Day Trip to Manchester
I decided to take a trip to Manchester for the day as I needed a break from all the uni stress and I thought it would be a good idea to see a new city. I had already visited Manchester before but I don’t remember much of my trip back then. The trip to Manchester from Nottingham was roughly 2 hours and cost £17 for a return ticket. (That’s if you have a 16-25 railcard) Manchester Piccadilly Station was quite busy. It reminded me of a big London station like London Waterloo or London Victoria, just slightly smaller in space. It had a food court on their second floor, which is a plus as people can use that area to eat whilst they wait for their train.
The first place I went to was Manchester Art Gallery which is in Manchester’s city centre. The good thing about this gallery was that it was free entry. I found the gallery quite historic and you can tell that some of the paintings told a story. I liked the calmness of the gallery. The people respectfully spoke between themselves which allowed me to focus on each painting.
I then went to Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre which is one of the main shopping centres in Manchester. There is also Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Intu Trafford Centre. Harvey Nichols and Selfridges are located in the city whilst the Trafford Centre is slightly outside of the city centre but still in Manchester. I found Manchester Arndale quite modern and family-oriented. I saw people with their kids, with friends or on their own. The Selfridges store reminded me of the one in London on Oxford Street. It had all the big designer brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada.
Overall, I quite liked what I saw from Manchester. I think it's quite a vibrant city that has the potential of being very lively and busy. I would love to go again, preferably spend a few nights so I can view more attractions and have more of an understanding of the city.