The UK has many places to visit outside of London. We have already visited Cornwall on Ciao Felicia and in this post we look at another destination that is worth visiting outside of the country’s capital: the city of Manchester.
The UK has a rich history that dates back many centuries. The Tudor period of British history is one of the most interesting and Bramall Hall dates back to the 14th century. Visitors can learn what it was like to live during the Tudor Age both as the ruling class and the servant class. The hall has a visitor center as well as offering tour guides.
The north of England is not where you would expect to find the third largest Chinatown in Europe. Enter the area via Faulkner Street to see a beautiful oriental archway. There are a wide range of Chinese restaurants that can be tried as well as shops that specialize in Asian wares.
John Rylands Library
If you are a bookworm be sure to visit the John Rylands Library. Creative Tourist writes that the library has a collection of historically significant books including an original Gutenberg Bible. The library is linked to Manchester University and is the perfect place to learn about the city’s literary heritage. It also has a café, making it an ideal spot to get some peace and quiet away from the bustling city.
Museum of Science and Industry
At the Museum of Science and Industry you will learn about the city’s industrial past and how it has helped shaped not only the UK but the world. Manchester has played an important role in scientific, technological, and industrial fields, and the museum is a celebration of the city’s achievements. Included in the museum are models used by the father of chemistry John Dalton, parts of the world’s first commercial computer, and the world’s largest collection of working steam mill engines.
After seeing some of the historic and cultural sites of the city you can unwind at the Warehouse Project. Manchester is famous in the UK for its live music and nightclub scene. Located in a World War II air raid shelter, the club can hold up to 3000 partygoers. Unlike most clubs the Warehouse Project is only open for 12 weeks, September to December, and finishes on New Years Eve. If you are a music fan and visiting Manchester during the winter months you owe it to yourself to experience the Warehouse Project.
Traveling to Manchester
Getting to Manchester by air is simple. The airport is the third busiest airport in the UK and offers direct flights to locations across the globe. Taxis in the UK are expensive so we would recommend taking an alternative public transport to the city center. Parking4Less who provide parking services at Manchester Airport state that trains run every 10-minutes, 7 days a week from the airport to Manchester Piccadilly. The journey time is approximately 20 minutes. There are also several bus services that operate out of the airport to various destinations around Manchester.
Traveling to Manchester by rail is the fastest way to reach the city without taking a plane. For those traveling form London, the quickest service is using the Virgin Train service from London Euston. The journey only takes 2 hours. The only downside is that the price of a ticket is not ideal for those on a budget.
If you are keeping the costs down you can take a coach to Manchester from London Victoria Coach Station. The lowest fare is around £10 for a single trip. The journey will take between 4 to 7 hours depending on the time of day.