Fourteen years after moving here, it’s probably about time I finally started thinking of Manchester as my home.
My Liverpool accent might remain as thick as a bowl of my mum’s Scouse (local delicacy and the culinary equivalent of a comfy jumper), but I can’t hide from the fact that I’ve lived in a different city for nearly half my life, even if I do still only speak out loud to people in my phone voice. I don’t think that will ever change, but I certainly feel like it’s high time I showed my adopted hometown a bit more love.
I can’t deny that the people of Manchester are a brilliant bunch of folk (my work colleagues have been known to make me laugh so hard that I’ve cried on more than one occasion), but there’s some excellent stuff to see in this city, too.
So I’ll tell you about some places, both old to me and new, that I plan on making time to visit in the near future. Hopefully they’ll help me achieve even more than my #take12trips challenge promises to deliver.
And if you ever come to Manchester yourself, here they are:
The People’s History Museum
This museum is all about the history of working people in Britain. I’ve visited before, and found it both fascinating and moving. There are changing exhibitions as well as permanent collections, and the museum now has a new cafe bar, so I’ll make time to stop for coffee and cake before I finish my visit and head off to explore the surrounding area of Spinningfields.
The Museum of Science and Industry
I first came here on a school trip, many moons ago. It’s a special place for a secret science geek like myself. The MOSI also celebrates Manchester’s industrial heritage and has its home on the site of a grade I listed railway station.
Gallery of Costume
Situated in a Georgian house, this gallery houses 20,000 fashion items, with the oldest dating from the 17th century. They are currently running an exhibition celebrating Christian Dior, so I can’t think of a better place for me to go window shopping without the danger of me flashing the plastic!
The Salford Quays area has been transformed by Media City – trendy restaurants have popped up and there’s even a Booths food store (though I’m too scared to shop here in case I become addicted and subsequently bankrupt myself). This area also boasts the wonderful Imperial War Museum North, a place I have visited before, but will never tire of.
Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park
Here, it’s possible to take a Champagne VIP tour of Concorde. I think I would look pretty good drinking bubbles on Concorde. It would certainly be a world away from wearing overalls on the runway apron (done that – all in a day’s work) and it sounds perfect for a travel obsessive who likes to pretend she’s a bit posh.
That’ll do for now, but what do you think? Although I know you might have heard it’s mostly rainy here, don’t let the weather put you off.
Remember – it’s only water. So put your Mac on, man up and get thee to Manchester.
Have you been to Manchester? Let me know. And give me any tips on what else I might have missed and should really make the time to see.