Manchester’s reputation as a tourism hotspot has been on the rise in recent years, with publications including the New York Times and Lonely Planet naming it among their top travel destinations in 2016.
It is now the UK’s third most visited city by overseas tourists after London and Edinburgh.
New York-based travel and entertainment website Thrillist singled out the city as ‘the cheaper, louder, merrier alternative to London’ in its list of 15 unforgettable cities to visit before you turn 30.
Manchester is the fastest growing city outside of London, with a population of almost 500,000 people and rapid development over the past decade is quickly transforming Manchester into a remarkable city to work and live in.
Here are 5 reasons why Manchester is ranked among world’s best cities to visit:
- Art Galleries, Museums and Libraries
Famous for a bustling arts and culture scene, Manchester has a number of well-known and unique attractions, libraries, and museums.
The Manchester museum has 4 floors of displays and exhibitions in 15 galleries, featuring collections from all over the world. With free entry every day, the museum offers a fantastic opportunity for both locals and visitors alike.
For literature lovers, Manchester has an enviable array of libraries, including the architectural Gothic masterpiece, John Rylands Library.
The future for Manchester’s arts scene looks bright with plans unveiled for a £110m new arts space, The Factory, complete with a 2,200-seater theatre, at the old Granada Studios site, which is being turned into a new creative neighborhood for the city.
The biennial Manchester International Festival over the past decade has also turned the city into a world stage for arts with its diverse programs of theatre, dance, music and more.
Manchester has the most exciting food and drink scene in the country, where the rate of new restaurants openings have outstripped even London.
Whatever tickles your culinary fancy – from delicious burgers to sumptuous breakfasts and brunches – there are plenty of good restaurants in Manchester that you can tuck into.
Whether you’re looking for a bargain bite to eat or are happy to splash your cash on a ten-course taster menu, there is something to suit every occasion and budget – and the options span almost every cuisine conceivable.
- Nightclubs and Live Music
You’ll be completely spoilt for choice when it comes to Manchester’s nightlife. It has one of the strongest scenes in the country, boasting major club establishments and live music hot spots both big and small.
Whatever beat you tap your feet to, Manchester’s eclectic nightlife offers something for everyone, from the hipster bars of the Northern Quarter to the glitz and glamour of Spinningfields.
The city has a pretty impressive live music heritage, and the talent that flocks to Manchester on a regular basis cements it as one of the most relevant locations in the world of rock, indie and alternative. It’s also a major stop off on the touring schedules of most bands.
If you prefer a quieter night out, then Manchester’s bars range from cozy and unique through to downright outlandish. For a more cultural outlook, then there is a vast selection of theatres and picture houses to keep everyone entertained.
One thing’s for sure, you won’t be stuck for entertainment when the sun goes down in this town.
Following research from ESPN.co.uk, the University of Gloucestershire and University of Bath, ranked Manchester as the sporting capital of the country with more than 5,000 fans from across the UK identified it as key to a great sporting city including: value for money, success, atmosphere, history, venues, transport links and more.
Manchester maybe home to the country’s top two football clubs but it’s not just football here. The legacy of the Commonwealth Games has left Manchester with world-class facilities including the Manchester Aquatics Centre, Regional Athletics Arena, National Squash Centre and Manchester Velodrome.
- Infrastructure and Connectivity
The growth of the Greater Manchester area has been supported by significant investment in infrastructure.
The £1.5bn Greater Manchester Transport Fund (GMTF) has been in operation since 2009 while the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 will guide future investment strategy.
As the North’s only major international gateway, Manchester is truly internationally connected, providing vital transport links to the rest of the globe via Manchester Airport. The Airport was awarded ‘Best UK Airport’ in 2015 at the Globe Travel Awards.
Being a central node in the UK’s rail network, Manchester city region is perfectly located to allow easy access from all parts of England, Scotland & Wales with 3 trains an hour to London taking just under 2 hours. With the HS2 underway, the travel time between the largest cities in the UK will be further reduced by an hour making commute to Manchester a breeze.
With tourists flocking to the UK’s most bustling city, you would think such a great place to live would come at a high price. But when it comes to Manchester, housing prices are surprisingly fairly low. Whilst the national average house price for the country is now over £211,000, prices in Manchester and Salford remain well below that. Despite the significant price rises that are seen recently, this offers a good amount of capital growth to both prospective homeowners and investors alike.
If you’re looking to buy a property in Manchester or invest in buy-to-let options, get in touch with us at Alliance Investments.