Manchester is the Northern Powerhouse famous for many things; amongst them music, football and the most recognisable fictional street in UK television. This eclectic city is steeped in history, and is quickly becoming one of the most popular ‘city break’ locations in the UK thanks to its vibrant nightlife, world class restaurants and abundance of attractions and events. For anyone touring the UK, Manchester is a MUST and is easily accessible in either a campervan or motorhome.
A huge part of Manchester’s charm is its location, a 30 minute drive out of the city centre (or a bus, train or the handy Manchester Metro) there are a number of charming campsites nestled against the Pennines, or slightly further in the stunning county of Cheshire – with its high class eateries and Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet. Park your campervan or motorhome at any one of these sites, and head into the city for your adventure. Easicampers recommend one of the sites in the charming village of Rivington, at the foot of Winter Hill and Rivington Pike – a beautiful location and home to ‘Go Ape’ high rope course, for the more adventurous type.
In Summer 2018, a colony of giant Bee structures ascended on the streets of Manchester for Bee in the City, one of the most spectacular public art events the city has ever seen. Over 100 Bees are waiting to be discovered on this free, family-fun trail, taking in the city’s landmarks and undiscovered gems. Each Bee has been designed by a different artist and celebrates the uniqueness of Manchester, from its industrial heritage to its vibrant music scene. The Bees will take centre stage at a glittering auction in October 2018 to leave a lasting legacy for various local charitable causes via The Lord Mayor’s We Love MCR Charity.
Manchester’s heritage, is widely celebrated in the various museums across the city. On the site of the oldest passenger railway station in the world, in the heart of the city centre, stands the Museum of Science and Industry. Permanent exhibitions allow you to explore how the Industrial Revolution started in Manchester and transformed the cities and people of Great Britain, and vast steam powered machines dominate the halls and are magnificent to witness. Sports fans can test their skills in interactive exhibits at the National Football Museum, home to the 1966 Jules Rimet World Cup Trophy (won by England) and iconic shirts from superstars like Pele and Diego Maradona, or visit one of the world class sporting arenas in the city, including Manchester United’s Old Trafford, Manchester City’s Emirates Stadium or Lancashire County Cricket Club.
Manchester is a ‘bucket list’ pilgrimage for many music fans due to the huge musical stars that the city is birthplace to. In the 1960s The Hollies and The Bee Gees paved the way, while the 80s saw The Smiths and Joy Division, on to the ‘Madchester’ music scene of the 90s where bands such as Oasis thrust the city to the forefront of popular culture. Still a hive of live music, musicians play every evening throughout the city’s bohemian Northern Quarter, and the football and cricket stadiums, along with the spectacular Manchester Arena regularly host some of the biggest names in music from across the world.
Shoppers are spoilt for choice in this city with the world famous Trafford Centre to its outskirts, and the centre boasting everything from mainstream department stores such as Debenhams, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser to the collective curiosity that is Affleck’s Palace, a four floor emporium of eclecticism. Visit at Christmas and the city celebrates in style, with Christmas Markets spread over 10 sites offering everything from food and drink to hand crafted gifts and ornaments.
No tour of Great Britain is complete without a visit to Manchester, including those on a camping tour. Your campervan or motorhome can be easily navigated through the city streets, and with a number of quality campsites to the fringe of the city, there is no reason why this wonderful place cannot be incorporated in your campervan or motorhome holiday!