Whether you are living in Manchester or just visiting, this city makes an ideal base for exploring the fascinating northwest of England. There are so many excellent destinations within a short distance from Manchester, giving you the opportunity to explore everything from cities to historic castles to beautiful English countryside to world-class shopping and dining.
If you don’t have a car, you can always get a taxi from Manchester directly to any of these destinations, or take public transit if you have more time.
Perhaps you want to experience the thrill of skiing or snowboarding, but you don’t have the time or the budget to go on a holiday to the Swiss Alps. Chill Factor is the longest indoor snowboarding and skiing slope in the UK and it will give you the opportunity to enjoy an indoor winter wonderland just outside of Manchester. You can even take lessons on the 180 metre long snow slope in order to improve your technique. There is also shopping and dining along Alpine Street and other activities including luging, tubing, indoor climbing and fitness classes.
Liverpool is less than an hour away from Manchester, so why not head over and check out this diverse and artistic city? It was voted the 2008 Capital of Culture and there are a number of interesting art galleries, museums, boutiques and cafes to visit.
Of course, Liverpool is known for being the home of one of the most famous bands of all time – The Beatles. You can learn more about the legendary rockers at “The Beatles Story” museum located on Albert Dock. Also, you could take a tour of the city in an amphibious vehicle known as the “duck” which converts from a bus to a boat to take visitors around the streets and the harbour.
York is another ideal day trip destination from Manchester. It is located about an hour and 20 minutes away and it is very different than modern and stylish Manchester. York was a medieval walled city and you can still take a walk along the stone fortification walls along the city. During your trip, be sure to visit the stunningly beautiful York Minster, with its soaring ceilings and impressive stained glass windows. You can take the steep spiral staircase up to the top and enjoy an amazing view over the city. If you want to imagine what shopping would have been like during the Middle Ages, take a walk down “The Shambles” which is a street lined with overhanging timber framed buildings which date back as far as the 14th century. York is also a great starting point for some lovely walks in the surrounding countryside.
Are you a Manchester United Football fan? If so, take the opportunity to visit the famous Old Trafford stadium and watch the boys in red play a football match. While you are there, you can take a look at the Old Trafford Museum and Tour Centre, which tells the story of Manchester United throughout the years. If you want to make your visit even more special, you can even book a tour. This would make a great day out for a young child who is an avid football fan.
If you are in the mood for some retail therapy, head out to the Arndale Shopping Centre for the day so that you can shop until you drop. No matter what you are looking for, whether it is fashions, household items or beauty accessories, you are sure to find some great bargains. There is even a Branded Clearance shop where you will be able to find the top clothing brands at discount prices. There are over 80 stores here as well as several great cafes and bakeries where you can grab a bite to eat.
These are just a few of the many great day trips that you can enjoy from the city of Manchester. If you are visiting, why not take a day out of your trip and explore further afield? If you live here, you will have plenty of fun trips to enjoy every weekend, so get out there and explore!
About the author:
Max Wheeler is a travel writer and blogger who is based in Manchester. He likes to take day trips around the area and recently treated his girlfriend to a surprise trip to Chill Factore.