Latina Expat Manchester Travel

After falling in love with Manchester, I’ve made it my casita and home. As an Latina expat in the UK and staying true to my Latina Travel blogger ways, I’ve discovered hidden gems and immersed myself in the local culture. From attending concerts and jumping on ale trails to celebrating birthdays with my newfound English and expat family/friends. This updated guide reflects my deeper connection to Manchester and the vibrant life I’ve embraced here. It offers a comprehensive Latina expat Manchester travel resource, showcasing the best places to see, things to do, and even where to shop in Manchester. Making it an essential companion for both tourists and fellow expats.

Latina Expat Manchester Travel Table Of Contents

Plan Your Manchester Visit





If you are planning a visit be sure to reach out to this Latina Expat for your Manchester Travel questions as I am a local after all.

Visit Manchester Travel Tips

Latina Expat Manchester Travel
Visit 2 Countries: Combine Ireland and England – An hour or less flight from Manchester can get you to Dublin. Check out my Dublin guide here.
Good Place To Base Yourself: Use Manchester as your home base for all your day trips to other parts of Northern England. Such as Liverpool, Chester, an Ale Trail or even Edinburgh in Scotland. This is what makes Ireland so great and leverage the nights to experience Irish pubs, music and cuisine.
Ways To Get To Manchester:Fly – Check out cheap flights using WAYAWAY – your new and trustworthy travel companion.

Train –  I booked trains using Trainline and they were very reliable and affordable.

Car Rental – Depending on the number in your group and what else you plan to see, renting a car may be a cheaper option. Book your rental HERE

Uber – Uber operates in Manchester with many drivers available throughout the day.
Length Of Stay: To explore Manchester, I would recommend 2-3 full days and preferably during the weekend.

Attractions In MCR: 

Explore the heart of Manchester and don’t miss out on my 13 favorite attractions in the city. These are the sights I think showcase the richness of this city. Highlights include the vibrant Northern Quarter, crave your sports fever at Manchester City Football Stadium, or explore historical treasures like the Manchester Museum and Chetham’s Library. As an expat now living in Manchester and a solo travel blogger, I promise you the blend of history, creativity, and warm Northern hospitality will make your Manchester visit unforgettable.

13 Must Visit Attractions In Manchester

Things To Do In Manchester:

  • Jump on board an Ale trail – Wondering what this is? Check out this article for all the details here.
  • Chocolate /candy tasting – Word on the street, chocolate bars in England are simply better compared to American candy due to the artificial sugar of corn syrup used in American candy. Leave the cheese charcuterie and wine pairings for your trip to France and pick up some bars of “Starbar”, “Boost”, “Crunchie” and “Galaxy”. Have a taste testing with your friends over coffee or tea and taste the difference. 
  • Try a 99 flake – The English take on a ice cream cone featuring a Cadbury chocolate flake. (Traditional ice cream shops or ice cream trucks will serve them.)
  • Visit a “Chippy” aka a fish and chip shop – A proper one will sell you pies, currys, sausages, beans and obviously the iconic fish and chips. 
  • Attend a horse race – Experience the races as you dress up, place bets and stamp your way through this quintessential British activity.

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Nature In MCR: 

  • Bridgewater Garden – Gorgeous gardens with foot trail. Grab your tickets in advance here.
  • St. John’s Gardens – A quite place near Manchester’s Science and Industry museum and popular by workers who take lunch here on nice days.
  • Alexandra Park – The Caribbean Carnival happens here each year but year round it’s a great place for a walk or run. 
  • Worsley Woods – I love nature so walking through this park and allowing yourself to slow down life a bit is always a good time. 
  • Mayfield Park – Largest park/green space in the city center.
  • New Islington Marina – Sun hits amazingly here so many come here when the sun is out to enjoy the space.

Day Trips From Manchester: 

  • Dunham Massey – Deer park and gardens.
  • Llangollen – Wales with stops along the countryside.
  • Mellor – Near Blackburn for a made for picture countryside walk.
  • Chester– Beautiful walled city, stunning park, castle bridges and river walk. Another perk, the architecture in the city center is quite quaint and charming. 
  • Liverpool – Ocean, the Beatles and cool day/night out scene.

Eats In MCR: 

As a Latina travel enthusiast, I truly understand the magic that local insights and delectable cuisine can bring to a city. Embracing my role as a Manchester local, I’m excited to unveil why this city is a taste bud haven in my Latina Expat Manchester Food Guide. Let’s embark on this unforgettable food journey!

Manchester Food Guide

Coffee + Afternoon Tea In Manchester:

  • Richmond Tea Rooms – Try the very English afternoon tea which includes a tower or mini sandwiches and bakery items like scones, cakes and meringues. My favorite place to go for a delicious afternoon tea. Big bonus being that this place is themes around Alice in Wonderland making it feel even more magical.
  • Federal Cafe – Nice place to grab takeaway coffee, cakes with the banana bread being my fav. But don’t wait the long lines to eat in.
  • Popup Bikes – Delicious coffee drinks hidden inside a bike repair shop.
  • Feel Good Club – Coffee with a purpose offering mental health serves and feel good vibes.
  • Chapter One – Lovely place to grab coffee and get work done as a remote worker or student.

Night Out In MCR:

Get ready to amplify your Manchester adventure, fellow night crawlers! Manchester is known for its music icons likes Oasis, The Smith, New Order and Joy Division. Legendary music venues like The Hacienda and vibrant pubs which set the stage for unforgettable nights. Whether dancing to beats or savoring drinks your Manchester night awaits.

Manchester Night Out Guide

Shopping In Manchester:

  • Afflecks – 60+ independent shops where you will be certain to find an array of options and unique items. 
  • Craft & Design Center – Handmade artistry shops all under this one building. 
  • Empire Exchange – Retro and vintage store with vinyls, books and quirky memorabilia.  
  • Hatch – Incubator market with shops, restaurants, cafes and bars including a beer garden.

On My Manchester To Do List: 

I’m excited to say that even after how long I’ve spent in Manchester I still have a running list of things I want to do here as a Latina Expat Manchester Travel continues. 

  • National Football Museum – Word on the street even non futbol lovers will find it interesting.
  • Manchester Museum – Their dinosaur exhibit is apparently worth checking out.
  • Museum of Transport – Don’t recall why but that makes this spot even more exciting for me.
  • Imperial War Museum – Another one that is better than you would expect.
  • BBC Tour in MediaCityUK – BBC, must I say more? 
  • Catch a football game at Manchester United stadium.

Manchester Attraction Map & Guide – Google Map

This handy google maps HERE lists the full location of restaurants, attractions, etc. including further tips in the notes section. Be sure to add this list to your Google Maps.

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