Kaplan City Guide: Manchester

Manchester is probably most famous for its credible football clubs and northern charms. But that is not all it has to offer! Did you know that Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the Suffragette movement, was born here and that Manchester is the home of one of the oldest remaining train stations? While here, one must try the chip barmcake, which is essentially hot fries in a bread roll, and it is absolutely delicious. In a region full of rich history and a vibrant nightlife, there is plenty to do. Find out some of the best things to do and see in Manchester, straight from Kaplan students!

Visit the ancient architecture scattered throughout the city


Go watch the football!

“There are plenty of really nice places in Manchester where you can spend your time with friends. We always manage to find our favorite one.” 

Carmela Nargiso, Italy

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When you think of England, the Beatles, red buses, black cabs, tea and scones may come to mind. Another culture popular in England is football. If you think of famous people from England, many will immediately picture the man with the talented right foot, David Beckham, who infamously made his career with Manchester United. Manchester is an amazing city to be a part of if you enjoy the sport. With the local rivalry between Manchester United and Manchester City, you will never be lacking an exciting football game to watch at the stadium or in a local sports restaurant. If football isn’t your "cup of tea" then Manchester offers a lot more for you to do with your friends. You can visit the Trafford Centre and shop in any type of store you can imagine, stop by the Museum of Science and Industry, or indulge in a good book in the breathtakingly beautiful John Rylands Library.


Food and Drink

“To enjoy your nightlife, go to Revolution, Lola Lo, or La Tasca in Deansgate Locks. These places are really cheap and the music is cool so you can enjoy your night with your friends.”

Jennifer Garugi, Switzerland

With so many cuisines to choose from, it'll be difficult to pick a place to eat!

After football, Manchester is definitely most known for its incredible ethnic food scene. With the Curry Mile and all of the unique restaurants throughout the city, you will never be low on choices of places to eat. Compared to other cities, eating out in Manchester is extremely cheap. The evolution of the food and drink culture in Manchester is exciting with famous London brands such as Hawksmoor and Iberica moving up north, making sure Manchester is kept up to date with the local food trends to keep your palette forever pleased.


Public Transport

“In Manchester you can walk to most places, but if your destination is slightly further you can take the tram or bus. There are free tour buses that bring you to famous tourist attractions.” 

Xiangbo, China

You can walk almost anywhere, or enjoy the city's easy-to-use transit

With 98 train stations throughout Greater Manchester, you definitely won’t be short on options when it comes to public transport. The center of Manchester is compact and walkable, though it’s favorable to ride a bike. The Metroshuttle is a free shuttle system that links with rail stations, car parks, shopping centers, and other popular destinations, making it easier and cheaper to explore the city. If you feel like venturing out of the region and exploring more of England, it is very easy to travel to and from other major UK destinations. There is even a direct train services every 20 minutes to London, allowing you to make the most of your time in the UK.


If this exciting, modern city appeals to you, consider studying at our Kaplan school in Manchester or contacting one of our Student Advisors.

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