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5 things to do in Manchester

Manchester is the second most populated city in the United Kingdom and growing. The recent creation of Media City in Salford highlights it as a beacon for broadcasting and communications. This vibrant city is host to a range of things to do for all interests.

Explore Manchester’s rich history through its museums and architecture. You can walk amongst Roman fortifications and industrial cotton mills. Enjoy a medley of restaurants and bars as you shop ‘till you drop, or partake in the cultural, music and sporting scenes. Manchester’s multitude of activities makes for a great city break!

The Northern Quarter

In the 1990s the Northern Quarter was regenerated as the centre of the independent music, shopping, café and restaurant culture following the decline of the cotton industry. It is an extremely vibrant area of the city located just off the main commercial shopping streets. Delight your taste buds in the variety of eateries or enjoy a cocktail or two in one of the many thriving bars. Amongst a number of designer and retro shops there is also a great little craft and design centre off Thomas Street.

Ancoats – The World’s First Industrial Suburb

Take a step back in time as you explore north east Manchester. Ancoats is situated next to the Northern Quarter and is a rapidly regenerating area. The gentrification of the area aims to bring the historical buildings to light rather than overshadow them. Modern cultural activities such as nightclubs like Sankeys and music/ comedy venues such as The Frog and Bucket or Band on the Wall are found amongst 18th Century industrial buildings. Take a wander down the cobbled streets and experience a blast from the past.

Castlefield Urban Heritage Park

Located next to Deansgate Station, a mile and a half walk from Piccadilly Gardens or a short tram ride away, Castlefield Urban Heritage Park provides further opportunity for historical exploration as well as a relaxing walk along a scenic canal. Highlights include a Roman Fort dating back to 79 BC and a number of pubs and restaurants. If beer is your beverage, Cask bar is well worth a visit. They stock a comprehensive list of beers from around the globe.

Media City/ The Lowry

Just a short tram ride away from Piccadilly Gardens, this area of the city is home to a number of attractions. The BBC offers many opportunities to be in the audience of shows such as The Voice for free. Alternatively you can book a place on a tour and see media city up close and personal. Across the water is the Lowry. The gallery of LS Lowry’s work is free to enter. Have a go at recreating Lowry’s pictures for your chance to appear on the gallery wall. The Lowry is also home to a theatre which puts on a variety of shows from world famous comedians such as Alan Davies and Bridget Christie to dramatic performances like War Horse.

National Cycling Centre

If you’re after some more vigorous activities then the National Cycling Centre not only hosts cycling events but also gives you the opportunity to take to the track. There is a range of sessions available depending upon your experience. A taster session begins at £12 for an adult and advanced classes go up to £18. Up for something more extreme? The facility also offers the opportunity to have a go at BMX track riding from £7 for adults.

To enjoy these activities and more, book your stay at YHA Manchester.

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