Manchester on a budget | What to see and do

Manchester, Britain”s second city, located in the northwest, a budget-friendly destination, offers a variety of things to do, from museums and parks to restaurants and a wide range of bars, pubs, and clubs for every mood and budget. One of the most liveable and student-friendly cities with popular University of Manchester, which stands at 34th in the world, to Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford.

There’s so much to love and admire, from architecture, impressive buildings like John Rylands Library, Manchester Town Hall, Manchester Museum, to parks to relax and chill out, beautiful landscapes with magnificent views and a hell of a night out.


© Sergey Ponomarev for the New York Times Homs, Syria, 15 June 2014 Assad’s Syria (2013-2014)
© Sergey Ponomarev for the New York Times Homs, Syria, 15 June 2014 Assad’s Syria (2013-2014)

An extensive series of moving photos, that depicts the real human cost of refugee crisis and the scale of Syria”s loss. Life jacket, exhibited in Imperial War Museum, found abandoned on the Greek island of Chios, one of many lefts behind by refugees who have made the sea crossing from Turkey. 
I was impressed by my visit to Manchester Museum. A lovely museum with plenty to see. Enjoyed the most exhibition related to the impact of humans on the natural environment.

Jackie Haynes demonstrates her art practise of re-purposing materials destined for landfill #GMTalkingRubbish
John Rylands Library
Over 100 years old writing desk @ John Rylands Library 


Cloud 23 is the roof bar of Hilton Hotel. A luxury cocktail and champagne bar on the 23rd floor, offering panoramic views of the Manchester skyline. Ordered a café latte at £5.50 and a spring punch £12, Ketel One Vodka with champagne, cassis, berries, and Citrus. A lovely place to spend a couple of hours.

Real China is a Chinese restaurant at Salford with all can you eat menu. Plenty to choose from on a wide variety of a buffet, like prawns, sweet corn soup, BBQ spare ribs, sushi, egg fried rice, fried rice with mixed vegetables, rice noodles, delicious prawns, roast pork in Szechuan sauce, wide variety of desserts, strawberry jelly, vanilla ice cream and more, plus Chinese tea at the price of £13.

I love ☕️ Caffe Nero !!There is a central Caffe Nero in Oxford Road if you fancy taking a short break from sightseeing. The staff is friendly, there is plenty of seating. I had a cappuccino ☕️ and a tasty carrot cake 🍰 (£6).

Worth wandering along the streets in China Town, exploring old narrow streets dotted with Chinese restaurants, there are plenty of choices for Chinese – food lovers.

China Town
China Town



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Salford, Manchester


Manchester Museum : Oxford Road | The University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL

Imperial War Museum (IWM North): The Quays Trafford Wharf Road Manchester M17 1TZ

Cloud 23  Bar, Hilton Hotel, Beetham Tower, 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ

Nero Coffee Shop8A Oxford Road, Manchester M1 5QA

Real China : Lowry Outlet, The Quays, Salford M50 3AH

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