My husband and I visited Manchester on a day trip from Liverpool, UK. We spent the afternoon walking the city before we went to a concert at Manchester University. Manchester is a very walkable, beautiful city. The big mall downtown is a huge draw and fun to walk, check out the street performers, buy a jacket potato from a street vendor and do a little shopping. Our favorite part of Manchester, however, was the walk to the Roman ruins. We stopped in the Cornerhouse, a film and modern art venue, along the way. The exhibits are very different, very conceptual, and really fun to try to wrap your head around. The attendant in the top floor exhibit was especially fun to talk to. He told us about Manchester, the pride the locals take in their city, and recommended other galleries to see local artists. BTW the food is really good, kinda pricey, but fantastic in the Cornerhouse cafe. The University area, along Oxford road is covered in amazing street art, probably the best I saw in the UK. Also stop in the Deaf Institute for some comfort food and cider on tap. Nothing was showing while we were there, but they do get some interesting bands playing there as well. In the end, both of us agreed that we should have stayed in Manchester and taken a day trip to Liverpool.