Whether you’re visiting the home of the Red Devils and Man City for the first time or you’re here for the shopping, Manchester is the place to be if you crave some excitement on a night out.
But better yet, it’s also home to some of the best casinos in the country.
We’ve listed the top spots to go for games of roulette, blackjack or poker right here.
Grosvenor Casino Didsbury
Located in Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre, this place is open 24 hours a day and doesn’t require a membership card, but you would be wise to observe the casino dress code (smart casual) and etiquette to avoid feeling out of place.
Inside, you will find a large, open gaming area, a twelve-table room dedicated just for poker, as well as a decent restaurant, bar, and a conference room. Besides poker, you can also play blackjack, roulette, baccarat, or try to hit a jackpot at one of the many electronic gaming machines.
The place is located just a few miles away from the city centre, so it’s best to reach it by car. Fortunately, there’s a free parking area provided for customers. And if you’re looking for something else to do, you’ll also find a cinema, more restaurants, bars, and a bowling alley in the area.
Manchester 235 Casino
There are all sorts of entertainment options available here, but Blackjack is definitely the most popular card game in Manchester 235 casino. If you’re not entirely sure about how to play, you can sign up for their “learn to play” experience where you’ll sit down with an experienced dealer for a 40-minute intensive learning session for as little as £20.
If you want to develop your skills even further before stepping up to the green felt in a land-based casino, you may also experiment with online blackjack gaming rooms from trusted providers as some of them will even allow you to observe the action as a spectator or even play a couple of rounds for free.
Manchester 235 is not only about card games though. It’s a whole entertainment complex set in Great Northern Warehouse, where you can find a fancy James Martin restaurant or have your favourite cocktail at one of the stylish bars (that are open all night). The venue is open every day of the week, employs friendly staff, and you don’t even need a membership card so you can just pop in to check it out.
Grosvenor Casino Soames
This is another venue in town falling under the banner of the popular Grosvenor brand. You’ll find it on 35-39 George Street, which is a perfect central spot surrounded by various restaurants, bars, and clubs.
Perhaps it’s not as vast and glamorous as the other casino venues in town, but it’s definitely newbie-friendly. Inside, you’ll find dozens of slot machines, as well as tables for craps, blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and poker. If you’re not sure about the rules governing these games, ask the staff and they’ll be happy to help you out.
Also, if all this casino play excitement makes you hungry, you’ll have free access to a restaurant serving prime quality meals until late in the night.
Located just a few steps away from Grosvenor Casino Soames, Genting is a perfect place to have some fun during the evening. It’s a sizeable venue where you can roam freely and watch the action at the tables before putting your money on the line.
There are even special spots where you can learn the rules of the game if you need a refresher. The interior is beautiful and there’s plenty of space for a whole group of friends to enjoy the evening, so make sure you don’t miss out on this one.
You can find a few more out there, but don’t settle for anything less than the best, especially if you want to impress your friends or date. After all, you want a casino spot brimming with class, where you can not only dress up and feel special but perhaps even win some cash while you’re there!
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Manchester’s famous Santa steam trains are back and ‘local heroes’ can ride them for FREE
And all you have to do is nominate someone you think deserves it.
As the heritage railway is keen to celebrate those who have made a difference within the local Greater Manchester community, or those who have impacted peoples’ lives for the better, five ‘local heroes’ are going to get the chance to take a ride on one of the famous Santa Specials steam trains for free of charge this December.
The much-loved festive event has not only become an essential part of Christmas for many in the north west, but this year, it’s bigger and better than ever before.
The five local heroes will get to bring their families along with them for a truly special Christmas day out as they make their way through a winter wonderland at Bury Bolton Street Station.
They’ll first get to meet some old favourites and new characters, including the magical talking Christmas tree, Mrs Claus, and ELR’s very own Ice Princess, all before before having a singalong with a chorus of musical polar bears.
The festive fun will then continue on the Santa Special steam trains on an 80-minute “enchanting voyage” through the magical Irwell Valley.
Santa himself will be on board handing out gifts, while a festive brass band plays traditional Christmas tunes for a singalong, and adults tuck into a mince pie and a festive tipple or two.
Kids can feast on chocolate, juice, and get stuck into a brand-new ELR festive activity pack.
“It’s more important than ever to celebrate our local heroes who give back to the community and make a positive impact on people’s lives and we are thrilled to be able to give back to these people,” explained Mike Kelly – Chairman at ELR.
“The Santa Specials have become a staple in many families’ Christmas celebrations.
“If there’s someone in your life or your local community that has made a positive impact over the past year, whether it’s through the work that they do, the time they volunteer or any acts of kindness you think a light should be shone on then head over to our website and tell us why you think they deserve a magical day out with their families at the railway this Christmas.”
Upon arriving at the Etihad, food and drink will be available to from a number of different vendors around City Square from 10:00am, with the official welcome ceremony getting underway at 10:30.
Presenters for the day will guide you through all of the pre-match talking points and will also be joined by legendary goalkeeper Karen Bardsley on stage, who made over a century of appearances for the club.
With both City and United boasting nine Euro 2022-winning Lionesses between them, fans can visit the Cityzens hub to have their photo taken with the trophy ahead of kick-off and even create their own Dream Team video.
You can also get involved in a number of other activities such as penalty shootouts, table tennis and its football equivalent, ‘futtoc’ (we know at least one of you had played some form of foot tennis).
Just after the players arrive at approximately 11am and those enjoying the Blue carpet experience are cheering on their heroes as they enter the Etihad Stadium, you can also watch the Battle of the Bands, with local band Strawberry Lemonade playing live at 12pm.
Supporters on both sides are advised to make their way to their seats by 12:15 in preparation for the Etihad Campus’ exciting pre-match fireworks display, which will set the tone for a captivating encounter.
But the matchday experience continues at half-time, with those in the crowd able to take part in a half-time quiz and even be in with the chance of winning an exclusive holiday which will be revealed on the day.
Here’s your full schedule of pre-match and half-time festivities: