5 reasons why you should visit Manchester.

*This is a collaborative post* 

Manchester is one of my favourite places to visit in the UK, I think it is an underdog when it comes to cities in the UK and people often overlook it when looking for places to visit. For the last two years, I've stayed in Manchester for my Birthday and I've always enjoyed it and would love to go back just to explore what else Manchester has to offer. I thought today I'd talk to you about some of the reasons I love Manchester and why I think it's worth a visit if you get the chance to do so. 

Manchester is the ultimate place to go shopping, with two shopping centres (one being the Trafford Centre!) and a bunch of department stores throughout the city you are spoilt for choice. If you want to stay central you can visit the Arndale, however, if you're willing to go further a-field I'd totally recommend the Trafford Centre. Plus Manchester has a huge Primark for any fans of the good old Primarni. 

If you're on the lookout for a place for the perfect pub crawl Manchester has you covered, whether you're on a day sesh or drinking throughout the evening, there are so many choices. Have some luggage with you which you don't fancy dragging around (I know them feels too well) Excess Baggage has you covered with an easy drop-off and pick up point to allow you to collect your luggage when convenient. I don't know if you're like me but I do not trust myself with anything valuable when I am out drinking so this is the perfect solution. In Manchester, you have to check out The Washhouse as well as Gorilla, Fab Cafe and the Apocothary. But there is pretty much a bar/pub to suit everyone, that's why it's known as having some of the best nightlife in the entire country. 

Of course, food had to make it on the list, as you probably know, I love my food. With hundreds of bars, restaurants and cafes to explore you're in for a treat! One of my favourite places to go for some grub in the northern quarter where you will find some amazing places, which are unique to the city or chain restaurants such as Chiqutos, Bella Italia and Wetherspoons, of course! I love that Manchester also has a Hard Rock Cafe, as it has its own amazing vibe. 110% would recommend. 

Alternative shopping: 
Manchester is full to the brim with vintage stores, and often you can get yourself some great goodies from kilo sales, or if you're feeling adventurous, I'd recommend checking out Afflecks which is known as a totem of Indie commerce. With floors and floors of quirky little shops, my favourite shops were Bad Mother Sugar, Thunder Egg and Sour Cherry. Dependant on what you're looking for they have some really great stuff. Also, the walls in the place are insane and great for taking fashion posts in the stairwells. 

Other cool places worth visiting: 
For this section, I thought I'd just share with a few of my personal recommendations in Manchester. Firstly is the Cat Cafe, which in case you didn't guess is a cafe where you can hang out with cats! On their website, it allows you to 'meet' the cats to see who you will be seeing on your visit. Next is the Junkyard Golf Club which is my latest recommendation, all I am going say is mini golf meets alcohol and a ton of amazing props. My final recommendation which isn't unique to Manchester but they have a Lego Store which allows you to do a Lego Pick n Mix, as well as making 'yourself' out of Lego which is a super fun experience if you haven't done it before. 


  1. I can’t remember the last time I was in Manchester probably over 10 years ago now. This year I am doing more staycations and will add Manchester to my list.

  2. Ah I didn't realise Manchester had a Junkyard golf too - we recently visited one in London and it was SO much fun!! Highly recommend :)

  3. I grew up near Leeds so did go to Manchester quite a bit when I was living up north. The shopping is great!

  4. It really is years since I've been to Manchester, I am certainly due a return trip to explore more. Mich x

  5. This is a really good guide! I went to Manchester for the Lush Showcase last September and really want to go again to explore the area! x


  6. Despite being born just outside Manchester I haven't been into the city since I was very young. I really must go and visit as it looks and sounds pretty awesome. Kaz

  7. I'd love to visit Manchester as I've heard such great things. I definitely feel like it does have a bit of a bad rep though!

  8. Whenever I’m traveling, Im always curious on the bestseller foods that they have in that place. Manchester sounds a really awesome destination.

  9. My kids are desperate to do the blue peter studio tour

  10. Ah Aflecks sounds right up my alley, I would love to visit! I've only been to Manchester briefly ona . work trip btu would like to change that

  11. I visited Manchester in 2016 and absolutely fell in love with the city and I can't believe I haven't gone back since. I really want to explore it all over again!

    Lucy | Forever September