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.
Make your way towards the ceiling of a converted Victorian church, aka Manchester Climbing Centre. Facilities include routes for novice through expert and there's a cafe and shop, too (St Benedict's Church, Bennett Street, M12 5ND, manchesterclimbingcentre.com).
One Side to the Other is a multimedia art show at The Lowry arts centre, curated by dancer and choreographer Akram Khan. Look out for pieces by Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor. Until 1 February. thelowry.com
Central St Ann's Square is packed with Christmas markets and gourmet treats at this time of year. The world-class Royal Exchange Theatre is worth a closer look, too. royalexchange.co.uk
Explore world-class art by the likes of Andy Goldsworthy amid the forests and fields of Yorkshire Sculpture Park. There's also a cafe with stunning views. It's about an 80-minute drive from Manchester (West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG, ysp.co.uk).
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