Shambles Square, Manchester

Day 1. A weekend in Manchester

I was so excited to be spending a weekend in Manchester as it's one of my all time favourite cities and somewhere I visit often. Five long months seemed much too long to be away and as our train approached Victoria station even the sun broke through the clouds to welcome us back. We'd arranged …

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Bridgewater Canal, Manchester

A walk along the Rochdale Canal in Central Manchester

One sunny afternoon in Manchester, instead of shopping we decided to take a 7 km canal side walk through the heart of the city.  The Rochdale canal runs from the Bridgewater canal at the Castlefield basin across the Pennines to join the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire, a distance of …

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A Dalek at MediaCity UK, Salford Quays

The BBC MediaCityUK tour

On a recent visit to Salford Quays we noticed that it was possible to take guided tours of parts of the television and radio studios - so when we returned home we visited the BBC website and booked online.  Tours last 90 minutes and cost £11 per person with concessions available.  A maximum of 22 visitors are …

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TheStudios and MediaCityUK, Salford Quays

Salford Quays and MediaCityUK

Salford Quays, Greater Manchester's waterfront destination is situated just a 15 minute tram ride away from the centre of Manchester, our destination today.  An adult return from Piccadilly costs £3 see Metrolink for details and passengers need to take the Eccles line for MediaCityUK.  If you are planning on travelling by car there is a large car …

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Illuminated Santa 'Zippy', Manchester Christmas Market

Manchester’s Magical Christmas Markets

It wouldn't be Christmas for our family without a visit to our beloved Manchester, a northern city that certainly knows how to put on the sparkle over the festive period.  Christmas markets are to be found all over the city centre and when darkness falls the little wooden huts take on even more of a …

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Manchester Christmas Market stalls

Christmas – Manchester Style

I may be a little biased having been brought up in the north west of England but there is no better way to get into the festive spirit than to visit Manchester during the Christmas season.  Throughout December many of the city's streets and squares are bustling with festive activity.  Attractive Christmas market stalls adorned …

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