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Freight Island in spring / summer

Freight Island

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Food hall meets music festival is how we’d describe Freight Island to anyone confused about what they’ll find at this...

One of the dishes served at Kambuja in Marple - one of the few Cambodian restaurants in the North.

Kambuja

Marple Restaurant - Cambodian

Many of us are familiar with the vibrant cuisines of Vietnam and Thailand but Cambodian, or Khmer, food is still...

One of the holes at Golf Fang Liverpool, a crazy golf bar in the city centre.

Golf Fang Liverpool

Baltic Triangle Activities

Golf Fang Liverpool takes genteel notions of mini golf and smashes them with an 8-Iron. Crazy golf is definitely the...

Manchester River Cruises Pirates and Mermaids - a recommended half-term day out in Manchester.

Manchester River Cruises

Salford Quays Activities

Want to fall in love with your city all over again? Take a boat tour from Manchester River Cruises, and...

Inside The Palm House at Sefton Park in Liverpool

Sefton Park

Sefton Park Parks & Gardens

Sefton Park is larger than most parks, although it’s still not Liverpool’s biggest – that award goes to Croxteth Country...

A pumpkin patch at Speke Hall, a National Trust property near Liverpool.

Speke Hall

Speke Historic Buildings & Sites

Speke Hall is a National Trust property on the outskirts of Liverpool. You could say it’s an old Tudor dame...

Coconut, passion fruit & banana from Restaurant 8 in Liverpool

Restaurant 8

Cavern Quarter Restaurant - Modern British

Chef and co-owner Andrew Sheridan (who you might recognise from Great British Menu) has uprooted Restaurant 8 from Birmingham and...

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L’Enclume

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

L'Enclume is Simon Rogan's three Michelin-starred restaurant located in the Lake District village of Cartmel, which is widely regarded as...

Trophies and famous football shirts on display at the Liverpool FC stadium tour.

Liverpool Football Club Stadium Tour

Anfield Tours

Can I kick it? No you can’t. But with a Liverpool Football Club stadium tour fans can walk through the...

Tour group from Jonathan Schofield Manchester Tours at the Peterloo Memorial Manchester

Jonathan Schofield Manchester Tours

Oxford Road Tours
Lady with orange pugil stick at Inflata Nation Manchester

Inflata Nation Manchester

Trafford Park Activities

This indoor inflatable playground is an excellent way to tire out hyperactive kids on a rainy day and for that...

Manchester Holi Festival

Prestwich Festivals

Manchester Holi Festival 2024 might well be the city’s most colourful celebration. The Hindu spring festival celebrates love and new...

Menu selection at Teppenyaki Chinatown Manchester

Teppanyaki Chinatown

Chinatown (Manchester) Restaurant - Japanese

One of the longest-standing Japanese restaurants in Manchester, if not the North West, is Teppanyaki Chinatown. It’s been here since...

Love From - an alcohol-free bar in Manchester city centre.

Love From

Gay Village Bars

Karl Considine, host and founder of 'What Next' podcast, opened alcohol-free bar Love From as a two-week pop-up in October...

Aerial view of Beeston Castle, a historic site in Cheshire

Beeston Castle

Tarporley Historic Buildings & Sites

Beeston Castle perches atop a rocky crag, looking out over the surrounding Cheshire Plains.

Country house hotel Holbeck Ghyll has stunning views over Windermere in the Lake District.

Holbeck Ghyll

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Situated in the hills above Windermere, Holbeck Ghyll could easily claim a place in a list of the most romantic...

A man indoor skydiving at iFLY Manchester

iFLY Manchester Indoor Skydiving

Trafford Park Activities

If you like the idea of skydiving but not so much the idea of jumping out of a plane, this...

Character at Spooky World, a Halloween attraction at Apple Jacks, Warrington

Spooky World

Warrington Activities

Spooky World comes in three strengths of spookiness. There’s Fun by Day which is all smiling pumpkins and friendly ghosts...

Liverpool Sound City is a music festival and industry conference held in May

Liverpool Sound City

Liverpool City Centre Festivals

Liverpool Sound City is an independent music festival held every spring. It stands out from other music festivals with its...

Enjoy a day out on a steam train with Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway in the Lake District

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass Activities

The seven-mile, narrow-gauge Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is a spectacular way to explore this corner of the Lake District. It...

Mathew Street Festival in Liverpool

Mathew Street Festival

Waterfront Festivals

The Mathew Street Festival is back after more than a decade. The August Bank Holiday weekend will see a four-day...

