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Manchester United Kingdom, Greater Manchester

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  • Shopping (10752)
  • Nightlife (5040)
  • Soccer (2789)
  • Live Music (2288)
  • Restaurants (2257)
  • Food (2101)
  • Clothes Shopping (2022)
  • Museums (1354)
  • Bars (1125)
  • Theater (1123)

Manchester was highly rated for soccer by 21 guests from the United States!

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Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Manchester.

Susan
Susan, United Kingdom

19 days ago Report

Shops are amazing in Manchester, all near to each other which help tired legs. Plenty of places to eat. Christmas market is so pretty. Bus service is very good.
Trafford centre is awesome. The decorations are fantastic. The atmosphere is lovely, and well signposted as it's so easy for a country bumkin to get lost in there. Plenty of facilities to use. Just great. Even my husband loves it there. A fab way to spend a few days in Winter.

Is there more to shopping in Manchester than just brand-name stores?

Jane
Jane, United Kingdom

22 days ago Report

Harvey Nichols is a must. Very different to other department stores. All the staff help each other & nothing is too much trouble. We shopped, had our nails & face done & then ate in the restaurant - absolutely perfect

What was the most entertaining thing you saw in Manchester?

kathleen
kathleen, United Kingdom

11 days ago Report

Lee Evan's playing live in the Phones 4 U Arena
Coronation Street tour
Go karting at Daytona Motorsport

Why do you recommend Manchester for food?

Doris
Doris, United Kingdom

15 days ago Report

You Don't get very far on a pub crawl, the people are very friendly. Museums very informative. So many places to eat from top class restaurants to economical pubs and fast food.

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

SteveLang
SteveLang, United Kingdom

25 days ago Report

Manchester has some fantastic places to eat. Try anywhere in Chinatown, or my personal favourite The Grill On The Alley (pre booking essential) if you are a steak lover.

What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Manchester?

Simon
Simon, United Kingdom

1 day ago Report

Manchester is great, but be aware you may need to queue to get into pubs from a relatively early time ..... which we didn't bother doing .

Recommend the 'Hawksmoor' in Deansgate for cocktails and eating (afternoon or evening)

What makes the people from Manchester so friendly? Tell us your story.

Rosemary
Rosemary, United Kingdom

4 days ago Report

When at the Arena for Caro Emerald's concert the lower steps have no hand rail and a kind gentlemen helped me down to my seat and a helpful lady helped me up the steps afterwards both were spontaneous. Also at the concert I met a friendly couple who bought me a couple of drinks as my flask had been confiscated and they were great company all evening

What did you discover about the museums in Manchester that wasn't in the guidebooks?

Tiina
Tiina, Finland

17 days ago Report

museum events, get current information, like soccer practise at the Football Museum. hands on activities for kids at for example Manchester Art Museum, active experiencing like Museum of Industry and Science MOSI, Manchester Museum. and much, much more.

What makes the Christmas markets so magical in Manchester?

Carlo
Carlo, Malta

27 days ago Report

the atmosphere is fantastic from morning till late in the evening ... all types of stalls nicely decorated that you ll find in every street & square ... nice smell of food & mulled wine (you have to drink a glass or 2 so maybe you feel a bit warmer in that chilly weather of Manchester)!

What makes Manchester one of those classic city-trip experiences?

Bernie
Bernie, United Kingdom

2 days ago Report

Excellent venue for theatres, arena, good transport, rail, trams. Restaurant were within easy walking distant, good variety of cuisine. We were approached on two separate occasions by official guides around the city. Asking us were we lost, and did we need any help. (They did say and show us they were official, saying there are many of them around ) This was brilliant, we have never met guides before in any city.

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Manchester?

Debra
Debra, United Kingdom

2 days ago Report

By vising the Cathedral, we were fortunate enough to arrive when an ordination was taking place and were able to stand and watch the proceedings. We also returned later in the day when it was quieter and a 30 min play was about to start which was wonderful.

What did you enjoy most about bar hopping in Manchester?

Rachael
Rachael, United Kingdom

6 days ago Report

the choice and variety of places to go. You can have a totally different experience each time you go to Manchester; from the down-to-earth pubs to the glamorous cocktail bars!

What is it in Manchester that makes history come to life?

john
john, United Kingdom

15 days ago Report

Manchester was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. It has many interesting buildings dating from this period. Manchester celebrates its history.

What can we expect to get our feet tapping in Manchester?

Rosemary
Rosemary, United Kingdom

4 days ago Report

Great concerts at the Arena (Caro Emerald and her musicians were absolutely brilliant) and The Apollo and excellent classical music at the Bridgwater Hall and the Royal Northern College of music

Where's the best place to go dancing in Manchester?

Anonymous, Unknown location

27 days ago Report

Republic De Cuba -- best bar in town, live band, dj, dancing, got to get there early to get in , free entry , i recommend booking a table if you want food

Which fine art museums should a first-time visitor to Manchester start with?

Chris
Chris, United Kingdom

30 days ago Report

Manchester City Art gallery on Mosley St a block away; also visit the Portico Library nearby (Warm welcome and light meals) splendid surroundings. Don't miss the newly enlarged Whitworth Art Gallery just outside the city centre.
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What's the secret to sampling all the diverse food Manchester has to offer?

Andrew
Andrew, Guernsey

11 days ago Report

Walk around and explore. The transport facilities are excellent so you can cover a lot of ground. My favourite restaurant was a West Indian at the end of Portland street. Great food, highly impressive service and very different. I wish I could remember the name, I'll be going back when I bisit again

How can you enjoy the sights in Manchester while avoiding the crowds?

Fiona
Fiona, United Kingdom

28 days ago Report

Plan out in advance, avoid going on days that Man city or Man UTD have a home game otherwise you'll be stuck in traffic

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