City Guide: 48 Hours In Manchester


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Whether you’re taking a break from your work or simply want a refreshing weekend away, a city break to Manchester is an excellent way to escape. Venture out and explore the tremendous places in Manchester, from the National Football Museum for all those footie lovers; the John Ryland's library for anyone wanting to take in a little bit of history; or the Northern Quarter for those who want to experience Manchester’s edgy side. We visited some of the city’s main attractions to see what the hype was all about - here’s what we got up to in 48 hours.

Adam Reid at The French

Adam Reid at The French - a truly unique experience and an absolute must for anyone with an appreciation for the dining of the highest echelon. Located in the grandiose of The Midland Hotel in the heart of Manchester, diners are sure to be stunned by the magnificence entailed in The Midland. For the food-lover, Adam Reid offers a culinary journey like no other. The robust menu offers a plethora of exciting foods and flavours, ranging from almond poached cod to treacle tart. The excellent food is complimented by an equally excellent service, boasting a team of waiters who see to your every need, not to mention your very own sommelier! The outstanding cooking, superb service and beauty of The Midland combine to provide an unforgettably elegant dining experience. Regardless of what you are celebrating, The French is certainly to place to do it.

Head over to their website here.

Adam Reid at The French Interior

The Refinery

The Refinery, located in the vibrant Spinningfields is the go-to place for the couples, colleagues and friends who are looking for a laidback and atmospheric place to eat. Incorporating a geometrically tiled and polished concrete floor for a contemporary look, it is every designer's dream. The Refinery offers a breathtaking all-day menu from which you can indulge in your favourite foods like a classic beef burger or a delicious Chocolate Brownie. If you are feeling adventurous then why not try something different that The Refinery has to offer like the Vietnamese spring rolls? Aside from the food, you are sure to find the best wines catered to you, as The Refinery offers 40 different bottles of exquisite wines from vineyards all over the world to compliment the remarkable food. Not to mention the friendly and attentive staff that contribute to making your dining experience a memorable one.

You can check out The Refinery's all day menu here.

The Refinery Spinningfields Interior
PHOTO CREDIT: The Refinery

Electro Brunch at Gaucho

Experiencing the Electro Brunch at Gaucho, the Argentinian based restaurant, should be top of everyone’s list if given the chance. The Electro Brunch is Gaucho’s modern take on an all-you-can-eat buffet - you are able to order as much food as you like for a whole two hours, given you have finished your previous dish. The food here is uncomplicated yet flavoursome. Dishes on the Electro Brunch menu range from breakfast staples such as eggs Florentine and beans on toast, to sweet delights such as banana pancakes and French toast with their phenomenal dulce de leche. For anyone with a hearty appetite, Gaucho’s Electro Brunch will certainly satisfy the stomach! It is not just the food that makes the Electro Brunch so fantastic. The décor is truly beautiful and provides the perfect backdrop to those delicious dishes. Located in Manchester’s Spinningfields, one can certainly explore what Manchester has to offer after finishing brunch. The town centre is only a stone’s throw away and it is only a short walk from some hidden gems such as the John Rylands Library, making the Electro Brunch at Gaucho perfect for anyone visiting the city!

Head over to Gaucho's website to view the exquisite brunch menu.

Gaucho's Electro Brunch

Radisson Blu Edwardian

The historic Free Trade Hall houses the most inviting hotel to stay at, Radisson Blu Edwardian. The Free Trade Hall was built in 1853 but was reopened in 2004. It is now a lovely five-star hotel conveniently located in Manchester city centre, with 263 luxurious and modern rooms and suites which also acts as a social and work hub for every tourist or local. What made staying here so special was being able to unwind in a cosy, elegant and warm king size bed after a long day - you will surely have a great night sleep. It is only a few steps away from great transport links to Old Trafford or a walk to Manchester’s luxurious shops for when you’re in a need of a good shopping spree. Be sure to take advantage of your stay by visiting the hotel’s complimentary Sienna Spa or gym. In addition to the facilities, Radisson Blu Edwardian offers a tasty dinner and breakfast which makes staying here all the better!

Book your stay at Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel here.

Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester hotel room
PHOTO CREDIT: Radisson Blu Manchester

Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing

Ever fancied launching hatchets at targets? If the answer is yes then Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing is perfect for you! This is undoubtedly one of the most unusual and enjoyable activities to do Manchester. After a brief safety introduction by the fun and friendly team, you are given the chance to hurl axes at the bullseye. Despite being much harder than it looks, this is surely one of the most exciting and unique days out and at only £20 per head, it’s a no-brainer. After a few practice rounds, everyone is entered into a tournament, providing the opportunity to challenge your best mate or a complete stranger to an axe-off in a bid to crown the axe-throwing champion. The closer to the bullseye the axe lands, the more points are awarded. May the best thrower win!

Head over to their website and learn more here.

Axe Throwing
PHOTO CREDIT: Whistle Punks

The Spa at The Midland

Now if you’re the type of person who doesn’t fancy all the extreme activities, why not escape the loud city noise and head to The Spa at The Midland Hotel? It is a hidden gem where guests can indulge in the luxurious facilities and treatments. When arriving you’ll be given a towel, robe and slippers to use the facilities. With five different thermal experiences - the Himalayan sauna, the salt-infusion aromatherapy steam bath, lifestyle shower, heated relaxation pool and swan neck fountain - you will certainly feel revitalised. The relaxation area is fit for any local or tourist who wants to escape the hustle and bustle of Manchester, offering a range of hanging pods and cosy areas to get comfy. If one is in particular need of relaxation, the full body massage is very therapeutic and will definitely hit the spot, especially for anyone feeling tense after a long day at the office or from exploring the area. In every loud city, there’s always a peaceful spot, and you can find that here at The Spa.

Visit the website here to see what treatments you can get!

The Relaxation Area
PHOTO CREDIT: The Spa at The Midland

On That Note

So that’s it - we’ve broken down some of the most breathtaking places to visit. Whether you’re visiting for business or leisure, we’ve covered everything from food to where to stay. Manchester is a beautiful city but remember to pack an umbrella as the weather can be rather unpredictable! I promise you, you won’t be let down.


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