Delhi House Cafe | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

This slick 2020 addition to the Corn Exchange is determined to do something different to other contemporary Indian restaurants. And...

Cockfields Farm at Christmas - one of our recommended Christmas days out in or near Manchester

Cockfields Farm Park

Oldham Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

Cockfields Farm Park, in the countryside between Oldham and Ashton-under-Lyne, is a young child’s idea of the perfect day out.

Swimming at Manley Mere in Frodsham, Cheshire

Manley Mere

Frodsham Swimming

This man-made lake used to be a field full of cows until the owners diversified their business model from dairy...

Canal Street during Manchester Pride 2023.

Manchester Pride

Gay Village Festivals

Held annually over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Manchester Pride is a joyful, loud and proud celebration of queer identity...

View from Alderley Edge, a red sandstone escarpment in Cheshire

Alderley Edge

Alderley Edge Historic Buildings & Sites

There are two very different Alderley Edges. One is a chi-chi town of footballers and wealthy socialites, the other –...

Lego Batman and Lego Superman eating ice creams by Yulia Matvienko on Unsplash

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

Trafford Park Activities

Legoland Discovery Centre is Manchester’s ultimate Lego playground. If your children like building and creating with those brightly coloured blocks,...

Rufford Old Hall, a National Trust property close to Liverpool.

Rufford Old Hall

Lancashire Historic Buildings & Sites

Tudor house and garden Rufford Old Hall has all the classic features of a National Trust day out. Beautiful gardens,...

Tempura prawns at Sapporo Teppenyaki Restaurant Manchester

Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester

Castlefield Restaurant - Japanese

Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester is all about the theatre of dining. It offers sushi and noodle dishes but if you want...

A group taking part in an escape room game at Breakout Manchester High Street

Breakout Manchester High Street

Manchester City Centre Activities

Breakout Manchester is a live escape room centre on High Street in Manchester. You are locked in a room with...

Tenpin Manchester – Printworks

Manchester City Centre Activities

As the name suggests, TenPin Manchester - Printworks is a bowling alley in the Printworks. It’s family-friendly by day and...

A girl holding a cocktail at Alcotraz, Manchester

Alcotraz Manchester: Cell Block Three-Four

Deansgate Bars

Probably one of the most unique cocktail bars in Manchester, Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four is a speakeasy 'prison' that requires you...

2022 09 22 Kickair child backflip

Kickair

Green Quarter Activities

Kickair, an “indoor freestyle park” behind Victoria Station, is the kind of place that fills kids (and big kids) with...

The Cube Live at Urban Playground Manchester

Urban Playground Manchester

Manchester City Centre Activities

Urban Playground Manchester is the place to go for an adrenaline-fuelled, ultra-competitive night out. Located in Manchester Arndale, it brings...

One of the floatation pods at Float Level, a holistic therapy in Manchester.

Float Level

Ancoats Therapeutic Services

The benefits of floatation tanks include better mental health, a reduction in aches and pains, and a deep feeling of...

A dish by Eddie Shepherd at The Walled Gardens in Whalley Range, Manchester.

The Walled Gardens by Eddie Shepherd

Whalley Range Restaurant - Vegan

The Walled Gardens is a unique plant-based culinary experience from award-winning chef Eddie Shepherd. It takes place in an open...

Sunset at Australasia in Manchester city centre

Australasia

Spinningfields Restaurant - Pan Asian

Pacific Rim fusion fare for the fashion set. The undeniable theatre of the place, the approach of the staff and...

A dish served at Yuzu, a Confidential Guides' recommended Japanese restaurant in Manchester's China Town

Yuzu

Chinatown (Manchester) Restaurant - Japanese

Yuzu is a neighbourhood-style Japanese restaurant offering refreshingly uncomplicated dishes served in Zen-like surroundings. You won’t find a conveyor belt...

Immersive Gamebox Manchester

Manchester City Centre Activities

Put down those phones, switch off your screens, and, er, stand in front of another one . . .  but...

The aquapark at Alderford Lake

Alderford Lake

Whitchurch Activities

Alderford Lake is the perfect summer day out. It’s an idyllic location but you won’t be able to sit still...

Fab Cafe Bar

Manchester City Centre Bars

Is it really a drunken night out in Manchester if you don't (at least consider) heading to Fab Cafe? Or...

