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 state of the art People's History Museum lies on the banks of the River Irwell which divides the cities of Manchester and Salford. The cafe offers watery views while interactive exhibitions consider British citizens' experience of the past, offering up surprising new perspectives. http://www.phm.org.uk/
Deanna Petherbridge's architectural line drawings leave a lasting impression at this Whitworth Art Gallery retrospective. The show includes 2016 tripych, The Destruction of the City of Homs and rarely seen works from the artist's Manchester residency in the 1980s. An insight into drawing as a form of critical thinking. Until 4 June, Oxford Road, http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/upcomingexhibitions/deannapetherbridge/
Manchester Cathedral has been a site of worship for over 800 years. It's heavy-set, regal structure towers over the western end of Deansgate and have been modified many times over the years. The cafe, Proper Tea, is a local secret, and there's an excellent visitor's centre which includes a remnant of an earlier church from Saxon times, thought to have been built on the site that dates back to 700AD. http://www.manchestercathedral.org
As spring blossoms start to appear, a visit to Fletcher Moss Park and Parsonage Gardens in Didsbury is a treat. Home to a historic rock and botanical garden, tree lined avenues and playing fields, it's a 30 minute bus or tram ride from the city centre. The bars and cafes of Burton Road offer myriad options for a restorative treat. (Millgate Lane, Didsbury, M20 2SW http://www.fletchermossgardens.org.uk/)
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