I mean, we all already know how great this city is, but now we’ve had it confirmed by some fancy, upmarket travel guide.
According to Conde Nast Traveller, Manchester is ‘one of 10 British cities outside London that are having a particularly storming year in 2019’.
We’ve been named one of the best city break destinations and it’s easy to see why.
The list doesn’t seem to be ranked in order - more just a compilation - although if it is a ranking, we have been placed 3rd in the order behind Bristol and Cambridge - which we all know is mad considering we’re the greatest city in the world.
The Manchester section was compiled by Conde Nast Traveller editor Rick Jordan, and he’s subheadlined Manchester as ‘The festival city’.
Rick begins by listing some of the cultural events happening in our city this year, including the Manchester International Festival, writing: “This has established itself as a serious cultural event to rival anything in London and Edinburgh, often showcasing new creative works from major artists.”
Manchester is also digging the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the first time, mixing post-industrial grit with contemporary landscaping for a sustainable urban retreat at the show, ahead of the RHS Bridgewater Garden opening in Salford next year. The year 2020 is certainly a clear-sighted one for the city, with key additions for several museums – Manchester, Science & Industry, Manchester Jewish – with a new arts space, The Factory, designed by Rem Koolhaas, to follow in 2021. Right now, though, you can travel back to 1829 at the Museum of Science & Industry, where Stephenson's Rocket has shunted back to the city for the first time in 180 years.
Next on the agenda is the incredible food offerings Manchester has, listing Dishoom, the Ivy Spinningfield, Mana, Allotment, and The Produce Hall as his top spots. All a bit fancy, like, but he’s right when he says ‘the city has upped its foodie game over the past few years.’ There’s literally something for everyone in Manchester and we couldn’t be happier about it.
The future is bright, the future is Manc.