King Pins Trafford Palazzo, a great place for bowling and more

King Pins Trafford Palazzo

Trafford Park Activities

King Pins Trafford Palazzo markets itself as ‘the crown jewels of bowling’, but to be honest, they’re selling themselves short....

A cute dog at The Pumpkin Patch at Dunham Massey Ice Cream Farm

The Pumpkin Patch at Dunham Massey Farm Ice Cream

Altrincham Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

The area around Dunham Massey is littered with pumpkin-picking places. The Pumpkin Patch at Dunham Massey Farm Ice Cream has...

Knowsley Safari

Prescot Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

Knowsley Safari is an exciting day out for all animal-lovers – not just for kids. Who wouldn’t want to watch...

Cocktail at 81 Ltd, a bar in Liverpool

81 Ltd

Chinatown (Liverpool) Bars

Some bars claim to be secret speakeasies even when they've got a big sign outside advertising cocktails. Shhh... don't tell...

Have you got your tickets for In The Park at Sefton Park in Liverpool?

In The Park

Sefton Park Festivals

In The Park is a huge three-day festival held in Sefton Park on Thursday 11 July, Friday 12 July and...

Paddleboarding at Wild Shore Delamere - one of our recommended places to go paddle boarding in Manchester, LIverpool and the North West

Wild Shore Delamere

Delamere Swimming

If you've never known the joy of flying over a lake on a rope swing and daring yourself to let...

Ethiopian food at Kargo MKT, a food hall at Salford Quays

Kargo MKT

Salford Quays Restaurant - Global

Kargo MKT is a huge food hall in Salford Quays where 20 different street food traders ply their trade. With...

Steps at The Temple of Convenience, a bar in a former toilet in Manchester

Temple of Convenience

Manchester City Centre Bars

The Temple of Convenience is part of Manchester’s drinking culture. It has a reputation much bigger than the bar itself...

Abyssinia Kitchen

Heswall Restaurant - African

Cooked from scratch with quality fresh ingredients and no preservatives, the dishes at Abyssinia Kitchen showcase the exotic and aromatic...

Spring flowers and the mansion at Buile Hill Park in Salford

Buile Hill Park

Salford Parks & Gardens

L.S. Lowry used to be a regular visitor to Buile Hill Park, and Frances Hodgson Burnett is thought to have...

East Lancashire Railway

Bury Historic Buildings & Sites

The East Lancashire Railway has a long and rich heritage, stretching all the way back to when the first trains...

The gym floor at Manchester Academy of Gymnastics

Manchester Academy of Gymnastics

Salford Activities

Manchester Academy of Gymnastics offers gymnastics to adults and children, boxing for anyone over ten, and parkour.

Fat Pat’s

Chinatown (Manchester) Restaurant

Said to be 'changing the sarnie game one sando at a time', Fat Pat's is a popular lunchtime spot that...

exterior of on the hush manchester church street northern quarter

On the Hush

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Bar

The Northern Quarter has never been short of Instagrammable spots with its litany of graffitied walls and shop fronts but...

Characters at Scare City, a Halloween experience at Camelot

Scare City

Chorley Activities

Scare City takes over the abandoned Camelot theme park for a completely immersive Halloween scare event.

Manchester Chinese Restaurant

Manchester Chinese Restaurant

Chinatown (Manchester) Restaurant - Chinese

Manchester Chinese Restaurant has a name that states the obvious but other than that, doesn’t give much away. Perhaps it’s...

Hot chocolate from Kenyon Hall Farm, a farm shop and cafe near Warrington

Kenyon Hall Farm

Warrington Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

Kenyon Hall Farm is the perfect countryside day out all year round. From picking up a premium Fraser Fir Christmas...

Winter at Dunham Massey, a National Trust property near Manchester.

Dunham Massey

Altrincham Parks & Gardens

Dunham Massey is one of the National Trust’s top 10 most visited properties, bringing in 439,000 people in 2020/21. We...

Christmas at Escape Hunt in the Corn Exchange, Manchester.

Escape Hunt | Corn Exchange

Manchester City Centre Activities

The ultimate rainy day activity (and Manchester certainly has its wealth of those), Escape Hunt at the Corn Exchange places...

A typical dish at Nepalese restaurant Da Gurkha in Liverpool

Da Gurkha

Waterloo Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Founded by experienced restaurateur Netra Khare, Da Gurkha is a slick operation in a simple, curry-house setting that's as off-the-beaten-track as...

