You do not have to travel out of town for some good walks …
The Rochdale Canal stretches all the way from Sowerby Bridge to Castlefield Basin and certainly provides an interesting (if long) walk. Instead of messing with the full length, just pick it up in the city center and enjoy a leisurely stroll along its length as it passes some of Manchester’s most iconic landmarks and venues.
Also note a little next to the Hacienda, which is a timeline of music events carved in metal there, showing the rise and subsequent fall of Manchester’s most iconic and famous music venue. Oh, and just calm down about ‘The Pusher’ – he does not exist. However, still be careful.
Northern Quarter Street Art
There is always a new bit of street art popping up somewhere in the northern quarter, and therefore take a nice walk around the area to spot as many as you can, providing a great way to spend an afternoon.
Start at Stevenson Square and head down the back streets of the old industrial warehouses and factories – you’ll find a LOT of art on the walls, let me tell you. At the end of it all — take down Thomas Street for a few well-deserved pints and some food.
I do not think you will disagree with me when I say that Manchester’s beer brewing scene is world class positive, with an impressive range of breweries all having started shop in the old industrial units scattered around the city in recent years.
So The Brewer’s Mile is the perfect trip to not only explore the city’s industrial past and heritage, but also the chance to check out some of these breweries, chat with the brewers and (of course) taste the freshest beers ever when they come straight out of the tank. .
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New Islington Marina, a newly refurbished and much improved corner of the city, is now a lovely bit of green space in Manchester and is perfect for a little picnic and a few tinnies when the sun comes out.
It is also a great place to go for a little walk, and enjoy the marina, the new developments and the historic parts of Ancoats along the way. Be sure to enter Pollen also for a cruffin after walk.
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Castlefield and Roman ruins
Castlefield is a conservation area in an inner city and serves as an important canal center, as well as home to Manchester’s Roman ruins and even the world’s first passenger lane on Liverpool Road inside the Science & Industry Museum.
The area provides a perfect weekend or evening walk with lots of history, some bars and restaurants, the aforementioned (free) museum and the ruins of the old town – Mamucium – to give a little culture to it all.
We are ready to have our very own ‘High line‘also in the old railways over your head, which should hopefully be open by mid-2022.
The traditional pub tour
The perfect way to not only explore the city, but also try its many wet delights, our traditional ‘old man boozer’ pub crawl will take you to Manchester’s best old pubs – each filled with crazy characters and effervescent beers.
Starting at Rochdale Road at Marble Arch, you will walk across town and take in some of the best and most famous boozers along the way. It’s a great way to see the city, and an even better way to be absolutely hammered.
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The Medieval Quarter has some of Manchester’s oldest buildings and is perfect for a leisurely stroll through the city, and you may learn a few things along the way.
In this small corner of the city center you will find Chetham’s Library, the oldest free public reference library in the English-speaking world, which was established back in 1653, as well as Manchester Cathedral and also Manchester’s oldest pub!
Take a walk around the Cathedral Gardens (with the emos), jump into The National Football Museum and then hop into the Corn Exchange for a pounding curry at Delhi House Café. There is usually also some kind of event in Cathedral Gardens, with one skating rink this Christmas with Markets.
By starting things in Castlefield, the Bridgewater Canal stretches all the way to the Manchester Ship Canal and then joins the River Mersey and goes out to sea. It also provides a good walk – which will take you all the way to MediaCityUK.
Along the way you pass Man Utd’s grounds – where you can enter a tour – as well as the historic Pomona Island, the upcoming Ordsall and finally- Salford Quays. Once there, indulge in a Bada Bing sandwich, an Alchemist cocktail or a giant sushi dish at Lime Bar.