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.
Author Elizabeth Gaskell's house has been transformed by a £2.5m renovation. Charlotte Bronte and Charles Darwin were guests at her "Downton"-era home and the tea rooms and gardens are a treat (84 Plymouth Grove, M13 9LW, elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk).
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
Kirkby Lonsdale is one of the North West's prettiest market towns. Enjoy views of the River Lune painted by JMW Turner, Norman churches and lunch at the award-winning Highwayman Inn. highwaymaninn.co.uk
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