The ten pin bowling lanes with red and purple neon lighting at Roxy Ball Room Manchester Arndale

Roxy Ball Room Manchester Arndale

Manchester City Centre Activities

With its ten pin bowling, pool tables, beer pong, and shuffleboard, Roxy Ball Room Manchester Arndale will keep you entertained...

Fletcher Moss

Didsbury Parks & Gardens

Fletcher Moss has four outdoor, floodlit clay tennis courts which are open to everyone and accessibly priced.

A lady dressed as a warden holding a fire bucket at Stockport Air Raid Shelter

Stockport Air Raid Shelters

Stockport Museums

Stockport Air Raid Shelters were the largest purpose built air-raid shelters in the country, originally designed to provide shelter to...

Haigh Woodland Park

Wigan Parks & Gardens

Haigh Woodland Park is a good mix of cultivated prettiness and ancient woodland with plenty of things to do.

The glass-fronted dining room at The Samling has views of Lake Windermere

The Samling

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

The Samling is a delightful lodge and fine-dining restaurant oozing exclusivity. A favourite of Hollywood celebs (like Tom Cruise), it’s...

Girls getting ready to skate at Paradise Skate World, Manchester.

Paradise Skate World

Manchester City Centre Activities

Paradise Skate World is a cosmic-themed roller skating bar for grown-ups (and teenagers at certain times of the day). It’s...

DJ at DryWave sober rave

DryWave

Manchester City Centre Clubs & Groups

This registered charity works on a number of projects related to sober and drug-free living, including the massive DryWave sober...

Outside Dusk Til Pawn cocktail bar on Stevenson Square, Manchester city centre

Dusk Til Pawn

Northern Quarter Bars

Dusk Til Pawn isn't a pawn shop that trades around the clock as its name might suggest, but rather a...

Mayfield Park, Manchester

Mayfield Park

Piccadilly Parks & Gardens

It’s no secret that Manchester city centre is short on decent parks. The opening of Mayfield Park in September 2022 goes...

6 Music Festival

Manchester City Centre Festivals

The BBC’s 6 Music Festival is a celebration of up-and-coming talent, emerging acts and the cool elder statespeople of alternative...

Man with VR Headset from Unsplash

DNA VR

Manchester City Centre Activities

DNA VR is a virtual reality arcade with three different gameplay options. You can communicate with your friends through the...

The Angel at Hetton

Skipton Restaurant - British

One of the stars of TV’s The Trip with Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan - and awarded a Michelin star...

Clown at Theatre of Screams Halloween experience in Ashton under Lyne

Theatre of Screams

Ashton-under-Lyne Activities

Theatre of Screams is the interactive Halloween experience on a budget. It’s also the indoor option for those of you...

Sea Life Manchester

Trafford Park Museums

Sea Life Manchester is the city's only aquarium. It isn’t enormous – for something bigger you’d have to travel to...

Chaos Karts interior, an activity in Manchester

Chaos Karts

Spinningfields Activities

Chaos Karts puts you in the driving seat of an immersive augmented reality experience, bringing real-life karting and gaming together.

The Oracle

Ropewalks Bars

Even the entrance to The Oracle has an air of mystery: look for the anonymous grey door to the left...

One of the crazy golf courses at Junkyard Golf in Manchester

Junkyard Golf Manchester

Manchester City Centre Activities

Junkyard Golf is Manchester’s original crazy crazy golf. There are imitators and imposters but this was the city’s first day-glo,...

One of the dishes served at Vice & Virtue: A Confidential Guides recommended restaurant in Leeds city centre

Vice & Virtue

Leeds Restaurant - Modern British

At Vice & Virtue, cocktails are a savvy delight, the tasting menus are a sprightly revelation - and it would...

Breakout Liverpool

Breakout Liverpool

Cavern Quarter Activities

Work as part of a team with friends, family or work colleagues and try to escape the room you've been...

Weddings at The Crystal Maze, Manchester

The Crystal Maze Manchester

Castlefield Activities

It’s a dream come true for kids of the 90s: a chance to show off your skills on the legendary...

14A dish served at Roski restaurant in Liverpool from MasterChef winner Anton Piotrowski

Roski

Georgian Quarter Restaurant - Modern British

Roski is a wild child of a restaurant from MasterChef: The Professionals winner Anton Piotrowski.

Inside Albert's Schloss, the Bavarian-inspired cook haus and bier palace in Manchester city centre.

Albert’s Schloss

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - European

Albert's Schloss is a Bavarian-inspired fun palace of extraordinary dimensions and clever design. Behind the glistening tiles of the former...

