Unique Gifts and Things To Do in ManchesterBordered by two of Britain’s most beautiful National Parks – the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District – Manchester has the advantage of offering the cosmopolitan lifestyle of a major city, mixed with the opportunity to get involved in a host of outdoor pursuits. It also acts as the ideal halfway point between the northern cities of Liverpool and Sheffield, making this one of the most interesting places to visit.
Sparked by a boom in textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution, Manchester’s urbanisation grew at an unprecedented rate throughout the 19th Century. Whilst the city’s fortunes declined after WWII, a regeneration project has been underway since the mid-nineties and the cosmopolitan hive of culture and entertainment that we have come to love was born. If you are visiting Manchester for the first time, then your list of things to do will be a long one…
If you are looking for a day out filled with culture, then a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry is a must-do – fun for all-ages, you’ll get up close and personal with a range of steam engines, fighter jets, and factory machinery of days gone by, and get a glimpse into the future with a 4D experience. For those with an interest in architecture, a stop off at the Victorian gothic-style John Rylands Library or the Manchester Art Gallery should be a priority.
Manchester has sport woven into its very fibre, so if you are looking for an activity gift for a sporting fan, then you can’t go wrong with a trip to Sport City – Europe’s largest sporting complex. Here they’ll have the chance to wander between the English Institute of Sport, Manchester Velodrome and the Tennis Centre, amongst many other notable venues. If football is one of their greatest loves in life, then treat them to a guided behind-the-scenes tour of Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium – with exclusive access to restricted areas, and an expert guide on hand, this is a fantastic day out for any football fan. If it’s a view from the top that you’re looking for, then a Helicopter sightseeing tour with a stadium fly-by provides a once in a lifetime experience.
Manchester is a vibrant, multicultural city and a such has an abundance of exciting and unique adventure activities and lifestyle experiences to meet the desires of its ever-growing population. Whether you choose to get your adrenaline pumping with an indoor skydive, challenge your physical strength with an ice-climb, or try out one of the many food and drink tasting workshops in the city centre, there is an experience gift for everyone!