A weekend in Manchester

Discover our top-rated picks for a vibrant Weekend Escape
Princess Street, Manchester

Manchester is England’s second biggest city and, as expected with a hub of this size, it’s a place with something to offer every visitor.

Bustling, diverse and bursting with character, it’s hard to think of a better destination for those seeking a vibrant Weekend Escape. Here are our top-rated picks for a memorable getaway.

Things to do in Manchester

A good place to start your exploring (and soothe any hunger pangs) is the former textile district of Ancoats. Lying to the northeast of Manchester Piccadilly station, this trendy neighbourhood boasts an eclectic food and drink scene – including the city’s newest 4 AA Rosette Restaurant, Mana.

Next to Ancoats lies Manchester’s buzzing Northern Quarter, which hums with the creative spirit the city is renowned for. Look out for the incredible street art – you’ll also find some of the city’s best pubs, bars and music venues here. For a further taste of Manchester’s thriving art scene, a visit to the Manchester Art Gallery is a must.

A walk along Deansgate will reveal the John Rylands Library. Widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful libraries, this stunning display of Gothic architecture is a bibliophile’s dream, housing over a million books, manuscripts and archival items. There’s also a varied public event programme, which is well worth a check before your visit.

The John Rylands Library

Manchester’s history is evident wherever you look – its status as one of the first global, industrial cities is clear in its striking Victorian civic buildings and iconic red brick architecture. Such a fascinating past has paved the way for a world-class museum scene – discover how ideas can change the world at the family-friendly Museum of Science and Industry, and join a march through time at the People’s History Museum. The excellent Manchester Museum is currently closed for redevelopment until late 2022.

Recommended things to do in Manchester

The John Rylands Library

Manchester Art Gallery

Museum of Science and Industry

People's History Museum

Hotel Gotham

Places to stay in Manchester

Five-star art deco-inspired hotels, stylish self-catering and more budget-friendly options are just a few of the available options for those seeking a comfortable bed and welcoming hospitality.

Top-rated recommendations

Hotel Gotham

The Lowry Hotel

The Midland

Malmaison Manchester

Stay Deansgate Apartments

CitySuites

The Lowry Hotel

Where to eat in Manchester

From highly accomplished Scandi-style cuisine to imaginative cooking from a Masterchef winner – you’ll find some of the UK’s best restaurants among Manchester’s vibrant culinary scene.

Discover Manchester's AA-Rosette retaurants

Adam Reid at the French

HISPI

Hotel Gotham

Mana

The Lowry Hotel

WOOD – Manchester

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