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Lonely Planet recommends visit to MCDC

Manchester has been named one of the top cities in the world for travellers according to Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016. And Manchester Craft & Design Centre is amongst a number of key places they recommend that visitors should incorporate into their itinerary to experience the best of the city!

The much anticipated and highly influential guide to the top travel trends, destinations and experiences for the upcoming year has placed Manchester in the Top 10 Cities category alongside destinations such as Rome in Italy, Nashville in the United States and Mumbai in India.

Manchester’s significant investment in the arts – through projects such as the Whitworth, HOME, Manchester International Festival and upcoming arts centre The Factory – is given as one of the key reasons for Manchester’s inclusion in the list. The guide states that “the one-time engine room of the Industrial Revolution has found a new groove for the 21st century as a dynamo of culture and the arts.”

Other recommendations include the reopened Manchester Central Library; real life escape room game Breakout; Old Trafford and Etihad stadium tours; Levenshulme Market; Islington Mill and Manchester House restaurant. South King Street, Spinningfields, the Arndale and the Northern Quarter all get a mention for shopping; Great John Street Hotel is suggested as the place to stay; whilst unmissable events include Manchester’s upcoming European City of Science celebrations, Manchester Pride and Manchester Food and Drink Festival.

Commenting on the inclusion, Andrew Stokes, chief executive at Marketing Manchester, part of the Manchester Growth Company, said: We are delighted that Lonely Planet has recognised Manchester as one of the top cities in the world to visit in 2016.

James Smart, Lonely Planet’s Destination Editor for the UK and Ireland, said: “We included Manchester in this year’s top ten cities list because it deserves to be recognised as one of the UK’s most important destinations for travellers.”