Summer holidays abroad might be off the cards for now – but after months of home working and homeschooling, we’re all keen for a break. Step forward the staycation.
A staycation doesn’t necessarily mean staying at home, either, since the official dictionary definition of a staycation is a holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.
And Manchester certainly isn’t short of local attractions. Nor is it short of top hotels, so you really can take a break in style, without venturing too far from home.
It’s also the perfect opportunity to explore the city we’ve missed so much during the lockdown. A city which The Sunday Times recently described as “ahead of the game in the heart of the action” and “England’s most exciting and liveable big city”.
A city which we love more than ever after what has been an incredibly tough few months – and which is keen to welcome us back with open arms.
If you’re looking for the perfect base to explore everything the city has to offer, there’s something for every occasion – and every budget.
From swanky hotels with spas for a much-needed pampering session to cool city centre spots full of character, or even something a little further out for a change of scenery, there’s something for everyone.
Perhaps you’d like to stay in the heart of the action, near the al fresco dining terraces of the historic Corn Exchange or the buzzy Northern Quarter? Or maybe it’s a touch of five-star luxury you’re craving?
As the city starts to reopen, there’s no better time to indulge in the glory of being a tourist in your own city, from the gorgeous sunny terraces with a chilled glass of local beer or an ice-cold gin to a long walk taking in the glorious architecture or superb street art.
Who needs a holiday anyway? We’ve got Manchester.