If you feel like you’re missing out on a vibrant city trip in exchange for a bunch of fields, then there are plenty of northern cities which offer a cheaper alternative. With cheap and affordable places to stay around the city, this is a great destination for the traveller on a budget. Not to mention, Manchester has a lot of free attractions!
From the Fletcher Moss and Botanicals (a beautiful garden) to Affleck’s Palace (an eclectic indoor market full to bursting with unique trinkets), you are bound to find something that suits you. There’s even a handy walking tours app for anyone that wants to see the city in its fullest - from the biggest attractions to hidden gems, you can walk your way to a new discovery every day.
Artisan attractions can also be found in the city. For music fans, there is always a long list of great events in Manchester’s nightlife. Not to mention a vibrant vinyl scene. Shops dedicated to the old style music are littered around the city, so never hard to find. Beer lovers can discover a number of unique brews in niche bars, or even sample a few concoctions from the brewer’s themselves! The Blackjack Brewery, Seven Bro7ther’s bar and Marble Arch pub are all great places to find your favourite craft beers.
Depending on your budget, there is plenty to do, see and buy in the bustling city centre of Manchester.
The beauty of the North of England is undeniable in many areas, not to mention very budget friendly. I thought I would spend a lot of money but in the end it was just the flights that took the biggest chunk of my money away. I must admit that your experience my differ price wise as I cheated in the sense that I'd travelled for a work placement whilst I was there. I spent two weeks in the UK, the first travelling, the second working at an immigration advice company - it was through Placements UK helping with life in the UK tests for IAS (if any of you want to follow in my footsteps!) Not being an overly wealthy person, this was the perfect way to achieve this trip. I'm hoping to go back early next year to see more of the South of England with the aim of securing a permanent job as there seems to be a lot of opportunities there. I hope this has inspired you to travel there too! There's more to the UK than just London!