manchester

Hello, manchester

Known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester is one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in the UK, with a unique character all of its own. Manchester welcomes visitors with its fine traditions of culture, music, sport and top class events. Its vitality is expressed through its fascinating history, interactive attractions, magnificent architecture and most of all, the spirit of its people - ensuring that there’s always something to do in the Greater Manchester region.

Shopping

The Shopping to Visit

Manchester Arndale

When it comes to shopping it has to be Manchester Arndale. Find a huge selection of exciting shops from the leading high street names such as Apple, Next, River Island, Topshop and Wallis to lots of smaller, stylish specialists and food outlets - and all under one roof.Manchester Arndale is the Manchester city centre shopping centre! Located close to bus, tram and train networks it's easy to get to and, more importantly, easy to get from when you've got mountains of shopping to carry home.

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The Northern Quarter Restaurant and Bar, Manchester

Northern Quarter

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.

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The Trafford Centre

The Trafford Centre have got everyone's favourite brands and some visitors might not have discovered yet including Selfridges, Stradivarius, Pull & Bear, Victoria’s Secret, Primark and Khaadi.For those who are more of a big day out shopper why not catch the latest blockbuster at ODEON IMAX, go deep underwater at SEA LIFE or explore LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre? Add in Namco Funscape and Laser Quest and visitors will have an action-packed weekend!And when hunger strikes visitors will be spoilt for choice with over 60 amazing restaurants including new additions Bill’s, Five Guys, LEON and wagamama.

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Leather handbag craftsman at work in a workshop

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Manchester Craft and Design Centre is a unique organization comprising 16 retail/studio spaces, an excellent cafe and a rolling programme of exhibitions from leading national and international makers.Located in Manchester city centre's Northern Quarter, Manchester Craft and Design Centre is at the hub of a growing innovative and artistic community. It is one of the few places in the UK open to the public where contemporary goods are both individually produced and sold on the premises.Formerly the Smithfield Victorian fish market and crowned with a huge glass roof, the Centre now houses two floors of shops ranging from jewellery, ceramics and textiles to furniture and clothing design.

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Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Cheshire Oaks was the first and remains the UK’s largest Designer Outlet.With a quarter-million square feet of retail space, comprising of more than 145 boutiques, restaurants and cafés, Cheshire Oaks isn’t merely the UK’s largest Designer Outlet. The Designer Outlet has a wide range of brands, offering something to suit every taste. Highlights range from athletic labels, like Nike and Adidas, and high-street favourites, like Marks & Spencer and Next, to a selection of iconic fashion brands, including Burberry, Polo, Michael Kors and Hugo Boss.

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Spinningfields

Spinningfields

One of the city's most vibrant destinations, Spinningfields is a thriving hub for work, rest and play.Home to some of Manchester's most popular bars, restaurants and shops, Spinningfields is also the biggest commercial district in the city, housing some of the largest corporations in the North West.Located on the River Irwell is the neighbourhood of Spinningfields, Leftbank, which encompasses the some of the best casual dining Manchester has to offer - The Kitchens street food collective, The Dockyard and Indian street kitchen, Scene. Leftbank is a celebration of all things innovative and independent and the go-to alfresco location for food and drink.Spinningfields is also home to The Avenue, which has an impressive array of flagship stores including Emporio Armani, Mulberry, Flannels and Oliver Sweeney, plus some of the most exciting eateries in the city.

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