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1. Posted by Denis2026 (Budding Member 5 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Hi, everybody!
I'm going to visit Manchester and London in May.
What would you advise me to visit in these cities?

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 887 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Do you have any particular interests? We enjoy museums and there are plenty of those in London. Don't know about Manchester. If you don't like museums, though, my suggestions aren't going to help you.

We particularly enjoyed the Guided tour of the Tower of London, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate Modern, Westminster Abbey, the Globe Theatre, Hyde Park and Kensington Park, St. Paul's where we went to an Evensong, the changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and just walking around London,

You can start by checking the TravellersPoint Travel Guide to London here. Click for the TP London Guide

3. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1162 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

It really is worth visiting a Premier League football match, if you can get hold of tickets. They're not as expensive as some people try to make out. The atmosphere is usually electric and it really is a brilliant afternoon or evening out, even if you're not a die-hard football fan.

I assume you're from overseas - use the internet to find out how to contact a club directly, tell them you're from overseas and that you want to attend a particular match and they are usually very helpful. I got two tickets for a Man Utd match at Old Trafford five years ago for less than GBP35 each.

In London, tickets for Arsenal and Chelsea will be hard to get hold of but Spurs at Wembley, West Ham Utd at the Olympic stadium, Crystal Palace and Watford in north London should all be accessible. And Man Utd or Man City in Manchester or others close by - Liverpool, Everton, Huddersfield & Burnley might be possible.

And a walk through the Peak District, not far from Manchester is another must do. Visit Holmfirth where The Last of the Summer Wine was based. Or the Yorkshire Dales. Or the Lake District. All these three are National Parks - great for exploring.

Enjoy the UK - there really is so much to do there.

4. Posted by Denis2026 (Budding Member 5 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Thanks so much. Yes, I'm from Saint-Petersburg and I'll go to London with my friend. I'm football fan. My favorite club is MU. Unfortunately my friend doesn't like football.
Our main goal of the trip is the game called "Runcity". But it'll be only one day. So we would like to visit interested places for London and Manchester. We'll have two days for Manchester and four days for London. It isn't so much time. We're going to walk the cities and we're going to visit to two or three museums.
What museums are the most interesting?
We also think of going to the suburbs of London. Where do you advise?
Thank you in advance!

5. Posted by woinparis (Inactive 145 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

There is a great old pub in Manchester. Forgot the name but I think it is the oldest in town, and quite easy to find. Manchester center is easy, not very wide, so just 'get lost' there...
As for London, there are so many things to see, best to buy yourself a paperguide and look into it. At least that's what I did and still do, after about more than a dozen of visits of more tha 2 days.

6. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 488 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!


Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, Hyde Park, Kensington Park, London Eye, Camden and Borough markets.........

From the outside: Houses of Parliament & 'Big Ben' (under scaffolding at the moment), Buckingham Palace, Horseguards Parade (soldiers on horses).........

Museums: British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Museum of London..........

Art: National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain........

Pubs: Old pubs too numerous to mention. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street (rebuilt 1666) is popular with tourists but there are lots more. Have a look at this article:


Manchester Cathedral (1400s), the John Rylands Library, the Northern Quarter (independent shops, pubs, eating places, art, Afflecks), Albert Square........

Museums: Manchester Art Gallery, the Museum of Science & Industry, People's History Museum, National Football Museum...........

Shopping: the Arndale and Trafford Centres..........

Pubs: There are quite a few 'old pubs' in Manchester city centre. The Old Wellington & Sinclair's Oyster Bar (both pubs) in Shambles Square date from 1552. Mr Thomas' Chop House (pub, Cross Street), the City Arms (Kennedy Street) and the Castle Hotel (pub, Oldham Street)...amongst from the 1800s and still have tiled external walls.

You're spoiled for choice in both cities. Enjoy! :-)

7. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 784 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

It's perhaps not far enough out of the centre of London to be called a true suburb but a visit to Greenwich is a great day out. You can travel by train (the London Underground, which most locals call the Tube, by the way) or by river boat (the Thames Clipper service) or as part of a Thames sightseeing cruise - the latter is the most expensive option but you get a commentary on all the sights you pass. Once in Greenwich there is a good free museum, the Maritime Museum, and some interesting paid attractions - the Cutty Sark ship with a fascinating collection of ships' figureheads and the Royal Observatory with exhibitions about measuring time, a planetarium and the chance to stand on the famous Greenwich Meridian (you can also do that without paying for the museum by following the little path around the outside). There are wonderful views of the city from the park, great architecture in the old Naval College (don't miss the chapel and Painted Hall), interesting shops, a good market (mix of street food stalls, crafts and 'antiques') and some good pubs and restaurants. You can even walk through a foot tunnel under the Thames, if that appeals!

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[ Edit: Edited on 06-Feb-2018, at 01:40 by ToonSarah ]

8. Posted by Denis2026 (Budding Member 5 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Thank you all for your advice.
Tell me, please, where can we eat inexpensively in these cities?

9. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1316 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Denis2026

where can we eat inexpensively in these cities?

If you want to eat out, pub chain Wetherspoon's has pubs everywhere (about 1000 in the UK) and they do daily specials as well as a regular menu, all of which is cheap - you can usually eat a meal for around £5, and 2 desserts for £5. Around £3 for a full English breakfast.

Or pick up food at supermarkets. The budget mainstream ones are Asda and Morrison's, each of these carry a full range such as ready to eat deli sections. Other budget options include Lidl, Aldi, B&M, though these will have a more limited selection.

10. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 488 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

>where can we eat inexpensively in these cities?

I second Wetherspoon's pubs: 'cheap and cheerful'. They all have the same (quite extensive) menu and the food is surprisingly edible given its price. Meals for 5GBP are few and far between now, though I do like their sausage, mash & onion gravy for 5.99. They do a good afternoon deal of two meals (limited choice) for around 10GBP (about 2 - 5pm, I think?) You can find their pubs listed here:

Ethnic restaurants (especially Indian, Thai and Chinese) are often very budget-friendly.

Tesco and Sainsbury's are also budget supermarket chains, more so than Morrisons, imo. In city centres you're far more likely to find a small Sainsbury's or Tesco Express than an Asda or Morrison.

You'll also find a vast range of cheap-ish fast-food and/or take-away options, from the ubiquitous Macdonalds or slightly-less-ubiquitous Burger King to the numerous Indian & Chinese take-aways, kebab shops, fish & chip shops (all of which you'll find pretty much everywhere in the UK)

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Feb-2018, at 05:01 by leics2 ]