A girl in a VR headset at MeetspaceVR Manchester in Trafford Park

MeetspaceVR Manchester

Trafford Park Activities

MeetspaceVR Manchester is a virtual reality, immersive experience in a huge warehouse at Trafford Park. It's a place where you...

The tennis courts at Wythenshawe Park

Wythenshawe Park

Wythenshawe Parks & Gardens

The six, resurfaced floodlit tennis courts at Wythenshawe Park have just been repainted ready for summer 2023. Anyone can book...

Erst

Ancoats Restaurant - British

"Yet more small plates in Ancoats?" we hear you cry. Well yes, but trust us, Erst is worth your attention....

Inside Big Hands, a bar on Oxford Road, Manchester.

Big Hands

Oxford Road Bars

The original Manchester dive bar, Big Hands is a rock n roll institution and the site of many messy nights...

We Invented the Weekend - one of Greater Manchester's best festivals.

We Invented The Weekend

Media City Festivals

We Invented the Weekend festival is a massive, free, two-day celebration of all the cool stuff people do in their...

Temple at Victoria Warehouse

Trafford Park Activities

If you want a night out of dancing and connection and good times, without the hangover the next day, Temple...

Crispy prawns from Red Chilli Chinese restaurant, Manchester

Red Chilli Manchester Portland St

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Chinese

Originally a Sichuan restaurant when it first opened at the turn of the century, Red Chilli on Manchester’s Portland Street...

Drink at Waku Waku, a 2D cafe in Manchester

Waku Waku

Chinatown (Manchester) Cafes

Waku Waku highlights a generational gap. You could say it’s just like going for lunch in that A-Ha video or...

The Ugly Duckling

Bowdon Restaurant - Modern British

When Nick Theaker took over The Stamford pub in Altrincham’s “posh bit”, Bowdon, he had a big job on his...

A girl on the monkey bars at Total Ninja, Manchester.

Total Ninja

Trafford Park Activities

Total Ninja is part bouncy-castle on steroids, part warrior training ground. The venue is mainly divided into two parts: an...

The Allotment Vegan Eatery

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Vegan

The seeds of Matthew Nutter's fine dining adventure were sown when he set out to "make veg taste better than...

Asparagus as served at The Swine That Dines - an inventive restaurant in Leeds city centre

The Swine That Dines

Leeds Restaurant - Modern British

Adventurous cooking at one of Leeds' most respected restaurants. The Swine That Dines is driven by a passion for extremely...

Inside Newsham Scream Park - a recommended Halloween thing to do in Liverpool

Newsham Scream Park

Tuebrook Activities

Once an orphanage and later an asylum, the derelict Newsham Park Hospital has been attracting ghost hunters and urban explorers...

Yayoi Kusama who will be exhibiting at Manchester International Festival in 2023

Manchester International Festival

Manchester Festivals

Manchester International Festival, or MIF, is the city’s biennial arts festival. It’s two weeks of the year where you’re never...

Lamb rump with potato rosti and broad beans served at 10 Tib Lane, a French restaurant in Manchester city centre.

10 Tib Lane

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - French

10 Tib Lane is one of the brave new openings of summer 2021; a time when securing staff and supplies,...

A cocktail from speakeasy bar, Science & Industry, above Cane & Grain in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

Science & Industry

Northern Quarter Bars

If antique glassware and taxidermy squirrels are your thing, this is your kind of drinking den. Hidden above New York-style...

Inside Behind Closed Doors, a quirky bar in Manchester, the NQ.

Behind Closed Doors

Northern Quarter Bars

Described as a 'debauched cocktail bar' in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Behind Closed Doors aims to bring 'sex,...

Lowther Castle & Gardens

Penrith Historic Buildings & Sites

Lowther Castle & Gardens is an intriguing attraction. It looks grand enough at first sight, but the castle is literally...

Chill Factore

Trafford Park Activities

With 180m of downhill skiing and snowboarding, Chill Factore is the UK’s longest indoor real snow slope. And though you can’t...

Tube slides at Play Factore in Manchester

Play Factore

Trafford Park Activities

Play Factore is like a super-sized version of the traditional indoor play centre. It’s enormous; crawling through tunnels, clambering through...

Clowns at Farmageddon, a Halloween scare experience near Ormskirk

Farmageddon

Ormskirk Activities

Farmageddon is the big one. Every year it’s a sellout, welcoming thousands of willing lambs to the slaughter. There are...

