Manchester, England’s original modern city and the Gateway to Northern England, is enjoying a renaissance of late. Once at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution, the city is now flushed with street art, galleries, breweries — and pride. Whether you travel for culture, thrills, meeting the locals, or something else, you’ll find what you love in Manchester. It’s a city with something for every type of a traveler (a rare feat) as well as one that’s sure to give your Instagram a boost.

{Bee}lieve in Manchester 

Manchester’s symbol of the worker bee, a nod to its industrial roots, has recently transformed to become a symbol of the city’s spirit in the wake of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing. You’ll find statues of the Manchester bees throughout the city in all different colors and designs.

Find Your Refuge

The Refuge by Volta is one of the most popular dining and cocktail bars in the city. Known for its elegant, open floor plan, mosaic tiles and huge column pillars, virtually every angle of The Refuge is Instagram-worthy — and the food and drinks aren’t too shabby either.


Strike a Pose

Manchester’s Northern Quarter is brimming with street art. With the folks from Skyliner Street Art as your guide, you can discover the best of the best (even the ones down hidden alleys!), learn the history behind them and get their pro tips on how to photograph each one along the way. Don’t forget to strike a pose!

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Spa-ahhh with a View

After a busy day of exploring, you’ll be in need of a spa day. Find it on King Street at the King Street Townhouse Hotel. With its infinity pool overlooking the Manchester Town Hall and with an equally amazing interior, you’ll never want to leave (and we won’t blame you).


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Anywhere, Really

With its industrial roots and cobblestone streets, street art and cute cafes, every inch of Manchester is Instagram- worthy. Ready to go on an adventure. Thanks to Virgin Atlantic, you can book a seasonal nonstop flight from San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Las Vegas, New York or Orlando straight to Manchester. From there, it’s easy to explore the best of Manchester and of Northern England. Click here to begin planning your #ItAllStartsinManchester vacay with VisitBritain today.