I’m a 26 year old Mancunian with a serious passion for travel. I created my blog, Daisy Grey, to share my world with anyone who wants to join it! I have made it my mission to travel & see as many different places I can, before I’m 30. But, no matter how far I go, nothing seems to beat my beautiful home city of Manchester. I dedicate a whole section of my blog, to all the amazing things that happen throughout this city. Including the best places to eat, drink, shop & visit.
Why I chose to write about Manchester…
Although I may be a little bias, even though I’ve been lucky enough to visit some of the biggest & most beautiful cities across the world, Manchester is still my favourite. From the Northern Quarter to Deansgate locks, this city holds some of the best people, food, fashion & art that you would be hard pressed to find, anywhere else in the UK. When I first saw that Steph was looking for bloggers to write about a place they love in the UK. I jumped at the chance to write this post, as now more than ever, I am unbelievably passionate about my city.
5 things to see and do in Manchester
If I was asked by stranger, what could I do in Manchester over 48hours? The list could be endless. But, I eventually managed to put together a list, of 5 things to do in this city that will fill 48hours. Thankfully, we have a great Metrolink system (aka: the Met) which can get you all around the city quickly.
Loose yourself in the Northern Quarter.
This beautiful part of the city is full of independent coffee shops, art galleries and amazing vintage stores. Spend a morning, getting lost & walking around its streets. Take in the street-art and enjoy all this place has to offer. If the night life is more your thing, then come back after 10pm and the cafes are transformed into chic cocktail bars.
Whitworth Art Gallery
There are countless galleries across Manchester, but the Whitworth is one of my favourites. Spend an afternoon visiting this amazing space. The gallery sits among the campuses of Manchester University, in its own park. The gallery’s exhibitions change regularly and they hold different types of events almost every weekend throughout the year. Including outdoor cinemas, live music, artist workshops & family fun days. Before you visit, make sure you check out their website for what event they have on!
Something you can do, during your weekend in Manchester, is take in the street art. Across the city, we have always celebrated our street art (or graffiti). I’ve seen street art from New York to Berlin and we still have some of the best. Especially since May, street art has taken over the city. It would be hard for anyone to visit Manchester and not see the messages of love, peace and acceptance which have appeared all over the city.
Manchester has been (and still is) home to some of the best music in the world. Oasis, Joy Division, The Stone Roses, The Courteeners ..the list is endless. A great way to spend a couple of hours and immerse yourself in the Mancunian culture, is to join one of the cities music tours. You can see the places which inspired some of the most iconic northern bands; where they recorded some of the most infamous music, the places where music videos were filmed, where album covers where shot and even the bands favourite places around the city.
If you’re a bit of a foodie, like me. There is a great food culture in Manchester. There are hundreds of amazing restaurants, street food vendors & independent shops which create amazing & diverse foods. A collective of these people have come together, through Grub MCR, to create a new street food fair. This takes place every Friday & Saturday at The Mayfield. This old railway station, behind Piccadilly, has been renovated into the perfect space to spend a couple of hours to enjoy great food, craft ale, cocktails and DJ’s. What more could you want?!
Nicola’s Recommendation for Food & Drink in Manchester
Brunch is one of the many things that Manchester does really well. If you visit the northern quarter, I would definitely recommend a visit too Trof. This little & unique café serves, amazing and locally source food, in a relaxed atmosphere.
If you fancy something a bit ‘posher’, then you have to visit the The Refuge. Located in The Principal hotel, not only does this restaurant have some of the highest quality food & cocktails in Manchester, it has the most beautiful (Instagram worthy) aesthetic!
A map of things to do in Manchester…
Other recommendations from Daisy Grey
- John Rylands Library
- China Town
- Gay Village
Things to see & do
- Museum of Science & industry
- Manchester Art Gallery
- Breakout Manchester
Food & Drink
- Federal Café & Bar // Great for Brunch
- Northern Soul Grilled Cheese // Perfect snack / quick lunch
- Viet Shack // Perfect snack / quick lunch
- Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn // Amazing Mexican food & cocktails
Thank you to Nicola for taking part in the Travel in the UK Guest Blogger Series. You can catch up with the rest of the series on Steph’s World.