Manchester

Central Manchester

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Manchester is a wonderful place to live and study in. It was one of the world’s first industrial cities and its rich industrial heritage has given the city its unique, strong and independent spirit. Since then, it has remained one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

With four world class universities, Manchester is the student capital of the UK. It welcomes people from all around the world and has a lot to offer. There are plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants in which to relax and spend time with your new friends. If you enjoy shopping, you will love the Arndale or Trafford Centre, which is one of the largest shopping centres in the country.

There is also a strong creative scene in Manchester. Many modern bands and musicians started their career in Manchester, including the Smiths, Robbie Williams and the Bee Gees! You can listen to live music any night of the week in Manchester. There are also plenty of galleries, museums, theatres and cinemas to visit. And finally, of course, Manchester is famous for football with its two Premier League teams Manchester United and Manchester City. You can watch a match, take a tour of the stadiums or visit the National Football Museum recently opened in the city centre.

Where to go and what to see

The Northern Quarter
Walk around the Northern Quarter in Manchester’s creative heart. Home to many independent shops, cafes and restaurants, it is a fun and welcoming part of the city, especially if you like architecture and street art.
China Town
Manchester's Chinatown is the 3rd largest in Europe. It's home to shopping and restaurants and is the center of the city's Chinese community.
National Football Museum
The Football museum houses the world’s largest collection of football objects and archives.
Bars and Pubs
Visit one of the many quirky pubs and bars in the city centre
The Gay Village
The Gay Village is centred around the lively Canal Street, a pedestrian street which runs alongside the Rochdale Canal.
MediaCity
Home to the BBC, ITV, The Lowry, the Imperial War Museum North, shopping, restaurants and more!
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  • The Northern Quarter is buzzing with creativity. Home to many independent shops, cafes and restaurants, it is a fun and welcoming part of the city, especially if you like architecture and street art. This area looks very similar to New York, so much so part of the Marvel film Captain America was filmed here. A hot spot for Manchester’s music scene too, there is something to do both day and night in the Northern Quarter. The streets are the city’s canvas, so grab a coffee and go for a talk to enjoy some spectacular art work on huge scales.  

Distance from school:  8 minute walk

Manchester’s Chinatown is the 3rd largest in Europe and the 2nd largest in the UK. It’s home to shopping and restaurants and is the center of the city’s Chinese community.

The annual Chinese New Year festival, in February, is a highlight in the Manchester events calendar, it includes stalls and dancing Dragons in the famous parade.

Distance from school: 4 minute walk

The Gay Village is centred around the lively Canal Street, a pedestrian street which runs alongside the Rochdale Canal. You’ll find cozy cafes and exciting bars. It is a fantastic place to enjoy a drink and by the water on a warm summer’s evening or dance the night away!
Lots of people come here for the Manchester Pride Festival each year. There’s an amazing parade and live music, partygoers come from near and far to celebrate together.

Manchester gay village

Distance from school: 3 minute walk

We are so lucky to have the National Football Museum right here in Manchester! Just an easy walk from school, The Football museum houses the world’s largest collection of football objects and archives.  Even if you are not a big football fan it is still a fascinating place to visit.  If you are a football fan it’s truly amazing!

The National Football Museum aims to tell the story of ‘the beautiful game’. With around 2,500 items on display at any one time, the museum gives you the unique opportunity to seen pieces of football history you won’t see anywhere else.

The museum’s Vice Presidents include Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Trevor Brooking and Sir Geoff Hurst.  

Distance from school: 16 minute walk

Manchester is one of the best locations in the UK if you are looking for unique and quirky bars and nightclubs to enjoy a drink and unwind.

The Temple is in an old public toilet, Twenty Twenty Two, a ping-pong bar or The Washhouse, a hidden bar behind a laundrette! Enjoy live music in places like Night & Day, Band on the Wall or at the beautiful Deaf Institute.

The Blues Kitchen on Quay Street is a bustling restaurant bar with nightly live music from big bands and solo artists.

If you’re into gin and cocktails, don’t miss out on Three Little Words bar under the railway arches on Weston Street. The perfect place to relax and enjoy the bar’s cool atmosphere and original features.

Enjoy entertainment with your drink?  Impossible offers an immersive nightclub experience with a catwalk and theatre is for you.

The choices are endless!

 

Home to the BBC, ITV, The Lowry, the Imperial War Museum North, shopping and restaurants.

MediaCity is a hub of culture and creativity. It is part of the stunning Salford Quays development.

Visit the iconic set of Coronation street to walk on the famous cobbles of maybe even be in a TV studio at dock10 where shows such as countdown and The Voice are filmed. 

Then you can enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants and maybe some shopping to finish your day!

Events in Manchester

There is always something going on in Manchester! Events, festivals – there is something for everyone!

Manchester Jazz Festival

17th-26th May

Manchester Jazz Festival is the city’s longest running music festival. There’ll be nightly gigs at Matt & Phreds, events at RNCM, Stoller Hall, Forsyth Music Shop, St Ann’s Church and The Carlton Club, and closes with an extended weekend-long party at Band on the Wall.

South Manchester Food Festival

18th-19th May

Located in Wytenshawe Park and Gardens in Greater Manchester. Prepare your taste buds for a dazzling celebration of all things food and flavour! Live chef demos, live music and tribute acts, artisan markets, street food, bars and comedy. £5.95 entry per person, per day.

The Manchester Flower Festival

Friday 24 – Monday 27 May 2024

FREE! From floral installations to outdoor dining, live music and entertainment, you’re in for a bloomin’ amazing long weekend in Manchester city centre. Free and open to all, come along and see Manchester in flowers. Keep your eyes open as you walk around the city’s shopping streets – and you’ll find all manner of beautiful displays and beautiful coloured flowers.

Buckle & Boots Country Music Festival

24th- 26th May

Buckle & Boots is a country music festival that will host the cream of UK Country talent alongside chart topping US Country stars from across the Atlantic.

Nestled in the picturesque Manchester countryside, Buckle & Boots Country Music Festival has the specific aim to give the UK country fan a festival that highlights our own UK Country artists and sees them sharing the same stage as top US performers.

WOW Manchester – women of the world festival

24th-26th May

WOW is the world’s biggest, most comprehensive festival celebrating women, girls and non-binary people. Fresh from Festivals in Pakistan, Istanbul and Athens, WOW will be taking over Aviva Studios with inspirational activists, speakers and performers. Come and explore the bustling Marketplace, get stuck into a creative workshop or have your say at one of the Conversation Stations.

Food in Manchester

Craving something fresh and delicious for brunch? Look no further than Hampton and Voius They have just opened a second location in Manchester, on the high street, which is only a 9 minute walk from the school! whether you fancy some biscoff pancakes, pistachio and white chocolate French toast, a fresh açai bowl with berries and granola or a sourdough slice with poached eggs and serrano ham, they’ve got you covered.
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