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A seasonal guide to Manchester

Culture, entertainment, and fun-filled events mark Manchester's annual social calendar. Browse the seasonal markets and world-class shopping during the drizzly winter months, explore the historic town centre with the spring blossoms in bloom, enjoy a summer night out at one of the city's near-legendary nightlife venues, or attend one of the many fall festivals. Whatever you're in the mood for, there's never a bad time to visit Manchester.

Rain or shine, there's much to do in Manchester during the winter

Rain or shine, there's much to do in Manchester during the winter

Winter

Though it vies with Birmingham for the title of England’s ‘Second City’, Manchester offers so much culture, entertainment and fun activities you’d be surprised to think it could be considered second to anywhere. This is a city that’s enjoyed a well-deserved renaissance, and there’s no better way to experience it than in winter. Those bright and breezy winter days can be spent perusing Christmas markets and the winter wonderland of Heaton Park, and if that classic British drizzle rears its head then consider yourself lucky. Now you’ll be able to explore the history, industry, museums, sporting prowess and world-class shopping Manchester has to offer!

The city's centre is best explored during the warm, green spring months

The city's centre is best explored during the warm, green spring months

Spring

Manchester’s historic town centre looks as appealing as ever when the blossom is in bloom and the skies are full of spring sun. After you’ve marvelled at the splendour of the Victorian Town Hall, you can really begin your exploration of Manchester. Whether you’re looking for high culture or some serious retail therapy you’re in for a treat, and this vibrant, arty city always has loads of gigs and theatre to choose from if you fancy a night of culture.

Manchester comes alive during the warm summer nights

Manchester comes alive during the warm summer nights

Summer

Summer is a time for partying in Manchester. As well as the city’s near-legendary nightlife (offering everything from classic British pubs to ultra-chic high-rise bars) there’s the annual Manchester Day in June, which celebrates everything about the city and its residents with a colourful procession of parades, stalls and music. And speaking of the residents, Manchester is regularly voted as one of the friendliest cities in the UK. If you’re stuck for your next sizzling summer experience, just ask a local!

Manchester in the fall offers the perfect mix of city and nature

Manchester in the fall offers the perfect mix of city and nature

Fall

If you’re looking for an autumn break that balances the verve and vibrancy of city living with the pleasure of getting back to nature, Manchester offers the perfect mix. The city itself, with its exciting blend of the old and the new, offers a wealth of activities and experiences. World-class museums and contemporary art galleries vie for your attention with festivals dedicated to science and literature, and the buzz around the city’s restaurants is more than well-earned. Fancy appreciating the countryside in all the splendour of autumn? The magnificent Peak District is less than an hour away.