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Things to do in Greater Manchester

Notting Hill College is so excited to welcome learners from all over the world to our 2022 Think English Summer School.

Over two weeks, students aged 10 to 17 will learn English, develop life skills and have fun as they bond and work together and enjoy trips all around the Greater Manchester area.

Are you joining us for the Summer School? Have you got an interest in studying at Notting Hill College or Think English at our Salford campus? Well, here are some great things to do in the area!


Manchester is a fantastic city for discovering culture and history. In the city centre alone you can find Manchester Museum, the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester Art Gallery and The Whitworth. Wander into Salford and discover Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Ordsall Hall and Imperial War Museum North.


You are never far from a bustling shopping district when in Manchester. The famous Trafford Centre is home to hundreds of stores and places to eat, as well as an aquarium, a Lego experience and a funfair! Head into the city centre and find all the top brands on the famous Market Street and the huge Arndale shopping mall. You can also explore independent shops, bars and eateries in funky districts such as the Northern Quarter.

Food and drink

It’s not just the (not all that internationally-popular) British food that you will find in Manchester. In fact, there is so much choice across the city for any cruising you fancy.

A popular destination is the Curry Mile, which is an entire long road of restaurants and takeaways sharing the delicacies of so many cultures.

Throughout the city you of course will find British and global chains, but also try out the many independent restaurants and street food businesses which are located throughout Manchester and meet every budget.


As one of the biggest, most cultural cities in the UK, Manchester gets so many big shows. Try and catch a production in a grand and historic theatre such as Manchester Opera House, Palace Theatre, The Lowry, HOME and Royal Exchange Theatre.


Manchester’s music scene is known all around the world. The birthplace of bands such as Oasis, Joy Division and The Smiths, artists are still home-grown here today.

There are also countless music venues around the city of all sizes, from the intimate Deaf Institute to the bouncing dance floor of Ritz to the gigantic AO Arena.


Whatever you are into, there is probably a festival for it. Parklife music festival attracts the biggest names in the biz every year to Heaton Park, whilst Manchester International Festival brings the very best of art, film, music and literature to the city.

Bringing together the very best food vendors from the area and beyond is Manchester Food & Drink Festival. Make sure you are prepared to eat a LOT.


Manchester is connected to the world! An international airport is just a short bus, tram, taxi or train ride away from the city.

The rail network will take you to the rest of the country. Travel from Manchester to London in just two hours on a direct train or head north to Scotland!

If you want to get around the city itself, however, there are bus routes and a metro network to take you anywhere you want to go at low cost. If you are feeling adventurous, speedy e-scooters are available to be hired!

Learn more about the Think English Summer School.



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