Be In... Manchester

Considered to be the UK's second city, Manchester is certainly a dynamic destination.

The birthplace of bands like Oasis and The Smiths and home to two rival football clubs and the most famous fictional street on UK television- it is definitely well known. It’s got nightlife, fabulous shopping and plenty of lovely hotels to accommodate you. As many of us know Manchester is huge- the Northern Quarter is a perfect location to grab a cocktail and is also full of vintage shops, Spinningfields has amazing bars and restaurants while Castlefield is one of the prettiest areas of the city. Make sure you explore all of these!

You are never short of places for eat in Manchester. For a light snack try the fab café, if you are looking for some top notch Italian nosh go to former Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand’s restaurant Rosso, or for some delicious authentic grub visit Manchester’s very own mini Chinatown. Known for its nightlife scenes, there are a variety of places to visit from swanky cocktail bars to proper pubs. For a posh night out, hotel bars like cloud 23 in the Hilton Manchester Deansgate and Mr Coopers House and Garden in the Midland hotel are perfect. If pubs are more your thing try The Britons Protection, complete with a lovely beer garden, a real fireplace and small quaint rooms. Being one of the oldest pubs in the city, it is well known for a wide collection of whiskies!

Given its rich musical heritage, Manchester is bursting on the music scene with plenty of places to experience live music. The huge Manchester Arena has played host to acts like Madonna, The Rolling Stones and of course Oasis. If Jazz is more your taste then visit Band on the Wall or head to South if underground dive clubs are your style. Canal Street is also full of bars and clubs, being home to one of the liveliest, biggest and best gay scenes in the country. In August the street comes to life with stalls, live music and a parade for Manchester Pride.

To experience some of the city’s history, there are many museums for you to explore- Manchester Museum, The Museum of Science & Industry, People’s History Museum and The Imperial War Museum North to name a few. You can also wonder around Manchester Cathedral which hides a wealth of history behind its sturdy doors, find your head stuck in a book in two of the finest libraries in the world- Rylands Library and Chethams Library or stroll around Manchester’s art galleries (Gallery of Costume and Manchester Art Gallery).

Manchester has a great blend of large shopping centres, independent shops and boutiques. You’ll find all your high street favourites in the Trafford centre, Oldham Street is great for independent shops and Church Street is where you can browse the markets (Piccadilly Gardens also holds a weekend arts and craft market).

For chilling and relaxation visit some of the city’s parks and open spaces. Piccadilly Gardens has undergone redevelopment to become a major public space, Didsbury St James Conservation Area is a great place to view some of Manchester’s finest buildings and Fletcher Moss Park is full of beautiful botanical gardens.

The average price for property in Manchester stood at £188,747 in May 2018. In terms of property types, flats in Manchester sold for an average of £178,047 and terraced houses for £142,837. This is according to the current Zoopla estimates.

To find out more about property in Manchester visit our Belvoir Manchester Offices- Manchester Central, Manchester Chorlton and Manchester North- to find out more!

Sources; Buildings photograph by Florinel Gorgan | City Scene photograph by William McCue 

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