DAY TRIP: How to spend 1 day in Manchester
If I’d told you I’ve been to the UK 8 times I’d really be lying. Not technically of course (I’d never lie to you!), but of those 8 times I’ve been to London seven times (before moving here, mind you). Now that London is my home I figured it’s high time I see more of the UK! My first day trip took me to Manchester, a surprisingly small city known for it’s fun pubs and friendly atmosphere. At only a 2 hr trainride from London, it was the perfect spot to explore in a day!
What to do
John Rylands library
Now, let me start off by saying: I’m a proper book nerd. I can’t remember the last time I bought clothes, but I buy books on a weekly basis. So when I was recommended to go to the library, it was one of my first stops of the day. It’s free, and it’s grand hall reminded me so much of visiting Trinity Library in Dublin. So if you love being in grand libraries surrounded by old binded books: this is your go to, girl. (Also: I went mad buying goodies in the library shop, it’s amazing!)
Even if you can’t visit much in the Manchester town hall, it’s still fun to sneak in and get a feel for the great neo-gothic architecture. I love a great Vicorian building and in the UK you’re really spoiled for choice!
It’s always nice to take a little stroll trough a city’s centre, isn’t it? Like I said above Manchester has a lot of Victorian building I enjoyed seeing, even if it isn’t the prettiest of cities. It’s also super tiny, you’re never really more than 30 minutes walk away from anything.
Did you know Manchester has the second largest Chinese community in the UK? Yep, right after London. Don’t forget to miss the great gate that marks the centre of China town, and have some lunch at one of the many Chinese restaurants!
Like I said I’m not the biggest shopping animal in the world, but every now and then a girl goes wild, amiright? Arndale shopping mall is where to go to find all your favourite brands.
The Shoreditch of Manchester, the hipster area, the liveliest place of the city. This is where all the coolest bars and restaurants are located, and where you’ll find the incrowd of Manchester on the weekends. My recommendations are below!
I didn’t personally have time to visit a museum, but there’s a few that sound like they’d be worth the visit such as the Police Museum, IWM North, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and People’s History Museum Manchester.
Where to eat
For some lovely Malaysian food I’d recommend Ning, a classy restaurant just on Oldham Street. I had a lovely Pad Thai (not very Malaysian, I know, but hey…. sometimes you have your cravings!) which was also quite affordable.
Home Sweet Home
This place in the Northern Quarter was my absolute favourite. Not only are their hot chocolates deadly for your diet (those are the best kind), they also serve amazing food. It’s definitely naughty, but sometimes you have to treat yourself, right :)?
Where to stay
Without a doubt one of the classiest hotels I’ve ever stayed at, super close to the train station as well. Imagine rooms with chester chairs, and beds so soft you’ll have a hard time getting up in the morning. I honestly could’ve lived there! Check recent prices here!
What are your best tips for a day trip to Manchester?
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