Exterior of Ex Directory, a bar in Liverpool

Ex Directory

Liverpool City Centre Bars

Defunct red phone boxes are always being re-purposed as mini libraries, homes for defibrillators, or, in this case, an entrance...

18One of the dishes served at Lake Road Kitchen, the acclaimed restaurant in Ambleside in The Lake District.

Lake Road Kitchen

Cumbria Restaurant - European

A wild-maned toddler of a restaurant, bound for great things, Lake Road Kitchen is an exciting place to eat. Now...

Dancers at Baumka Barefoot Clubbing at Cargo nightclub in the Printworks, Manchester by Luke Donnelly

TribeGaia Conscious Events

Manchester City Centre Clubs & Groups
26One of the dishes served at The Cartford Inn - a restaurant with rooms near Preston in Lancashire

The Cartford Inn

Preston Restaurant - British

This historic coaching house serves adventurous British pub food in poetic configurations. Cooking is by mushroom forager and head chef,...

Man holding two burgers from Slap and Pickle in Society, Manchester city centre

Society

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Global

Located in between St Peter’s Square and The Bridgewater Hall, Society brings new life to the quiet yet elegant stretch...

Roxy Ball Room Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Bar

One of two Roxy Ball Room venues in Manchester, the Deansgate bar is an ideal "adult playground" perfect for parties....

11Inside The White Swan at Fence - a Michelin star restaurant near Burnley from local chef Tom Parker

The White Swan at Fence

Burnley Restaurant - British

Some folk in the village still refer to The White Swan at Fence as The Mucky Duck and you can...

Royal Liver Building 360 Tour

Waterfront Tours

If you have a head for heights you can ascend to the tenth floor of the Royal Liver Building and...

Nepalese dumplings, momos, as served at The Little Yeti restaurant in Chorlton

The Little Yeti

Chorlton Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

The Little Yeti is one of the newest dining spots on Barlow Moor Rd, but from the well-oiled team behind Didsbury...

2One of the stunning dishes served at Moor Hall, the restaurant with two Michelin stars in Aughton, Lancashire.

Moor Hall

Aughton Restaurant - Modern British

Mark Birchall, ex-head chef at L’Enclume, is chef-patron of Moor Hall, an outstanding, two Michelin star, five AA Rosette restaurant...

Outside HOME in Manchester city centre

HOME

Manchester City Centre Arts Venues

With five cinemas, two theatres, a bookshop, and over 500 sqm of gallery space, HOME is one of Manchester’s biggest...

A plate of sashimi at Peter Street Kitchen - the Japanese and Mexican restaurant in the former Free Trade Hall in Manchester

Peter Street Kitchen

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Japanese

Specialising in two distinct, contemporary cuisines, Mexican and Japanese, Peter Street Kitchen's punchy small plates ooze luxury. There are several...

View from Mam Tor, a popular walking destination in the Peak District

Mam Tor

Derbyshire Historic Buildings & Sites

Mam Tor is one of the highlights of the Peak District in an area that’s full of gems. The name...

13The light and airy dining room at The Forest Side - a Michelin star restaurant in Grasmere, the Lake District

The Forest Side

Cumbria Restaurant - Modern British

Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel The Forest Side, owned by Lakes hotelier Andrew Wildsmith, is built on the foundations of the...

The Whitworth is one of Manchester's leading art galleries

The Whitworth

Oxford Road Art Galleries

Any art lover’s trip to Manchester would not be complete without a morning or afternoon spent gazing at the walls...

Christmas special at The Yan in Cumbria

The Yan

Cumbria Restaurant

The Lake District is almost as well-known for its fancy Michelin-star establishments as it is for its fells. The Yan...

Woman on rope bridge at Treetop Trek Manchester

Treetop Trek Manchester

Prestwich Activities

If you're looking for a fun way to get outside and get active, try Treetop Trek Manchester at Heaton Park....

Kingbee Records, an independent shop in Chorlton selling vinyl and CDs and specialising in Northern Soul

Kingbee Records

Chorlton Record Shops

Kingbee Records is a proper old-school record shop. The custard-yellow storefront is a beacon, drawing in music lovers from all...

Goats at Reddish Vale Farm - one of Confidential Guides' recommended things to do with kids in Manchester

Reddish Vale Farm

Reddish Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

Ian Brown, take note. Reddish Vale Farm, on the Stockport side of Manchester, has everything you could want to keep...

