How to Spend 2 Days in Manchester
From its vibrant music scene and many museums to its destination-worthy restaurants and legendary football stadiums, Manchester is one of the UK’s most exciting and varied cities. Two days is just enough time to experience its highlights and enjoy numerous treks around town—here’s how to plan a winning Manchester itinerary.
Day 1: Sports and Sightseeing
**Morning:**On a 2-day trip, time is of the essence—which is why a hop-on hop-off bus tour is the perfect way to begin your Manchester sightseeing. In just a couple of hours, you wend your way through the city, spot highlights such as Manchester Town Hall, and soak up history. No navigating required.
**Afternoon:**Next, it’s time to indulge your competitive side. Soccer (call it “football” to fit in) is less a passion and more a religion here. Think carefully before you side with Manchester United (on a visit to Old Trafford Stadium) or Manchester City (based in Etihad Stadium), as allegiances run deep.
**Night:**To round out your first day, meet with a private guide for a customized tour of the city. From vibrant neighborhoods to cocktail bars, see Manchester through a local’s eyes. Don’t forget to ask for insider tips about restaurants in town so you can plan a post-tour meal.
Day 2: Music and Museums
**Morning:**Don’t believe the stale stereotypes—England’s dining scene has never been more exciting, and Manchester is one of the best places in the UK to eat. Begin your day with a multistop food tour in the cool Northern Quarter, and enjoy multiple samples.
**Afternoon:**Next, digest on a relaxed museum stroll. Manchester is home to numerous top-notch institutions, from the Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery to the Science and Industry Museum. For younger visitors, SEA Life offers an entertaining way to learn about undersea creatures.
**Night:**It’s no surprise that the hometown of Oasis and The Smiths knows a thing or two about music, and Manchester is still known for its many live music venues. Venture to a show to see up-and-coming acts, or take a walking tour to learn more about the city’s musical legacy.