Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Wolverhampton - York - Durham - Edinburgh
  2. 2 Train Travel Northern Italy
  3. 3 Netflix and Hulu
  4. 4 Help!!!!! I'm traveling alone, to Ireland this summer, is it safe?
  5. 5 3/4/ days South of France
  6. 6 London vacation, 1st time in UK
  7. 7 Granada to Madrid
  8. 8 Trying to decide on a Colmar hotel for 4 nights
  9. 9 1 hour from Stockholm to Nynashamn
  10. 10 Gluten Free in Italy
  11. 11 Trip Report Our Fabulous South-West France Adventure - September 2014
  12. 12 Advice on Bethnal Green, Shoreditch area London
  13. 13 Trip Report Catalunya, Cathars and Castles (and vino!)
  14. 14 Help with Italy Itinerary: October 2016
  15. 15 Change of Itinerary? to Refocus on Basque country (Spain&France)
  16. 16 Restaurant Recommendations in Rome
  17. 17 ATM card woes in Dublin
  18. 18 French open 2017
  19. 19 Dublin Ireland Theatre Advice Needed
  20. 20 What do pack for Ireland?
  21. 21 Train & Car Rental Logistics from Florence
  22. 22 Nocelle on the Amalfi Coast
  23. 23 Paris Architecture - tours or guides you can recommend?
  24. 24 Paris hotels
  25. 25 Advice please: 10 days in South-West England with a toddler
View next 25 » Back to the top

Manchester: No bloody clue what to do. And a sidetrip to York.

Jump to last reply

Booked flight for next to nothing (€50/40 GBP incl. taxes and fees is not that bad for a return flight Wed-Sun in high season), got an impressive hotel for four nights (The Britannia, and you may later understand why I HAD to book it) and DO have more than one clue what to do.

But I'd love to get some help sorting out my wishlist of places to see and visit.
These days in and around Manchester should, and hopefully will be devoted to railways, landmarks of the age of industrialisation, architecture (not necessarily only Victorian, though), and - if there is time - a house or garden.

I will land at MAN in the evening around 6, so day 1 will probably just be a pub meal, a short walk around, and maybe another pub.

For the following days I have identified as potential points of interest:

1. Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). I am pretty confident that it is a must-see. Will be somewhat resistant to opposing views.
2. People's History Museum. Never seen a museum with a thematic approach like that, so I am curious. Unless you say it's nonsense.
3. John Rylands Library. After browsing the website, I am still not 100pct sure how "open" it is to the nosy non-academic public. Would anyone know?
4. Town Hall. Another question: To see more of it than just the hall, am I right to assume that one has to join one of the official tours or walks? And, is it "worth" it?
5. Manchester Cathedral. Looks grand, it's there. So why not.
6. And, in general, just roaming around through the city centre.

One day, and it will probably be the Friday, will be devoted to a pilgrimage to York to visit the National Railway Museum.

So, after you probably got bored to death already, I would like to inquire about the following:
1. Are there any (insert the "q" word) villages or small towns or stately houses and gardens around Manchester which would make a nice 1/2 day trip. Accessibility with public transport would be a must, though I would have no problems with walking 1 or 2 miles from the next station.
What I have found on the web is Hall i' th' Wood. That type of timber architecture or similar would be interesting to see.
2. Which part of Manchester would you recommend to find nice pubs. Not so much high-end gastro pubs, but more regular places which also serve regular food.. pies and such.
3. Feel free to mention anything that you find missing on my "must see list". I must just add that I am not a major football aficionado...

Many thanks for any kind of feedback.

P.S. And I had to choose the Britannia Hotel as it had been featured on the BBC series "Great British Railway Journeys". A fabulous concept of re-visiting railway lines that played a crucial part for making towns thrive or fall. Also quite interesting for people who think that railways is just trains going places.

24 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement