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A quick flight from London will take you a city that really knows how to live. Named as one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 travel destinations for 2016 - allow me to share a few reasons why Manchester’s unquestionably one of the topnotch places to visit in the world.
Arts and Culture
The previous year has witnessed the opening of the £25 m HOME arts centre in First Street and the long-awaited reopening of the Whitworth Art Gallery after a £15 m renovation. There’s no doubt that the future for the city’s art scene looks amazing.
There have been plans for a £110 m new arts space - The Factory - replete with a 2,200-seater theatre, at the old Granada Studios site. It’s being turned into a new innovative neighbourhood in Manchester.
Manchester, home to the UK’s museum of the year “The Whitworth”, has been welcoming many visitors since it was reopened in February last year. And there have been an exceptionally high number of visitors at the Imperial War Museum North in Trafford. Two million people a year visit Manchester’s award-winning museums and galleries.
Fond of going on a shopping spree? The city of Manchester has loads of retail pleasures from home-grown designers Vivienne Westwood and Vicki Martin, Selfridges and Harvey Nicks, through to the awfully luxurious Hermes and finally a mix of independent stores in the stylish Northern Quarter.
Manchester is a city which knows no boundaries and a blend of old and new - the architecture will definitely take your breath away. It’s the city where the Industrial Revolution meets the space-age. The fascinating building design will make you admire the Gothic turreted elegance of the Rylands Library on Deansgate.
The colossal presence of the cathedral which survived the Blitz, Chetham’s School of Music and the first free public library dating back to 1655 which was a meeting spot for Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Do visit the Manchester Town Hall, in Albert Square - the best single monument to high Victorian design in the country.
Whatever you want to do on a night out, there’s simply no shortage to the number of options in Manchester. There’s a wide range of great restaurants, bars, pubs, nightclubs, comedy venues, cinemas and theatres.
Whether you want to chill-out to live Jazz at Matt and Phred’s in the Northern Quarter or listen to one of the great indie bands at the Academy, you’re bound to have the time of your life in Manchester.
Truly considered Britain’s new cultural capital - there’s a lot this English city has been blessing tourists with for long. May have been built on the heavy industry on the Industrial Revolution but since the 2002 Commonwealth Games - the city takes pride for re-inventing itself as a world capital of the arts. Compare flights to Manchester and visit one of the best places to visit in the world.