Nicknamed ‘The Capital of the North’, Manchester is widely considered to be the world’s first industrialised city. It’s also the birthplace of some of the greatest British bands of all time, such as Joy Division, The Smiths and Oasis, and home to one of the most successful football teams of all time.
A visit to Manchester isn't complete without visiting the National Football Museum. The Museum isn't only for die-hard fans – it has plenty of activities for families and much to see for those curious about the history of the beautiful game.
The John Rylands Library was commissioned in 1890 in honour of industrialist John Rylands. It's a stunning architectural gem, resembling a cathedral more than a library, and is home to a collection that includes the oldest known piece of the New Testament and many illuminated medieval manuscripts.
The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester's city is one of the most renowned theatres in England. After the 1996 IRA bombing, the theatre was redeveloped and now plays home to innovative original writing and distinct takes on classic plays.
For travellers who aren't looking for libraries or museums, there is the Manchester Microbrewery Walking Tour. Starting in the Waldorf Pub, this guided tour stops at three microbreweries along what is now known as the Piccadilly Beer Mile. Aside from getting to taste all the beers on offer, participants will learn about the history and craft of brewing in Manchester.
After the tour, a trip to the largest Hard Rock café in the UK is in order. Grab a drink and embrace the all-American atmosphere, while being surrounded by some of the most incredible rock memorabilia in the world. Look out for Elvis Presley's jacket and Kurt Cobain's guitar.