If you’re planning a trip to Manchester in the winter, be sure to check out these great attractions. If you’re looking for hotel options for your trip to Manchester, here’s a website where you can find information about cheap hotels in Manchester
Established in 1821, the Manchester Museum began with the personal collections of John Leigh Philips and collections from the Manchester Geological Society. The collections were turned over to the University of Manchester in 1860, and the museum opened its doors to the public in 1888. Today, the museum maintains extensive anthropological, botanical, entomological, and zoological collections.
Imperial War Museum North
Founded in 1917, the Imperial War Museum is dedicated to commemorating the sacrifice of war and offers a glimpse into both civilian and military aspects of this. The museum showcases an extensive collection of artifacts and archives from conflicts that range from World War I through present-day.
People’s History Museum
Begun in 2001 to centralize the collections of the Pump House People’s History Museum and the Trade Union, Labour and Co-operative History Society, the People’s History Museum is dedicated to the history of the United Kingdom’s working people and provides a showcase for British common life during the last 200 years.
Museum of Science and Industry
Originally opened in 1969 as the North Western Museum of Science on Grosvenor Street, the museum was renamed to the Museum of Science and Industry and moved to its historic Liverpool Road Station site in 1983, where it is still located. The museum offers several permanent exhibits detailing worldwide advancements in industry, science, and technology.
Named after Laurence Stephen Lowry, the 20th century industrial painter, the Lowry is a gallery and theater complex that was opened in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II. The complex’s Lyric Theatre boasts the second largest stage in the United Kingdom, and the gallery showcases more than 400 watercolors, pastels and oils that span Lowry’s career from the 1920’s until his death in 1976.
Opened in 2011, Stonerig Raceway is a slot car racing venue that features dozens of realistic, handmade Scalextric racetracks. With automatic speed recording, lap counting, fuel management and leader boards, Stonerig is fun for kids of all ages.
Wythenshawe Community Farm
Established in 1984, Wythenshawe Community Farm is South Manchester’s only working farm. Affiliated with Myerscough College since 2003, the farm offers fresh vegetables and other farm products and is open to the public for tours. In addition, the farm offers agricultural and animal management training for students of the college.
The mercury is falling, the days are shortening and becoming crisper, you’ve flung the flip-flops to the back of the cupboard for another year and dug out the scarf and gloves. It can only mean one thing – winter is on the way.
3 Best European Freeriding Resorts
ST ANTON, AUSTRIA
CLOSEST AIRPORT: Friedrichshafen
THE RESORT: One of Europe’s best all-round resorts (pictured above) is also one of the most prized powder resorts in the world. The entire St Anton/ Arlberg area includes St Christoph, Stuben, Lech, Zurs, Nasserein, St Jakob, Pettneu, Oberdorf and Klösterle. And with almost 5,500ha of off-piste terrain it’d take an entire season to come close to exhausting the options on offer.
MUST DO: The North Face of the Valluga is one of the Alps’ prized scalps. Take a tiny lift from the top of Valluga I gondola (see Valluga II in Scariest Lifts), and look forward to a steep pitch before it opens out into broad powder fields down to Zurs. ENGELBERG, SWITZERLAND
CLOSEST AIRPORT: Basel
THE RESORT: This lovely old Victorian-era ski resort should count as a European must-do for any serious skier. The mellow atmosphere that pervades the entire town shouldn’t detract from the seriousness of the mountain. Head to the Titlis side of the ski area, where you quickly find yourself in a serious high-altitude environment. Essential runs include Laub – 1,120 vertical metres of sheer, unadulterated off-piste joy; Galtiberg, nearly 2,000m of more varied off-piste; the Steinberg glacier route from Klein Titlis to Trübsee; and the east face of Jochstock.
MUST DO: Take the Rotair cable car to 3,020m. It is apparently the world’s only rotating cable car, so best avoided with a hangover. LA GRAVE, FRANCE
CLOSEST AIRPORT: Grenoble
THE RESORT: Only the French could come up with a resort like La Grave – one main lift, a million potentially deadly crevasses and limitless freeriding opportunities. This tiny village offers some of Europe’s most challenging high-altitude skiing, with a vertical drop of 2,200m. The ski area is unique in that 90% of it is unprepared and unpatrolled, with just 12km of designated pistes and three ski lifts. The “piste map” says it all – pick your own route, with care.
