Manchester is the best place in to shop at outside of London in England. There are tons of shops. Visit the Printworks, which is a collection of bars, pubs, and a movie theatre all under one roof. Try out the bars near the University of Manchester if you are looking for a younger crowd.
Manchester, the metropolis of Northern England, has all the important big city functions like education, business, and government. Depending on their plans, most travelers find the city center very appealing both as a place to stay and visit. Once known only for its role as an industrial might, Manchester's greenery and modern architecture surprise many visitors.
Sports fanatics will enjoy heading to South Manchester (Old Trafford Statidum for Manchester United) or North Manchester (City of Manchester Stadium for Manchester City).
There are several Manchester hostels. Consider the distance to a tram-line (as this is likely how you'll be getting around Manchester), and of course the distance to any sights and museums you intend to visit. Or you can look at the bus connections as many routes have extensive service with as little as 30 seconds between buses on the busiest route. Still look for a central location, or one near the stadium of your choice, since it'll take bit long to get to the outter parts of the city.
Some hostels in Manchester are located right on historic canals, offering a great aesthetic, and this helps your sense of orientation. You're more likely to know where you'll be arriving and departing (likely at Piccadilly or Victoria Station) than where you'll end up going out if you're just visiting briefly, so consider that if you stay in West Central you'll have to take the tram a few stops. At night, buses are pricey--if you're in a group you'll most likely get a cab if you head home late.
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