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1. Posted by snufkei (Budding Member, 11 posts) 8 Jul '07 20:26

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Hi everyone! i will go to Manchester as an exchange student for a year, and i would like to ask if there is any good suggestion for some weekend trip?
I might also wanna try backpacking myself, so is there any great place for you know, spending a day or two, simply hanging around?

Thanks a lot!

2. Posted by Dreieich (Budding Member, 10 posts) 8 Jul '07 20:57

You might want to spend a weekend in neighbouring Liverpool which I hear is a nice city, kind of a hidden jewel overlooked by many. Where are you coming from?

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 8, 2007, at 8:57 PM by Dreieich ]

3. Posted by snufkei (Budding Member, 11 posts) 8 Jul '07 22:45

Quoting Dreieich

You might want to spend a weekend in neighbouring Liverpool which I hear is a nice city, kind of a hidden jewel overlooked by many. Where are you coming from?

i'm from Hong Kong, 1st time to UK. and i like travelling a lot so i guess i would enjoy the time here since there are a lot of great places=]

4. Posted by trevgibbs (Full Member, 3 posts) 9 Jul '07 01:24

Hi Keikei,

There are various options open. Heres a few links to info...

The City Of Manchester

If you like football...

Manchester United
Manchester City

Don't forget the peak district is a nice place to explore to the south of the city, lots of open countryside and a national park. Here you find an old manor house called Chatsworth House...

Peak District National Park
Chatsworth House

If you like motorsport then try going to Oulton Park in Cheshire...
Oulton Park

Liverpool is worth a look but only after you have seen the sights Manchester has to offer first...

Have fun and keep looking!

trev g

5. Posted by snufkei (Budding Member, 11 posts) 9 Jul '07 02:35

Quoting trevgibbs

Hi Keikei,

There are various options open. Heres a few links to info...

The City Of Manchester

If you like football...

Manchester United
Manchester City

Don't forget the peak district is a nice place to explore to the south of the city, lots of open countryside and a national park. Here you find an old manor house called Chatsworth House...

Peak District National Park
Chatsworth House

If you like motorsport then try going to Oulton Park in Cheshire...
Oulton Park

Liverpool is worth a look but only after you have seen the sights Manchester has to offer first...

Have fun and keep looking!

trev g

wow! there is a lot of information and they are really useful!
thanks a lot, i guess i have to take a good look and do some research!thanks!:)

6. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru, 3535 posts) 9 Jul '07 04:16

If you are in Manchester your not too far way from Lake District - public transport isnt great but it is still possible - get a train from Manchester to Bowness and public buses to Ambleside and the surrounding area.

Its a great area for walking, some great pubs and wonderful scenery.

For tacky trash and a bit of fun - go visit Blackpool - Pleasure Beach for some rollercoasters, a donkey ride on the beach or visit the Tower!

Heather

7. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3596 posts) 9 Jul '07 05:21

Hiya

Manchester is a great city - I'm sure you'll have loads of fun.
there are a number of places you could go for day trips or weekend visits. Chester is nice for a day, and further afield you could go to York for a weekend, which is a lovely city. you could also go to edinburgh or glasgow.
www.megabus.com has cheap bus tickets to some destinations, including London.
as the other posts said, the peak district is worth a visit, as is the lake district.
in the city centre, the newly renovated John Rylands library makes an interesting visit. the imperial war museum is excellent, and Manchester museum on oxford road gets good reports (I haven't been since I was at school but intend on going soon!). there is also the museum of science and industry and the Jewish museum.
Manchester has a great Chinatown as I'm sure you probably know; the Yang Sing is the most renowned place to eat in this area but there are loads of good quality restaurants. the northern quarter is a funky area with some good shops and bars.
the cornerhouse is my favourite cinema in town - it shows foreign and non-mainstream films.
jet2 and thomsonfly are budget airlines that fly from manchester so you have loads of options for Europe too. you could also try Dublin for the weekend on a cheap flight with Ryan Air.

hope this helps - send me a personal message if you want any more info about Manchester.
have fun!
:)

8. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru, 768 posts) 9 Jul '07 08:01

As you are from HK you should definately visit Liverpool as it has the oldest chinese community in the UK and it has the largest Chinese Arch outside of China!!! It is very impressive.

9. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member, 173 posts) 11 Jul '07 08:43

On a year visit to Manchester you could visit the Lake District for a week end or for a few weekends. The YHA has lots of low buget hostels all over England about a good days walk apart in most places.
they have guides for each of the regions of the UK. Browsing the web site will give you ideas of things to do and places to visit, they also include a variety of adventure activities. The web site is http://www.yha.org.uk/
As a member you can use the Scottish YHA hostels.
The National Trust web site is good for browsing to get ideas of historic places to visit and they have accommodation in some of these places for members. Their webs site are:
The Home site - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
To find a place to visit - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/.../w-findaplace.htm
Membership enquiries - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-global/w-contact_u...
Days out & visits - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits.htm

That should give you a start to find and plan some things to do, you can also use thes sites when you are here and more settled to our ways of travelling, how long it takes to cover distances and how much it costs to do these things.

You will probably make friends in Manchester, maybe in Liverpool and they could give you local advice.

If you think I can help more or if you have more questions after you browse the links please do get back to me.

Enjoy your visit. :)