MUST DO: After quite technical entry points, the two primary descents – Vallons de Chancel and Vallons de la Meije – offer a mix of steeps, open powder fields and forest. Extreme cliff drops and couloirs await those with a guide, equipment, skill and guts.
TOWN: Sister resort to Val d’Isère, but with more of an emphasis on skiing than hard partying, Tignes is split between Val Claret, Le Lac and Le Lavachet.
MOUNTAIN: Tignes is a high-altitude resort, with the Grande Motte glacier open almost all-year round and the lift system topping out at a hefty 3,456m. As such, it gets some great early season powder but can be a little dangerous. Book a guide at www.dragonlodge.com if you’re not confident going solo.
CLOSEST AIRPORT: Basel
TOWN: Tiny Andermatt is real Heidi country, a small village wedged high in the Swiss Alps. It has long been popular with expert skiers but relatively unknown to the mainstream market. A new development is set to change that, so head there now before the secret is truly out.
MOUNTAIN: As Skiing Europe co-author Gabriella Le Breton puts it: “Andermatt gets dumped on. Brilliant.” There are three mountains here: Gemsstock, Nätschen and Winterhorn. From the top of Gemsstock, take the famous Bernhard Russi-designed black run down two glaciers and into some great terrain. As ever in the high mountains, a guide is recommended.
CLOSEST AIRPORT: Memmingen (Munich West)
TOWN: Stay in nearby GarmischPartenkirchen, a classic Bavarian spa town with an international flavour thanks to the proximity of a US military base. It’s completely beautiful and more of a Chamonix-style town than a purpose-built resort such as Tignes.
MOUNTAIN: Although there are five areas near Garmisch, head to Zugspitze, the highest peak in Germany. A lack of trees and rocks make it perfect for early season skiing, and with it being the highest spot you can find brilliant snow in the middle of November.
CLOSEST AIRPORT: Friedrichshafen
TOWN: Forget Lech and Zürs’ much-vaunted exclusivity and concentrate on the brilliant skiing. True, there are six five-star and 40 four-star hotels here, as well as more award-winning restaurants than any other Austrian village, but that mountain is a great leveller.
MOUNTAIN: This place gets some of the highest snowfalls in Europe, with nearby Warth-Schröcken netting the biggest average fall in the Alps. Yet, nobody has ever heard of it so the snow lasts for days. Experts may have just found their new favourite resort.
Zipping down the slopes is fine – but how about ice diving, speed riding or husky sledding? We seek out some alternative winter sports
In the early 1970s, British children would gather around the TV to stare, goggle-eyed, at the antics of a city-dwelling gentleman called Mr Benn. The bowler-hatted character had a mate who ran a fancy-dress shop, and whenever Mr Benn tried on a new outfit and slipped out of the changing room’s side door, he was instantly transformed into a world befitting his current attire.
If he was wearing a loincloth, he would suddenly find himself in a jungle. Is that an astronaut suit?
Then welcome to space. Luckily, the episode where Mr Benn tried on some pantyhose was never aired, but who among us hasn’t wished that we, too, could pop on some cold-weather gear, say, and step right into our own wintry adventure.
Well actually, we can. – maybe not in Mr Benn’s blink of an eye, but with Ryanair you’re never more than a few sweet hours away from sub-zero paradise.
If you really want to push up the adrenalin factor, try this one in the nude.
Just kidding – you’d die quicker than a prairie dog on a Mexican highway. For this insane adventure, you’re properly suited up and covered in waterproof kit from head to toe, which is vital when you’re slipping into water that’s just a fraction above freezing.
Assorted holes have been poked into the ice on a frozen lake, where you enter a world that dive instructor Alban Michon describes as “extraordinary”. He starts off by telling us all about the mind-blowing sights created by the light and ice, then scares the pants off us by telling us we can also have a go at night!
We had to triple check this to make sure we weren’t dreaming, but it’s true – you really can go dog-sledding in the Pyrenees, the Alps’ less-famous French cousin. On the magnificent Plateau de Beille, one of the top crosscountry ski regions for miles around, a company called Angaka runs an adventure base from which its husky packs can take you on the sort of adventure we thought you had to be in Lapland to do.
You’ll find Angaka in the Ariège region, neighbouring Andorra, and once you’ve done the doggy bit they’ll also lead you out to build your own igloo, should your inner eskimo so demand it.
From €53 for a 45-minute Sledge Ride (with about 12 dogs).
Perhaps best described as falling down a hill with style, speed riding is barely four years old and was born in the Alps at this very resort. Frenchman François Bon, a cheerful speed-freak who conceived the sport with a few like-minded mates, reckons it is more exhilarating than both skiing and paragliding – the two activities it combines.