9Pumpkin pie at Where The Light Gets In

Where the Light Gets In

Stockport Restaurant - Modern British

With no menu and esoteric wines, Where the Light Gets In doesn’t adhere to the typical fine-dining formula. But it’s...

Chorlton Meadows - a large area of green space in Manchester

Chorlton Ees

Chorlton Parks & Gardens

Chorlton Ees is a bit of a wild gem in such a densely populated area. If you’re lucky you could...

A dish from Six by Nico Deansgate, a fine-dining restaurant in Manchester.

Six by Nico Deansgate

Deansgate Restaurant - Global

Six by Nico Deansgate is the second Manchester opening for the hit fine-dining concept from Scottish-Italian chef and owner Nico...

Vintage clothing at 69A, one of our recommended vintage clothes shops in Liverpool.

69A

Liverpool City Centre Clothing

Vintage and antiques shop 69A looks like it fell out of the pages of a storybook. A black cat is...

Skating at Graystone Action Sports in Salford

Graystone

Salford Activities

Graystone is Salford’s action-packed home of high-adrenaline sports. Skateboarding is the big deal here. Practise on all sorts of drops,...

Open water swimming at Liverpool Watersport Centre.

Liverpool Watersports Centre

Waterfront Swimming

Nothing shakes up the senses quite like a winter dip in the docks. Head to Mariners Wharf for all-year-round aquatic...

Quarry Bank Mill

Styal Historic Buildings & Sites

Quarry Bank Mill makes a change from the stately homes in pretty gardens National Trust blueprint. It’s an industrial gem...

Wray

Ambleside Historic Buildings & Sites

Wray is a great value day out near Ambleside. It’s a National Trust castle and parkland but entry is currently...

Al fresco eating at The Village restaurant in Blakemere Village.

Blakemere Village

Northwich Activities

Blakemere Village is the Cheshire one-stop for shopping, outdoor activities and family-friendly events.

Christmas at Gulliver's World, Warrington, Cheshire.

Gulliver’s World

Warrington Activities

Gulliver’s World is a theme park that’s perfect for smallsters. It has rollercoasters and upside-downy things for tweens but these...

Members of the Contact Young Company performing at Contact Theatre in Manchester

Contact Theatre

Oxford Road Theatres

We were shocked when Contact Theatre, or just Contact, as it prefers to be known, announced it was celebrating its...

TeamSport Go Karting: Manchester Victoria

Manchester City Centre Activities

TeamSport Go Karting: Manchester Victoria is a high-octane experience that'll turn even the mildest contestant into a speed demon.

Daffodils bordering the lake at Lyme Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester

Lyme Park

Stockport Historic Buildings & Sites

Lyme Park is a huge estate with a Medieval herd of red deer, stunning views and a handsome Regency house....

Christmas party at Whistle Punks Axe Throwing in Manchester

Whistle Punks

Manchester City Centre Activities

Hearing the thud of axes can be a little unnerving as you leave the cinema in the Great Northern –...

Dance Dance Revolution at NQ64, Manchester

NQ64

Northern Quarter Activities

Return to your youth and relieve the stresses and strains of adult life by whacking baddies Double Dragon-style or jumping...

Outdoor swimming at Swim Liverpool at Princes Dock, Liverpool.

Swim Liverpool

Princes Dock Swimming

Swim Liverpool at Princes Dock is the Liverpudlian base of We Swim Run, the team behind various races, courses and...

Weddings at Concorde Conference Centre, Manchester.

Runway Visitor Park

Altrincham Parks & Gardens

For spine-tinglingly close views of the huge planes landing and taking off at Manchester Airport, head to the Runway Visitor...

The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester

Science and Industry Museum

Castlefield Museums

Much like the once mighty industrial power of the North, Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum has shrunk noticeably over the...

On The Waterfront, Liverpool's huge outdoor music festival at Pier Head

On The Waterfront

Waterfront Festivals

On The Waterfront is a four-day open air festival on Pier Head. It kickstarts the summer festival season in Liverpool,...

21Exterior of Northcote - the Michelin star restaurant and hotel in the Ribble Valley.

Northcote

Lancashire Restaurant - Modern British

Northcote is where chef-patron Nigel Haworth earned his stripes as an instigator of contemporary British fine dining. Today, Michelin star chef...

A Clockwork Orange-themed drink from Blockbusters NQ, Manchester

Blockbusters NQ

Northern Quarter Bars

If you're over the age of 25, chances are you probably remember visiting a video rental store as a kid....

