Sarah | Girl About Manchester
Making memories in Manchester
I was born and bred in Manchester where I still live with my husband and two young children, and when I’m not busy trying to keep up with the kids I’m busy being an NHS gynaecology nurse. We’re a mixed bag of a family, with my Filipino Mum and Irish-English Dad and my husband’s Ukrainian Dad and Italian-Ukrainian Mum. When I’m not mumming or nursing, you’ll find me eating at food venues all around Manchester!
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48 hours in Manchester - what to do on a weekend in Manchester

So you’re thinking of coming to Manchester for a weekend away, and who can blame you!
We’re famous for being pioneers in the industrial revolution and trailblazers in the music industry, being “mad for it” and dead friendly at the same time.
There’s a bit of everything; the city centre is hustling and bustling, with a huge variety of shops ranging from discount, high street, seriously quirky and high-end. You won’t go hungry here - there are all kinds of restaurants, cafes and takeaways absolutely everywhere and many of them are open late.
We’ve got free buses to get you around the city centre as well as the Metrolink tram system, but a lot us just get about on foot in the city centre.
Entertainment venues are everywhere, keeping our famous music scene thriving.
Up in North Manchester you can find quaint little towns in the beautiful countryside and hills, which for me are well worth visiting for a nice contrast between Manchester’s busy city life and the slower-paced life of the countryside with its gorgeous views.
Then there are areas in between such as Salford Quays and Media City which attract many visitors and for good reason.
I’ve written this itinerary as if you have a car, purely because I tend to drive when I visit other cities, however I know just as many people who don’t do that – it is possible to get around Manchester by public transport or to make it easier, just jump in a taxi. I’ve also made sure it’s adaptable for if you have the kids with you (the evening drinking activities are optional of course!) You can Google Transport for Greater Manchester to have a look at getting around via public transport.

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