To celebrate our newest home away from home opening on the 4th June 2021 in Manchester, we have compiled the top reasons you won't want to miss out on visiting this incredible city.
1) Arts and culture
Since the completion of the £25 million HOME Arts Facility on First Street and the £15 million renovation of The Whitworth Art Gallery in recent years, Manchester's cultural offering has never been greater.
From July to September, Manchester hosts one of the UK's largest public art events, the Bee in the City trail, which will fill the city with huge bee sculptures for visitors to uncover.
2) Museums and galleries
Manchester is full of entertaining and fascinating museums and galleries, ranging from natural history to science and industry, and most of them are free to visit too. At Manchester Museum, visitors can journey through the planet's history and its inhabitants, from prehistoric times to the current day.
Stan the T Rex, a skeletal cast of a terrifying dinosaur said to be 65-70 million years old, is by far the most well-known inhabitant. In the Fossils gallery, visitors can meet him and his companion Percy the Plesiosaur. Visitors can also meet Maude the Tigon from Belle Vue Zoo and learn about Ancient Egypt and other ancient civilisations.
3) Food and drink
It's no secret Manchester's food and drink scene is better than ever.
The city's eating culture provides something for every occasion and budget, with options ranging from exquisite dining at The French, Gaucho, and 20 Stories to indie cafe-bars in Ancoats and the Northern Quarter.
Some of the newest and most exciting places you might like to try are; Catalan restaurant Tast, a collaboration between Michelin-starred chef Paco Perez and Manchester City bosses Pep Guardiola, Ferran Soriano, and Txiki Begiristain. Canto is a new and exciting Portuguese restaurant opened by El Gato Negro chef-patron Simon Shaw in Ancoats. Kala, a new bistro in the city centre from acclaimed chef Gary Usher.
4) The nightlife
The days of The Hacienda may be long gone, but its powerful spirit lives on through clubs like The Warehouse Project, which regularly hosts some of the greatest names in dance music.
From the hipster pubs of the Northern Quarter to the glamour of Spinningfields, Manchester's varied nightlife has something for everyone.
5) The sports
City or United? We'll let you decide...However, surprisingly, it's not all football here.
Manchester now features world-class facilities, including the Manchester Aquatics Centre, Regional Athletics Arena, National Squash Centre, and Manchester Velodrome, thanks to the Commonwealth Games legacy.
The Emirates Old Trafford cricket facility, one of England's most recognised test venues, is also located in the city.
6) The shopping
Manchester is the shopping capital of the northwest, whether you're rummaging through the treasures of the Northern Quarter's vintage boutiques or splashing the cash in the luxury designer shops and department stores of New Cathedral Street and Exchange Square.
The Trafford Centre, one of Europe's largest shopping centres, is also right on Manchester's doorstep.