Manchester named as a ‘best of the world’ 2023 travel destination

National Geographic has announced that Manchester is included in its hotly anticipated ‘world’s best destinations to visit’ list for 2023.

By Emma Davidson | 1 November 2022

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National Geographic’s prestigious ‘Best of the World’ list is an annual accolade ranking cities across the globe as must-visit destinations for culture, nature, community, adventure and more.  

The 2023 list has recently been announced, ranking Manchester as the ONLY city in the UK to be awarded the esteemed prize in the family category. 

It recognises the city’s post-pandemic revival and comes ahead of numerous exciting new openings for the city next year. This includes Factory International, which is opening in June 2023 with an ultra-flexible, large-scale performance space to become home to Manchester International Festival.

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The city joins global destinations including San Francisco, Colombia, Switzerland, and Trinidad and Tobago, which were included in the ‘family’ category of the destinations, recognising places offering educational journeys for all generations. The other categories featured in the list include culture, nature, community, and adventure.

Cllr Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This international recognition is great news for Manchester. Tourism is really important for our economy and creates and supports thousands of jobs and opportunities.

“We have a long-term vision for a vibrant city with an array of activities, especially for families, and this accolade and others show that is bearing fruit. There is so much to do here – both for residents and visitors. From the recently opened Mayfield Park to the forthcoming Factory International, there’s always something new.

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“We’ve been working to broaden the range of high-quality family-friendly facilities and attractions across the city and the fact that we have been recognised in National Geographic’s ‘Family’ category demonstrates the strong progress that is being made.” 

Nathan Lump, National Geographic’s Editor-in-Chief, furthered: “’Best of the World’ is Nat Geo’s annual love letter to the most incredible places in the world, both near and far, we couldn’t be prouder to shine a light on these 25 extraordinary places that most inspired us this year, and which we know will define travellers’ itineraries for years to come.”