Often referred to as the “rock and goal” capital of the U.K, Manchester’s headlining gems include the legendary home of football – Old Trafford; the 20,000 capacity M.E.N Arena music venue; world class theatre – The Opera House; and the great Lowry Theatre and Arts Centre, just down the road in Salford. These comprise just some of the gamut of riches that have led to Manchester being called England’s ‘second’ capital, and yet barely do justice to a city with more vitality, and diversity of culture and entertainment, than perhaps even London itself.
Manchester birthday parties are an almost nightly occurrence, with thousands flocking to fashionable Deansgate. Home to the widest selection of bars in the city, you’ll also find yourself rubbing shoulders with celebrities, should you choose to experience the weird and wonderful Cinnabar, with it’s domed booths and Austin Powers décor. The Northern quarter near Piccadilly is where you’ll find more of an indie and alternative crowd.
The combination of decently priced accommodation, coupled with endless retail therapy opportunities has led to the city becoming a hot spot for Manchester hen weekends. St. Marks Square and the Northern quarter offer an abundance of designer stores and boutiques, while the Trafford Centre, Triangle and Arndale Centres offer floor-upon-floor of well known, and independent retail outlets – you could spend a whole day within the Trafford and not realise it.
When it comes to dining and unwinding, Manchester’s almost unparalleled
reputation for widespread options makes it almost an adventure checking places out. For an altogether more unique experience, Manchester now boasts it’s very own floating bar and party venue in the shape of the River Princess. Aside from Manchester’s famous trams (which often are subject to intense traffic), the River Princess really is the only way to see Manchester in style, taking in the famous industrial cityscape left behind from the days of the revolution – to city landmarks of notable character, such as the Salford Quays and Media City. From Manchester stag parties, to anniversary, birthday and corporate functions – the River Princess is one venue your guests will really never forget!