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Only 45 minutes from Liverpool and just over an hour from Heysham , Manchester is always a popular destination for those looking to get away for a few days. Why not take your car and fill it full of bargains from the multitude of stores in this area.
The city isn't just for grown ups, it's an urban playground for kids too. With family events on throughout the year, there's always something to do.
From events and attractions to fine dining and a great night out; discover all things to do in Manchester.
Museums, galleries, historic landmarks, a day in the country... or something a bit different. A spectacular range of architectural styles makes Manchester’s skyline a sight to behold. Birthplace of the industrial revolution, the computer, the football league and Top of the Pops, Manchester’s heritage is impressive to say the least.
North of the city - around the towns of Bury, Bolton, Wigan, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford and Tameside - you'll find more than 500 square miles of inspiring countryside, crisscrossed by historical waterways and dotted with picturesque towns and fascinating attractions that make for great days out of the city.
For a pure peaceful escape from the hurly burly of the city, dip into the region's country parks. For wilder scenery there's the Peak District National Park, which takes in Oldham. The exhilarating South and West Pennine Moors run through the region too, offering miles of cycleways and bridleways for walkers and riders to recharge and unwind in the great outdoors.
North Manchester is crisscrossed by canals, a lasting reminder of Manchester's industrial heritage. Then they provided the booming city with a reliable and economic way to transport goods such as coal, iron ore and cotton in large quantities. Today they provide tranquil, traffic-free cycling routes, places of historical significance, havens for wildlife, heritage trails and peaceful picnic sites.
From 1960s pin-ups and 'Mad-chester' to the Britpop acts of the 1990s and the fresh faces of the new millennium, Manchester means music. Manchester's biggest popular music venue is the Manchester Evening News Arena. Other major venues include the Manchester Apollo, Manchester Central (formally known as the GMEX) and the Manchester Academy. There are over 30 smaller venues for signed and unsigned artists of all genres to perform in, ensuring that the music scene in Manchester constantly remains vibrant and interesting. An area known as the Northern Quarter, considered the cultural and musical heart of the city, houses some of the best known of these venues such as Band on the Wall, the Roadhouse and The Night and Day Cafe. Various other venues exist in pubs and clubs throughout the city.
Football might be their biggest export, but cycling, cricket and squash (to name a few!) are in Manchester's blood just as much as the ‘beautiful game’...
Many of the world class facilities were built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and continue to bring top events to the city. The Manchester Aquatics centre has two 50 metre pools and is also used for water polo. The National Cycling Centre is the home of Manchester Velodrome, Britain's first indoor Olympic cycling track and widely regarded as one of the World's finest and fastest board tracks. Add these to Old Trafford and The City of Manchester Stadium and you can see that Manchester has plenty to offer.
Where do you start – how about the Arndale Centre right in the middle of Manchester, then of course there is the unique Trafford Centre where you can choose from over 230 individual stores. Back in town is the Lowry Outlet Mall with 85 stores on two floors and if you take your car you don’t have to worry about getting charged for excess luggage.