Manchester is worth a visit in 2017. It’s becoming a cultural hub in England and has an extensive dining scene that may even rival London’s. Manchester will be the next hotspot for Millennials and like-minded travelers thanks to the range of cultural activities and fresh hangouts. (That’s right, it’s not all about futbol in this industrial city.) In March, Virgin Atlantic will launch three weekly, non-stop flights from San Francisco to Manchester and twice-weekly flights from Boston. In May, Virgin will take over the existing Delta route between Manchester and New York’s JFK.
For top dining, your clients should head to the popular indie restaurants, including the very popular Rudy’s, an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria; Kettlebell Kitchen, a café that serves healthy bites; and another local favorite, Squid Ink. Travel Agent also heard that one of the cool, new eateries is The Refuge by Volta, which is set in a Victorian building and where DJs often come in and play.
For more of the art scene, the reopening of the Whitworth Art Gallery has caused a lot of stir in this city and there is the new arts center, HOME, that hosts more modern exhibits. John Hyatt: Rock Art will be the exhibit to see in the beginning of this year. 2017 marks the centenary birth of Anthony Burgess, the author of “A Clockwork Orange,” who, like Hyatt, is originally from Manchester. Fans of this author should visit the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, which will celebrate the writer with a variety of public events and activities. Set to break ground early this year is Factory Manchester — a major arts and cultural development that will host the Manchester International Festival.
As for where to stay, Oddfellows On The Park is set to open this spring and it will have 22 charming boutique guest rooms that should appeal to Millennials or anyone who is looking for a hotel with unique character. Oddfellows occupies a Victorian mansion in Bruntwood Park, just 15 minutes from the Manchester airport. Also this year, the Cow Hollow Hotel will open in an old textile warehouse. Guests can expect this boutique (17-room) hotel to be high tech — but with a Victorian twist.