Visiting Manchester this Summer | Modern Mummy

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Visiting Manchester this Summer

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Earlier in the year I wrote a post about things to do in Manchester with kids. I'd started my research planning a {grown up} girls' weekend away but was so taken by the amount for kids to do in and around the city centre that I decided to focus on that instead.

Now it's Summer and a weekend trip really is on the cards so I've been looking up things to do and things to see; places that will keep my girls entertained but that will win my heart over too.

I love photography and am a complete sucker for beautiful scenery and architecture. Visiting places during the summer is brilliant because you don't need to spend a fortune; you can spend your time exploring a city's streets and parks or rambling through the countryside instead (which beats amusement parks hands down, if you ask me). The sunshine makes everything so much fun.

Of course every trip needs a decent base and Hotel Direct can provide just that with affordable rooms in hotels all over the city. Here are a few of the places I'm planning on taking my family (and my camera too!) to when we're there.

Places of Historical Interest

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Victoria Baths are open from April to October every year and this year they will be hosting an Arts & Craft Fair on 6th July too! The Baths, which are on the Hathersage Road, opened in 1906 and served the people of Manchester for 87 years before they closed. They were once described as a 'water palace' and 'the most splendid municipal bathing institution in the country'. Its stained glass, terracotta tiles and mosaic floors are utterly beautiful and currently being restored. A trip to the Victoria Baths is a great day out for all the family and this particular fair has over fifty stalls signed up, giving you the chance to buy locally made items as well as exploring the baths.

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The John Rylands Library, on Deansgate, is such a beautiful example of a late Victorian neo-gothic building and is also one of Visit England's Top 101 Things to do before you go abroad. I've wanted to go there for forever, although it's probably not the most child-friendly place to visit.... maybe my husband could take the girls to a museum or gallery so that I could have a bit of me time in the famous Reading Room.

Free Events this Summer
Manchester Craft Markets 
Every Friday and Saturday, traders from across the region bring local arts, crafts and gifts to Piccadilly Gardens. Two stalls that I want to look up are Alice's Wonderland which sells vintage and 'up cycled' clothing, accessories and homewares and Earth Chic which sells jewellery made from entirely natural materials.

Manchester Day - 22nd June
Manchester Day is an annual event that celebrates everything great about the city. It's a time for people to get together to celebrate all things Mancunian and which have contributed towards Manchester beaching one of the world's most iconic cities. This year's theme is Going Global, and looks set to be utterly brilliant.

Great Manchester Cycle - 29th June
The Great Manchester Cycling event offers three separate distances, for all abilities, over a 13-mile city-based circuit within Manchester and the neighbouring borough of Trafford.

The course is completely closed to all other vehicles, with the start line, lapping point and finish line located in the Etihad Campus (home to Manchester City FC). The event village is also on the Campus, which includes cycle industry professionals, charity partners, entertainment and food concessions.
Aside from the abundance of places to visit within the city, there are also so many places of interest on the outskirts of town. Quarry Bank and the famous walled gardens of Hare Hill are right at the top of my personal list of National Trust properties to visit in the North West, and both are only a short journey out of Manchester City Centre.

Do any of you have any other recommendations of must-sees when we visit? xo

This post has been written in collaboration with Hotel Direct.

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