I lived in Manchester for a couple of years before moving up to Edinburgh. I enjoyed my couple of years there, there’s a lot to do and so I thought I’d share my top 5 things to do in Manchester.

1. Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum

If you’re into your history, you definitely want to check out the war museum. It’s situated near Old Trafford and is about a 20-minute tram trip away from the city centre. See the Harrier hanging from the roof and really see what it was like during all the different wars.

http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-north

2. Trafford Centre

Trafford Centre Manchester

When I first arrived in Manchester, the Trafford centre amazed me. Not just because of the sheer scale of it, but because of the amazing design of the place. It’s got absolutely everything you want. You could spend a whole day (and fortune) in there! You can get there with a relatively quick bus from Piccadilly Gardens.

http://intu.co.uk/traffordcentre

3. Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum

Manchester is great for museums (hence why there is 3 in my list). The Manchester Museum is up there with the best. It’s situated in the University of Manchester on Oxford Road (about 10-15-minute walk from the centre). There’s loads to see and do! And it’s free entry, don’t forget.

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk

4. National Football Museum

National Football Museum

If you’re into your football, this is a must see. It’s a 5-minute walk from the Arndale Centre and is free to get. It’s quite a funny looking building so you can’t miss it. They have loads of great memorabilia and some fun games you can take part in. Learn about the history of football and all the way up to modern times.

http://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com

5. Cloud 23

Cloud 23 Manchester

Last, but certainly not least, Cloud 23. As the day draws to an end and you feel like having a drink, got to Cloud 23. It’s on Deansgate in the Hilton Hotel (You can’t miss it – it’s the tallest building in Manchester). 23 floors up, there is a gorgeous bar where you can sit and look out over Manchester. There’s also a cool little glass floor! Not recommended if you’re scared of heights! Prepare to pay around £5 for a bottle of beer, but it’s definitely worth it.

http://www.cloud23bar.com

That concludes my top 5 things to do in Manchester! You might struggle to get them all done in one day, but everything is pretty central and with the tram system in Manchester, it’s not hard to get your way around. Look forward to meeting you all at The Pitch!

Best of luck!

Gavin