Shop for big labels at the intu Trafford Centre and the Lowry Outlet Village. Stay at The Lowry for impressive exhibitions and world-class theatre. There’s more top retail at Exchange Square and Market Street, and you can sample the best of British at John Lewis, Selfridges, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer.
Book a cool day out at Chill Factore, with the UK’s longest indoor skiing and snowboarding slope. Take to the high ropes at Aerial Extreme or head out of town to Go Ape Rivington, another tree-trekking adventure with tree-skimming zip wires. Or jump for joy on the trampolines at Oxygen Freejumping.
Go behind the scenes at Old Trafford on a Manchester United Tour and see the museum and the stadium through the eyes of the club’s greats. Keep the tour theme going around the BBC’s MediaCityUK, home to Match of The Day, Dragons’ Den, Radio 5 Live and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Each year, you can catch the Manchester Jazz Festival and the Manchester Literature Festival, and a whole host of other celebrations. Head to the Manchester Museum for 16,000 Egyptian artefacts, cruise the ship canal, or just grab a coffee and watch the world go by at Takk or Fig and Sparrow.
The Manchester playground is just five minutes away. Call a cab and tap into some cutting-edge clubbing and cocktails. Forget Brexit and start at Euro-friendly Albert’s Schloss, a Bavarian bier palace beneath the Albert Hall. Get served the easy way by hitting the ‘push for Prosecco’ button.
Mixology is everywhere in the big city and cocktails have an African theme at Tusk. At The Alchemist, you can admire the dark Dan Hillier artworks as the master mixologists serve you a Shrub a Dub Dub or a Lady Marmalade. At Kosmonaut, exposed brickwork comes with old-style barber chairs and experimental cocktails.
Manchester has a culture all of its own. Check out Home, a new venture offering a 500-seat theatre, five movie screens and studio space. Catch the biennial Manchester International Festival or drop into just about any venue to sample one of the world’s leading music scenes.
Going clubbing? The Milton Club is elegant and chic, while Lola Lo at Deansgate Locks offers a Polynesian interior, tapas by day and clubbing by night. Elsewhere, The Warehouse Project attracts top DJs, while Gorilla offers a high-quality line-up each week across an eclectic mix of genres.