City Guide Manchester, England

Visiting Manchester

Often referred to as the North of England's capital, Manchester is one of the country's most visited cities. And it's not hard to see why. Not only does Manchester boast an incredibly rich musical history and a thriving music scene, it's also one of the top UK cities in terms of shopping. You're never far from the nearest mall or shop-lined street. Sports fanatics will be in their element too, as this city is home to the wildly popular Manchester United soccer club.

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Manchester City Reviews

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    Manchester had boob-shaped hills

    The Man in Manchester stood for boobs because there used to be boob-shaped hills. I foudn that fact very interesting! Manchester is super cool and very fun. It's got a city feel without being super overwhelmed like one might be in London. There are many cool stores and it seemed like everything was pretty much within walking distance.

    Insider Tip:If you have a chance, there's a store called Affleck which is pretty cool. It's a bunch of different stores on one floor. There was a store with 70s female fashion, and then a women selling beautiful rings, and someone else selling steampunk dresses! It was very different but very cool!

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    not the best tourist destination

    THe city is very crowded and there is not much to see. The pubs are nice but you won't find many place for partying.

    Insider Tip:nice art gallery (Victorian and impressionist art)

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    Great city but it's my home city really and I think its best see for yourself...drab looking but literally lots to do!

    Insider Tip:Ask people like me about places to go! i.e locals! as their not easy to find!

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    A Busy City with Friendly Pockets

    Manchester is a city-- there's no way around that! There are some areas that are safer than others, and I wouldn't recommend walking around alone at night if you're a female. Still, during the day, there are great places to explore and plenty of unique shops and restaurants to enjoy!

    Insider Tip:If you like alternative fashion and music, head to the Northern Quarter! Affleck's is a super cool spot that provides a unique shopping experience. Also be sure to eat at Home Sweet Home-- delicious breakfast with an adorable atmosphere and friendly staff!

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    We did not see much of Manchester but the city centre transportation was great, however it was dire on a night for Parklife.

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