It seems Manchester is the place to be. We may have been telling you for a while now how awesome this city is, but it seems most everyone agrees. Featured in Lonely Planet Best in Travel Guide 2023Manchester made the cut as one of 30 must-see places.
Even better, Manchester is the only UK city to feature in the Best in Travel 2023 list, which also includes cities as varied as Lima in Peru, Accra, the capital of Ghana, and Sydney, Australia, as well as regions, states and countries such as New Mexico, southern Scotland, Zambia and Jordan. Having also recently been crowned one of the world’s best destinations to visit in 2023 by National Geographic, Manchester has certainly put its name on the map, and it looks bigger and bolder.
The city features in the ‘Learn’ category of the Best in Travel list, which highlights Manchester vibrant art scene and describes it as a place that “has grown in size and fame in recent years, metamorphosing into a brilliantly creative, proudly musical and gastronomically diverse hub. Quite simply, it’s one of the best – if not the best – cities in the UK with something for everyone.
The accolade – which Manchester also received in 2016 following the reopening of the Whitworth Art Gallery and the opening of HOME in 2015, as well as the reopening of Manchester Central Library in 2014 – highlights the upcoming reopening the newly expanded Manchester Museum Manchester Jewish Museum, the new Factory International and the newly opened Castlefield Viaduct are all reasons to visit in 2023.
A one-day accompanying itinerary also checks the name of some classic must-see places including the Manchester Art Gallery, Central and John Rylands Libraries, Northern Quarter street art, Manchester Craft and Design Center and Mayor Mackie, with nightlife suggestions ranging from cocktails at The Refuge, to dinner at Three Little Words, jazz at Matt and Phreds, live music at Band on the Wall and clubbing at The Village.
Each year, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023 lists begin with nominations from Lonely Planet’s vast community of employees, writers, bloggers, publishing partners and more. Nominations are narrowed down by its panel of travel experts to just 30 destinations. Everyone is chosen for their news, unique experiences, ‘wow factor and its continued commitment to sustainability, communityand the diversity.
Cllr Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: ‘It’s great news for Manchester that trusted global travel experts Lonely Planet are singing the city’s praises as a must-see place in 2023. This prestigious accolade is yet another demonstration that we are making our mark on the world stage.
“Tourism creates and supports jobs and other opportunities for Manchester residents and is an important part of our economy. The range of attractions, many of which are free, are also a delight for our residents. When Lonely Planet says that there is something for everyone here is the result of long-term planning and partnership.We are proud to be the only UK city on this list.