The Manchester Arena is situated next to Victoria Station and a short walk from Deansgate in the north part of the city centre. The Arena is the biggest indoor venue in the UK and Europe with a capacity of 21,000. The Arena that opened in 1995 has become one of the world’s busiest indoor venues that hosts the biggest names in music, boxing and other indoor sports.
The Curry Mile Manchester is the nickname given to a stretch of Wilmslow Road that runs through the centre of Rusholme in Manchester. It has earned the name Curry Mile due to the high proportion of Asian restaurants and takeaways that can be found in this area. By day this area could be mistaken for any other suburban street but as night falls the street comes alive with a sea of neon lights.
The 17th of November will see the launch of Manchester Christmas Markets 2012. During the run up to Christmas 2012, the city centre streets of Manchester will be transformed in to a Christmas wonderland. No trip to Manchester is complete during late November and December without a stroll around the famous Christmas Markets with family and friends.
If you are looking for things to do in Manchester for kids and require some inspirational ideas check out the definitive list of suggestions below. The city is a great location for a family break so parents will struggle to accommodate all of these ideas in a single visit.
Urbis Manchester is situated in Cathedral Gardens close to Manchester Cathedral and Victoria Station. It opened on 27th June 2002 as part of the renewal of Exchange Square known as the Millennium Project. It received £30 million from the Millennium Commission and £1m from Manchester City Council. The building, designed by Ian Simpson Architects (who is also responsible for Manchester’s highest building, The Beetham Tower) was originally a museum and exhibition centre that showcased city life. It has hosted exhibits on popular culture including music, fashion, art, photography and computer games as well as seminars, concerts and special events.
The Trafford Centre Manchester opened in September 1998 and is the highest valued shopping centre in the UK at £1.65 billion. It is currently the UK’s second largest shopping centre with plans to make it the largest. It is situated in Dumplington next to Trafford Park Industrial Estate. With 10% of the entire UK population living within a 45-minute drive of the Trafford Centre, it’s hardly surprising that it attracts over 35 million visits a year.
The Etihad Stadium Manchester which is also known as Eastlands and was formerly the City Of Manchester Stadium, is the home of the newly crowned Premier League champion Manchester City Football Club. It was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and cost £110 million. It had already been decided that MCFC would take over the stadium in 2003 after vacating Maine Road.
Whether you know it as Theatre of Dreams or simply the home of one of the world’s most famous football teams, Manchester United, Old Trafford Manchester is a must-see destination for all sports fans visiting Manchester. Situated in Stretford in the borough of Trafford, Old Trafford Manchester has been home to the ‘Reds’ since 1910. Allot has changed over the years and the state-of-the-art stadium of 2011 bears little resemblance to the ground that the club would have played on at the beginning of the 20th century.
The Museum of Science and Industry Manchester, or MOSI for short, occupies the former Liverpool Road Station, one of Manchester’s most historically significant sites. It’s a particularly fitting venue for such an important museum since Liverpool Road Station was the terminus of the Liverpool to Manchester Railway which was the world’s first purpose built goods and passenger railway. Liverpool Road Station is the world’s oldest railway station.
The MEN Arena Manchester, situated in the north of the city centre, is the biggest indoor arena in Europe. Its capacity is 21,000, which puts it just in front of the O2 Arena in London’s Docklands. It is one of the world’s busiest indoor venues playing host to pop concerts, boxing ice hockey and basketball.