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
John Rylands Library
People’s History Museum
Manchester Art Gallery
Vogue temporary exhibition
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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Luxembourg is a small European country surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany it is ranked as one of the wealthiest countries. I hadn’t heard much about it before visiting and was pleasantly surprised by Luxembourg. The city is a UNESCO world heritage city full of fortresses castle and old medieval buildings.
This is a cute little vintage coffee shop with old antique pictures and decor. Nice place to get a drink and relax.
This place does the best hot chocolate and also has amazing decor inside, its so girly and pretty. There are loads of flavour hot chocolates to choose from. I choose strawberry pink pepper which was great but a bit spicy. They bring you a mug of hot milk and chocolate on a spoon which you mix into the milk. This is so much better than a powdered hot chocolate! You also get a mug with whipped cream and a marshmallow. If you love chocolate then you definitely have to visit this place.
Accommodation – Luxembourg City Hostel
This is the only hostel in Luxembourg so if you are on a budget book in advance as it was fully booked when I stayed there in August. I met some people in this hostel but its not overly social. As it is the only hostel there is a mixture of ages and some families staying here.
- Free breakfast – bread, jam, cheese, ham & cereals
- Near city centre – close to fortress with great views
- Cheapest accommodation in Luxembourg
- Lockers – bring padlock with you
- Members of hostelling international get a 3 Euro discount
- Wifi – however you don’t get this in the room only in common areas which is a bit annoying
Such a beautiful fairytale castle that is definitely worth a day trip. To get here from Luxembourg city centre get the train to Ettelbruck then get the 570 bus. The bus stop is opposite the Ettelbruck train station. The whole trip costs 4 euros for a return ticket this includes the bus trip. I went at the end of July and they had a medieval concert here it was amazing! It featured bands and a medieval show with sword fighting. You have to get a cable car up to the castle it only costs a few quid and has amazing views.
Information & Tips
- Currency is Euros
- The train station is about 15 minute walk to the old town, turn right when exiting the station and keep walking straight past the shops
- Day ticket on buses is 4 Euros
- Free history museum in centre
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