Things to do in Manchester when it’s sunny

Tuesday 28th August 2018

With Autumn just around the corner and the forecast for the start of September looking quite hopeful (we’re keeping our fingers crossed!), there’s plenty of time to get out and about. So, even if your summer holiday is now a distant memory, how about booking a short UK city getaway and considering a sunny trip to Manchester?

As the third-most visited city in the UK, Manchester has everything you could hope for: architecture, culture, shopping, a vibrant music scene and a wealth of sports clubs – and did we mention excellent transport connections too? A train to Manchester takes you straight to the heart of the city centre and if you book in advance you could save over 50% on train tickets, saving the bother of traffic and car-park charges.

If you’re looking for inspiration on what to do in Manchester when the sun shines, here is the lowdown as recommended by ITV Granada Weather’s Kerrie Gosney:

Exchange Square

A shopaholic’s dream, Exchange Square is one of Manchester’s major new public spaces. Situated in the heart of the shopping district, it’s bordered by the Arndale shopping centre, the Corn Exchange, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. It’s super close to a range of designer shops and the Printworks entertainment complex. It’s handily located near to Victoria Station and is also next to the new Metrolink station.

Find more information on Exchange Square here
Discover restaurants around the Corn Exchange here


If music and relaxing in the sun are your thing, visit Manchester’s trendy conservation area, where you’ll find events arena Castlefield Bowl, which hosts many big names from the music world. You’ll also find several bars and restaurants with outdoor drinking areas to enjoy the live music events.

More information on Castlefield can be found here

Albert Square

The Gothic heart of Manchester city centre is home to the Victorian, Grade I listed Manchester Town Hall and is a large public space that plays hosts to many seasonal events. It’s also home to the Albert Memorial of Prince Albert.

Find out more about Albert Square here


Whether you’re a culture vulture or a foodie, a visit to Chinatown is one of the best things to do when it’s sunny in Manchester. The second-largest Chinatown in the UK and the third-largest in Europe, this bustling area is home to Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Nepali, Singaporean and Malaysian supermarkets, restaurants, shops and bakeries.

More information about Chinatown can be found here
Restaurants around Chinatown can be found here

Runway Visitor Park

Or how about a visit to Manchester Airport’s finest visitor attraction, Runway Visitor Park? Located off the main terminal areas and suitable for the whole family, here you’ll get the chance to view planes taking off from the best possible seat in the airport. There’s also five classic planes to view, including the iconic Concorde.

Learn more about Runway Visitor Park here

Whitworth Park

If culture is more your thing, visit the beautiful Whitworth Park an 18-acre oasis of calm in the bustling city centre. You’ll also find Whitworth Art Gallery nearby which was founded in 1889 and houses 55,000 items in its collection.

Find out more about Whitworth Park here

A sunny day in Manchester brings with it a host of opportunities and with our list of free things to see and do, you can have a low-cost day out with 50% or more off your train travel if you book in advance.

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