Make the most of Manchester

Published on 25 October 12

Whether you’ve been here five weeks or five years there’s still plenty of interesting places to discover around Manchester.

We’ve asked students to tell us their favourite places to go around Manchester to get away from all the hustle and bustle of assignments, lectures and seminars. Here are just a few of the popular hideouts suggested by students.

Here are a few more places, a little closer to campus, that have been recommended by students.


Herbivores Vegetarian Cafe

Herbivores Vegetarian Café is one of my favourite places to visit in Manchester. It sells lots of really tasty soups, sandwiches and cakes and has a great atmosphere.  Just to make it even better, the portions are nice and big and it’s really good value for money. Perfect for any student, whether you’re vegetarian or not.

Lucy Welch, Zoology

Manchester Opera House

I love the Manchester Opera House because I’m a big fan of theatre.  I was a little upset to be moving away from London, England’s theatre capital, but have discovered that the Opera House is a second home.  Manchester is now the home of new musical theatre in England and they often have great student prices for new shows and I’ve sometimes managed free tickets – well worth a look!

Holly Pennick, Audiology

Visit to find out what's showing and how to book tickets.



Paramount is a second-hand bookshop in Manchester’s Northern Quarter which I discovered shortly after arriving in Manchester. It offers an eclectic mix of books, CDs, old comics and random curiosities.  The shop can be easily recognised as it blares loud 1920s jazz out of some external speakers whenever open.  If you buy anything, you get to select a free piece of fruit (or occasionally some home-grown garlic…)

Alice Whetstone, Chemical Engineering

Curry Mile*

The Curry Mile is one of my favourite places in Manchester. It makes for a thrilling bike ride commute everyday. For me it represents the multiculturalism in Manchester that is so important to the city. And of course there is the food, amazing even when you go at 3am.  

* Don't forget that Rusholme will be busier than usual on 25 and 26 October due to celebrations for Eid-ul-Adha.

John Crewe, Physics

If you fancy venturing a little further away from Oxford road there are some great places you can visit that aren’t very far away from Manchester, here are some more recommendations from students.


The Lowry

The Lowry Museum is certainly a place to visit in Manchester. The building itself sits on the magnificent Salford Quays waterfront, located only 15 minutes away from the city centre. The architecture is phenomenal; a very well thought out boat like construction made of various shapes and sizes. The building houses two large scale theatres for performing arts (drama, opera, ballet, comedy, etc) and also gallery spaces showing art from LS Lowry and contemporary exhibitions.

Just down the road is Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United FC, so if you haven’t had enough having visited the Lowry, take a trip to one of the world's most renowned stadia. 

Richard Golson, German Business

Find out more about what the Lowry has to offer here:

Lyme Park

Lyme Park is situated not too far from the centre of Manchester and is an idyllic getaway from city life, set close to the open moorlands. Get the Buxton train from Manchester Piccadilly and you will be there in 30 minutes or so.

The magnificent 16th century mansion, set within a deer park, has plenty to offer and even caters for meal times.

Whether you’re interested in learning about its history or looking for a stroll around the beautiful gardens and grounds, Lyme Park has it all.

Natalie Jones, Chemical Engineering

To find out where else is worth a visit around Manchester check out the Visit Manchester website.

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