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Weekend Breaks to Manchester

Planning a short break to Manchester? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Manchester. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Manchester. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Lowry Outlet Mall

Metrolink to Harbour City, If you enjoy wearing designer labels and can't afford it, then why not pop down to Salford Quays. 84 shops stocking discounted designer labels(And the clothes their on), From DKNY, Versace, Hilfiger etc.

While you're here go next door to The Lowry, the cultural centre with art galleries, theatres, bars and a great view of the Canal.

For more information visit - www.lowrydesigneroutlet.com

Royal Exchange Theatre

Located in the heart of the city at St Ann's Square after the original theatre was destroyed by an IRA bomb. Have coffee under the stained glass dome and admire the Victorian architecture. Classic's lovers will usually catch Shakespeare or first nights of new productions. If you do enjoy live theatre this is a perfect destination as there is The Opera House, Palace Theatre and the MEN Arena.

Visit www.royalexchange.co.uk

Urbis

Located in the Millennium Quarter, This ultra modern museum explores urban life around the world on it's four floors. Rising like a ship of glass the building can't be missed. Lots for the kids to get stuck into as much of the museum is interactive. Learn about the cultures of the world and maybe you will come out of here with more tolerance of different people. Even worth it just for the building and views from the top.

Visit www.urbis.org.uk

Le Petit Blanc

55 King Street, just off Chapel Walks in the centre of Manchester. With the signature of one of the world's top chefs, you are in for a culinary treat here. Located in what was a bank, this most stylish restaurant is a multiple award winner and after a lunch or supper here you will discover why.

View the menus and salivate at; www.lepetitblanc.co.uk

Central Library

St. Peters Square, behind the neo-gothic town hall, stands the largest library in Europe. The domed building houses a separate music, language, literature and theatre library. The library also has a theatre company, which gives the occasional performance. On a rainy day, and there are plenty of them here this is an ideal place to explore and some quiet in the midst of the city’s bustle.

For information: www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries/central

Manchester United Museum and Tour Centre

To get there go to Old Trafford on the Metrolink. Either love them or hate them, Manchester United are hard to ignore. To some people it’s a religion, to others football anyway a visit here will fill you in on the long and successful history of the club from 1878 to the present.

To find more info fo to www.manutd.com/oldtrafford/museum

Oldham Street

In the heart of the city, this street rocks at night with a number of clubs in this small area including Matt and Phred’s offering cool jazz till 2am, Night and Day Cafe where you can bop to Hip Hop and Retro and the ironically named Dry Bar where the cool dudes hang. There are many other great bars and clubs in the adjacent streets.

Jury’s Inn

56 Great Bridgewater Street – This award winning hotel is central to the city centre and boasts large rooms complete with luxurious en-suites and excellent service. They charge per room and there is a double and single in each room, so it’s ideal for a small family. Look out for the weekend specials.

For details go to www.jurys-hotel.ie

Museum of Science and Industry

Located on Liverpool Road in nearby Castlefield. This fascinating museum covers 7 acres and includes the oldest railway station in the world. This museum is massive and is worth a day trip from Manchester view steam engines, space, cotton, gas, water, electricity, computers, photography, the history of Manchester and Xperiment science centre.

Visit www.msim.org.uk for more details

The Gay Village

Canal Street area is where you be happy and gay, with the many cafes and restaurants take their tables outside on nice days and night time is lively as Manchester's gay and lesbian clubbers dress to the nines to have fun. Clubs like Essential, Cruz 101 and Churchill's (didn't know he was one) are very popular.

Information at www.manchestergay.com

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