8 reasons Manchester is one of the best places in the UK
The big wheel, ‘B’ of the Bang sculpture and the Manchester skyline. Gorgeous. (Picture: Getty)

The capital of the north has long been known as one of the best destinations for music.

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But dig a little deeper and you will find culture, food, fashion and even greenery that makes Manchester one of the best places to visit or live in the UK.

Even history is on Manchester’s side with it being home to the first canal, first passenger railway and even the birth of vegetarianism in 1809. If that wasn’t enough then these seven reasons should convince you.

The thriving music scene

8 reasons Manchester is one of the best places in the UK
Skinny Lister perform at the Deaf Institute. (Picture: Ben Radford/Corbis via Getty Images)

Brit Pop may be dead but the Manchester music scene is truly alive and kicking. Legendary venues like the Deaf Institute and Islington Mill show that Manchester is still on top form. Who needs the Hacienda? 

The heartbreaking terrorist attack on Manchester’s music scene did not dent it but spurred it on to become stronger and louder. Thanks to Ariana Grande thousands of people came together to celebrate the city’s musical ties and show the world that music unites all.

The food options are incredible

From fine dining options such as Manchester House and The French to trendy eateries like Volta and Gray’s Larder there is something for everyone.

It is even one of the best places in the UK for vegan food as we covered in this list including everything from vegan junk at V Rev to glorious Italian food at the Pasta Factory.

You can get lost for hours in a vintage paradise

Somewhat of a Manchester institution, Afflecks is a multi storey vintage and retro emporium in the heart of the Northern Quarter popular with students and anyone after a bargain.

Nearby you can take your pick from several other vintage shops including one of the best Oxfam’s in the UK plus a vintage kilo store, POP Boutique and Cow Manchester

You can escape to the countryside in half an hour

8 reasons Manchester is one of the best places in the UK
Peak District National Park is well worth a visit (Picture: Getty)

Travel just thirteen miles out of town and you will find yourself in the serene Peak District enticing you to explore. 

There are multiple villages across the Hope Valley that are an ideal starting off point for biking, hiking and rock climbing.

8 reasons Manchester is one of the best places in the UK
Chatsworth House is stunning (Picture: Getty)

Chatsworth House and the Norman Peveril Castle are worth a visit for history buffs.

It’s a haven of arts and culture

8 reasons Manchester is one of the best places in the UK
The Museum of Science and Industry (Picture: Getty)

For a city of its size Manchester can throw some heavy punches when it comes to culture and arts.

Manchester Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, The Museum of Science and Industry and The Lowry can easily outshine London’s main – and overpriced – attractions.

8 reasons Manchester is one of the best places in the UK

The relocation of ITV, BBC and Creative England has also carved out the city’s role in creativity and entertainment. 

Manchester International Festival is a leader in its field

MIF has become one of the art scene’s big players since launching in 2007. This biennial event takes places in venues across the city and previous programmes have included Björk, De La Soul and Massive Attack vs Adam Curtis.

There are some not-too-bad football players kicking around

8 reasons Manchester is one of the best places in the UK
Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

Once upon a time the only team that anyone cared about in Manchester was United. Travel to any far away country and guaranteed one of the first questions you’ll be asked is whether you support United and if you know David Beckham. 

But then Robert Mancini’s men absolutely smashed it in 2011 with Man City winning the FA Cup and the Premier League and the fortunes of the city had been rewritten. 

You can’t beat the friendliness of Mancunians

8 reasons Manchester is one of the best places in the UK
Mancs are always a friendly lot (Picture: Getty)

Straight-talking but open-hearted, you will be hard pushed to come across a Mancunian that you don’t build a rapport with.

They take pride in their city – quite rightly so – and will be equally happy to show you a good night out or sit down for a meaningful chat.

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