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.
Mountain biking is a cool way to see the city thanks to 12km of National Cycling Centre trails. Taster sessions cost around £10 including bike hire. nationalcyclingcentre.com/mtb
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).
FutureEverything festival showcases the best in new sound, art and electronic culture. Look out for a pop-up "future city" and appearances from Dean Blunt, Tim Hecker and Darkside (27 March - 1 April, futureeverything.org).
Chatsworth is among England's most dramatic country houses. Star of costume dramas including Pride and Prejudice, the grounds are stacked with contemporary sculptures and a choice of cafes and restaurants (Chatsworth, Bakewell, DE45 1PP, chatsworth.org).