5 Great Things to do in Manchester

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Manchester is deemed by many to be the UK’s second city, and it attracts visitors from far and wide. As with every metropolitan city, there are plenty of ways for visitors – and locals – to keep themselves entertained, from shopping and dining through to clubbing and crate-digging.

We’ve listed five great things to do in the city of Manchester, taking a lot at what makes each choice so special.

1. Cat Cafe

One of the most talked-about attractions in Manchester is the Cat Cafe. Located in the heart of the Northern Quarter, this is a coffee shop with a furry difference – customers can play and interact with the resident cats while enjoying unlimited drinks. A walk past the window of the cafe tells you all you need to know – this is a cat haven. There are 14 cats living at the cafe, and they have all been carefully selected for their breeds and personalities, allowing visitors to interact with cats they wouldn’t necessarily get to meet on a day to day basis. They even host cinema nights!

2. National Football Museum

The family-friendly National Football Museum can be found in the Urbis Building on Cathedral Gardens (the one with the sloped roof!). It’s a multi-floor homage to the beautiful game, with interactive exhibitions and activities that will appeal to football lovers and non-fans alike. As with many Manchester museums, entry is free, so if you’re looking for a way to entertain the family or spend a few hours on a rainy day in the city, there’s really no excuse not to check it out. Bonus – grab a bit to eat in the newly opened Cafe Football, or head up to the top floor to Michael O’Hare’s The Rabbit in the Moon. You’ll find great eats in both restaurants.

3. Explore a Market

Manchester is home to a number of exceptional markets which offer a whole host of homemade goods. From delicious street food to independent craft stalls, you won’t walk away empty-handed. The newly opened Mackie Mayor is a great place to start – the huge listed building boasts 400 seats and exceptional food from the likes of Tender Cow and Honest Crust. With the guys from Altrincham Market behind the helm, you know it’s going to be something special. If you’re a foodie, you might also want to check out Grub – with traders on rotation, there’s always tasty treats and boozy beverages on offer.

4. Visit Castlefield

Castlefield is the centre point of Manchester’s history, and we’ll tell you why. The Roman fort Mamucium was built in what is now Castlefield back in the year 79AD. You can even explore what’s left of the ruins to this day. The area is also home to a number of bars and restaurants and another key element of Manchester’s proud heritage – the canalways. Castlefield makes for a lovely walk on a summer’s day, or even a crisp winter Sunday. Make sure to visit the Museum of Science and Industry while you’re in the area – with regularly noted exhibitions, the museum is one of the best in the city. For afters, we recommend Dimitri’s for some traditional Greek food and drink.

5. Dance the Night Away

Manchester is home to some incredible nightlife, with bars and clubs to suit all ages, styles and musical tastes. If you’re partial to electronic music, we recommend paying a visit to The Warehouse Project. For 12 weeks of the year, the underground dance event transforms a carpark underneath Piccadilly Train Station into a riotous Warehouse party, where music-lovers come together to enjoy sets from the hottest DJs. If you miss Warehouse Project, venues such as Gorilla and Joshua Brooks have a jam-packed calendar all year round.

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