All in a Day: Manchester

Date Posted: 04/07/2013

Waterfront - Greater Manchester

Pictured: The waterfront of Greater Manchester offers plenty for groups to explore.

Enjoy a group trip to Manchester, a city offering culture and history from its industrial heritage ‘Cottonopolis’ roots to its guitar-strumming, raving heydays of the Hacienda ‘Madchester’ era.

Groups can discover a destination full of things to do with this day trip itinerary where you can enjoy a variety of attractions offering a jam-packed day out in Manchester.

An extensive summer programme also provides groups with a multitude of exciting experiences, with events taking place at venues across the city including the Lowry, The Quay, and the Trafford Centre.

10am – Discover history on a guided tour

A walking tour of the city is an ideal way to have Manchester’s in-depth history scratched at the surface with an accredited expert guide.

For groups with a specific interest, you can pre-book one of over 100 tours, with themes such as wildlife, music, the weird and wonderful, and even toilets of Manchester.

The walking tours are a great introduction to the city, and groups can learn about Manchester’s heritage whilst exploring its present architecture.

Tours last for approximately 90 minutes, and can be arranged to finish wherever you would like to be dropped off.

11:30am – Visit the People’s History Museum

Manchester is a city with a rich social history and democracy, of which you can find out more with a visit to the People’s History Museum.

Charting the struggle for equality and democracy in the United Kingdom, and teaching visitors all about working class Britain’s fight for justice, groups can learn all about Manchester’s past with an hour-long exploration of the museum.

12:30pm – Enjoy lunch in Spinningfields

After a morning of all things historic and cultural, you’d be forgiven for craving some lunch.

Manchester’s Spinningfields district is home to a range of eateries, including Australasia, The Alchemist, Neighbourhood and The Oast House. Other notable restaurants include Wagamama, Giraffe and Southern Eleven.

The Lowry Bridge - Manchester Quays

Pictured: The Lowry Bridge and surrounding area provides a great way to explore the Manchester Quays.

If you fancy an after-lunch treat, head to Hey! Little Cupcake, where you will find hand-crafted cupcakes and a regularly changing and creative menu.

2pm – Sample the free transport links

Hop on the green Metroshuffle bus from by The Alchemist, which comes every eight minutes (and every 12 minutes on a Sunday).

This will take you towards Shudehill, where you can jump off in time to explore Manchester’s bohemian Northern Quarter.

2.30pm – Feel like a vintage independent in the Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter is one of the city’s unique and vibrant districts; explore vintage and retro delights such as Pop Boutique, Oxfam Originals or Retro Rehab, or check out vinyl stores such as Piccadilly Records, Eastern Bloc and Vinyl Exchange.

Two highlights of the area are Manchester’s Craft and Design Centre and Afflecks Palace.

The former boasts contemporary arts and crafts, which are both produced and sold on-site, in the beautiful ex-Smithfield Victorian fish market building.

The latter is a multi-story, multi-purpose Aladdin’s cave of the weird and wonderful, and offers everything from tattoos and tea parties, to top hats and jewellery.

After this, opt for a flat white at North Tea Power, a milkshake at Home Sweet Home or some tea and cake at DJ Mr. Scruff’s Teacup.

4pm – Art to get excited about: Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery is a short walk away from the Northern Quarter is Manchester Art Gallery.

The gallery offers a variety of art collections in a stunning Victorian and contemporary building. Group travel organisers will find that the venue also offers free 20 minute orientation tours for parties of ten or more people.

6.30pm – Dinner on the Curry Mile

For authentic, worldly cuisine, groups can either head back to Chinatown (Yang Sing, Yuzu and Kwok Man are some of the area’s great options), or hop on one of many buses (42, 43, 142, 143) heading towards Rusholme.

Chinatown Manchester

Pictured: Take a walk around Chinatown and sample some traditional Chinese dishes.

On Manchester’s Curry Mile, you can enjoy foods from India, Pakistan, Lebanon and beyond, in restaurants such as Mughli, Shere Khan or Spicy Hut.

9.30 pm – Cocktails to end a day of exploring

After you’ve enjoyed your meal for the evening, jump back on one of the same buses to head back towards the city centre, where a plethora of bars await you around the Oxford Road Southern Quarter.

For something more traditional, head to The Thirsty Scholar, for bargain cocktails look towards Font Bar, or for everything in between there is The Deaf Institute, Joshua Brooks or Canal Street just around the corner.

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