7 Hours in Manchester

Despite living in Liverpool up until I went to university, I haven’t done much exploring of the SECOND best city in the North West. I’ve travelled to Manchester a few times but I definitely haven’t seen even a fraction of what the city has to offer. In a previous blog post I wrote about my 7 Hours in Birmingham when I visited earlier this year. Day trips in UK cities seem to becoming a bit of a theme in my life so I thought why not feature them on the blog too. This time I haven’t strayed quite as far from home and decided to take a trip over to Manchester. I am so happy to announce that this post is in collaboration with National Express.* In exchange for a feature on my blog I was given free return travel. All opinions are, of course, my own.

Travelling with National Express

If you aren’t familiar with them already, National Express are a leading transport provider across the world who are best known for their coach travel.  They are the largest operator of scheduled coach services in the UK, offering over 900 different destinations and 24/7 coach services to all major UK airports.

As someone who often travels by train throughout the UK, I was definitely a bit sceptical about travelling by coach instead. However after this journey with National Express, coach travel is something that I’ll be doing again. I was travelling from Liverpool to Manchester so I hopped on the coach at Liverpool One and arrived in Manchester Chorlton Street an hour and 20 minutes later. The coach journey itself was so chilled, definitely a lot less stressful than train travel. There were only a handful of people on the coach which made for a super relaxing ride. Plus, given that it was a warm day (a shock for the usual UK climate!), the air con and large seats were much appreciated!

One of my favourite things about National Express coach travel is that you’re always guaranteed a seat. When I’ve travelled by train in the past (usually to and from university) I’ve found myself stuck in a position where I’ve had nowhere to sit. Quite often trains don’t allow you to book a seat which leaves me so stressed when it comes to the day of travel in case I can’t find anywhere. Especially if I’m carrying a lot of luggage! Knowing that you will always have a seat and somewhere to put your luggage takes a lot of stress off your travel.

In all of my trips to Manchester in the past, I had never had a rain-free visit. Until this time that was! The weather was absolutely glorious and made for such a chilled and lovely day in the city. Here’s what I got up to in my 7 ish hours there.

Ezra and Gil, 20 Hilton Street, M1 1FR

Ezra and Gil is a café that I’d seen appear in a fair few blog posts during my research about Manchester. As I was strolling through the Northern Quarter I stumbled across it on the corner of Hilton Street. So, of course I had to go in and see what all the fuss was about.

Upon entering the space I felt an instant sense of calm. I think this has something to do with the industrial-style decor on the inside. Think bare brick and plenty of wooden furniture. Pretty much my dream decor.

When it came to ordering I opted for one of their green smoothies which included mint, lime, avocado and more. At only £2.50 for a large glass I was so impressed! Next time I head over to Manchester I’ll definitely be stopping by again for a smoothie and maybe even some food as well.

Hare Street, M4

Let me just start by saying that I don’t think I’ve ever seen a wall this beautiful! I think ever since I started blogging I’m always on the look out for any sort of photo opportunity. When I stumbled upon this insane multicoloured brick wall I HAD to stop and get a snap or two…or six.

Tucked onto the corner of a little side street, this wall would have gone completely unnoticed if I had decided to walk in the other direction. I’m so glad that I spotted it though! There’s something about the fact that there’s a double yellow sign in front of it that adds an extra element to it. The central yellow colour on the wall ties in perfectly with the horizontal stripes.

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Magma, 28 Oldham Street, M1 1JN

One of my favourite little finds of the day was Magma in the Northern Quarter. Full of magazines, books, cards and crafts Magma had such a huge range of high fashion magazines. It reminded me of one of my favourite newsagents back in London, Charlotte Street News, where I regularly pick up a magazine or two.

My favourite book in the shop however had to be Boys with Plants. It was literally just a book of images of men and their prized possession plants next to them. Each photo had a link to their Instagram accounts and after a quick search I realised that Boys with Plants has an account of their own! (you can thank me in the comments)

Blue Rinse, 29-31 Oldham Street, M1 1JG

If you’ve read My Vintage Coat Collection post then you’ll know that vintage clothing is my jam. Whenever I visit a new city, checking out what they have in their local vintage shops is a must. I feel like you can really get a sense of the style of a city when you visit their vintage stores. And Blue Rinse definitely did not disappoint.

First of all, the name Blue Rinse is just bloody amazing. The clothes inside lived up to the name as well. There was such a huge array of different styles and decades of fashion. Of course, me being me, I was on the hunt for a bit o’ 70s chic.

