Manchester is Amazing (Except for the Weather)

Manchester is Amazing (Except for the Weather)

I am a prolific complainer. I whinge about loads of stuff, but in particular the weather. It’s true, the weather in Manchester is bloody awful. Autumn is cold, grey and rainy. Winter is colder, greyer and rainier. Spring is cold, grey and rainy. Summer is a four day warm, dry and blue skied spell that often occurs in April or May and then there are a few months between May and October often referred to as summer but that in no way resemble such.

But I love this city really, so consider this a rare break from complaining to tell you why.


manchester united old trafford


As a Manchester United fan, obviously I think this is the best city for football. As much as it pains me to say it, our neighbours in blue proved last season that they deserve their accolades. Manchester is home to the best two football clubs in the country! Manchester’s Urbis now also houses the National Football Museum.

velodrome manchester

Manchester Velodrome

But aside from that, it’s the home of British Cycling and the legacy of Manchester’s 2002 Commonwealth Games is a rich array of sporting facilities that make the sporty residents of this city some of the luckiest in the UK.

The Buildings

manchester town hall by night

Beautiful Town Hall Photo by Ed O’Keefe.

I was brought up in Oldham (a few miles outside Manchester) and have been living in Manchester City Centre for years now. So I’m familiar with the streets and the buildings… I’ve been coming into the city all my life! But there are some buildings in Manchester that make your jaw drop no matter how many times you see them. Central Library, the Town Hall, Manchester Cathedral, the red brick architecture of the Northern Quarter and modern structures like the Lowry, Urbis and the Imperial War Museum North.

Entertainment and Culture

Bars, clubs, pubs, theatres, cinemas… poetry nights, open mic nights, comedy, live music, art galleries, museums, libraries… We’ve got tonnes of it here. Whether you want live thrash metal or an evening of live classical music, we’ve got it! If you want traditional pubs and cask ales, we’ve got it! We’ve got a bustling gay and lesbian scene, a vibrant Spanish quarter, a huge student population and residents from all over the world. This is a truly diverse city. I challenge you to not find something to see or do that floats your boat here.

Digital Industry

This is something that’s really important to me. Manchester’s Digital industry is booming! There are some amazing agencies operating in this city and some ridiculously talented people here. Who said London gets all the talent?!

Media City

Media City

Media City image from

Ok, ok… so Salford Quays is technically not Manchester! Let’s not get into a Salford/Manchester debate. But for me, Salford Quays is close enough for me to consider this a bonus for me and it’s certainly a huge boost for Greater Manchester as a whole.

The Weather!

Ok… granted, there’s much great to say about that. But hey, at least living here makes me appreciate a rare ray of sunshine all the more.