The UK city of Manchester has made the Top 10 of recommended city holiday destinations for the 2016 Lonely Planet rankings. The city was the only one in the UK to appear in the Top 10 and was cited for its vibrant culture and arts scene.
Lonely Planet says current Manchester highlights are the Whitworth Art Gallery, the Central Library and the HOME contemporary arts centre in the First Street precinct. The latter opened earlier in 2015 while an extension at the Whitworth doubled the available gallery space and also launched this year.
James Smart is the editor for the Lonely Planet region of the UK and Ireland. Commenting on Manchester’s eighth place rating, he explained that the city had undergone a renaissance in recent years. Huge infrastructure investments have led to the opening of new cultural venues as well as improvements to old ones.
Marketing Manchester tourism director Nick Brooks-Sykes stated that he was pleased the northern city had garnered this kind of global recognition. He noted there had been many high points for Manchester in the past year and these ranged from the Manchester International Festival to the relaunch of the Whitworth.
Lonely Planet highlighted other key activities for visitors to Manchester as shopping expeditions at Levenshulme Market or the Craft and Design Centre and taking in a Premier League football match at Old Trafford or the City of Manchester Stadium. For nightlife, Lonely Planet recommends Salford’s Islington Mill and the Great John Street Hotel is a top-notch place to stay.