I could not contain my excitement when I found this rack of SUEDE TROUSERS. Honestly I have never seen anything so amazing in a vintage shop. Vintage suede is a favourite of mine (I even have 2 suede coats) but I’d never seen any trousers in the material. It’s fair to say my mind was pretty blown by this. Although I didn’t pick any up, they’re definitely on my to-buy list! 

So that concludes my little day in Manchester! Once again thank you to National Express for sorting out the travel aspect of what turned out to be a lovely day out. Manchester will definitely be a city I’ll see myself returning to frequently. And, at only just over an hours coach ride away, I have no excuses not to head back again soon!

What are some of your favourite places in Manchester? Do you have any recommendations for my next trip there? Leave a comment!

Female Original

22 Comments

  1. Jenny
    April 18, 2019

    I’d actually love to travel with National Express! As long as there’s a loo on a coach then I’m perfectly happy and would much rather travel by coach than train actually! Glad you had a great time <3

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      April 18, 2019

      It was such a great alternative to train travel and it had a loo haha x

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  2. ThatAutisticFitChick
    April 18, 2019

    Sounds like a fantastic day out and what a fluke find with that gorgeous wall! I love stumbling across murals and painted walls when I’m exploring!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      April 18, 2019

      I know! It was such a great find 😁 thank you x

      Reply
  3. Esmoogle
    April 18, 2019

    Ahh it looks like you had an amazing day! National Express have saved my bank account on quite a few occasions… your photos are gorgeous too, really help your post come to life!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      April 18, 2019

      It was such a great experience travelling with them! Thank you x

      Reply
  4. Lucy
    April 18, 2019

    I do like a coach journey! I’m glad you had a lovely day in Manchester, it’s never been a place I’ve wanted to go, but I may have to consider it one day! xx

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. femaleoriginal
      April 18, 2019

      It was such a chilled journey that definitely set the tone for the day! The weather being nice was a lovely bonus too x

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  5. Soph
    April 18, 2019

    Oh I’d absolutely love to see Manchester, I’ve actually never been so it would be a fun weekend trip! How gorgeous is that wall- the perfect photo backdrop!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      April 18, 2019

      I can’t believe I just stumble upon it! It was lovely being there in the sun – definitely made the day for me x

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  6. Ashley
    April 18, 2019

    I’ve lived in Manchester all of my life and never even been in Magma! It looks an amazing little shop! I love Blue Rinse- my daughter seems to buy all of her clothes from there now and she always looks amazing xxx

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    1. femaleoriginal
      April 18, 2019

      Ooh that’s so interesting – I really enjoyed Magma so I’d definitely recommend popping in! I could’ve easily spent hours browsing Blue Rinse x

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  7. Lozza
    April 21, 2019

    It looks like you had an amazing day! I love the boys with plants idea! I so need to check that out 😂

    It’s also nice to see an alternative way of travelling and then seats looks really comfy!

    Love Lozza xo
    http://girlygabble.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      April 21, 2019

      Hahaha glad you’re on board with Boys with Plants! It was such a lovely day out x

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  8. Trace
    April 22, 2019

    During my time in the UK I’ve always regretted not going to Manchester! Looks like you had a fab time! Love all the pics of you in front of that colorful wall–no doubt I’d be doing the same thing, lol. The magazine shop looks good, I’d probably spend hours in there inspecting all the mags.

    One of these days I will make it up there–it’s on my bucket list now!

    Great post,

    Trace x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      April 22, 2019

      I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take photos in front of that wall, haha! Thank you x

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  9. Aoife
    April 22, 2019

    Manchester has been on my bucket list for ages. Everyone says it’s a really nice city and the people are nice too!

    I loved this post- the pics are beautiful! I’ll definitely be using your guide when I get around to visiting.

    Aoife x – http://www.aoifecaitriona.co.uk

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    1. femaleoriginal
      April 22, 2019

      Aw thank you so much! Hopefully you’ll get to visit soon x

      Reply
  10. Kaye
    April 27, 2019

    Loving how detailed this post is from transportation to restaurant review and Instragram worthy street wall art. The quality of the photos are also lovely. I only have visited Manchester once and that was years ago. Wanted to go back now and discover more of the city. Great review.

    Kaye – http://amalog.co

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    1. femaleoriginal
      April 27, 2019

      Thank you so much! X

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  11. Laura
    July 30, 2019

    This was so fun to read. It makes me want to go out and explore nearby towns near me, especially ones with a bunch of quirky shops and cafes like the one you visited.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      August 6, 2019

      Glad you enjoyed it! Manchester was great for a day trip x

      Reply

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