Manchester is a vibrant city with much to offer for every different type of traveller. It’s famous around the world for being the home of Manchester United Football Club. But there’s a lot more to Manchester than just football. With great links to London, Liverpool, and much of the north and the rest of the country, Manchester is a great place for a day trip. It’s easy to visit from Scotland or Wales, as well as the rest of England, and you can take the train in just a few hours from many places. So it’s easy to arrive in the morning and spend the day, and then make your way back home in the evening. Or you can stay the night and make a weekend of it, in one of the city’s many wonderful hotels. Try these different day trip types for a great day in Manchester.
Of course, coming to the city for a football match is the archetypal Manchester day out. See Manchester United play at Old Trafford, or watch Manchester City FC at the Etihad Stadium. If there isn’t a match on, there’s plenty for football lovers to see and do. Visit the National Football Museum, located in the city centre and open seven days a week. Or you could take a tour of Old Trafford when the stadium’s empty, to get a glimpse behind the scenes.
One of the most famous events in Manchester is the city’s Christmas markets. They have the largest Christmas markets in Europe. And they begin long before Christmas, so there’s time to explore. The markets open around mid-November, which gives you over a month to make sure you’ve had your fill. Pig out on all the traditional Christmas market food and drink, like bratwurst and gluhwein. Or find some unique gifts for friends and family. The markets have been going for more than 15 years, and they consist of more than 300 different stalls across the city centre. It may only be there for part of the year, but it’s one of the best Manchester day trips.
Art and Culture
If you’re looking for galleries and museums, Manchester is the place to be. Learn about everything from computers to aircraft at the Museum of Science and Industry, or visit the Manchester location of the Imperial War Museums. Art lovers should try the Manchester Art Museum, which has both traditional and modern artwork on display. And if you love books, the Central Library is a grand building, recently refurbished to update it but maintain its original features. There’s also the Manchester Literature Festival event, and the Rochdale Literature Festival is just a short tram ride away.
See a Concert
Manchester has a lively music scene, with hundreds of venues playing a huge range of music. Pop up to Manchester to spend the day rifling through record stores, and then go and see your favourite artist in the evening. Whether it’s a big stadium or in a small venue like the Night and Day Cafe, you’ll find other enthusiastic music fans to enjoy the show with.