Some might say Manchester, or 'Manchest o' as pronounced by the locals, is the home of attitude, the swagger, music, fashion and all things nightlife. In fact, they could be right. Manchester can probably be credited with being the first city outside of London to bring cool to the masses and set the standard for many of England's cities. However, long gone are the days of The Hacienda and fake ID and now Manchester is studded with stylish bars, clubs and restaurants. With the Northern Quarter, Deansgate & Deansgate Locks, The Triangle and The Printworks there are more places to go than you can squeeze into a weekend.
In the northwest of England, the city of Manchester is known as much for its industrial backbone as it is for its music scene that repeatedly plays a large role in influencing global trends. Manchester has shed its gritty industrial image and readily assumed the mantle of tourism ambassador. The city has much to offer, from historic sites to theatre performances, culinary adventures, music shows and restaurants. it’s all available on a Stag Party in Manchester.
Manchester has a dynamic public transportation system that is capable of meeting any Stag Party transportation needs. But don’t over look foot travel as an option. It is the best way to take in the city’s architecture and many of the Manchester city centre’s attractions are easily reached walking. Go to any city centre rail station to catch the Metroshuttle - a free bus service that covers most of the city on three routes. Metrolink runs two tram lines that cover much of the city but the service is expensive.
Must See/Must Do:
• The Manchester Wheel - This Millennium Quarter attraction provides a great bird’s eye view of Manchester.
• Football, Football, Football - Two of football’s most storied teams call Manchester home. Manchester United and Manchester City play at Old Trafford and Sportcity respectively.
• Afflecks Palace - Northern Quarter shopping arcade housed in a five story Victorian building that caters to a young goth/punk/alternative crowd.
• Castlefield - This fortified site is where the Roman settlement Mamucium once stood. The more than two metre high walls are from the 16th century.
The Roman fortress Mamucium was built in 79 A.D. but a city did not come about until the 13th century. It was not until the 18th century that Manchester reached prominence when a thriving cotton industry emerged. By the close of the 19th century, Manchester was one of the 10 largest urban areas in the world. Manchester claims home to inventions such as the mass-cut screw, rifled guns and Rolls Royce. During the 1980s, Manchester spawned the Madchester Movement and such bands as The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis and The Stone Roses. Now, it is a Stag Party in Manchester that is all the rage.
There is a lot of diversity in Manchester after-dark on a Stag Party. Clubs, pubs, bars dot the urban landscape and provide untold choices. Cloud 23 at the Hilton in Deansgate is currently one of the hottest must-be-seen-at venues around and has incredible views of the city. For a quirky sidebar, try the Temple of Convenience - a converted public toilet that is now a small, but bustling to the point of being crowded, bar. With such a thriving heritage, it is no surprise that finding live music in Manchester on a Stag Do is not difficult. The Old Wellington Inn (established 1552) is the oldest pub in Manchester - a perfect place to start a Stag Party night out.
Have a taste for Chinese, Japanese, Armenian, Indian, Korean, Greek, or maybe some good old fashioned English pub grub? Maybe something more exclusive? It’s all represented in Manchester. The Rusholme Curry Mile is a one-mile long avenue of curry restaurants and jewelry and sari stores - worth checking out. For an upscale Stag Do in Manchester, try the Modern. Located at the top of the Urbis Building, the Modern has great food and incredible views. Yang Sing, on George Street, has long been considered England’s best Cantonese restaurant. Yang Sing is located on the edge of Manchester’s Chinatown - one of the most thriving enclaves of its type in the world.