Last weekend we went spontaneously on a city trip to Manchester – and this not to have a look at the soccer stadium. Manchester has much more to offer and is a great place for a quick trip to the UK.
Probably the most beautiful food and drink spot in Manchester called The Refuge. The design here is incomparable and it’s an amazing photo spot. In addition to the high ceilings there is a beautiful glass pavilion in the middle of the restaurant. This at least mentally sent me back to Marrakech with its riad-like design.
The perfect instagrammable detour so – and the staff is very friendly. A clear recommendation therefore for The Refuge in Manchester.
Richmond Tea Rooms
You want to enjoy your tea in a fairytale setting like in Alice in Wonderland? Then you should not miss to visit the Richmond Tea Rooms. The perfect place for a cup of tea, delicious pastries or a cozy late breakfast. We opted for the latter and enjoyed delicious pancakes with berries.
When we arrived shortly after noon, we easily got a table for two. However, the Richmond Tea Rooms are well frequented especially at weekends. So when we had left the restaurant, there was already formed a queue. Especially if you have several people, it is worth reserving a table in advance.
John Rylands Library
Definitely worth a visit is the beautiful John Rylands Library. The Victorian Gothic architecture style is simply impressive. It almost feels like being in a fairy tale as you walk through the corridors and bookshelves.
The architecture is simply breathtaking. There are so many great spots for photos inside. We could barely get enough of this building. Also on the many old and artful books, which are probably even older than the library are stunning. Because this dates from 1900.
The Old Wellington Inn
The Old Wellington Inn is an Old English pub in Manchester. The listed building was built in 1552 and is therefore historically worth a visit. It is located next to Selfridges and is therefore easy to plan shopping trips.
If we’re into shopping, you should not miss the Barton Arcade. In this small but fine shopping arcade you will find cafés, a specialty shop, clothes shops and a retro barbershop. It’s really worth a visit.
In the sweet café in the Barton Arcade we also found our Sunday morning breakfast spot. I opted for some delicious chocolate pancakes with strawberries and I did not regret it. Therefore, I highly recommend the Pot Kettle Black Café.
You are Musiclovers? Then you should not miss one of the city’s most iconic record shops. At Piccadilly Records you will find records from all imaginable genres and of course from some top bands of the last decades. In addition, it is also ideal as a photo location.
Manchester Town Hall
Last but not least, it is worthwhile to visit the Manchester Town Hall. Also an impressive building with fascinating architecture. However, it is being renovated and is therefore not open.
I hope I was able to give you some Inspiration for your trip to Manchester.