Arriving into the UK’s capital of modern industry, Manchester is not only a friendly city in the North West of England, it is also home to a wonderfully eclectic selection of musical haunts, museums and cultural institutions. The streets of Manchester are a sight to behold, with a mix of 19th Century and early 20th Century architecture, laced with contemporary buildings that add colour to the skyline. Because Manchester boasts three world-class Universities, you will receive a warm international welcome as soon as you step foot in the growing city.
Obviously you cannot ignore the city’s great Premiership football clubs; to the south is the iconic Old Trafford Manchester United stadium, where fans describe themselves as ‘reds’, while to the North lies The Etihad Manchester City ground and it’s devoted ‘blues’ fans. If you cannot get enough of the game, then you must visit the world’s biggest National Football Museum in the Cathedral Gardens, which offers free entry. 
The Victorian Neogothic town hall lies in the heart of Manchester and is a place you need to visit to truly absorb the grandeur of the era. For the best places to eat, you must either head to the up-market Spinningfields for luxury dining experiences, like at the ultra-modern Australasia, which serves Pacific-inspired cuisine. Or try the Northern Quarter, which will spoil you with an array of casual restaurants and bars along its narrow and quirky cobbled streets. On the edge of the Northern Quarter is the indoor market Afflecks Palace, which is an emporium of diverse indie commerce that ranges from alternative fancy dress, skateboards, music memorabilia, to tattoo and piercing bars.
Getting around Manchester could not be easier; either use your trusted feet, catch a bus or hop aboard the very regular Metrolink, otherwise known to locals as the ‘tram’. The tram will connect you to all of the major railway stations and attractions, including Heaton Park, which has an animal park and hosts several outdoor music concerts and dance festivals throughout the year. If it is music that you crave, then you have picked the perfect city! Manchester is the birthplace of English Dance Music, with many late-night clubs offering the ‘Madchester’ clubbing experience. If indie music is more your scene, then you should walk down Oxford Road, popular with students, and bask in the sounds of the Britpop era. Make the most of your city break and pre-book your UK transfers with hoppa today to enjoy a reasonably priced and relaxing transfer from Manchester International Airport.