Manchester Journals

Mancunian Memories

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A travel journal to Manchester by MagdaDH_AlexH

Rhyl beach in low season Photo, Wales, United Kingdom More Photos
Quote: We lived in Manchester for a while. It wasn't a greatest time I ever had, but there were some interesting trips.

Manchester through a jaded eye

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Manchester Town Hall by Bernt Rostad Photo, Manchester, England
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We lived in Manchester in the late 1990s for close to a year and although I wouldn't say I was actively miserable most of the time, it certainly was one of least favourite periods in my life. Hey, I really didn't like Manchester. Yes, it had the big-city buzz, a thriving Gay Village, clubs, restaurants and high culture of quality at prices much lower than London's, but in all honesty, none of it made up for the fact that the place was grim and grey in more than one way. If you are a local with a Mancunian connection, or if you develop one through your university years (Manchester has a huge student population), you will likely grow to like it, as the social factor is pretty good. As a mar...Read More
Rusholme, by Gene Hunt under CC licence Photo, Manchester, England
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Overall, Manchester is a city for doing things ore than for just ''being in' and its in its entertainment (and to some extent food) options that its attraction lies.The Bridgewater Hall, home of the Halle, the North's best orchestra, and if you have a chance and inclination, do go and see them at their home ground. And of course the clubbing/pop scene in Manchester, even if lacking the heady qualities of the Hacienda days, is still second to only London's. Football fans will want to see the hallowed ground of Old Trafford (to either worship or sneer depending on their attitude to the biggest of the football brands, Manchester United). This is a tram ride awa...Read More

Day trips from Manchester

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Edale Cross by MGSpiller,  Photo, Peak District, England
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Whatever one feels about Manchester as a place to live or even visit, it's undoubtedly a great base for visiting quite a few other attractive - or at least interesting - destinations in the region. Road links are plentiful and public transport - including rail - quite surprisingly good in this populated and industrialised region of England.Among the most obvious destinations for day trips from Manchester are:-- Liverpool. This is the other great city of the North West and although it has as much of a dark side as Manchester does, it has, perhaps, more redeeming features of which the greatest is it's location nearer to the sea. Even if you don't want to partake in the Beatles he...Read More
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Blackpool. The biggest, the baddest, the tackiest and the most popular of all English sea-side resorts, Blackpool goes from strength to strength despite epitomising what for many is an idea of Holiday Hell. Cheap, cheerful, unashamedly down market and happy with that, Blackpool is a must-see even if you don't like your holidays drunken fairgroundy. It started as a relatively genteel watering place but boomed when the railways started to bring the mill workers on their annual holiday: now there is not only a regular and frequent train service to Blackpool but even a motorway link - with the town bucking the trend of decreasing popularity of English holidays and a Mecca for a certain style o...Read More

Rhyl

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Rhyl beach in low season Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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Rhyl combines with Prestatyn to create a vast summer resort area on the north coast of Wales, barely out of the River Clwyd estuary, in the Liverpool bay. Originally a fairly elegant Victorian resort, brought to prominence when railways started taking people for holidays from the English industrial hinterland. Still, the holidaying habits change and Rhyl has been in the continuous decline since the end of the WW2, although some improvements have been brought by a series of regeneration projects. Rhyl now is a quintessential British working-class seaside resort: the low coast lined with caravan parks, the town centre full of shabby(is) B&Bs, amusement arcades and shops selli...Read More