Why Greater Manchester should be the only contender in the vote for the UK's Favourite Place

By Daisy Jackson

Welcome to Greater Manchester, where the clue really is in the name - the greatest, most vibrant and most exciting region in the UK.

A region that can gesture to city living, rural countryside and world-class cultural institutions in a single sweep of an arm.

This is the place that has launched the careers of some of the world's best footballers, singers, doctors, chefs.

It's been a home for Alan Turing, for Marcus Rashford, for Emmeline Pankhurst and for the Gallagher brothers. For Vimto. For Rolls Royce. Even for vegetarianism.

It's also home to almost three million people carving out their own little slice of Mancunian paradise, whether they're growing a family or growing a business, or both.

People across the globe know Manchester for its rich cultural history, but this is a city that makes history every day of the year.

That's why I'm backing the city region in the nationwide poll to find the UK's Favourite Place run by our sister staycations recommendations site 2Chill. Don't forget to cast your vote .

Greater Manchester has long acted as a springboard for young talent - be it a tiny restaurant, a budding sportsperson, or a young musician with a drum and dream - while nurturing those that have stood the test of time on our soils.

But what is it that makes this the most exciting place in the UK to live, and to visit?

For starters, it's the way that the area will mould itself to fit your every whim.

You want museums? We've got loads. Gig venues? Plenty of them too. Great shopping? Yep, in spades.

Or do you want rolling hills, country pubs, lakes so still and tranquil they're like glass. Got those too!

You after a busy calendar of things to do? How's the Christmas Markets, Manchester Pride, and Parklife festival to get you going?

(Universal Images Group via Getty)

There's rich architectural history in abundance, from Chetham's Library to the Royal Exchange to the Town Hall, as well as brand new sights to behold, like the towering Deansgate Square and the transformed 'village' of Ancoats.

There are pubs all over the region where local landlords will greet you with a grin and a pint, and restaurants that comfortably rub shoulders with the big names from across the globe.

There are a couple of big football teams here too - you might've heard of them.

In Greater Manchester, you can be eating lunch in a Michelin-star restaurant, and within 30 minutes of paying the bill be surrounded by the rolling hills of the Peak District.

(Getty Images)

You can be skiing down the soft snow of the Chill Factore then shopping 'til you drop at the Trafford Centre within minutes.

Or how about a wander around a world-class art gallery in The Whitworth followed by a night spent exploring Rusholme's Curry Mile, with its rows of restaurants championing the cuisines of Bangladesh, Lebanon, India, Turkey, Pakistan and many more?

There are 10 boroughs to explore, each as proudly individual as the last - you need only breathe the words 'Salford, in Manchester' to find out how fiercely proud our residents are of their hometowns.

(Manchester Evening News)

It's a city-region that keeps you on your toes with new businesses springing up on an almost-daily basis.

The world is always watching our city - and let us tell you, the grass really is greener on this side.

.Might be something to do with all that rain.

Do you agree with Daisy? Visit 2Chill to vote for your favourite place in the UK.


What is inkl?

Important stories

See news based on value, not advertising potential. Get the latest news from around the world.

Trusted newsrooms

We bring you reliable news from the world’s most experienced journalists in the most trusted newsrooms.

Ad-free reading

Read without interruptions, distractions or intrusions of privacy.