Brace yourself; this is going to be a very gushy post about how much I LOVE Manchester. I mean, it’s definitely a close second to London. I just bloody love the accent, its rich musical and industrial heritage and the Northern Quarter is just beautiful. So I’m very excited to share with you some photographs I took recently when I ventured up North for my birthday.



Where we stayed

We spent the night at the recently refurbished and stunning Palace Hotel. Conveniently located next to Oxford Road train station, the hotel is brimming with original features including tiled floors and walls, sash windows and loft-style bedrooms.

The Palace Hotel

What we did

With only a mere 48 hours to spend in Manchester, we tried to cram in as much as possible. After dumping our bags at the hotel we headed to Salford Quays to visit Imperial War Museum North, which I highly recommend. It tells the story of war chronologically and how it affects people’s lives. The Big Picture Show in the main exhibition space was incredibly moving, as projected images and sound fill the entire space focusing on personal testimonies of war.


China Town, Manchester

We were incredibly lucky with the weather over the weekend (Manchester is notoriously famous for its miserable weather) so we embraced it and had lunch by the Quay.

We then headed to the Whitworth Art Gallery which was named Museum of the Year 2015. It features beautiful textiles, wallpapers, prints and artworks and the space itself is stunning. Their gift shop alone is well worth a visit – any shop that sells Aesop gets a thumbs-up from me.

University of Manchester


We started day two off with a hearty fry-up from Gorilla which is located under a railway arch.  Walking off our breakfast, we made our way to the Northern Quarter where we spent most of the day exploring, searching for street art, shopping in the independent stores and admiring the architecture.

Breakfast at Gorilla

Northern Quarter Street Art

Northern Quarter Street Art

Northern Quarter Street Art

A few places in the Northern Quarter that I loved:

Fred Aldous; a family run, arts and crafts shop over three floors for all your crafting and stationary needs.

Fred Aldous

Foundation Coffee House; if you’re a coffee / juice / tea / cake / interiors lover this place is for you.

Foundation Coffee House

Fig and Sparrow; a coffee and lifestyle store – is there anything more perfect?


After walking along the canal and hunting down what use to be the Haçienda, we ventured to HOME for a drink and to soak in some final moments of our weekend before catching the train.

Oxford Road

With plenty left on my Manchester to-do list, I know it won’t be long before I’m back in the North West again.

To quote Tony Wilson who said it best: ‘This is Manchester. We do things differently here’.


Photos by yours truly, taken on a Nikon EM 35mm, 28mm 2.8, Fujifilm Superia 200


2 comments on “Manchester

  1. Ah seeing my beautiful city like this makes me so, so happy! We’re right near the Quays-it’s beautiful. I’m so glad you fell in love with it, it’s so addicting. Gorgeous pictures! 🙂

    Katie //


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