Travel // A city break to Manchester…

city break manchesterA City break is possibly one the of the quickest ways to recharge your batteries.  A chance to explore another part of the country and indulge yourself in culture and food.  The UK is a wonderland of enchanting cities, sprawling countryside, and cobbled roads. Although sunshine and blue skies are never guaranteed, it is impossible not to fall in love with our country’s many charms, and for those searching for a city break, you needn’t go far from home.

One of the Cities that is high on my ‘must visit’ list is Manchester.


For those who appreciate rich industrial history and cool independent vibe then Manchester is the one to head to.

Manchester’s rich history and contemporary energy combine in its galleries and museums. This iconic British city was at the heart of the industrial revolution, and many of the vast, low-rise factories and storehouses that define its urban landscape have been converted into compelling arts spaces. Recent investment has helped reinvigorate Manchester’s centre, once something of a ghost town: now hipster bars and scruffy record shops mix with soaring new developments.

Dan and I have both never visited, and have heard brilliant things about the cafe scene, shops and restaurants. With it being just over a 3 hour drive or train journey from Bristol, we could easily take off on a Friday afternoon and be back Sunday evening – leaving the kids with their grand parents.

There are plenty of beautiful boutique Manchester Hotels to choose from. I’m thinking of a cute little place, tucked out of the way. Close to independent shops and eateries.

Do you know Manchester?  Got any tips?  Where shall we visit?

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  • There is an awesome little shop just a short train ride out of Manchester you must visit if you are up this way…

    I don’t know where to start on Manchester – just wander. There are so many beautiful things to discover, I frequently just walk and see what I can find. Northern Quarter lovely and quite a few bits double brilliantly for Brooklyn in photos!

    It has an epic kind of feel to it but in a friendly kind of way and definitely a good weekend away. Likewise (and I joked about coming to my shop tho it would be lovely to have you visit) there are many outskirt places just a short train ride away too that are great (Marsden – where I live – brilliant walking territory and Hebden Bridge is quite lovely too). Let me know if you wind up in these parts…

  • Yes, come and see me! The Abel Heywood would be a great place to stay, or King Street Townhouse if you fancy somewhere fancy (rooftop pool!!) I’ll gladly show you both around xx

  • Ooh, I live in Manchester! It’s a great city. I’d definitely stay in the Northern Quarter – that’s where all the best independent shops etc are. The Abel Heywood has rooms, and they’re lovely. Venture slightly up into Ancoats too. Lots of beautiful architecture there (and Rudy’s, which is a great pizza place). It’s also worth taking a stroll around the canals of Castlefield. The People’s History Museum is fascinating – lots about the rise of the Labour movement, women’s rights etc. Enjoy! x

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