A taxidermy bird at The World Museum in Liverpool

World Museum

Liverpool City Centre Museums

The World Museum, part of National Museums Liverpool, is selling itself short. It’s not a World Museum, it’s an absolutely...

16A seafood dish from Mana, Manchester.

Mana

Ancoats Restaurant - Modern British

Michelin-starred restaurant Mana is the brainchild of chef patron Simon Martin who mastered his trade at the renowned Noma in...

Manchester Jazz Festival 2022

Manchester Jazz Festival

Manchester City Centre Festivals

Manchester Jazz Festival brings the best new emerging jazz artists, homegrown talent, and living jazz legends to the city centre...

Nerf AX interior, a games venue at Trafford Palazzo

Nerf Action Xperience

Trafford Park Activities

If you love charging around waving a Nerf blaster with foam ammo popping all around you, then you’re going to...

One of the characters at Journey to Hell at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Journey to Hell at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Activities

Journey to Hell at Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a mixture of live action horror thrills, a scare maze and terrifying...

Arcade Club Bury - a Manchester day out for families

Arcade Club Bury

Bury Activities

Arcade Club Bury is a gamer’s paradise. Set in a former mill, it is a vast celebration of the beat...

TeamSport Go Karting Track with racers and red stop lights

TeamSport Go Karting: Trafford Park

Trafford Park Activities

TeamSport Go Karting: Trafford Park has 450 metres of adrenaline-fuelled GP circuit and a new fleet of Biz Evo3 adult...

Bicycles outside Inspire Cafe which is part of Levenshulme Inspire, a busy community centre housed in a former church.

Inspire Cafe

Levenshulme Cafes

Inspire Cafe is an inclusive, relaxed gem of a community cafe housed in a former church in Levenshulme. It serves...

12Inspired British cooking as served at Home restaurant in Leeds city centre.

Home

Leeds Restaurant - Modern British

Home in Leeds is the brainchild of MasterChef finalist Liz Cottam, and business partner Mark Owens, formerly head chef at...

Chaology in Manchester Ancoats offers traditional Japanese tea and sweets in a peaceful environment

Chaology

Greater Manchester Restaurant - Japanese

Specialising in Japanese tea and sweets, Chaology provides a unique experience in Manchester with a strict focus on quiet and...

Korean Grill Menu at Azuma Restaurant Manchester

Azuma

Hulme Restaurant - Chinese

Azuma Manchester is a Chinese restaurant known for its hot pots. The fragrant broth must entice diners all the way...

20Eel as served at Jöro - the Nordic-inspired, acclaimed restaurant in Sheffield.

Jöro

South Yorkshire Restaurant - Scandi

Offering Nordic-inspired fine dining inside a shipping container, Jöro has secured accolades galore, including a clutch of AA Rosettes and...

One Plus Chinese HotPot Restaurant Manchester

One Plus

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Chinese

One Plus is all about the plus; there’s nothing singular about a restaurant that serves hand-made noodles in the basement,...

Aburi served at Sushi Bar HanaMatsuri, a Confidential Guides recommended Japanese restaurant in Meanwood, Leeds

Sushi Bar HanaMatsuri

Leeds Restaurant - Japanese

Sushi Bar HanaMatsuri is a small Japanese restaurant serving authentic sushi, bento and other Japanese delicacies, to create a fine-dining...

Wine is served by the bottle and the glass at Kerb - a natural wine bar and shop in Ancoats, Manchester.

Kerb

Ancoats Restaurant - Bar

Ancoats gem Kerb is a natural wine shop and occasional bar from the founders of Takk Coffee and OL Bar...

17Inside Skosh restaurant in York which serves adventurous world-fusion food with spectacular results.

Skosh

North Yorkshire Restaurant - European

Going by name and appearances, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Skosh for a Scandi furniture shop: tables the colour of...

Interior seating and blossom tree at Annyeong Manchester

Annyeong

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Korean

You know Annyeong is a proper Korean restaurant because the menu is full of dishes you’ve never heard of and...

A chef cooking at Royal Nawaab - the three-storey restaurant in Levenshulme, Manchester.

Royal Nawaab

Levenshulme Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

Ask a local for directions in Levy and there’s a high chance they will use the Royal Nawaab as a...

The striking interior of Red Chilli Chinese restaurant on Oxford Road, Manchester

Red Chilli Manchester Oxford Rd

Manchester City Centre Restaurant - Chinese

A stylish, upmarket Chinese restaurant well placed to scoop up the students and gig-goers flowing out of the Academy over...

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