This week the team at Manchester Academy of English tell us about the best kept secrets in their city, where you can escape the tourist vibe and find real Mancunians! Here are their Top 10 recommendations:
Affleck's Palace © DaveBleasdale, Creative Commons
1. Affleck's Palace
Lose yourself in Affleck’s Palace, a maze of independent stalls, boutiques and shops in an indoor market in the Northern Quarter.
2. Manchester Ship Canal Cruise
Discover a different side to Manchester and cruise along the famous Manchester Ship Canal – there are organised boat cruises every weekend, and some include food and drinks too.
Beech Road © Wayne WindowCo, Creative Commons
3. Godlee Observatory
Make your way to the Godlee Observatory at the University of Manchester and enjoy stargazing through their telescope.
4. Beech Road
Try a Sunday roast at The Parlour or enjoy a pizza at The Laundrette, both located on Beech Road in Chorlton. The street has a relaxed vibe and is full of restaurants, pubs, gift shops and nearby parks that are great for a sunny day.
Fletcher Moss © Wikidwitch, Creative Commons
5. Portico Library and Gallery
Practise your English with one of 25,000 books in the Portico Library and Gallery! Members of the library can borrow books; and tea and cake is also available for purchase between 11.30 and 14.30. You can enter without being a member, and entry is free – just press the buzzer at the entrance on Charlotte Street.
6. Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens
Wander through the tranquil haven of the Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens in Didsbury, with stunning natural features such as rock and heather gardens.
Craft and Design Centre © Dave Croker, Creative Commons
7. Manchester Craft and Design Centre
Get creative and go to Manchester Craft and Design Centre for a range of arts and crafts exhibitions and workshops.
8. Chetham's School of Music
See a free concert at Chetham’s School of Music, where there are complimentary student performances almost every week!
The Lowry © Françoise Walthéry, Creative Commons
9. Dog Bowl
Gather your friends and go late-night bowling at Dog Bowl, where you can bowl until 3am and enjoy food and drinks at the same time.
10. The Lowry
Check out the unique architecture of The Lowry on Pier 8 at Salford Quays, and step inside to explore theatres, art exhibitions, shops and restaurants.
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