Let’s face it, Summer 2020 is going to go down in history! It’s unlikely many of us will be able to leave the country so we’ve put together a STAY-cation series to help you find the best places in the UK to get away for some kind of break this summer.

Location: Manchester (no place better)

Type of Staycation: City break

*Disclaimer* as we share this article, there are increased measures surrounding COVID-19 in place for Greater Manchester. Please be sensible when planning trips to this location and make sure you check out the government advice before booking anything!

Best places to stay:

No matter where you stay in Manchester, you’re never going to be that far away from anywhere else. So don’t worry too much about location, whether you choose Northern Quarter, Spinningfields, Green Quarter or slap bang in the City Centre. They’re all fabulous places, with short walks and tram rides from each other.

In terms of hotels, there are some super fancy and quirky ones that if you want to treat yourself to a more luxurious stay, you should definitely look into!

But if you’d prefer something, a little more affordable and perhaps your own flat/house entirely to host more people. Then these Air BnB’s are also a great shout!

The Lockkeepers Cottage – This is a perfect location, right next to some of the best bars in Manchester if it’s a sunny day! You’re your friends, book this place and you only have to walk across the canal for your first drink of the day!

Something a bit quirky – If you’re wanting something a little bit more quirky, your bog standard hotel room. Why not your own canal boat?! Although I haven’t done this yet myself, it is on my list of experiences I’d love to try! So why not mix the bustling city life of Manchester with the quirky canal boat living of those off the beaten track!

New York Loft style – This is Manchester style through and through. So many of Manchesters flats have this New York feel (side note: it’s why a lot of movies have been filmed in the Northern Quarter!). So why not experience a mixture of New York and Manchester combined, in this fabulous Air BnB.

City Centre living – Parking, a stone's throw away from Oxford Station, right next to China Town and Spinningfields – this is the place for you! (I think I should become a travel agent, I’m loving this!)

Things to do:


These are all the places you need to check out for breakfast, I love each and every one of them. I’m practically a regular at Ezra & Gil!

- Ezra & Gil

- Takk

- Pot Kettle Black

- Home Sweet Home

- Alabamas (currently closed, but worth double checking when you come to visit!)


For somewhere fancy for dinner, whether it’s for a celebration or something special, these are the places to check out. All of them are super instagrammable too!

- Grand Pacific

- 20 Stories

- El Gato Negro - the best Tapas around!

- The Ivy


Now onto the fun stuff, for the best places to go for drinks here are my top picks, with Albert Schloss being my ultimate go-to destination!

- Albert Schloss

- The Oast House

- The Lawn Club

- Sunset by Australasia


In term of sightseeing, I always think Manchester is the type of city you just want to wander around, there are gorgeous hidden sights down almost every alley. I wouldn’t worry too much about seeing specific things! But if you do like a bit of structured sightseeing then these are the places to Google:

- Manchester Central Library

- Manchester Art Gallery

- John Rylands Library

- City of Manchester Distillery

In general, there are a few areas of Manchester. The City Centre, which includes all your main shops, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. The Northern Quarter which is where you’ll find a lot of quirky bars, indie, vintage and vinyl shops. Spinningfields where the more fancy bars and restaurants can be found and Gay Village where a lot of the gay bars and drag shows are located. It depends what type of weekend away you’re looking for, however, each area is only a short walk or tram ride away from each other and Mancunians are so helpful. If you can’t find where you’re going, ask anyone! They’ll happily point you in the right direction!

3 fun facts about Manchester:

1. A lot of movies and TV programs are filmed in the Northern Quarter of Manchester, due to it keeping a timeless look. Including Peaky Blinders, Captain America and The Crown. You can get a walking tour to see all the different areas where movies have been filmed!

2. Manchester is home to Coronation Street (claim to fame) and you can visit the set at MediaCity.

3. Manchester is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world and was putting on drag shows as early as World War 2. The city even has it’s own ‘Gay Village’ centred around Canal Street. It’s one of the best places and everyone should give it a visit!

Blog post author: Hattie Campbell

Hattie is a twenty-something Influencer Marketing Executive from Manchester. who is passionate about providing people, especially girls, a secure place to ask questions, that they might have previously thought were silly.

1. A lot of movies and TV programs are filmed in the Northern Quarter of Manchester, due to it keeping it’s a timeless look. Including Peaky Blinders, Captain America and The Crown. You can get a walking tour to see all the different areas of where movies have been filmed!

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