April 2021: Usually a city that’s buzzing, innovative and open all hours, drawing visitors from all over the world, it’s been a sad sight to see Manchester quiet and shuttered for the last year. But, hopefully, it won’t be long until it’s back to its old self again. The first stages of reopening are already underway with non-essential shops and outdoor dining at pubs and restaurants already here. From May 17 indoor hospitality is on the cards, and (if all goes to plan) most restrictions will be lifted by June 21, meaning nightlife and other cultural venues like theatres and galleries will be open again by this date.
It’s all underpinned by a rich musical history, of course, this city having gifted the world the likes of the Stone Roses, The Smiths and legendary club the Hacienda. But don’t get hung up on the past (rich and storied though it is). Today Manchester’s old red-brick mills are thriving independent art hubs, its historic pubs brim with up-and-coming musical talent and its grand Victorian markets have been reborn as trendy food halls.
Whether you’re a keen day-tripper or looking to get reacquainted with your city, there’s almost too much to do here, so we’ve put together the ultimate Manchester bucket list to kick you off – the very best things to do in Manchester according to us.
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