This is thanks to the incredible amount of freedom it gives you as you shoot down the slopes. “When you start out, there is a lot more snow than air,” says François. “But when you get better you can really experience something totally new.” Which is basically the chance to hurtle down a mountain, skiing on the fluffiest, whitest bits, then flying over the nasty parts such as rocks, trees and wandering St Bernards. To see how François does it, type “Eiger speed ride” into YouTube when you get home.
While the thought of hurtling down a 5km toboggan run may bring to mind images of lost teeth, hospitals and a sorry shake of the head from the man at the insurance company, this is actually one for all the family.
That’s not to say this out-in-themiddle- of-nowhere adventure is a gentle descent that would bore Grandma – far from it – but the way the 5m-wide run has been cut means you’re unlikely to do yourself serious mischief if (sorry, when) you come off. Preda sits at the peak of the Albula Pass, 1,800m above sea level, so expect a little dizziness as you set off – and a lot more when you see a sign that says “Warning: fast run for 300m”.
You’ll do about 40km/h here, but you’ll still probably be going slower than most of the kids!
Sledge hire in town, chf8 (€5); single run, chf14 (€9); one-day pass, chf34 (€22).
It’s not often that your tutor on an adventure holiday is a national champion – usually, it’s a chirpy Australian with a worrying set of scars – but in this case two-time International Snowmobile Champion Pawel Maslanka could be the man with the clipboard.
Either way, your instructor will be a top Polish snowmobile pro when you turn up at Mount Radziejowa to let rip on a petrol-powered beast that will make you weak at the knees. You’re not just monkeying about on your machine though, you’ll be soaking up the sights and sounds of the wondrous Carpathian Mountains, along the border with Slovakia.
The mountains are a bit remote, so the organisers, a company called Wierchy, advise a two-night stopover. Wierchy provides tailor-made trips (minimum 10 people).
You may be wondering what on earth sitting around a little hole on a frozen lake has to do with high-octane kicks – what we neglected to include in our headline were two very important words: “for salmon”.
As Doug Steele at www.arcticdiscovery.com explains: “Fishing for salmon is often seen as pretty exclusive, but up in northern Sweden, Lapland, call it what you will, anyone can do it and there’s some wonderful fishing.” The chap who’ll escort you, Rob, has rights to a frozen stretch of the river Lule, right where it meets a dam.
What that means to the fisherman is that the salmon have gone as far as they can go, they’re usually pretty mature, and there are plenty of them. “A fish of 15kg is not uncommon,” says Doug. And thanks to your comically titchy ice rod, you’ll feel every ounce of fishy fury.
SEK500 (€50), including tackle, rod and one-day licence.
Rumour has it that Rudyard Kipling first came up with the idea of playing golf on ice when he was living in Vermont in the 1890s – we’d have been more convinced had he somehow written a Mowgli adventure around it in The Jungle Book.
Still, ice golf is surging in popularity in cold spots, and here on Lake Weissensee – which famously freezes over on 25 November every year – you can even compete in the annual ice-golf competition. Nine holes will hold your attention for a happy hour or two, and according to Arno Kronhofer at the Weissensee tourist office: “Before and after the competition, the ice-golf is completely free.” Nice, that… Competition entry,
Set amidst brooding forests, magnificent churches and snow-capped peaks, Slovakia is a projection of unfettered wildernesses. A land where folktales come to life.
The country has been able to keep the rich folk culture intact which most European nations have lost. Taking pride in primeval castle wreckage, chic street culture and an assemblage of cafés offering an array of wine varieties for the country savours wine over beer.
Get to know the super chic capital city. Walk past the beautiful lanes of the city with the most amazing architecture which is a treat to the eyes.
Bratislava castle is without doubts a scenic marvel which offers an array of spectacular views. Slovak National Theatre, St. Michael’s Gate and Old Town House are other sites that one can visit while strolling in the city.
The city tour takes you back to the history and grandeur of Bratislava.
Slovak Paradise National Park
Slovak Paradise National Park
Slovak paradise is a gem amongst the 9 national parks in Slovakia. It features the most free spirited forests, as many as 350 underground caves, babbling waterfalls, beautiful meadows and chasms.
The captivating paradise has a 300 km vast trail. This national park is an adventurous site with a diversity of flora and fauna which offer an aesthetic experience bringing you close to nature.
