Once you look below the surface, you’ll also find show-stopping theatre venues, innovative museums and a warren of picturesque streets littered with trendy cafés and boutique shops.
There’s plenty of history to soak up, too, with John Rylands Library, Victoria Baths and Tudor-era Ordsall Hall counting as just three of the city’s prime heritage spots. When it comes to hospitality, Manchester’s definitely started to give London a run for its money thanks to dozens of great wining and dining venues and some amazing — and astoundingly affordable — hotels.
Fancy a weekend in the heart of the North without paying capital prices? There are plenty of luxury affordable hotels in Manchester to bed down for the night, from former banks turned boutique havens to purpose built hotels with myriad modern amenities.