We don’t need much convincing that Manchester is a fantastic place to live. However, it’s always good to hear that the rest of the world agrees, especially after the city was named the best place to live in the UK for the second year in a row. Here are our top reasons why we think you should consider moving to Manchester.
The restaurant industry is thriving
The city currently has the country’s fastest-growing food and drink scene, with new restaurant and bar openings outpacing everything else, including the capital. Whether you’re searching for a cheap bite to eat or a ten-course tasting menu, there’s something to fit every occasion and budget – and the possibilities cover practically every cuisine imaginable.
The museums and galleries are unrivalled
When The Whitworth was voted museum of the year last month, we couldn’t have agreed more. Since reopening in February after a £15 million renovation, the Oxford Road art gallery has had record visitor numbers. It’s not alone; attendance at the Imperial War Museum North is at an all-time high, fueled by enthusiasm in the First World War centenary commemorations.
Manchester also houses the Museum of Science and Industry, the Manchester Museum, People’s History Museum, and several more museums.
The performing arts and the visual arts thrive in Manchester
Locals had hardly gotten used to the £25 million HOME arts centre when plans for an even larger new £110 million arts venue at Old Granada Studios were unveiled.
The venue, which opened in 2019, will serve as a permanent home for the biannual Manchester International Festival. It has transformed the city into an international platform for the arts with its eclectic theatre, dance, music, and more.
The nightlife is incredible
The Hacienda’s days may be long gone. Still, the rave spirit lives on at clubbing institutions such as The Warehouse Project, which brings some of the biggest names in dance music to the city for 12 weeks every year, and Sankeys, which has just announced a five-year run of events at Victoria Warehouse.
If house and techno isn’t your style, Manchester’s diverse nightlife scene has something for everyone. From the Northern Quarter’s hipster pubs to the Printworks’ party palace.
Deansgate and Spinningfields include sophisticated champagne and cocktail bars as well as lots of celebrity sightings.
Sporting capital of the UK
Red or blue? We’ll leave it up to you. It’s not just about football in this town. The Commonwealth Games legacy has provided world-class facilities such as the Manchester Aquatics Centre, Regional Athletics Arena, National Squash Centre, and Manchester Velodrome.
Manchester also has the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground, one of England’s most known test venues. Don’t forget about the National Football Museum. It’s no surprise that Manchester is the UK’s sporting capital.