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The Manchester Weekend Bucket List – 20 Things Everybody Living Here Should Do Once

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It’s one of the greatest cities in the world but how much of it have you really seen? 

The vast majority of people work all week long, so the weekends are the one time to get out there and properly enjoy what Manchester has to offer. 

We thought we’d create a list of things that people absolutely have to do at least once when they live here. Start ticking them off…

1. Savour a bottle at a craft brewery

Beer fans will know the Se7en Brothers brewery – in the heart of Salford, it’s already found itself a place on the beloved ale stage.

Head to their beer house on Blossom Street in Ancoats and have a pint of this red IPA – you won’t regret it.

2. Gaze on Manchester Ship Canal

Manchester Ship Canal

Linking Manchester to the Irish Sea, this canal starts at the Mersey Estuary near Liverpool, and traces the original routes of the rivers Mersey and Irwell through Cheshire and Lancashire.

3. Eat a cronut at Albert’s Schloss

The city’s favourite beer haus have only recently introduced their fabulous breakfast menu served from 8am.

It features the cronut (son of the croissant and donut) and the cruffin (daughter or croissant and muffin.)

We think breads should interbreed more often.

4. See Manchester’s kick-ass street art

Skyliner blogger Hayley Flynn holds various tours around the city, including Art in Architecture and Pomona Island: An Industrial Wasteland. But because we reckon Manchester’s street art could be good enough to rival Berlin’s (we’ll let you decide though) we would recommend the Street Art of the Northern Quarter tour.

5. Have a wander around Afflecks

For all things quirky.

Describing itself as ‘an emporium of eclecticism, a totem of indie commerce’, Afflecks is definitely on the Manchester bucket list.

This alternative department store has something for everyone – from fudge to ska vinyl, from Norse jewellery to Star Wars memorabilia, from the ‘Freak Boutique’ to an anime shop.

What more could you want?

6. Snuggle up for a lazy brunch in the picturesque Heatons

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We love the handsome – and comfy – window seats and their cosy cushions at The Boundary in Heaton Mersey. Grab a full English and peruse the papers between 10am and 2pm on Saturdays. Perfection.

7. Tuck into a special toastie

A toastie filled with pulled pork and macaroni cheese can cure any bad day.

We promise. 

8. Loser buys the drinks at Junkyard Golf

Different zones, crazy contraptions and the possibility of swinging a golf club while off your face on delicious cocktails. This is a total must.

9. Pay a visit to England’s home of football

Whether you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Red or a proud-to-be-Blue, this is the beginning and end for the football fan and their mates. The new Crest index exhibition’s got 310 crests and the story of their clubs.

10. Take a trip to Europe’s third largest Chinatown

It’s also the UK’s second biggest, coming just behind Liverpool (boo!)

The restaurants are incredible and the Chinese New Year celebrations are unbeatable!

11. Feel the fusion in the Arndale

You gotta look after yourself when you’re feeling down – and chicken from the food market’s Fusion Lab is a great way of doing just that. 

Korean fried and oh so tangy!

12. Stand in the shadow of history

The former home of Emmeline Pankhurst, from where the Suffragette movement was to rise, is now the Pankhurst Centre.

13. Drink Champers at Cloud 23

Well, it’s less the drink – effervescent nectar as it is – and more the location: Cloud 23.

More than just a bar, the floating paradise located at the highest point in Manchester is ideal of fans of cocktails, or even just afternoon tea.

But we think these panoramic city views just demand fizz.

14. Watch the footy

Another tourist favourite but something that no one can miss out on.

Just be careful who you support – as we all know, the rivalry between United and City is pretty unforgiving.

15. Dine at the more bizarre end of modern food

Rabbit In The Moon brings together TV chef Michael O’Hare with Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs – and it’s got a menu that’ll definitely be interesting.

14. Find yourself moved by art

Next year is the 110th anniversary of The Whitworth art gallery and it’s worth a trip.

15. Go late-night bowling


How does bowling with pre-drinks sound? You can’t go to Manchester without rolling a strike at Dog Bowl.

The bar and restaurant has five full length bowling lanes and the chance to win the pot in their Wall of Fame Competition.

16. Pop into the oldest library in the English-speaking world

Perfect for book-lovers, Chetham’s Library was founded in 1653 and has connections to Marx and Engels. It’s stunning, too.

17. See Manchester from the water

Take a canal cruise on the Bridgewater Canal and get the best views of Manchester, Trafford, Salford Quays and Media City UK from the water. 

Starting at Castlefield, the cruise is a great way to meet new people while seeing the city from a different perspective.

18. Head to the UK’s best pub for a Sunday Roast

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An absolute classic that’s still up there with the best, The Eagle and Child Roast is a thing of beauty. This Greater Manchester venue’s been voted one of the top 50 Sunday lunches in the UK, so tuck in.

19. Embrace your inner freak (shake)

The cereal cafe’s insanely overstacked treats are something to behold, but Black Milk is now really working on our waistlines with two-for-£10 on freakshakes and waffles on weekdays. Just order two the same shakes or waffles at the Oldham Street branch from Monday to Friday until December 31, 2017.

20. Eat in beautiful surroundings

The Mackie Mayor market building on Swan Street has been in disrepair for decades, but now you can drink, eat and be merry there – and it’s bloody gorgeous.

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