Cheap flights to Manchester
The most cosmopolitan city after London, Manchester is also one of Britain’s most modern cities, with a youthful and infectious vibe and cultural activities that are a class apart. If you’re looking for a true slice of Britain then look no further than Manchester, often described as England’s second city.
Known the world over for its famous football teams and for being the first industrialised city in the world, today Manchester is a hub of all things cool. Its modern city centre boasts some pretty cutting edge architecture, a cultural scene that is right up there with London and, of course, a nightlife that is renowned as one of the best in the world.
Street food is a real buzzword right now, and nowhere more so than at Castlefield Market and Manchester's pop-up Guerrilla Eats events. Follow @guerrillaeats on Twitter to try authentic chilli, hot dogs and Indian "chaat" in the great outdoors. castlefieldmarket.org.uk
Artist Jeremy Deller was one of the UK's most popular Turner Prize winners and his new show at Manchester Art Gallery looks set to repeat that success as he explores the impact of the Industrial Revolution on pop culture (until 19 January 2014, Mosley Street, M2 3JL, +161 235 8888, manchestergalleries.org).
Christmas Markets take over the city centre this month. You'll find tasty and festive German things in Albert Square with locally sourced hotdogs and pork crackling on Brazennose and Cathedral Streets. From 15 November. manchester.gov.uk
Just a 30-minute drive from Manchester's city centre, an unexpected treat awaits. A short scramble from the beautiful village of Hebden is the natural pool and waterfall Lumb Falls. Come with a picnic and your swimming gear and spend a peaceful day bathing both in the water and sun, away from the city.