Afflecks has been named in the world’s top 10% of tourist attractions


Manchester’s beloved independent shopping emporium Afflecks has recently been named in the top 10% of tourist attractions in the world.

The influential TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards – which takes place annually and sees TripAdvisor comb through reviews, ratings and comments from travellers across the globe and use that information to award the very best attractions – has featured Afflecks in the prestigious 2020 list. 

This award means that Afflecks is in the top 10% rated visitor destinations in the world, and confirms the opinion of the thousands of loyal fans who flock to the shopping emporium every year.

Afflecks has long been celebrated as a bastion of Manchester’s famous independent and creative spirit, and a safe space in the city. Established in 1982, Afflecks has become famous the world over for its eclectic and eccentric shops and services and the hugely diverse and creative enterprises that the emporium supports.

Spread over three floors, the impressive, bohemian, maze-like environment is perfect for exploring. 


Afflecks remains one of the city’s longest-standing retail experiences.

It was saved from closure back in 2010 by Bruntwood Works – who still own and operate the building to this day – and currently supports over 60 independent traders within the building, from tattoo artists to fashion boutiques.

Afflecks is undoubtedly a hive of creativity and a safe space for independent entrepreneurs, artists and makers to start out, experiment and grow, so it’s brilliant to see it awarded the accolades it deserves.

Andrea George – Director of Retail for Bruntwood Work – said: “We’re delighted to receive this accolade from TripAdvisor. Mancunians have long known that Afflecks is the greatest, independent shopping experience there is and it’s wonderful to hear that the whole world agrees.

“Afflecks is part of the heart and soul of Manchester. Disruptive, different, independent, individual, trailblazing. It embodies the spirit of the city perfectly and that is why it holds such a special place in the hearts of the community and is beloved of visitors from around the world. 

“It’s a great award for Afflecks and for Manchester, and showcases just how far reaching the influence of our emporium is.”

You can find more information via the Afflecks website here.

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