• John Oyston

Manchester for Shopping, Good Food, Museums and Sport

Manchester is a thriving, modern city with something for everyone. Excellent shopping, superb restaurants, interesting museums and world class sporting venues attract visitors to the city from all over the world.


Shopping in Manchester


Manchester’s Arndale Centre is the largest city centre shopping mall in the UK. There are over 240 stores and 30 eating places just a few minutes’ walk from Piccadilly and Victoria railway stations. Round the corner, St Ann’s Square is home to a host of exclusive boutiques selling top designer labels.


Away from the city centre the Trafford Centre is North West England’s largest shopping malls with over 230 stores, including Debenhams, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer’s and Selfridges.


Eating Out in Manchester


Manchester has restaurants for all tastes and budgets. Everything from a traditional British Sunday lunch to Moroccan and Thai cuisine is available. The Rusholme Curry Mile, down past the University, claims to have more Indian Restaurants together than any other city in the country, and China Town, near the city centre has a wide selection of Chinese Restaurants.


Museums in Manchester


Manchester has a varied selection of Museums. The Manchester Museum, on Oxford Road and The Whitworth Art Gallery are traditional museums displaying items ranging from dinosaurs to modern art.

MOSI Photo Paul Hermans under a Creative Commons License
MOSI Photo Paul Hermans under a Creative Commons License

The regenerated Castlefield Quarter, at the end of Deansgate is home to The Museum of Science and Industry and at Salford Quays, about 3 miles from the city centre, visitors can see the paintings of LS Lowry at The Lowry Museum, or visit the Imperial War Museum North. The museums mentioned offer free admission to all.


Sport in Manchester


Manchester is home to two top soccer sides. Manchester United play at Old Trafford and Manchester City play their home games across the city at Eastlands. These are two of the largest stadia in Britain, Eastlands was originally built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and Old Trafford is also used annually for the Rugby League Grand Final.


A short walk from Old Trafford is the Lancashire County Cricket Ground, also known as Old Trafford. Here Lancashire play most of their home fixtures and England use it for Test Matches and One Day Internationals. Both Old Trafford and Eastlands offer stadium tours, taking visitors behind the scenes and on to the pitch.


Getting to Manchester


By Air


Manchester Airport has direct services to destinations all around the world. A regular direct rail link between the Airport and Piccadilly station takes between 15 and 20 minutes.


By Road


The M60 motorway forms a ring road round Manchester, and connects with the rest of the motorway network.


By Rail


There are regular direct services from Piccadilly station to most major cities including London, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Liverpool. Trains to some local destinations, including Rochdale, Halifax and Bradford depart from Manchester Victoria Station.


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