Be aware that Manchester has become something of a centre for indoor prostitution within the UK. Unlike Newcastle, where the law is heavily enforced, or London where service is vauge and dishonest (fake pictures etc) Manchester has become a centre for "reliable" massage services. The sex industry is technically illegal. Local papers such as the Manchester Evening news are full of adverts for individuals and parlours. The attraction seems to be reliable service and cheaper prices. Also some of the large parlours opperate more than once places throughout Greater Manchester- these are promoted by very slick websites. Bury and Prestwich for example are full of places that advertise on the web.
Unique Suggestions: Make your own decision. These places are very popular with British Business men etc, and most tend to have a reputation for reliabliity. But do you really want to contribute to this social problem?
Fun Alternatives: Just don't go near them.
There are regular train service from Preston to Manchester, however, it is good for tourist to ask at the train station at Preston for proper direction as there are two different stations . On this occassion, I did not know the difference, but, I ended up in Oxford. I was very lucky indeed. That was exactly where I wanted to be.
Be careful with the train services in UK. A lot of people might not agree with this, but if you are going anywhere, ensure you have some redundancy as regards to timing.
The trains are not the most reliable means of transport .
Unique Suggestions: Make sure you have eneough time on your hand when traveling.
Fun Alternatives: Try traveling by Air if timing is very important in your programmes.
The Piccadilly Gardens is probably the worst tourist trap I have seen so far, and then not just in Manchester.
When looking on the map it was a place that I thought of visit, when reading Gardens I thought about some green oasis in a busy town, like Kungsträdgården in Stockholm or Hofgarten in Düsseldorf. But this was just such a disappointment and a big lawn and a fountain that was out of service.
Fun Alternatives: Since you find the tram lines just beside the Piccadilly Gardens, why don't take the tram and see where you end up, anything would be more worth seeing than this.
Gosh, wot is wrong with these people in Spar!?! Bad service and rude staff especially da stupid old lady should reward them with the Worst Provision Shop in the EU! And the dirty looking staff can't keep there eyes off you as though your trying to steal something. Yea, sanitary pads!! I'm not done yet, they're so inconsiderate they throw rubbish newhere messing our entire backdoor of the restaurant! And that Patel family should all retake there driving lessons cos it seems they always seem to be parking there cars in the way of everyone making the back carpark inaccessible in an out! Tarts!
Unique Suggestions: Read this article
Not by me but proves my point!
Fun Alternatives: Go to OLIVE'S if you need anything, also on Sackville Street.
This is the wierd glass shaped building that looks nothing like any other except the one nearby on St Mary's gate that looks just like Urbis. If you can actually find the entrance, this is the museum of the modern city, full of sights, sounds and data about various cities round the world. The trouble is, most of the content could be from any city in the world. You could experience these sights and sounds in the street outside, and read far more facts and figures in the library. It's post-modernism at it's worst: an ugly building whose theme tells no clear story, nor conveys any real purpose. The visitor is left wondering "What was the point of that? What new thing did I learn about city life?" All I can say is I was lucky. I got in free as a perk from work.
Unique Suggestions: There is one human interest story worth hearing, in a video on the top floor, all about a Mancunian whose fishmongers is named after the Titanic because his great-grandfather survived the sinking.
Fun Alternatives: Fortunately the Printworks is across the road, so you can enjoy a meal, catch a film or even buy a book on urban demography.
any might say if in manchester you must go to the trafford centre and do some shopping- i personally would not bother as i will find that nearlly each shop i passed was a carbon copy of the last, and there was certainly nothing that i would not be able to find in a quick trip to town
If your driving to the Traford Center of even sometimes just the town center of Manchester beware of massive traffic jams. Sometimes coming out of the Trafford Center you can be waiting up to 2 - 3 hours!
I didn't really spot any except at this Net Cafe. I went on and you could hardly do anything on the internet just check your email, and you had to use your token thing for it in a month!
The new Printworks, a glitzy complex with cinemas, restaurants and bars, It's where you'll find the Hard Rock cafe. If you're the type of person that likes neon clad orgies of commercialisation then here you go, pretty expensive-and far too Americanised for Manchester
If you walk around the 'Gay Village' it is known to have one or two problems with pick pockets.
The clubs are okay if you like that sort of thing, but be careful when you are outside on the streets late at night.
Altringham Ice Rink. The Ice here is like sludge so you can't skate properly and the whole place looks like a dump.