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How to spend 48 hours in Manchester

December 27, 2016

Manchester is one of the most popular UK cities to visit and it’s easy to see why. With it’s iconic music scene, industrial history and superb shopping. Manchester is bustling with character with a mixture of old and new architecture. If you love quirky vintage shops then Manchester is the place for you. I recently visited Manchester for a weekend away. I have been trying to explore more of the UK and I love heading up North as the people are so friendly!

Free things to do in Manchester


Town Hall


John Rylands Library


Manchester Cathedral


People’s History Museum


Central Library


Manchester Art Gallery 


Vogue temporary exhibition

Manchester Quays


Vintage shopping

There are a lot of vintage shops to explore in Manchester most of them are found in the Northern Quarter.

Where to eat

Annie’s is owned by actress Jennie Mcalpine who plays Fiz in Corrie. I had a lovely hot choc with biscuits. They offer afternoon tea, mains and desserts. They also have a take on the Rovers staple called Annie’s hot pot.



Federal Cafe – This is a New Zealand/Australian cafe which is a great spot for brunch, it was super busy when I went.


Have a drink at Sinclairs’ Oyster bar



Hatters Hilton Chambers 


Photo from Hostelworld

  • Free breakfast – toast or cereal
  • Different activities such as pub crawl, walking tours etc
  • Free Wifi
  • Communal kitchen and TV lounge – good for meeting new people
  • Prices start from £12


  • Manchester is pretty easy to get around by foot
  • There are also plenty of bus’s and trams if you don’t feel like walking
  • Parking is so cheap compared to the South I parked all day for £2.50 in Rochdale car park check out Parkopedia to find the cheapest car parks

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  • Reply Pete Hillman December 27, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Your photographs are so full of vibrant energy! The colour and light are magnificent! Great way to advertise this city and its attractions.

  • Reply Halee Pagel December 27, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I’ve only flown into the airport. I’d really like to visit! How many days do you recommend staying?

    • Reply enjoytheadventures December 27, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      At least 2 days. I saw most of the things I wanted to in 2 days but I could have spent a few days more exploring 🙂

  • Reply jebusandandrea December 27, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Very nice. I love the photos in the library.

  • Reply Jim December 27, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    loved the post and the pics. thanks for taking us there and whetting our appetites.

  • Reply Browsing the Atlas December 27, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I actually did only spend 48 hours in Manchester a few years ago. I had to go visit the Manchester United stadium and also took a tour of the underground bomb shelters. There was plenty to do to fill a weekend. I’d love to go back!

    • Reply enjoytheadventures December 27, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      The underground bomb shelters sound interesting I’ll check them out next time I head to Manchester 🙂

  • Reply Jirah Merizz December 27, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Manchester is added to my bucket list! What an amazing post and love the photos !! x

  • Reply Kritt Normsaskul December 27, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Great post and wonderful images, Jess 🙂 Have a wonderful new year

  • Reply 1944april December 27, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Manchester has changed since I lived there in 1970 -72 :-o)

  • Reply middleofnowhereweb December 27, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    I loved this little, enchanting trip to Manchester… Thanks so much!! 🙂

  • Reply mavimet December 29, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Looks amazing – thanks 🙂

  • Reply PrayThroughHistory December 30, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Good post! Got to play some shows w/ “oldguard” manchester bands in the 90’s: stone roses, inspiral carpets and they were good, real people. Reminded me of people here in the Midwest US.

  • Reply chiarascorners December 30, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I just discovered your blog today! I really am enjoying it! I love this post, the pictures are so beautiful! Thanks for posting, looking forward to reading more! following you right away! xx

  • Reply Steph (Nourish ME) (@stephhartley4) December 30, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    I’m so determined to travel around the UK more in 2017, and I’ve never been to Manchester so this looks INCREDIBLE. Thank you for all the inspo!

    Steph –

    • Reply enjoytheadventures January 3, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Thanks! I want to explore the UK more too. Manchester is definitely worth a visit!

  • Reply adele miner December 31, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I’ve never been to Manchester but i’ve heard lots about it, your pictures are just stunning! I need that hot chocolate haha.

  • Reply emmanic January 1, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    I have just discovered your blog and absolutely fell in love with it! Your travel guides and posts are so interesting and inspirational. I would love to travel to all the places you have discovered and more one day. It is so interesting to see the different things you can do and see in these countries.

    • Reply enjoytheadventures January 3, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Thank you! I’m glad you like the blog. I hope you get to travel a lot in the future 😊

  • Reply Aleeha January 2, 2017 at 1:09 am

    I live about half an hour away from Manchester so go there quite often. The Trafford Centre and Arndale centre are great places to go shopping.
    Aleeha xXx

  • Reply afarawayhome January 2, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    These are some of my favourite things to do in Manchester! I love to visit the Museum of Science and Industry, it’s also free and so so interesting (there are real live working trains and looms!). I also once went on a lovely walk down the canal to the roman fort at Castlefield 🙂

  • Reply daintydweeb January 3, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I only live a short drive away from Manchester, but strangely I have never been – only when I’ve flown from the airport! Maybe I should set aside a few days to pay a visit!

    Kayla |

  • Reply Image Earth Travel January 4, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Brought back many memories from my visit there in 1985! I stayed at the Youth Hostel somewhere there and wonder if it’s still around…

  • Reply Diana January 8, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I’ve never been to Manchester and it’s on my list to visit, this has definitely made me want to go, it looks so nice, i love travelling now and really want to explore more of the UK this year but save for bigger trips too.

  • Reply nunomaulide January 8, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Very nice post – the pictures are great! I’ll make sure to follow your suggestions next time I’m in Manchester.
    Thanks for following our blog!

  • Reply equinoxio21 February 3, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Quite lovely, I’d never have thought that of Man(chester)

  • Reply beetleypete February 19, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Was it raining?
    The last time I was i Manchester was in the early 1970s. I had to be there, so made the best of it.
    You have actually managed to make it look like a ‘destination’. Well done for that, they should give you a job on their Tourist Board.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  • Reply annagoestoconcerts February 23, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Some stunning photographs of Manchester! Even though I’ve lived here all my life, I’ve still not explored all the places you’ve listed! Need to get onto that haha 🙂

  • Reply The Sweet Seven Five February 28, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Lovely little guide! I love People’s History Museum! And also just wandering around the canals! I definitely need to try Annie’s sometime too 🙂

    Yasmin x
    The Sweet Seven Five

    • Reply enjoytheadventures February 28, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks yeah the museum was great! Yeah try Annie’s its really cosy in there 🙂

  • Reply setinthepast March 5, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Very glad you liked our lovely city :-).

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