Complementing major roads (M62, M602 and numerous A-Roads) taking you into Manchester, the city has both the busiest airport and railway station outside of London . Their airport is England’s third busiest and trumps the total number of destinations offered by London Heathrow. Northern Rail and First Transpennine Express offer connections across northern England meaning Manchester is easily accessible.
When the renowned Pierre Marco White left the then named River Room in 2005, Manchester sighed, but new head chef Eyck Zimmer picked up the reins of the newly named River Restaurant and restored food harmony - his menu should not be overlooked. There are plenty of alternative cuisine options ranging from French, Greek through to European restaurants.
With Manchester’s rich musical and sporting positioning there are events all year round if your interests match. Footballing rivals Manchester United and Manchester City play their season from August to May. But to avoid football and music, the Southport Flower Show takes place in August, and in July, Royal Lytham and St Annes hosts the Golf Open Championship.
Manchester has a thriving gay community, and with public houses in the Canal Street area having gay clientele since 1940, this now forms the centre of the city’s gay community. Furthermore, owing to the area attracting 20,000 visitors each weekend - after the council’s infrastructure investment produced more bars and clubs - the UK’s first gay supermarket was subsequently opened.
Visit Manchester website