Manchester is on the verge of a festival binge.
The city picks up the culinary baton on 7
October with its own food
and drink festival, during which Mercury Prize-winning local heroes Elbow
will launch their own brand of cask ale. The Literature
Festival (10-23 October) and the Comedy Festival
(17-30 October) follow soon after, while more than 200 installations turn the
city into an urban laboratory during the annual Science
Festival (22-30 October).
Townhouse Hotel has just completed a rather fine refurbishment, making it
one of the best boutique choices in the city centre (from £69).
Virgin Trains runs a service to Manchester
from Edinburgh (from £31) and London Euston (from £23; virgintrains.co.uk).
This article was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Magazine.