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Time Out names Manchester in top ten best places to visit in the UK… AGAIN

Discover why Manchester has claimed its spot on Time Out's 15 Best Places to Visit in 2024 list, offering a cultural feast and star-studded attractions, making it an unforgettable destination this year.
Best places to visit in 2024

Manchester has secured its place as one of the UK’s must-visit cities, earning a spot on Time Out’s 15 Best Places to Visit in 2024 list.

And given the amazing year we had in 2023, it’s not hard to see why.

We’ve been given our flowers by the national press all year, including a shout out from Lonely Planet and another from New York Times.

Why Visit Manchester?

Time Out described the city as serving up a ‘cultural banquet’, and we couldn’t agree more.

It rightly takes its spot as one of the best places to visit in the UK in 2024.

From Factory International’s launch last year to Co-op Live’s star-studded opening this year, the city promises an unforgettable 2024.

And not just for music.

The City is serving up culture, amazing food and events like there’s no tomorrow, and there’s never been a better time to get involved and visit the city.

Co-op Live: a star-backed sensation

In April, Co-op Live, backed by Harry Styles, promises an epic lineup, including performances by Liam Gallagher.

A hotspot for music enthusiasts, this venue adds to Manchester’s already strong allure for music with amazing venues like the AO Arena, and multitude of great Indie venues.

Amazing things to do in Manchester

Explore Manchester Museum, Idle Hands, and the Northern Quarter’s indie gems. Mackie Mayor, Where the Light Gets In, YES, and the National Football Museum complete the city’s eclectic offerings.

Top spots to visit in Manchester

The guide spotlights Manchester alongside Bristol, Hull, Isles of Scilly, London, and Belfast. With its diverse cultural tapestry, Manchester is a top destination for a memorable staycation.

Here’s what Time Out says about Manchester

“Manchester never fails to serve up a cultural banquet. After a huge year that saw the launch of Factory International at Aviva Studios, the rescue of grassroots gig venue, The Snug, and the long-awaited reopening of Manchester Museum, 2024 is set to be another big one.

“The star of the show will be the huge, innovative Co-op Live which is opening in April, backed by Bruce Springsteen and Harry Styles and already has the likes of Liam Gallagher and Oilvia Rodrigo lined up to perform.

“And in much-anticipated news for its food scene, L’Enclume chef Tom Barnes is opening his first solo restaurant, Skof, in the Noma district in spring.

“For the perfect Day swing by Idle Hands to fuel up on carbs and caffeine before perusing around the Northern Quarter’s indie shops (don’t miss Queer Lit or the Craft and Design Centre).

“Pick from a huge range of edible options at Mackie Mayor for lunch (or head to the Michelin-starred Where The Light Gets In, for something special) then use the new Visit Manchester Pass to check out the National Football Museum and take a craft beer tour of the city.

“End with a tipple and live music at YES.

“Plan your trip Head up sometime between October 23 and 27 to catch the Worldwide Music Expo, which is set to attract over 2,600 big guns from the global music industry.”

This recognition by Time Out reflects the city’s dedication to offering a diverse range of experiences, from its historical sites to its cutting-edge cultural events.

The full list, curated by Time Out’s network of editors and contributors, highlights destinations based on their current dining, drinking, and arts scenes, as well as exciting new openings and anticipated events in the coming year.

Chiara Wilkinson, Features Editor at Time Out UK, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “With its vibrant cultural scene set to get even bigger next year, Bristol was a deserving winner – but it was also great to see underrated destinations like Hull, Wrexham, and Falmouth take their spots in the top 15. If you need an excuse to book a staycation, surely this is it.”

For those seeking an unforgettable urban adventure, Manchester is poised to deliver an immersive and diverse experience in 2024.

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