I could not remember the last time I was up North in Manchester, but it must have been May 2009 that I visited one of the most historical cities in North West England. Although I did have a job interview to attend at BBC Sport down in MediaCity UK, Manchester once again made a lasting impression on me.
When I arrived in the city at half seven on a Monday morning from Birmingham New Street, it was a short hop from the train station to the Metrolink, which is Manchester’s equivalent of the Midland Metro. I was amazed by how much I got to see of the city on the tram to MediaCity, which impressed me as I rarely get to go up North in England.
Whilst I found my interview destination at the BBC straightforward at MediaCity, I had a few hours to explore Salford and Trafford. As a young boy, I used to love Manchester United so I paid a pilgrimage down to Old Trafford where so many of my childhood memories came flooding back to me. I had only seen the stadium once but it was a great feeling seeing Old Trafford in person again.
After my interview at BBC Sport, I hopped back onto the Metrolink to Piccadilly and got to briefly explore a bit of Manchester City Centre. It’s the first time I had been in the middle of the city so it was a pleasant surprise to see a lot of old buildings, as well as the Arndale shopping centre.
Although it was very brief seeing bits of the city centre, Manchester amazed me again and I should be visiting the city more often when I have a spare day in my schedule. What a difference it makes when you’re on the train and London is not the first thing I think about going down for a day trip!
If you ever consider going down to Manchester, absolutely go all in because it’s a fascinating city with a lot of history and I hope to be back very soon!