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Top 5 hotels close to the gay village

The best accommodation in and around The Village Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel The five-star Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel is situated on the historic site of the Free Trade Hall on Peter Street. The hotel remains a favourite with guests such as Kylie, Beyonce, Simon Cowell and George Michael. An…

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Top 5 industrial heritage sites

Discover Manchester’s industrial past at these 5 key locations. Ancoats The impressive mills and complexes that remain in Manchester’s former industrial heartland provide a potent reminder of times gone by. Ancoats was once known as the ‘workshop of the world’. Many of its mills were involved in…

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Top 5 nightclubs

Manchester's thriving nightlife scene is reflected in the variety of its clubs. Here are some of the best. Have we missed your favourite? Leave a comment and let us know. Mint Lounge Situated on Oldham Street in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Mint Lounge prides itself on offering something a…

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Top 5 music venues

Get live and loud - Manchester's music scene is thriving. Here are some of the top venues to catch the best of the city's vibrant scene. The Warehouse Project is an annual series of parties held in Manchester city centre. For three months, superstar DJs and live acts perform in a former warehouse…

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Top 5 things to do in Wigan

Wigan is a surprisingly diverse destination. There's heritage, miles of countryside, sporting glory, shopping, vibrant nightlife, popular festivals, and the best in northern character and hospitality. Haigh Hall and Country Park 250 acres of wonderful and historic woodlands and plantation wrap…

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Top 5 places to visit for a night out

Recommendations taken from the 'Where to Go Manchester' guidebook. Cloud 23 Start your evening at Cloud 23. A recent refurbishment has reaffirmed this bar as the best place to get a handle on the city below. Although it operates a guest list after 6pm, Cloud 23 is never pretentious. Try a…

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Top 5 hidden gems

By Matthew Connaughton - TheWriteGuy The Hidden Gem Church Well, we couldn't start this piece without a nod to the real hidden gem; the, er, Hidden Gem in Manchester city centre. Tucked away on Mulberry Street, which is between Albert Square and Deansgate, the Hidden Gem (or St Mary's Roman Catholic…

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Top 5 cocktail bars

From quirky to masterful, molecular to classic, whatever type of cocktail tickles your metaphorical fancy, Manchester’s got you covered. Tusk An African-themed cocktail bar located in the Northern Quarter, Tusk not only has one of the most vibrant interiors in the city; it also boasts its own…

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Top 5 farm shops in Greater Manchester

In the outer reaches of our metropolitan county you’ll find glorious countryside. As well as garden centres encouraging people to ‘grow your own’, there are many farm shops and tea rooms selling locally sourced and homemade produce. Red House Farm Award winning tea rooms offering freshly prepared…

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Top 5 things to do at the weekend

Recommendations taken from the 'Where to Go Manchester' guidebook. The Bridgewater Hall Start your weekend with a visit to the state-of-the-art 2,400 seat auditorium, with magnificent Marcussen pipe organ. Concerts range from classical and jazz through to world and popular music. It is the home…

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