Manchester, the North’s answer to London Paris and New York all rolled into one. This vast city can rightly boast being the heart of the industrial revolution, the cradle of successive cultural and music revolutions, a media and fashion hub and, most importantly, the home of Corrie. All of which is why you have to get yourself there to check it out for yourself.

A Host Of Hotels

First things first, let’s get you to Manchester and put a roof above your head. The reason it’s such a great time to book your trip to the city is because IHG are currently offering up to 20% off their hotels in the city on bookings made before 7 September 2018 for stays until the end of the year. With a range of hotels including the Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites across the city, the saving gives you that bit extra to spend on getting your tourist on. Enjoying direct links to London, by train, and the world, by air, trains to Manchester are regular and fast (it’s just over two hours out of Euston), which is handy because Virgin Trains are also offering 20% discount from now until 31st December, if you book before 7th September. With those kind of savings, what’s stopping you?

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Fantastic Food

The foodie revolution isn’t just something that happened in Shoreditch, you know? Manchester has long been at the forefront of Britain’s food revolution with more Michelin starred chefs than you could shake a spatula at. For fine dining head to Adam Reid At The French where the BBC’s Great British Menu winner and eponymous Head Chef has been turning heads (and not stomachs).

Media Dah-lings

Every self-respecting city should have its own soap. London’s got EastEnders, Bristol’s got Casualty and Chester’s got Hollyoaks (slightly scraping the barrel here), but the undisputed king among them is Coronation Street. From Vera and Jack to Free Audrey, the soap opera has been on our tellies, front pages and minds for five decades. So why not step into this section of our national pschye by visiting MediaCityUK and walking the most famous cobbles in Britain?

Cracking Cocktails

With such a spirit of creativity, it would be impossible for Manchester to have not come with some of the best bars in the country. Try out The Washhouse, a laundry themed bar (bear with us), where you have to call, book how many loads you want to drop off, then head down for some predictably inventive cocktails.

‘Mazing Music

This really is a city that’s built on rock and roll, with a list of music greats stretching right out of the venue door. From The Smiths to Oasis and Take That to The Chemical Brothers and not to mention The Stone Roses, Manchester packs a serious punch on the global music scene. Catch some of the world’s best music acts coming to Manchester at the MEN Arena (Arctic Monkeys, Florence And The Machine and Shaun Mendes are all incoming). Or for some home-grown talent, try the Manchester Folk Festival, the only festival to promoting and supporting new English folk and acoustic music.

History No Mystery

Manchester has a special place in world history as ground-zero for the industrial revolution. From the phone in your hand to global warming, Manchester can lay claim to it. The Museum of Science and Industry, on the site of the original terminus of the world’s first inter-city railway, tells the story of industry from the days when Manchester was green and pleasant, through to Satanic mills and on to the present day.

Larking Around

Manchester has plenty of places to go to just have fun. Have you thrown an axe lately? Go to Whistle Punk’s Axe Throwing and let off some frustration by chucking a sharp bladed object, albeit within the controlled confines of Whistle Punk’s protected lanes, or why not enjoy some crazy golf at Junkyard Golf Club where the courses are formed from recycled junk? And if you’re visiting as part of a group (Manchester is the ideal hen or stag destination) then do have a look in at Clue HQ, an escape room style challenge where players get to solve riddles and puzzles.

Superb Shopping

Manchester is a shopping mecca, with some of the best outlets in the country. Make a point of visiting the Trafford Centre if you’re after the latest brands and fashions, or, even better, go into the city centre and browse the myriad of independent shops, like the Piccadilly Records, recognised as one of the world’s best independent record shops.

Splendid Sport

Given their shirts are worn by fans the world over and their players are household names, the two giant Premiership teams Manchester United and Manchester City dominate the city’s sporting landscape. Meaning it’s no surprise that the city is one of the best places to visit if you’re a sports fan. Tour the football grounds, or go and watch a cricket match at Old Trafford.

Northern Nightlife

After a day of shopping, museums, tours and slap-up-meals Manchester’s famous nightlife is as diverse as its population. From rave-culture at Warehouse Project, Tiki fun at Lola Lo or the live music at railway arches favourite, Gorilla. The nightlife is famously wild (this is the city that brought us The Haçienda) and the crowd far far friendlier than any night out in London. A great way to round off a day and a stay in Manchester.

Bookings made at InterContinental Hotels Group hotels, including Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites, between now and Friday 7th September 2018 will receive a discount of  20% off weekend stays across their hotels in Manchester. What’s more they’ve partnered with Virgin Trains to offer travellers the same 20% discount on rail travel. Check out the properties taking part in the deal and go to to make your booking.