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Manchester City Holidays

Eclectic charm in the North West

Hip, trendy, and full of heart, Manchester is a city that knows what its about, and does it with an unapologetic flair that you can’t help but be charmed by. From the worker bees of the industrial revolution to the outspoken suffragettes of the north, and now to its iconic LGBTQ+ scene, a friendly, inclusive atmosphere has always been a mainstay of Manchester. 

Red vs Blue

Football is an important piece of the Manchester puzzle – and at the heart of it lies a great rivalry between City and United. From what Sir Bobby Charlton aptly termed the “Theatre of Dreams” at Old Trafford to the Etihad Stadium, some of the world’s best football has come from these boroughs. Soak up the atmosphere at a match, or book onto a tour of the grounds for a taste of what makes these places so special to so many fans. 

Music, culture, and more

From Oasis to The Smiths – and everything in between – Manchester knows how to do music. While the big names tend to frequent the Manchester Arena, there are plenty of up-and-comers waiting to be discovered in bars and venues across the city, particularly in the eclectic Northern Quarter. This part of town is all about indie record shops, street art, and trendy hipster bars.

When you’re not discovering your favourite new indie band, have a wander around some of the city’s museums. The People’s History Museum is a love letter to the working class, while the Museum of Science and History chronicles the city’s industrial heritage and is a great place to get your geek on for an afternoon.

The pride of the city

Every August the city comes alive for Manchester Pride – one of the most iconic Pride celebrations in the UK. With the first celebrations in the city taking place in 1986, Manchester is truly at the heart of the UK’s LGBTQ+ movement.

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Your Manchester questions, answered

Thanks to the tram and train connections, it’s pretty easy to make your way around the city. If you’re planning on heading out to Salford or towards Old Trafford, hop on a tram and from the centre of town it’ll take about half an hour. If you’re exploring the Northern Quarter, Spinningfields, or anywhere else in the city centre, everything is close enough that you should be able to do it on foot. 
Next door to the Northern Quarter, Ancoats is an up-and-coming neighbourhood that is fast cultivating a reputation as the foodie part of town. With no shortage of great places to eat, you’ll find everything from experimental haute cuisine and Michelin-starred restaurants, to Portuguese street food and Japanese tearooms. The rest of the city doesn’t disappoint either – Altrincham Market’s indoor food hall and The Corn Exchange both have a great line-up of places to grab a bite. 
Anytime you like! No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll be treated to the famous Mancunian hospitality. If you’re a sucker for Christmas markets, the ones here tend to open from mid-November and last until the week before Christmas – but make sure you wrap up as the weather can get a bit cold this time of year. Visit during the summer and make the most of the longer evenings to explore the city. The football season kicks off with a vengeance in September, so bear that in mind when you’re booking.