If you’re coming to study at New College Manchester this summer, or any other college in the UK for that matter, then there are some things you just have to try during any short term stay in our green and pleasant land.
From the bustling streets of Manchester and London to hidden delights in the countryside, a summer course with us is the perfect time to soak up some British culture alongside your English language course.
Of course, we couldn’t include everything in here, the UK is literally brimming with great events and places(!) but we’ve highlighted some of the best attractions that are within easy travelling distance of Manchester.
We had to start with the fantastic museums on our very doorstep as they’re not only fascinating insights into industry, science and natural history but they’re also free entry. As we schedule trips at NCM, a museum excursion is perfect for making friends on your course outside of the classroom too. From the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), which offers a fascinating account of engineering and early machinery, to the larger than life Natural History Museum, you can quite easily while away a day or two at one of the popular museums around the city.
Huge, grand, full of every shop you can imagine and the type of place Mancunians very much love or hate, the Trafford Centre is the largest shopping centre in Europe and it’s just a short journey outside the city centre! If you don’t like shopping then The Trafford Centre is still a nice place to visit with a cinema and plenty of restaurants, but to be honest, if you don’t like shopping, it might not be the place for you! It’s a beautiful building though and the selection is great, not one to be missed by the fashion lovers.
Just a short train ride away from Manchester city centre, the old shelters are a poignant reminder of what life was like for Greater Manchester families during the Blitz. Explore the network of restored underground tunnels to get a feel of what life was really like during the second world war when up to 6,500 people could flee to the shelters. From a 16 seat toilet(!) to authentic fittings and fixtures, the Air Raid Shelters can’t fail to thrill history lovers.
Travelling from Manchester to North Wales by car takes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes and if you have a weekend free, a trip to this beautiful part of the country ticks so many ‘best of the UK’ boxes. From stunning seaside scenes to rolling campsites and coastal pubs, Anglesey is completely unspoilt and beautifully peaceful. Unfortunately it may rain; but that’s the UK for you! Just remember to take your walking boots…
In this country, music festivals usually evoke one thought: Mud. Unfortunately camping + torrential rain does not a festival make and anyone attending a festival without the mandatory wellies will not fare well. But if you can put up with not showering for a couple of days and focus on the music, then you may just enjoy a slightly drizzly few days camping. The really popular festivals with big name acts are Leeds and Glastonbury, but there’s lots of great smaller festivals going on around the country too. The Festival Calendar lists all the festivals going on this summer and includes useful links to accommodation.
You’ve got the English language course sorted, now fill up your summer with these top attractions right on our doorstep and around the UK! In the meantime, take a look at our events calendar to see exactly what social activities we’ve got planned for our students.