More than just Manchester


With the second semester slipping by (although really slowly at times), I would like to take some time out of today to explore what’s outside of Manchester.

First things first, Manchester is a great city with frequent trains to every part of the country and also with a busy international airport. It only takes me 20 minutes to get to the airport! This definitely beats a 2.5 hour drive just to catch a flight.

Peak District is one of the must see places in the UK. Sandwiched between Manchester and Shef-field, there are trains running almost at every hour. The Peak District is split into the northern Dark Peak (mainly moorland) and the southern White Peak where most of the population lives. From Manchester, Sheffield, or anywhere else, it is very convenient to hop on a train and get off at the nearest station in Peak District you would like to visit. Hope in Derbyshire for example only takes 40 mins by train from Manchester or 25 mins from Sheffield.

If nature isn’t your thing then don’t worry, there are still lots of interesting places to visit and things to do around UK. With Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds and York all in around an hour away, there’s plenty to do!

anfield stadium

A trip to Liverpool is never complete without a visit to the Anfield stadium.

river dee

Walking along the River Dee in Chester, with a few pubs in the area.

the york dungeon

The York Dungeon

Also, don’t forget that you can apply for the 16-25 Railcard which costs only £30 for 1 year (or £70 for 3 years) and will save you 1/3 on all fares throughout the year. I must admit the cost of train tickets do add up if you are not careful but with this railcard and also travelling off peak hours, I have managed to save quite a lot on travel expenses.

Although second semester can be a drag at times, don’t forget to enjoy every single moment of it. Here’s an inspirational quote to get you going:

“Do not look back and grieve the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.” – Ida Scott Taylor

With that, I wish all of you a good Easter!



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