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7 things to do in Manchester

Manchester, the home of the famous Manchester United (and some other club that wears baby blue and they’re a bit too noisy for our liking of course.). I’ve been to Manchester countless times, I know it’s over 15 times for sure however I can’t remember the exact figure. Apart from my love for Manchester United, there’s something about this city that will always push me on coming back to it. In this article I’m going to name the top 7 things to do in this mesmerizing, British north west Metropolitan city.

7 – Food – Why is it that I always have to mention food? If you love good food then the former United legend Rio Ferdinand’s restaurant, Rosso, has firmly established itself in the Manchester dining scene for top of the range Italian food. If you like something more simple, head out to Chinatown and enjoy some cheaper authentic Chinese food. I’ve tried Chinese food from literally all over the world, China included, however the ones in Manchester’s China Town surely ranks up there! If Chinese food isn’t for you, be sure to head over to the many restaurants around The Printworks entertainment hub. You can find any cuisine that might satisfy your tastebuds.

6 – The Music Scene – The Hollies, The Smiths, The Chemical Brothers, The Charlatans, Oasis & The Bee Gees! What’s in common with all these great bands? They all hailed form the beautiful city of Manchester. The music scene in Manchester has always been a buzzing one and I’m sure that this won’t change in the future. Back in 2011, my brother Keith, his brother in law Mario and myself had the opportunity to enjoy a live concert of Angels & Airwaves in the Manchester Academy and it was definitely an experience that we will never forget. Yes, the music scene in Manchester is certainly one of the best traits that this city can have to offer. Be sure to check out any live gigs when you’re heading over to Manchester. You’ll be grateful that you did!

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5 – Museums – Manchester is blessed with various museums that will certainly peak your interest. The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) is free to visit, and you can lose several hours seeing a working cotton mill or experiencing a Victorian sewer (including its smell! ). If you like dinosaurs and mummies, then the Manchester Museum is the one for you. The working class history is showcased in the People’s History Museum, which showcases the political struggles for equality in Britain. Being a political animal myself I really loved my time here! There’s also The Imperial War Museum North is housed in a futuristic, aluminium-clad building in Trafford Park, and looks back at the effect war and conflicts have had on the people of Britain and just a 5 minute walk away you can enjoy the famous’ Manchester United Museum. As a United fan you really MUST visit the Manchester United Museum if you’ve never visited before. You’ll get to see all the history of the club, including the Busby Babes area. We all know that we’re a great club with a great history, however you’ll definitely get to learn something new once you visit this museum.

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4 – The Manchester Cathedral – The refurbished Manchester Cathedral hides a wealth of history behind its sturdy doors. The Angel Stone is the last remaining part from an early Saxon Church (circa 700) and was found embedded at the South Porch in the current cathedral in Victorian times. The architecture of the Manchester Cathedral is mesmerising and I’m sure that you’ll love your experience there even if you’re not an architectural buff.

3 – Shopping – Who doesn’t like to shop? I try to fool myself by saying that I don’t like shopping however just ask my dear wife Tiffany! Whenever I’m left alone to wonder in a shopping mall I always tend to spend a little too much. If you love shopping, than Manchester is definitely the city for you! There’s the Trafford Centre, which is home to 280 stores and 5 anchor tenants. The Trafford Centre (now known as intu Trafford Centre) also has a cinema, adventure golf, a Sea Life centre and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre. If you’re staying in the centre than you can visit The Manchester Arndale, which hosts over 200 shops as well. I’ve been to both multiple times and still struggle to decide which one is the best. So save yourself the heartache and visit both.

2 – The Lowry – The Lowry is a mixture of art gallery and live entertainment venue, where you can see theatre and top comedians as well as get to enjoy beautiful paintings. This is of course the place to see some of the Lancastrian artist. The Lowry is also very popular for live shows and if you’re going to spend some days in Manchester I’ll urge you to visit their website and keep abreast with what’s on. I had the opportunity to enjoy a few shows over the years and the level of authenticity and creativity is always something inspiring.

1 – The open spaces – Something which I always love to enjoy at these big cities and at the same time wonder how they managed to do it, is their open spaces. Manchester is one of these cities of course. Piccadilly Gardens has undergone a huge redevelopment to become a major public space in the city, hosting live concerts and events, particularly in the summer. It got various fountains as well as grassy areas to sit and have a have fun with your loved ones.

BONUS! – Hotel Football – Situated just next to Old Trafford, Hotel Football is a new hotel that is owned by Manchester United giants; Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Phillip Neville and Gary Neville. The hotel have an actual 5-a-s-side football pitch on its roof! How’s that for cool? I haven’t stayed in this beautiful hotel yet but I’m planning on it

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Manchester is definitely one of my favourite cities and somewhere that I can never get enough from and that’s not only because it’s home to my beloved Manchester United!

The above article was published in the magazine The Echoes from Old Trafford published by the Manchester United Supporters Club Malta