Salford quays millenium bridge, Manchester

Explore renovated industrial warehouses filled with designer stores and cutting edge clubs in the former centre of the industrial world on city breaks to Manchester.

The heart of Manchester is Piccadilly Gardens, which nestle beneath the trendy shops and galleries of the Northern Quarter. Heady spices fill the air in Chinatown while the industrial canals in Castlefield make up a watery spider web populated with cafés and bars in the south of the city.

Best of Manchester city breaks for...

  • Families: Manchester's industrial past is laid out in the enormous engine shed of the Museum of Science and Industry, which rings with delighted children's shrieks.
  • Shopping: Stretching down the hill from the Arndale Centre, Deansgate takes shoppers from high-street names to hard-to-find labels in the blink of an eye.
  • Romance: Some may think a trip to Old Trafford stadium is romantic but on weekend breaks in Manchester a trip to the theatre at the canal-side Lowry guarantees brownie points.