A Northern Town That Equals More Than the Sum of Its Parts
If you hear of the city of Manchester these days it’s most likely in the context of one of its two soccer teams, Manchester United and Manchester City. It’s fair to sa Piccadilly Grand Showflat that soccer is the UK’s second largest city’s modern focal point modern focal point. Having lived and worked in the middle of Manchester last year I am well-placed to share some tips and highlights of the districts that comprise the town centre of a city that has much more to offer than football.
Being an Australian I come from a land that prides itself on a rich blend of people of diverse backgrounds. Similarly, a typical day in the middle of Manchester town could find me engaging with people from Poland, Portugal, Jamaica, Barbados, Italy, Ghana, Bangladesh, the Czech Republic, Afghanistan or Spain. And the neighbourhoods that contain these people are no less diverse, yet it’s possible to get a good taste of Manchester city centre’s several districts within a day. Manchester is great to explore on foot, but a big tick for the city is the great coverage of frequent and free Metroshuttle bus service that operates on three different routes around most of the city centre. Yes, that’s right, it’s free and it’s also frequent with buses between every 6 and 10 minutes depending on the day and time.
If you’re arriving into Manchester by train then you’re most likely going to be stepping off at Piccadilly Station at the eastern edge of the city. The station, which has existed on the site since 1840, is a nice welcome to the city as a fine example of the grand railway stations that one becomes accustomed to in major British cities. The area is largely notable for the eateries that surround the Piccadilly Gardens public space. It’s worth seeing if anything is happening around Piccadilly Gardens, particularly on Fridays as the Real Food Market provides some great street food worth queuing for. I can confidently endorse the Cumberland sausages in a roll – try it with fried onions and plum sauce!