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Published: 19th October 2023

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Our new partnership brings you the latest insights, trends and recommendations in Manchester. Stay tuned for upcoming articles, filled with tips and suggestions to help you get the most out of your visit.

You will never get bored when visiting Manchester. Whether you love a museum or an art gallery, are wanting to visit two of the biggest football clubs in the world, or you are planning on hitting the city’s non-stop nightlife, there’s definitely something for everyone. 

Where to eat


There’s no need to head down under when you can just visit Australasia. This Australian restaurant in Manchester offers a modern dining experience and they even serve sushi at the bar. They’re known to shake some killer pornstar martinis too. 

Honest Burgers 

Honest Burgers in Manchester serve up some brilliant beefy goodness (with veggie and vegan options too) which you can enjoy whilst catching some rays on their suntrapped terrace. Look out for their £8.50 meal deal too - it’s not one to be missed


From dawn till dusk, enjoy an array of carefully crafted menus of tastes and flavours from around the world. The perfect place for a special occasion, a fun evening with friends or even a chilled Sunday afternoon.


The cookie and donut bakery Gooey, is a guilty pleasure you’ll want to keep going back to. With fresh baked treats everyday you’ll definitely fall in love with the gooey goodness. With kiosks dotted around the city and a cafe available you won’t be able to avoid.

Where to drink 

Three Little Words 

Travel through the renovated brick arches at Deansgate to find Three Little Words, a cocktail bar situated inside one of Manchester’s most famous distilleries. Plus, book in for one of their Sunday roasts before catching the coach home, you (and your tummy) won’t regret it. 


When planning a trip to Manchester, ensure to include Provence. This little cafe/wine bar is the perfect spot for a much needed latte after a day of sightseeing. They’ve also got some dreamy charcuterie and cheese boards to have alongside your drink. Ensure you also take advantage of their orange Wednesdays offer - who can say no to a two for one drinks deal? 

Menagerie restaurant and bar 

If you’re heading to Manchester as a group, Menagerie is a fun, eye catching social experience that offers experimental dining, extravagant drinks plus the most instagrammable backdrops. Drink, dance and dine to your heart's content.

20 stories

An iconic hotspot in Manchester, with 360 degree views of the city, 20 Stories sits in the heart of Spinningfields. Offering a glamorous restaurant, lively bar and expansive rooftop terrace you can enjoy 20 stories as a romantic couples date or a group of friends on night out or even pop in after a shopping trip.

What to do

Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four 

Fancy getting locked in a prison cell in Manchester…for fun? Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four is an immersive theatrical experience where you’re required to smuggle in your own booze, dress in prison outfits and get served delish cocktails by prison guards. Note to self: bring your partner in crime on your coach.

Point Blank Shooting Manchester

Test your aim and challenge your friends at this super immersive simulated shooting range, which doubles up as a speakeasy bar. Challenge your friends and family to an action packed Point Blank Shooting afternoon whilst taking your best aim. Under 18 sessions are offered throughout the school holidays too - all that time spent on Fortnite will finally start paying off!

The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience

The popular 90’s gameshow has been brought to life for you to fully immerse yourself in. Get your satin bomber on and take to the game solving challenges and problems. The perfect activity to do as a group, to test your skills and overcome mental and physical challenges the more challenges you overcome the more crystals your team wins.

Chaos Karts

A real life Mario Kart experience, the ultimate group activity with thrilling races, sneaky manoeuvres, and the state-of-the-art projection technology. Chaos Karting is the best entertainment for a family or friends day out.

Where to sightsee

The Bank 

Don’t want to tell your friends you’re planning on sneaking off to the pub? Say you’re heading to The Bank  instead - you wouldn’t be lying. This pub is one of the most historical spots in the city and it’s perfect for a pint. They’re even got an old school library still in operation upstairs. 

The Manchester Cheese Crawl

You feta be ready for this. The Manchester Cheese Crawl is a fabulous activity to see Manchester’s unbelievable sights, whilst eating all the fromage you can handle. Taste loads of samples as you explore, take in Manchester’s history and expand your cheese knowledge. 

Trafford Centre

The world-renowned shopping and leisure destination, The Trafford Centre. The perfect spot for all things shopping, eating and playing, everything you could ever want or need is all under one roof.

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