Greater Manchester Area Guide

Manchester is known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution so you’ll find a proud history of science, polities, music, arts and sport throughout the city. You’ll find this incredible heritage combined with modern attractions, restaurants, bars and shops to create a special place to visit. There’s a reason Manchester is the only UK city to feature in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023 list after all!

Salford Quays

Salford Quays is Greater Manchester’s wonderful waterfront destination. Located in Salford, The Quays was one of the first and largest urban regeneration projects in the UK since the closure of the dockyards in 1982. Today it is home to bars, restaurants and theatres so you’ll have plenty to do during your visit. 

Here lies a great deal of activities to keep you entertained for days. Find yourself engulfed in an abundance of historical knowledge at the Imperial War Museum North, or head to one of the many galleries and immerse yourself in truly inspiring artwork. 

You will find MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, the largest media hub in Europe. It is also home to BBC’s flagship Northern Headquarters, which is said to be the largest media hub in Europe. 

Once the sun sets, you can explore Salford Quays by night. With a beautifully lit quayside, you can embrace the stunning architecture on your way to the local bars and restaurants. Stop by Lime, an independent restaurant serving home made dishes in a relaxed environment, with an open plan bar to enjoy after. 

Finish your night by heading to The Lowry. Home to three stunning theatres alongside galleries showcasing a range of amazing artists, as well as the world’s largest public collection of paintings and drawings by LS Lowry. Here you can relax and enjoy a West End performance or spend your night laughing with world class comedians.


Just a few miles south of Manchester City Centre lies Chorlton, a trendy suburb, crowded with artisan coffee shops, quirky boutiques and independent pubs, restaurants and bars.

Sustainable lifestyle stores, organic delis and a wholesome community spirit create a bohemian aesthetic for Chorlton making it a fitting location to host Chorlton Arts Festival, alongside yearly arts and crafts events. The Edge Theatre is also a great place to visit for those wanting to explore exciting exhibitions, performances and galleries.

Chorlton also offers stunning scenery, with plenty of nature walks close by. Head down to Chorlton Green for an escape from reality, with beautiful landscapes and woodlands to explore. Or check out Chorlton Ees, Chorlton Park or Longford Park, all offering bundles of fields, waterways and lakes. If you fancy a further stroll, there are plenty of trails and walkways which will lead you to the famous River Mersey.

When visiting Chorlton, make sure you visit Beech Road. Known as the ‘Heart of Chorlton’, this stylish street caters to all. Whether you fancy a relaxing day eating and drinking to your heart’s desires or treating yourself in one of the many independent retailers, you can find all you need here.


Didsbury is one of the most affluent areas in Manchester, with a growing increase of visitors and it is no surprise. With surrounding stunning greenery, impressive properties and exciting nightlife, you will make memories here to last a lifetime. Popular amongst young professionals and families, Didsbury offers a quiet escape from the busy centre of Manchester while offering plenty of things to do and see to keep you from ever wanting more. 

Visit Didsbury Village, a vibrant community filled with popular restaurants and exclusive stores. The village is also home of the annual Didsbury festival. With live music, talks and stalls, this festival is the perfect day out for friends and families.

Fancy a quick bite? Then get yourself to Burton Road and head to Volta. Offering small plates, deli boards and charcuterie, it’s the perfect place to start before heading out for some delicious cocktails and tasty pints all within a stone’s throw from each other.

There are also plenty of parks and green spaces to be explored, especially the stunning Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens which can be found between the River Mersey and Stenner Woods. The walled rock garden, walking trails through marshland and beautiful meadows offer great wildlife-watching opportunities and stunning views which need to be seen.

Didsbury also offers an entertainment centre, making it a perfect place to bring your family. Parrs Wood provides the best in leisure and entertainment in the south Manchester area, with everything you need and more all within walking distance.

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