in Manchester, you will have 24 hours to wander. Start with breakfast at Koffee Pot, a traditional English breakfast restaurant with tea, toast, vegetarian menu options, Scottish breakfast, and Irish breakfast for a British flavor.
If you bring the kids, you can visit SEA LIFE Manchester to see the marine life exhibits or have fun at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center with construction-themed games and activities. For something more grown-up, head to the Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives to see the city's law enforcement displays at a Victorian police station or visit the recreated Victorian street at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery.
For lunch, stop by Alchemist for creative cocktails and brunch favorites like American waffles and bacon butties. You'll also like Albert's Shed, a restaurant on the banks of the Bridgewater Canal with outdoor seating and a creative menu.
Sunday afternoon and night
After lunch, spend time exploring Castlefield Urban Heritage Park, a park located on the site of an ancient Roman fort. You can walk along the canals to see restored Victorian bridges and houses, as well as a recreated Roman gate. You can also visit Heaton Park, which is home to a golf course, botanical garden, boating lake, animal farm, observatory, and much more.
On Sunday night in Manchester, you can have whatever experiences you missed. Start with dinner at Hispi, a neighborhood bistro with classic cuisine and artistic presentation, as well as a pastel de nata to die for.
If you want a laugh, you can visit Frog and Bucket, an award-winning comedy club that hosts stand-ups almost every night of the week. You'll also like Albert’s Schloss, a Bavarian-themed drinking venue, an extensive beer menu, a photo booth, and theme nights with live and burlesque music.
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