Summer Holiday Destinations in Manchester

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Manchester may not be the first destination that comes to mind when people are looking for a place to spend their holidays, but it does have its own individualistic charm. The temperamental weather often turns out to be rather pleasant during the summer months and gives visitors the opportunity to step outdoors to explore what the city has to offer.

So with the British summer in full flow, let us take you through some suggestions on what attractions tourists can enjoy during a summer break in Manchester.

Enjoy the great outdoors

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Summer gives people a break from the rainy Manchester gloom. Local paper the Manchester Evening News suggests having a picnic at famous retreats like Heaton Park. It’s the biggest municipal park in Europe where you can take a boat out on the lakes among other wonderful endeavours. There’s also the popular Dunham Massey, which is known for its large population of deer, ideal for people who like to be at one with nature. Another option is to go bird watching at Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens.

Additionally, if you don’t mind travelling outside of Manchester then you can get some fresh air hiking across the Peak District, which is located just outside of the city.

Attend the Manchester International Festival

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The Manchester International Festival, which runs for 18 days, is held biennially. Held across the city centre, this event showcases art in just about all forms, from traditional canvas and paints to performance arts. Many high-profile musical acts also get together and perform during the course of the festival with Phil Collins rumoured to be appearing in the latest installment of MIF.

The 2017 Manchester International Festival is scheduled to take place between June 29 to July 16.

Go on safari

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You don’t have to travel to Africa to go on safari, because there is one just 40 minutes away from Manchester. Knowsley Safari is a family-friendly destination that is home to about 750 animals, including sea lions, giraffes, lions, baboons, and rhinoceroses, among others.

Explore the neighbourhood

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Last Minute says that taking a stroll around Manchester will allow you to stumble upon many unique places. Good places to visit include the rather artsy Northern Quarter and picturesque Castlefield.

Go on a river cruise

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Another activity you can explore while in Manchester is to join a guided cruise of the city’s waterways. Some of the tours even come with lunchtime meals ideal for family fun.

Getting to and from Manchester

Manchester Airport is about 8.6 miles away from the city centre. However, it is quite easy to travel to and from the airport due to the city’s very efficient public transport system. Manchester has an overground train system, as well as buses that run 24-hours a day from the airport to the city centre, where your hostel or hotel will no doubt be situated. According to airport parking experts Parking4Less Manchester on their summary of the leading aviation hub, there are nine bus routes from the airport. Additionally, it pointed out that trains run every 10 minutes, taking approximately 20 minutes to get to the city centre.

Manchester is the busiest airport in the UK outside of London, proving that it remains one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Therefore, it’s always worth planning ahead especially during the summer months as the city sees an influx of European city breakers mostly due to Manchester being a city brimming with culture.