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.
The new Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art hosts a UK-Chinese talent show this month. There's a gift shop selling arty notebooks and teas in this former Victorian market hall, too. From 6 January (Market Buildings, Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, M4 1EU, +161 832 7271, cfcca.org.uk).
Manchester's pop-up street-food slam, Up in Your Grill, takes over a former cotton mill every Friday with DJs and street food in tow (Brownsfield Mill, Tariff Street, M1 2FJ, upinyourgrill.co.uk).
Dunham Massey is a Georgian house, deer park and formal gardens, a 20-minute drive from Manchester city centre. During World War I it doubled as a military hospital, which has been meticulously recreated for the centenary. Open Saturday-Wednesday. nationaltrust.org.uk