Manchester named in top 10 best places to visit in the world

Manchester named in top 10 best places to visit in the world

North-west city highlighted by Lonely Planet as one of 2016’s must-see destinations, with the region gearing up for years of sustained economic investment.


  • Manchester has been named by Lonely Planet among the top 10 places for tourists to visit in the world in 2016
  • The city’s arts and cultural heritage named among the key reasons why visitors should travel to one of the UK’s fastest growing cities
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping included Manchester in his recent state visit to the UK, signing several multi-billion pound investment deals as part of Northern Powerhouse plans

Manchester, along with Rome, Dublin and Nashville, have been named in Lonely Planet’s top 10 places to visit in the world in 2016.

The city was the only destination in the UK to have made the list, also joining the likes of Mumbai in India, Freemantle in Australia and Ecuadorian capital Quito in the travel guide publication’s top 10 places.

Manchester was described as a ‘dynamo of culture and the arts’. HOME, the First Street arts centre, Whitworth Art Gallery and the Central Library were highlighted as places not be missed by culture seekers.

Activities such as watching a football game at one of Manchester’s two Premier League teams, fine dining in Spinningfields and shopping among the craft and design haunts of the Northern Quarter were also noted as must-do excursions for visitors.

“We included Manchester in this year’s top ten cities list because it deserves to be recognised as one of the UK’s most important destinations for travellers,” said James Smart, Lonely Planet’s Destination Editor for the UK and Ireland. “Manchester has been transformed in recent years, with inspirational new openings, the reinvention of existing spaces and vast investment.”

Earlier this month Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Manchester as part of his UK state visit, signing a number of multi-billion pound investment deals for the region under Northern Powerhouse plans.

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