Tourism Ireland

LGBTQ+: Manchester, United Kingdom

by Benjamin Kerns

Dec 13, 2018

Bridgewater Canal © Richard Jemmett | Dreamstime

Trends / LGBTQ

Manchester boasts one of the liveliest and welcoming gay communities in the United Kingdom, rivaling even that of London. Beautiful, traditional pubs; a boisterous nightlife; and an array of activities around every corner make it the perfect destination for LGBTQ+ travelers.


The city’s gay community focuses in and around Canal Street, Manchester’s de facto LGBTQ+ village. Canal Street houses the city’s largest gay bar in Via, a somewhat eclectic establishment that sees both busy dance nights and laidback days and evenings that cater to older crowds. G-A-Y Manchester draws in the younger crowd with vibrant music and something of a funky and unique vibe. Vanilla is ranked as the U.K.’s best lesbian bar, while Churchills is the place to be for great drag shows.


Manchester is also home to Sparkle, an annual national transgender celebration, as well as the Great British Bear Bash. There’s also the annual Pride held in August. A stroll along the Rochdale Canal also offers plenty of opportunities to mingle with locals of the LGBTQ+ community here.


When not checking out the most happening places in town, Manchester also has incredible museums and parks to explore, along with the incredible architecture that England is famous for. The city is arguably a better option for LGBTQ+ travelers than London, according to many of the locals.



Insta Feed
Tips / Travel
Apr 17, 2019

Ways to Sweat Less While Traveling

Traveling to exotic locales often means contending with unusual weather. Americans tend to enjoy a fairly moderate climate, which means your body doesn’t always adapt when you head to places like Africa or South America. So, how do you keep yourself from sweating and stinking up a new city? Try these tips.

Leave Troublesome Rideshare Worries Behind

We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.

Reviews / Hotel
Apr 17, 2019

Hotel Joule

I arrived in Dallas on a cloudy afternoon and, luckily, traffic was light as I drove my rental car into the city in just less than 30 minutes. The Hotel Joule was built in the 1920s in the Neo-Gothic style and is a city landmark in the heart of the business district.

Products / Clothing
Apr 17, 2019

Nighthawk Jacket

A slim-fit bomber jacket that packs in loads of features without looking bulky, the Nighthawk is perfect for travelers.

Work and Play in Italy

Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.

Under $100 / Europe
Apr 16, 2019

Under $100: El Raval, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella (or “Old City”) is often packed with tourists who wander up and down Las Ramblas spending way too many euros on overpriced paella and sangria. But the border neighborhood of El Raval is just a few steps from the bustle, but worlds away from the exorbitant prices.