48 Hours in Manchester

If you’ve only got 48 hours to spend in Manchester, here’s a must-see and do list of those essential, not to be missed Mancunian experiences. With great travel links via Manchester airport, train or bus getting to the city is not a problem.

Start with breakfast…

If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast then Gorilla is the place to head. Gorilla is also a gin parlour, bar and club but is renown for serving its award-winning breakfasts and brunches in the city centre.

Discover a little piece of China

Walking through the magnificent gates of Chinatown you can experience Chinese culture through the many restaurants, bakeries and businesses. It really is an opportunity to not to be missed any time of the year but during the Chinese New Year the celebrations extend across Manchester city centre.

Cruise the canals

The canal system that through runs through Manchester was once the largest river canal in the world. Today you can spend the afternoon on a relaxing canal cruise and see Manchester from the water, watching the narrow boats pass you by.

Time to for tea

If you need a break from the hustle and bustle, then take a break at the Teacup. It’s a great little tearoom and bistro style café. Don’t expect to see a tea bag though this is all about loose-leaf tea and a delicious cake menu. They also offer a full lunch and evening meal menu if you’re looking for something more.

Manchester quays

Just 10 minutes from the city centre, where Salford and Trafford come together you’ll find the pretty waterside location of the old docklands that have been rejuvenated into shops, restaurants and cinema. It’s also just next-door to Old Trafford Stadium and The Lowry. If you visit this area in the evening the lights and water make this all quite spectacular.

Football tours

Love it or hate it, we can’t talk about Manchester without mentioning the city’s football heritage. In addition to the Manchester City and Manchester United stadium tours, you can also visit the National Museum of Football to indulge in your footy passion.

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

A must do if you’ve got the kids or you want to see over 2 million lego bricks in one place. With a 4D cinema, rides and lego attractions it will keep the kids happy for the day. You can also see all of Manchester’s top attractions made from LEGO in their Miniland experience.

Live music

Manchester has a rich history of bands, singers and musicians who originate from this great city, so it’s not surprising to see the number of live music venues that Manchester is home to. From the massive Manchester Arena that can seat thousands to The Lowry, O2 and The Ritz, you can be assured to find a concert or event that is to your taste during your 48-hour visit.

Get organised and book a cab ahead of time to avoid waiting around and make the most of your limited time in this amazing city.