A Manchester vacation in summer can be a bit of a washout. Sometimes it feels like as if the minute the flip-flop-clad crowd starts to strip down to vest tops, the heavens (and umbrellas) open. The truth is that northern summers are unpredictable. Pack a selection of clothing for both warm and cool weather and you’ll be able to get the most out of the city whatever happens. Or you could follow the local trend of shunning jackets and “sensible clothing” regardless of the climate. It’s kind of liberating, actually.
Manchester travel during the winter used to be dark, drizzly and gray. Blame it on climate change if you will, but white winters are becoming increasingly common up north. There is ice-skating at Spinningfields and there’s nothing like a hot toddy on a windy, slushy evening. Plus, there’s something Mancunian about a bit of brooding gray sky. Still, Manchester isn’t at its best at this time of year and most tourists prefer to visit in summer. Of course, this means fewer crowds for those who do brave the off-season.