Dobšinská Ice Caves
Dobšinská Ice Caves
Situated close to the mining town of Dobsina, Dobsinska ice caves are one the largest caves in the entire Europe. These caves find a place in the UNESCO World Heritage List and are definitely a target tourist attraction.
They are electrically lit and are absolutely beautiful. The caves stretch to some 1483 metres, of which 515 metres is open to the public from May to September.
The average temperature here is around 0 degrees Celsius.
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Slovakia is home to the most beautiful women in the world. According to a survey Slovakia is amongst the top 3 countries with the most beautiful women. Already excited? Walk past the streets of the city and you will encounter the charm that these Slovakian women posses.
Discover the old world charm in this beautiful country!!
Slovakia boasts of being home to an astonishing number of 180 castles and 425 chateaux. Some of the popular castles like Bratislava castle, Orava castle or Bojnice castle draw thousands of visitors every year.
Yet the most popular one is the Spis Castle, it is a 900 year old majestic ruin.This magnificent castle is one of the largest castles in the entire Europe. Well deserved, the castle finds a place in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The views from the castle are magnificent and the place is worth a visit.
Though, the state is just starting to grab tourist’s attention, the suburbs of Bratislava cocoons some amazing places of Slovak culture.
The city of cultural heart of Slovakia owes to its historic multi-cultural character influenced by both regional and ethnic groups. The Slovak National Theatre, The Arena Theatre, The Bratislava Puppet theatre are the places for you if you are culture enthusiast.
The heart of the city is still untouched my many tourists with its unexplored mild continental climate. The city calls for celebrations be it spring fairs, Christmas markets or summer fests.
The beautiful architecture and tri lingual culture of the city captivates the soul of the travellers.
First target in the bucket list is THE OLD TOWN.
It is the most common tourist stop point as the place has all eating joints, night clubs and chilling areas. On the walk, one can witness on narrow streets quirky statues, historic buildings, winding laneways and cobblestones.
The rich bronze statues mark the communist era architecture and add up to a wit parody. The most common tourists’ points are St Michaels Gate embellished with dragons and Old Town Square.
A walk to remember
The Danube River along the edge of downtown Bratislava has walking paths on both sides of the river while the path stretches further to the city lights.
Over the river, lies the UFO Bridge, which offers a unique view to downtown and an incredible view to Bratislava Caste The UFO Bridge connects the city to suburb of Perzalka.
It is the prominent feature and symbol of the Bratislava. The other side of the river gives you the entry Sad Janka Krala Park which follows the trail to Aupark Bratislava Shopping Centre. If you wish to cherish the shopping moments at Eurova Shopping Centre, follow the Kosicka Bridge.
After the princess walk, it’s time to enter the Castle
The iconic white castle gives the rich royal feel to the entire trip to Bratislava. The castle has 3 different entrance gates – Sigmund Gate, Vienna Gate and Nicholas Gate.
The ground view to downtown Bratislava, Austria and to the river Danube makes the walk through the castle grandiose and kingly.
After the white castle, don’t forget to pay a visit to Devin Castle as it serves as one of the three oldest archaeologically accredited castles in the suburbs.
Call a prayer at The Blue Church Bratislava
Secession Building Blue Church in Slovakia
Blue Church Bratislava is the most popular structure built in 1908, commonly known as Church of St Elisabeth is nearly 40m high tower. The architecture beautifully describes Hungarian Art Nouveau Style with its interiors.
Sadly, photography isn’t allowed inside the church premises but with the elegant church gate, visitors can get the beautiful snaps to the church’s richly decorated alterpieces.
The reign back to history – Slavian War Memorial
Slavain War Memorial is located high above the city. It venerates the sweats of Red Army in the liberation of Bratislava during WW2. The Memorial is a gateway from the chaos of the downtown where one can enjoy beautiful city views
The trip to Europe seems incomplete without the tourist laying steps to the land of Bratislava. The area around Kamzik TV Tower has crazy hiking trails with fun activities and restaurants around. A cable car takes you to a short adventure trip through the forest with beautiful hill sightseeing’s.
Bratislava opera house introduces you to the surprises of Neo Renaissance era and is worth a place to spend a rich evening.
If you are a foodie, don’t miss out your chance to dine in at Fabrika, Antica Toscana which serves the best Italian food, and Modra Hviezda known for its great wine and eastern European food.
Let not the words, mesmerize you about Bratislava alone, plan a visit and let alone your eyes make the memories packed to your travel bag this year