Looking for a souvenir of your visit to Manchester? Choose from football merchandise, traditional tat or even a more permanent memento of your trip from a range of vendors across the city. Here is our guide to the very best places to find unique souvenirs of your stay in Manchester.
Did you know that Manchester’s emblem is a worker bee? You’ll find this symbol all around the city, including on a series of beautiful tiles in the Town Hall, linked to the city’s hard-working past during the Industrial Revolution. If you’d like a permanent reminder of your trip to Manchester, why not pop into one of Manchester’s many tattoo parlours (we recommend Manchester Ink in the Northern Quarter) and ask for a Manchester bee tattoo? At the moment, many tattoo parlours across Manchester are charging £50 for a worker bee tattoo with all profits to be donated to a fund for the families of the victims of the recent terrorist attack in the city.
Not every Indian restaurant offers sell-out merchandise along with authentic cuisine, but hipster hotspot Bundobust is drawing in the crowds as much for its souvenirs as for its incredible South Indian street food and craft ale. There’s a variety of prints, notebooks and T-shirts to choose from, but if you’re looking for an item to commemorate both your visit to the restaurant and to Manchester, opt for the worker bee motif T-shirt, screen print or postcard set. This statement print perfectly represents the city, with a more stylish version of the other Manchester bee prints available elsewhere.
We’re pretty sure that all Manchester United fans pay a visit to Old Trafford during their time in Manchester, but while at Old Trafford, make sure that you pop into the Megastore located below the East Stand. One of the biggest stores devoted to football in the world, the megastore often sees 10,000 people flood through its doors on match day, determined to walk away with a memento of their favourite team. Choose from a variety of football shirts, mugs, mouse-mats, football scarves, footballs and over 800 other items all relating to Manchester United and the beautiful game.
Located in the Craft and Design Centre in the heart of the Northern Quarter, local artist Kathryn Edwards creates and sells a series of beautiful illustrations depicting some of the city’s most iconic buildings. Choose from prints including the likes of Victoria Baths, the old Cornerhouse building, the Night & Day or Central Library, or commission Kathryn to create a bespoke print just for you of your favourite Manchester building.