The Trafford Centre is the biggest shopping centre in the Western half of Europe – a monumental collection of shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment in a completely enclosed plaza. There’s a huge central dome and two arms, all of which are stocked with big brand names and boutiques. Inside, the centre’s done up in full Art Deco opulence, with Egyptian-inspired sphinxes, faux marble columns and statues of figures from Greek mythology. There’s an entire “street” of restaurants and bars”, a vast cinema, and epic quantities of parking. If shopping til you drop is your thing, this is one of the best places to do it anywhere in the world.
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Great places to visit in Manchester!
Cosmopolitan, fun-loving Manchester is the perfect city. Its bars and clubs are quirky, trendy and legendarily hedonistic. Its portly buildings and leafy canalside walks are reminders of a history that spans the key moments in the British past. Its football teams share reputations as the biggest, most successful and infuriating in Europe. And to top it all, you can walk through the city centre without ever needing to catch a bus. Mancunians are fiercely proud of their home town, and rightly so. In many ways an alternative version of London, a metropolis without the clutter, a creative hub without the attitude, Manchester’s where you go when you don’t want to have to out-brag city boys or show that you know the absolute latest must-be-seen-in bar. It’s more relaxed, it’s friendlier, and it’s confident that its own historic contributions – to social theory, to industry and to art – speak for themselves.
Manchester United Football Club
Still the most famous footballing institution in the world, Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground has seen its fair share of glory nights. Relive the magic, discover more about the history of the biggest brand name in the game, or just take in the atmosphere. The ground is open to the public for its museum and stadium tour, which includes displays of silverware and legendary Red Devils mementoes. The tour itself lasts for just under 90 minutes, and runs every day of the week except match days. Old Trafford also runs special tours, where United legends turn up with stories of past successes. You can’t visit Manchester and not go!
The Manchester Museum
The Manchester Museum is Manchester’s answer to the Natural History Museum and the British Museum, all rolled into one. Experience the past through renowned collections of skeletons, mummies and stuffed animals. Learn about the earth in the Life Sciences collection, come face to face with real live frogs and snakes in the Vivarium and check out the bloodthirsty history of Ancient Egypt in a dedicated exhibition. If you visit Manchester with your family, this is the perfect rainy day option. Admission is free, and the Museum is open every day except the three days around Christmas and New Year’s Day.Visit The Manchester Museum