Reasons to Visit Manchester in 2017

February 7, 2017

Manchester is so unbelievable underrated. It may be famous for football, Coronation Street and endless rain but If you believe that there isn’t much more to Manchester than that, then you could be missing out on a great city trip. Manchester has so much character and history that it is difficult for anybody to dislike the place. Catch it on a sunny day (they do get a few of those) and you might be really pleasantly surprised.

Here are just a few reasons to visit Manchester soon:


You are spoilt for choice for shopping in Manchester. In the city centre, you have a whole host of shops within the Arndale Centre. You also have a number of the top designer store on the prestigious King Street and a number of chain stores like Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and House of Fraser. Further out of the centre, with great access from the M60 motorway is the Trafford Centre. One of my favourite shopping centres with hundreds of stores, restaurants, bars and entertainment such as cinema and bowling. There’s even a Selfridge’s here too! As far as shopping goes in the UK, you will find it hard to better Manchester when you take into account both ease of getting there and quality and range of shops.

Restaurants and Bars

Manchester has a fantastic nightlife to offer, with clubs, pubs and fancy bars to cater for everybody. Whether you’re looking to sample some locally brewed ale in a warm, cosy pub or you want to take in panoramic views of the city whilst sipping a cocktail, Manchester offers it all.  You can choose from the nice bars along Deansgate or head into the super-cool Northern Quarter.

There are absolutely thousands of restaurants across Manchester to choose from. You can head to Chinatown if you like Chinese food, or sample traditional pub food in one of the many pubs in the region. All the big chain restaurants have premises in across the city and the trendy Spinningfields is a popular choice for people looking for high-quality restaurants. Some of my favourites include Home Sweet Home, Moose Coffee and Almost Famous (pictured below).


Getting to Manchester is easy because it has great transport links. From trains, Metrolink, air, ride sharing services like, buses and cycle paths, there are great transport services across the city so that you can easily get form one destination to another.

It was only last month I was there with Mercure experiencing their city centre hotel which has some fabulous views from their restaurant. Hopefully, I’m heading back next month as I was sent so many recommendations of places to eat. Yes, I’m visiting just for the food.

Have you been to Manchester? Do you have any recommendations?

9 comments so far.

9 responses to “Reasons to Visit Manchester in 2017”

  1. Lucy Cole says:

    Manchester is deffo on my list of cities to visit sometime soon. I’ve done Nottingham, Brighton and Birmingham so far!xx

    Lucy x |

  2. Katie says:

    Ahhh my home city! I’m from a town just outside Manchester and I always love seeing posts like these because it reminds me why it’s such a great city! Having grown up just outside there it’s quite easy to forget how good it is – having moved away a year ago I can definitely appreciate it more when I go back now 🙂 glad you had such a good time there!

  3. Erica Price says:

    I do like Manchester. The only thing I would say is that I wish the city centre were a bit more compact and that there were better links out to the Trafford Centre. I go at least once a year and always enjoy my Manchester visits.

  4. Agata says:

    I’ve been a few times before but never had time to see all we wanted to see. Hopefully some time soon we will visit it again.

  5. Charlotte says:

    I used to love going shopping in Manchester. Used to go all the time but haven’t been since we moved. Love the nightlife too.

  6. Angela Key Milnes says:

    Sounds like a good place to visit with my family. Glad that you share this with us

  7. I was actually born in Manchester, but moved before the Trafford Centre was even made. I went to visit a few years ago and go from time to time. It’s a friendly city with lots of culture. I liked going to the gay village; that’s a good laugh x

  8. Nikki-ann says:

    I keep meaning to jump on the train and visit Manchester for the day or weekend. I’ve only ever been there for gigs or the odd event.

  9. Jemma says:

    Manchester is great, so much to do and see, always a friendly city too 🙂

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