I am studying abroad from September to January this upcoming fall in Manchester. While there, I really want to go elsewhere in Europe and am wondering if anyone has any suggestions about where to go and how I would go about getting there as cheaply as possible.
Also, if anyone has any suggestions about where to go in the UK other than typical tourist spots.
Ireland is great and very easy to get to. For some different history then Isle of Man isnt that far from Manchester.
For Europe, you could go to Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Venice, Florence etc.
For the UK - try going to the Pembroke Coast in Wales which is stunning or head to the Lakes or up into Scotland. September to January will mean the weather is not great, but this also means not as many tourists! about 8 years ago
I'm originally from Manchester and there are loads of great outdoors sorts of places accessible for the weekend.
- Lake District (try walking the Ennerdale Horseshoe if you'd Li,e to try something different)
- Yorkshire Dales (try the Ribbleshead viaduct and Whernside) or Malham Cove for something gentler and more mainstream
- Derbyshire is to the south and the green rolling dales are unique. Great country pubs. Try the white peak way: http://www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?path_name=White+Peak+Way
All very English. For real wilderness though, head up to Scotland for a week or more: nothing like it anywhere else in Europe.
Most of the cheap airlines depart from Manchester to some great destinations. Try http://www.easyjet.com which isn't the very cheapest but does actually run on time and isn't likely to leave you there.
Enjoy about 8 years ago