Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament" and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.
Manchester is a popular city that attracts visitors not only from around the country, but around the globe. This city in northern England is well known for its football teams, Manchester City and Manchester United. It's also a great day out for those living or staying in nearby cities and towns, such as the Greater Manchester area and Derbyshire.
Here are several attractions and things to do in this great city.
Manchester's Chinatown is the second largest in Britain. It is home to not only fantastic Asian restaurants, but also shops and supermarkets that are fun to explore. You can buy things like chopsticks, books and crafts at the shop, try sushi at a Japanese restaurant, and buy unusual Chinese ingredients at the supermarket.
It's a lot of fun and easy to access by foot from Manchester Piccadilly Station. It's definitely worth a visit if you're interested in Asian culture and cuisine.
2. Catch a Movie
Going to the cinema with a big group of friends is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. Manchester is home to several cinemas, including the Odeon IMAX cinema and AMC Cinema.
3. Ride the Ferris Wheel
A great way to view the city on a clear day is on the Wheel of Manchester, where you can ride the wheel in a safe pod, buy souvenir photos, and enjoy seeing the city from above. Tickets can be purchased here. It's fun if you're there with people who are new to the city, and you can enjoy learning about it whilst enjoying the view.
4. Play Laser Tag
Another indoor activity (that could also be coupled with going to the cinema), is Laser Tag. Manchester Laser Tag's indoor gaming zone is set in a haunted house style, and both children and adult games are available. There are different kinds of games, including 'capture the flag', 'death match' and 'VIP'. Alternatively, paintballing games are also available.
Manchester's Laser Tag is, however, not reachable by foot from the train station. You can get the 81 or 81A bus from Piccadilly Gardens, and it's around 55 minutes.
5. Visit a Museum
There are countless museums in the Manchester city centre. Depending on your group's tastes, you may want to visit the National Football Museum, which is free to enter (although there is the option to purchase a 'Football Plus+' ticket), the People's History Museum (also free entry), or the Museum of Science and History, which is rated as the second best attraction on Trip Advisor. Museums are often a surprisingly good use of your time, good for if the weather is bad, and are all free to enter. They're also all within walking distance of Piccadilly train station.
6. Ice Skating
Ice skating is incredibly fun and available in the wintertime when other attractions, such as the Ferris Wheel, might be unavailable. The ice skating rink within walking distance of the train station is Spinningfields Ice Rink, and is open from the 8th November to the 5th January. It's £9 for an adult peak ticket and £8 for an off-peak ticket (the first three sessions of each day), which isn't much more expensive than the cinema.
You don't have to be a pro at skating to enjoy the rink either - there's a handlebar for your safety, and it's not a difficult skill to pick up. You could end up really enjoying it, and discovering a skill you didn't know you had!
As a centre for fun and entertainment for lots of teenagers in England, Manchester has a lot to offer for a great a day out, for teens as well as couples and families. Mancheter remains to be a popular spot for visitors, due to its many museums, attractions, restaurants and great nightlife. It is a city definitely worth visiting.
© 2014 Poppy
Dan Lema from Tanzania on July 16, 2014:
Ferris wheel and laser tag...looking forwards for those...thanks for the useful info, this was enlightening.....
Sima Ballinger from Michigan on July 09, 2014:
Thanks for sharing this hub on things for teens to do in Manchester, England. Nice job and good images too! I would want to visit the museum, cinema and Chinatown.