Manchester named top tourist destination for 2015

Date Posted: 21/01/15

Manchester named top tourist destination for 2015

Manchester made headlines last week when it became the only British city named by the New York Times as a must-visit location in 2015, beating both London and Birmingham to the coveted spot. Ranked 26th out of 52, it reigns supreme above destinations including the Italian capital Rome and Miami Beach in Florida.

According to the New York Times, a "flurry of cultural openings" planned for the year resulted in the city's inclusion in the top 52 destinations list. Here at SuperBreak, we take a closer look at Manchester's cultural scene and examine some of the attractions that might be well worth visiting during 2015.

Whitworth Art Gallery

Undoubtedly, the Whitworth is one of the cultural openings that influenced the decision of the New York Times's editors. This extraordinary venue has been closed for a £15 million redevelopment and is set to reopen in February with a brand new exhibit space that more than doubles the size of the original. Occupying the space will be a spectacular display from one of Britain's most contemporary artists, Cornelia Parker, whose signature pieces frequently excite the art world with their clever transformation of ordinary objects.

Most exhibitions at the Whitworth are entirely free of charge.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Elizabeth Gaskell's novels including Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South, Ruth and Wives and Daughters have enjoyed an extended life in print form, on the radio and even on the small screen, with many admiring the charm of their period stories and strong female characters. Now, you can see where writer Gaskell crafted her storylines and developed her heroines, at the newly opened Elizabeth Gaskell's House on the edge of Manchester. The Grade II listed property is a rare example of the elegant Regency-style villas once popular in the city and it has just been restored thanks to a National Lottery fund of around £2.5 million. Few other places have such an incredible history - previous visitors include Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, John Ruskin, the American abolitionist and novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe and musician Charles Hallé.

The house is currently open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, from 11.00am to 4.30pm, although these opening hours are likely to be extended during the summer months.

HOME

A combination of art forms including cinema, theatre and events, the Greater Manchester Arts Centre - more usually referred to as HOME - is geared towards curiosity seekers, lovers of digital and those hoping for engaging activities. As well as being equipped with dozens of exhibitions designed to inspire the mind and ensnare the senses, it boasts an exciting programme of special workshops for both the young and the old alike.

Worthwhile events at HOME to check out during the first half of the year include Kafka's Monkey in the theatre, a Creative Careers Day for those interested in the world of film and the Re:Play Festival 2015.

Posted by Vikki Stathers

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