The northwest city of Manchester has given us world-class football clubs, a thriving music scene with bands from The Smiths to Oasis, and the Trafford Centre for shopping that could rival Westfield in London. With the famous culture of the north bubbling away, it’s become a mecca for backpackers in the UK. For anyone heading up that way soon, take a look at this backpacker’s guide to Manchester.
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From football fans to art enthusiasts, Manchester has something for everyone. Pay a visit to Old Trafford or Etihad Stadium, homes of Manchester United and Manchester City respectively; spot the incredible and provoking street art of Stevenson Square and Tib Street in the Northern Quarter; take in some history at John Rylands Library, Manchester Cathedral and Manchester Town Hall; and have a fun and camp time in the popular Gay Village. Finally, visit colourful Chinatown, one of the UK’s largest Chinese communities.
Food and Drink
While in Chinatown, take advantage of some of the culinary delights from Hong Kong and Beijing that fill the air with sweet and sour aromas. For good food and beer, KroBar is a popular haunt for the huge student population with a buzzing vibe, while those that like their food locally sourced can feel good at Eagle and Child and The Rake Tapas. If you’re just after a snack, Cornerhouse serves soups, sandwiches and cakes until 8pm, with a downstairs bar to go from day to night.
Bars and Clubs
With over 500 licensed premises in the city centre, you’re spoilt for choice for nightlife. Enjoy the popular Northern Quarter bars, pubs and live music venues with their bohemian atmosphere, explore the 12 chain bars and clubs inside The Printworks or delve into the weekend hotspot of the Gay Village.
Get yourself a bed at one of Manchester’s backpacker hostels. The city boasts two Hatters Hostels with free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, 24-hour access, a kitchen and bar from just £11 per night. There’s also YHA Manchester and Ashton House Hostel. Of course, if you want a little more luxury, there are apartments and hotels for as little as £24 per night.
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