Want a decent day out in Manchester, without blowing a massive budget? Then come with us ‘our kid, and we’ll show you how far a tenner can go in a day round here...
9am: Soak up the city sights of the city, by riding one of Manchester’s free city centre buses. A loop on any of the three Metroshuttle routes will show you a fair few sights, such as John Rylands Library and Spinningfields
Cost: Nowt, these buses are completely free. Aren't we lucky?
10am: Hop off the free No.3 bus at Cross Street and have a stroll down to Manchester Cathedral for a look around a beautiful bit of architecture. And, if you’re desperate for a drink afterwards, the ProperTea café adjoining the Cathedral’s visitor centre’s worth a quick pit stop too; the place is run by Blue Peter star Yvette Fielding, perhaps she’ll offer you a brew she made earlier… (see what we did there…;)
Cost: Set £3 aside for the brew, or fan girl Yvette and see if you can cadge one for free
11am: Head for Central Library; we may be a bit biased, but it’s a stunning building that was reopened to the public last year. Get lost in the archive rooms or visit one of the regular exhibitions.
Cost: Nothing. The Central Library’s free to walk around
12pm: You’ll be hungry after your action packed morning so head for Manchester Arndale Markets; run by our friends at Manchester City Council you’ll find loads of treats on offer. Our favourite is the double serving of avocado spring rolls at Viet Shack (£2.50)
Cost: £2.50 for those spring rolls. Oof, we want one now.
12.30pm: Head North of the City Centre to the first public park opened in 100 years; Cotton Field Park and New Islington Marina are free to visit – and nice places to sit and eat that Viet Shack lunch. The park’s just five minutes walk up from the centre
Cost: Yup, still free this one. The park’s gratis for everyone to enjoy
1.30pm: Stroll back down to town through the Northern Quarter, stopping and admiring the many artworks that adorn walls in this part of the city. From bee tributes that celebrate the Manchester’s iconic symbol, to colourful murals (top tip: clear about 50MB of phone memory before heading here. Literally every street corner warrants its own Facebook album)
2.30pm: You can’t come to Manchester and not immerse yourself in some music so, sticking in the Northern Quarter, head for Piccadilly Records. There you’ll unearth awesome vinyl gems, while snapping away at racks full of Instagrammable artwork.
Cost: Free, unless you decide to buy a load of vinyl!
3.30pm: If music’s one Manchester institution, then football’s the other. Head for the National Football Museum for an hour, and walk through the hall of fame celebrating the likes of Ronaldo and Best.
5pm: With a nifty £3.50 left in your back bin (that means pocket in Manc speak), head to one of the city’s best loved chippies; Wright’s on Cross Street, where you can sit in and enjoy a fantastic portion of fried loveliness
Cost: Depends on what you order, but £3.50 will get you a portion no bother
6pm: After your chippy tea, round off the day with a look around the shops at Manchester Arndale; we’re open ‘til 8pm on weekdays so there’s plenty of time to do some window browsing.
So there you go...have an awesome day!