As with most cities in the UK, Manchester has a very big binge drinking culture and you will see evidence of this across night club areas such as The print works and Deansgate.
You will see young girls falling over in the street and men vommiting. It is not a very nice sight.
I personally have never been involved in a fight or any bad circumstances when I have been out in Manchester and I have lived here my whole life but it is something to be mindful of and if you see any trouble/ arguments brewing, it is better to stay out of the way and not get involved.
The biggest nights for binge drinking in Manchester is usually on a Friday or Saturday night. If it is a bank holiday weekend then Sunday night will also be fairly busy.Related to:
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This is not just for Manchester but something that foreign travellers should bear in mind when travelling across the UK. English people tend not to be able to speak other languages. In school we get caught either French, German or Spanish and language is something that a lot of English people do not continue with after school as they don't see it as important.
I would always recommend taking a phrase book or a guide book with you. If you go on tourist buses then there should be multilingual guides.
In Manchester in particular there are many Jewish, Asian, Ukrainian, Afro-Carribean and Polish communities, in those communities you will find native speakers of those languages who will be able to assist you.
Mancunians are always willing to help you if you find yourself lost, they just may not be able to communicate with you in your own language.Related to:
Manchester, Green Motion rent a car (NOT!)
In summary, I experienced all sort of inconveniences with the Green Motion rental car branch in Manchester: credit card charged for the whole deposit; reimbursement received very late (one day before the bank would have blocked my card as a consequence of the overspend) and only after numerous phone calls and emails; deposit not reimbursed in full, because of not well specified exchange rate fluctuations; threats received from an employee; lies from that employee discovered when he provided the documentation requested; etc. etc. A very interesting aspect was the fact the Managing Director wrote me personally to apologize about all of that and offered me plenty of apologies but also the missing reimbursement and a free rental for my next visit to Manchester (I don't forward that message as labeled as private). That was nice and I accepted the offer but guess what? No follow up, no answers, no action. never received was I was promised and the Managing Director disappeared in the dark.Related to:
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Drinking in public can cost you
I don't know if this applies to everywhere, but I have seen signs that you can be fined up to £1000 for drinking in public. I do know that pubs in the city centre have to give you a plastic glass if you drink outside.Related to:
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We went to Uppermill for the annual Whit Friday Brass Band Marches. Id never been before, but my partner had been a part of them & spectated at them before. I enjoyed watching the bands march and then perform. But it was awful at the end, its like the teens had been set free for the first time in years, they went completly feral, all drunk and unfortunatly we became stuck on a bus packed full of them, i was at one point frightened. I would not return to Uppermill for the marches ever again. But would try somewhere else definately. Even with the huge ammount of police around, it didnt seem to do anything.
Tramps and wild dogs
I should like to warn you about the Tramps that sit in Piccadilly Gardens asking for Cigarettes and Money. They often have sleeping bags with them and a few mean looking dogs. They are hooked on strong lager like special brew and the odd bottle of white lightening. If they ask you for money and you refuse be prepared for a string of verbal abuse.Related to:
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The Art of Parking Prevention!
Watch out for the Traffic Wardens in the city centre. Gone are the days of the occasional warden giving you a telling off and a chance to move. They have been replaced by Manchester City Council's most successful fundraisers - red clad monsters, (at least they are easy to spot) who roam around the City centre in gangs attaching very expensive tickets to anything that stays still long enough. Past targets for ticketing have been buses, wheelchairs and wheelie bins so nothing is safe - especially at busy times.Related to:
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Watch out for Drunken Mancunians!
The City centre and other popular drinking spots can sometimes be crowded with groups of drunk people having a jolly good time. The City centre is a popular venue for Hen and Stag parties and Saturday nights are the busiest and noisiest, particularly around the Deansgate area.
However, most of the drunkenness is not threatening. The only time I don't like to go into the City centre at night is when either of the Manchester football teams have played at home or the England football team have played. The atmosphere at these times tends to be a lot more aggressive. But there are usually plenty of police around.
Taxi, private hire etc
Be careful when getting a taxi particularly late at night that it is a taxi which you are getting into. Some people pretend to be taxis and then rob or attack the passengers this particularly true if you are a female travelling alone but it has been known to happen to others as well. The safest way is to call for a private hire or to use a hackney cab (London type cab usually black but can be any colour). Never get into a taxi on the street that doesnt have a taxi sign on the roof and also look for the drivers badge. Private hire cabs (no sign) are not legally allowed to pick u up unless you have called the base and therefore if you wave down one in the street then you are not insured if there is an accident.Related to:
Warning the footbridge rises
Just a warning although I still fall about laughing everytime I think about this but the bridge as the lowery museum/shopping outlet rises to let ferries and other vessels under it.
The reason I am warning you is that although the bridge is manned and there is a warning alarm and the safety gates comes down to stop pedestrians getting on the bridge. we were already on it before the warning alarm went off and the guy on the bridge didnt see us the first time he looked out and we nearly went up with the bridge. My mum thought I was kidding when I told her we needed to get off the bridge.Related to:
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If on a night out down Manchester make sure you either pre-book or leave before the mad rush for taxi's home which is usually around 2am if you leave after this then you might find it difficult getting a cab home.
The biggest tourist trap has shut!
Granada Studios, home to Coronation Street and at one time Manchester's most popular attraction, has shut its doors to visitors for good. A nation mourns.
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Drug addict on the streets
I was quite surprised to see a drug addict sit and inject, in the park outside the city hall. I don't think Manchester is worse than other towns, but this is the first time I have seen someone sitting in a city hall park injecting drugs.
Hygiene at restaurants
I was walking around in Manchester with my camera and looking for nice buildings to take some photos of. And then I found this; a restaurant with raw chickens hanging in front of the open windows. When seeing this I didn't feel to visit this restaurant.
Scallies and tricksters
Manchester is home to a quite a few loudmouth idiots, with bad attitudes. You can usually spot them by their dodgy clothes (and hooped earings on girls) In Britain they are called scallies. Also you could meet a few people trying to do you a deal of the century, coming across very confident and brash, like Del Boy in "Only Fools and Horses"
Just keep your wits about you.
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