Local band The Smiths once sang “Oh Manchester, so much to answer for”, but this is an unfair representation of one of England’s friendliest cities which has just as much to offer as London, without the overcrowding and frantic way of life. Great food, a variety of museums, parks, football, history... there are so many reasons that Manchester should be your next destination. As the locals say, you’ll be mad fer it!
While you may experience the sun, make sure you have your umbrella handy when visting Manchester in autumn
What about the weather?
If you’re going to Manchester expecting great weather, we greatly admire your optimism. It’s a city which is more than capable of glorious sunshine, but it’s much more likely that you’ll get to experience the (in)famous Manchester rain. It’s capable of taking you from 0 to soaking in 60 seconds flat, so make sure you take a sturdy umbrella.
While many visitors to Manchester take in a football game or two, there's plenty to do outside of the stadium
What you should I pack?
As well as the umbrella and a dry change of clothes, there are plenty of other things you should pack to make the most of your trip. Many people visit the city to take in a football game, with two world-famous clubs attracting thousands of supporters on a weekly basis. Be sure to bring your shirt or scarf if you’re coming to a match!
Manchester's multicultural history means you're never short of choice when it comes to food
What should I eat?
You’re never stuck for choice in Manchester, with the multicultural history of the city leading to a plethora of choice wherever you go... apart from one single street. Wilmslow Road is better known as the ‘Curry mile’, where you can eat whatever you want, as long as it’s curry! If that’s not your thing, the city offers everything you could ever need, with plenty of great options for vegetarians and vegans as well as meat lovers.
The Northern Quarter is a great spot for trying something a little different, with plenty of quirky restaurants that go the extra mile to ensure they don’t serve up the same old dining experience. If you’re looking for something sweet, this is also a great area of the city to try out a cake or other delicious dessert.
Manchester's musical history makes it a popular spot for both well-known and up-and-coming artists alike
What should I do?
As mentioned earlier, visiting a Manchester United or Manchester City match is a big reason for many people to head to the city. If live music is more your thing, you’re also in luck! The city is famous for producing great bands, which means it’s a popular tour spot for well-known artists, as well as a haven for spotting the next big thing before they make it to the world stage. If there is a show on, be sure to get a ticket. If there isn’t a show on, look harder! There’s bound to be something…
If you prefer history, there are many reminders dotted all over the city of Manchester’s involvement in the industrial revolution. Explore them on foot at a leisurely pace and remind yourself what put Manchester on the map, and why you’ll be glad you added it to yours.