At Heaton Park, the largest and most beautiful park in the area, you can find plenty of family activities, such as an animal centre, tram museum, bowling greens, golf course, boating lake, and horse riding. If you haven't brought your picnic basket, there are cafés to solve that problem.
The collections at the Manchester Museum number almost 6 million specimen and objects. It is also home to one of the largest and most important collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the United Kingdom. It even has a Botany collection, live animals at the Vivarium and an Archaeology collection.
The great outdoors is just around the corner, and The Lake District National Park in Cumbria is England’s largest national park. The Lake District offers some of the best scenery and outdoor pursuits in one of England’s few mountainous regions. With more than 3,500 kilometres of walking and hiking routes through the lakes, there’s a trail to suit everyone. For the daredevils there is also hang gliding, paragliding, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, rock scrambling, abseiling, hot-air ballooning, paintballing and much more.
Teppanyaki is a staple of Japanese cuisine, a way of cooking using an iron griddle. At Sapporo Teppanyaki the chefs will entertain you with a show as they prepare your meal in front of your very eyes. To complete your Japanese experience Sake and Japanese cocktails, beers and whiskeys are to be found on the drinks menu.
Sugar Junction was created out of a love for all things vintage, baking and wholesome food. The company was started by a mother-daughter team who strive to provide high quality food with great service in a comfortable environment. They serve home-baked cakes and about 25 different types of tea.
If you get tired of traditional English tea, Bonbon Chocolate Workshop is the place to go. Indulge in the smoothest hot chocolate made from the best quality cocoa products. If you're feeling naughty, you could also buy some handmade truffles to take home with you.
Earth Cafe is located in a basement in a Buddhist centre, so naturally, it is an organic vegan cafe. Their ever-changing menu features delicious vegan meals made daily with the freshest seasonal produce. Try also something from the juice bar, or some organic teas and coffee with a dairy-free cake.
BrewDog is a large chain of pubs with tons of personality. They boast that they brew "uncompromising, bold and irreverent" beer, as a form of "rebellion against faceless corporate bureaucracy and the bland pathetic beer they industrially produce." With that sales pitch, you know you're in for something special at BrewDog.
Épernay Champagne & Cocktail Bar is one of the city's most glamourous nightlife establishments, with classy decor and exposed brick walls. The space has a great balcony, as well, where many choose to enjoy their drink, a selection made from 47 champagnes, 22 wines and 24 cocktails.
If you are looking for the very latest street fashion, you should head for Oldham Street, the main street in Northern Quarter. It houses shops like Arc Gallery Store, where many young designers and artists exhibit their wares. Northern Quarter also has many small record shops and interior design shops for people who have an eye for trends. Artisans work at the Manchester Craft Centre in Oak Street. Affleck’s Palace, on Church Street, is also worth a visit if you are interested in design. Many of the leading young names in Manchester are brought together in this four-storey building.
If the Arndale Centre was the largest in the 1970s, a worthy successor is the Trafford Centre which opened in the district of Dumplington, outside Trafford Park, in 1998. Generally speaking, the enormous shopping centre contains all the well-known clothes shops and is the largest of its kind in Europe.
Set in an imposing old Victorian fish market, the Manchester Craft and Design Centre serves as a studio, gallery and shop for local artists and craftsmen to create, display and sell their products, as well as exchange ideas and cooperate on projects, making it one of the city's most exciting artistic and shopping ventures.
The Manchester Airport (MAN) is located 16 km south of the city. It has a combined railway and bus station, with departures to Manchester and the rest of the country. The train to Manchester Piccadilly takes about 20 minutes. Airport buses to Manchester depart every half hour. Taxis and car hire companies are also available at the airport.
You can travel around Manchester by bus, train or tram (Metrolink). For a tourist, the easiest and cheapest way is to buy a Day Saver Ticket, which gives unlimited transport inside the city on all modes of transportation. The largest of the city’s three railway stations is Manchester Piccadilly, on Fairfield Street, with connections to London and other big destinations around Britain.
The taxis licensed by the local council are the big black ones. When the taxi sign is lit it means it is free. Taxi drivers are generally given a ten percent tip. Be prepared to pay cash. Some cars accept credit cards, but it is best to confirm this before you start your journey. Street Cars Manchester: