STA Travel - #WildCardUK Part 6 – MANCHESTER
Thanks for tuning into my sixth blog in my whirlwind #WildCardUK series, all taken care of and organized by the travel experts at STA Travel Australia and Visit Britain.
In this particular video (full version can be found HERE), I head to Manchester for what was perhaps my second favourite stop of the trip.
Whilst I really enjoyed getting my hands dirty and doing the kind of ‘off road’ stuff I wouldn’t normally book on a travel trip of my own- I’m not going to pretend that the girly days of shopping and high tea’s weren’t the activities that got me most excited.
SO, to find out I’d be playing ‘W.A.G’ (aka. wives and girlfriends of football players) for a day in Manchester realllly got me excited.
To see what I got up to as a lady of leisure, read below!
Old Trafford: I started off my day in Manchester or ‘Manc’ as it’s referred to by the locals by heading to Old Trafford for the first game of the soccer season. This trip was totally wasted on me. Whilst my brothers are both HUGE soccer nuts (Scott, Liverpool- Tom, Chelsea) I have never been a fan of the game however the vibe outside the stadium was pretty contagious. I wasn’t hanging around for the game but instead meeting up with Astronautalis aka. Andy for the first time, face to face. It wasn’t long till I spotted another tourist being followed by a camera crew. After a quick hug and a catch up, we went out separate ways with plans to meet back up later that arvo.
Nicky Oliver Hairdressers: first stop in Manchester as a ‘W.A.G’ was to get my hair done. THIS was something I was experienced in. The girls at the award winning salon were super lovely and I walked out feeling a million dollars.
Trof: in terms of where to eat in Manchester, you will be spoilt for choice if you head to the Northern Quarter. I ate here quite a few times during our trip and was not disappointed. Trof, Almost Famous Burgers and Dough were three of my favourite places. Trof do a mean big breakfast.
Shopping: after lunch, the girls from Our Wild Abandon and I checked out what Manchester had to offer in terms of shopping. They have all the high street stores (Topshop, Urban Outfitters etc) as well as some awesome little boutique stores (some sick guys ones with a skater vibe) and quite a few cute little vintage stores. Definitely put aside a day for shopping!
Cloud 23: if you Google ‘Things To Do In Manchester’ chances are, Cloud 23 at the Hilton will pop up. And for good reason. It wouldn’t be a day in the life of a WAG if there wasn’t miniature treats and champagne involved. Cloud 23 offered delicious high tea ranging from simply scones and tea to an extravagant affair you needed to book in advance to receive. Whilst the food (and the service!) were impressive, it was the 360 degree sweeping views of Manchester that really won me over. We ended up staying long after our tea had gone cold, mesmerized by the cityscape below us. A ‘must see’!
Nightlife: although it’s not mentioned in the video (and for good reason!) the crew and I had quite a fun night on the town in Manchester and I though tit was worth mentioning some places that are good to grab a drink! The Blue Pig, Walrus, Cane & Grain was especially cool. If you want something a little swankier, head to Spinningfields.
To check out a glimpse at some of the vintage bargains we found, click HERE for the full video!