The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a beautiful country. There are multiple cities in this country that are on every traveller’s wish list. Unsurprisingly, the capital city of London takes the top spot on many wish lists. However, there are numerous other brilliant cities in the UK that should not be overlooked. With that in mind, in this article, we cover what we believe are the best things to do in Manchester.
Manchester is a city that is well known for many things. These range from culture and music to its immense prowess at multiple sports. We will cover the best that the city has to offer later in the article, so as to give each item the attention it deserves.
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Visit the Etihad Stadium
Since its investment in 2008, Manchester City has enjoyed incredible success, going on to become a powerhouse in the English game. An undeniable marker of such success (besides the haul of trophies) is the incredible Etihad Stadium.
A tour of the Stadium will allow you to go behind the scenes. On this tour, you will uncover the storied history of the club. You’ll also be able to access all the areas that fans are usually not allowed to go to. Why settle for seeing the dressing room area on television when you can see it for yourself in person?
Fun fact: Did you know that Manchester City is the 5th-most successful club in England? Altogether, Manchester City has won 28 major honours.
Manchester may certainly be known for its immense sporting prowess, however, it is also the best place to experience some truly stunning and highly entertaining plays.
You may understandably be confused by its somewhat ambiguous name. ‘Six’ is, in fact, a unique take on Henry VIII’s marriages. Believe us, whatever you may have been expecting, we highly doubt it will have been anywhere near close to this. The wives in question have had enough of trying to fit into high society and most certainly have had enough of the King himself! So naturally, they decide to form a girl band and go on tour.
We did tell you it’s not something you were expecting! The play is as enjoyable as it is outright bizarre, and the play provides an evening of pure entertainment. What’s more, you can book tickets to see it for yourself here.
Take a tour of Old Trafford
Whether you like them or not, there is no denying that Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in world football. They have produced so many quality players and teams over the years, with perhaps the best example of this being the ‘Busby Babes’. In more recent times, the club has seen the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes become legends at the club.
A tour of this brilliant ground is the best way to witness and appreciate the stadium and the success contained within. Old Trafford is not only a beautiful ground, but it is also brimming with trophies. Currently, the stadium can boast a record 20 League Titles, 12 FA Cups and 3 Champions League titles, among numerous other trophies!
A brief history of Manchester United
Manchester United was formed in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club. On the 20th of November 1880, they competed in their first recorded match. They wore the colours of green and gold and were defeated 6–0 by Bolton Wanderers’ reserve team.
In January 1902, with debts of £2,670, the club was served with a winding-up order. However, a group of local businessmen saved the club by investing £500 each. However, the businessmen wanted a direct say in how the club was run. As a consequence of the takeover, the club’s name was changed on the 24th of April 1902. The club that we now know today as Manchester United was officially born.
The club won its first League title in 1908 and its second title in 1911. However, between 1922 and 1934 they became a yo-yo club, getting promoted to the First Division and then suffering relegation to the Second Division shortly after. Matt Busby took over between 1945 and 1969 and saw an era of success that still defines him as one of the best managers that Manchester United have ever had.
Visit Old Trafford Cricket Ground
No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. There really are two stadiums called Old Trafford in Manchester! Old Trafford is the home of the Lancashire County Cricket Club.
With its long and storied existence, it should come as no surprise that Old Trafford is full of history. To name just a couple of examples, the ground hosted the first Ashes Test in 1884, and has also hosted the Cricket World Cup 5 times! With its rich cricket history, visiting Old Trafford is one of the best things to do in Manchester. Just make sure you ask for directions to the correct Old Trafford!
Fun fact: Did you know that Old Trafford is England’s second-oldest cricket ground? The only ground older than Old Trafford is The Oval in London!
Watch ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’
We are ending this article by going back to the plays, and we are most certainly doing it with good reason. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is one of C.S. Lewis’s best pieces of work. Witnessing the play for yourself is one of the best things to do in Manchester.
The book tells the story of four children who were evacuated to the countryside during the Second World War. Upon arriving at their new home, they stumble upon a wardrobe that leads to the magical land of Narnia. The four children later learn that they are integral to fulfilling a prophecy that will save Narnia from the clutches of the White Witch.
Although it is a children’s novel, it is a brilliant read that anyone can enjoy. The stage adaptation takes the brilliance of the novel and creates an enchanting visual experience that will delight all ages. This play will allow you to experience this captivating story like never before. Best of all, you can book your tickets here!
The best time to visit Manchester
The best time to visit Manchester is during the summer months of June, July and August. This is when the weather in Manchester is at its warmest. The average respective temperatures are 14 degrees for June and 16 degrees for July and August. Of course, it can often get warmer than that during the summer. However, you should still be easily able to enjoy sightseeing and walking around the city.
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