Top Locations in Manchester for a Day Trip
The North West powerhouse of Manchester is one of the most exciting cities in Europe. It’s easy to spend days on end exploring the city centre and its surrounding area, whether you’re heading into town from afar, a northern suburb like Middleton or southern spot such as Bramhall. We’ve chosen five of our favourite Manchester day trip ideas to get you start with your voyage of discovery in this fine city.
A spectacular arts complex perched on the edge of the peaceful waters of the Salford Quays, the Lowry lies between the centre of Manchester and Urmston. You can easily spend a whole day exploring this extensive site, which boasts the world’s most extensive collection of works from Mancunian artist L. S. Lowry among its galleries. After seeing how many matchstick figures you can spot, head to one of the centre’s two theatres to catch a show. The 1,730-seat Lyric Theatre is the centrepiece, and particularly good for dance and operatic performances, as well as popular theatre shows.
Manchester is a hotbed of culture, boasting some of the finest museums anywhere in the UK. The Science and Industry Museum and Manchester Museum are two of the absolute best in town. Even though you could spend all day visiting either, why not keep things fresh by heading to one in the morning and the other in the afternoon? A particularly good plan if you have kids to think of, you can enjoy everything from experiments and interactive displays to remarkable exhibits, and say hello to 65-million-year-old Stan the T-Rex.
If your idea of a great day out is catching some football, the Theatre of Dreams is an absolute must on your day trip to Manchester. There’s plenty to see around Manchester United’s iconic ground, where you can visit the Megastore and Munich Tunnel, but things get even more interesting once you venture into the bowels of the famous arena on a stadium tour. You can take a peek inside the dressing rooms and inner workings of the ground, hopefully before catching the Red Devils in action. Tickets can be extremely hard to come by, so it’s always best to book as far in advance as possible.
Sometimes the best way to see a city can be from the water. A network of rivers and canals flows through the heart of town, including the famous Manchester Ship Canal. Whether you’re climbing aboard a sightseeing tour with some fellow mariners, or hiring an entire barge for a large group, you could even organise a meal and drinks to enjoy over the course of your voyage.
Should you prefer to have both feet firmly planted on solid ground, put them to good use with a day in the vibrant Northern Quarter. This part of Manchester is packed with independent bars, cafes and shops, and there’s always something going on day and night. The place to be in the city centre for live music, just make sure you remember to keep hold of your bags if you get carried away at the vintage shops, boutiques and warren-like Affleck’s Palace.
Whether you’re looking for the best attractions in the city or you’re planning a day trip from Manchester, this is a wonderful part of the country to call home. You can do just that when you buy a modern new build home on either our Stanneylands or Galloway Grange development. Both on the southern outskirts of the city, you can take your pick from a stunning selection of contemporary 3 and 4 bedroom homes.