What to Do During ‘Limbo Week’

27th December 2018

There’s no more presents left to open. Turkey sandwiches are beginning to get boring. The Boxing Day sales have been and gone. Rush hour has ceased to exist. Offices up and down the country are deserted and close early in the afternoon. You seem to have much more time than usual and you’re spending most of it in pyjamas that are a little tighter than they were a week ago.

Or, you’re lucky enough to be on holiday and are wondering what to do in Manchester.

Either way, the week between Christmas and New Year (‘Limbo Week’) is a strange time.  The country takes a while to get going again after grinding to a complete halt for Christmas and the slower pace leaves much more time for activities. There’s no need to spend this extra time watching endless Christmas TV specials, though, there’s plenty to do in the city.

Are you stuck in ‘Limbo Week’? 🤔

Despite the slowdown it’s still business as usual for many of Manchester’s sightseeing activities. So you can get out and explore the city, whether you’re just visiting or you’ve got more time than usual. Or, if you want to go further afield, check out our Day Trips from Manchester for some great days out.

Here is a selection of our favourite tours running this week:

Discover Manchester Walking Tour

Whatever the occasion and no matter the weather, a professional local guide will lead a 90-minute walking tour from the Central Library at 11am every day. There’s no festive slow down for Manchester’s tour guides, so get yourself booked on this excellent introductory tour to Manchester.

Private Walking Tour

Likewise you can still book a private tour with one of our guides for a personal guided tour of Manchester city centre. Tours can begin from any city centre location while the content and route are entirely flexible, so can be adapted to suit your interests and needs. Great for a group of friends or colleagues.

Sightseeing Manchester Bus Tour

With 15 stops across Manchester, Salford and Salford Quays, including several of the city’s top attractions, Sightseeing Manchester’s hop-on, hop-off bus tour is the best way to see the city. Tickets are valid for 48 hours so you get two days to make the most of the service.

Manchester United or Manchester City Stadium Tour

Football comes thick and fast over the Christmas period with matches played every few days. For football fans, a tour of either Manchester United’s Old Trafford or Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium is the perfect way to supplement the festive fixtures.

Day Trips from Manchester

Despite the Limbo Week slow down and festive engineering works, most of our Day Trips are still running. You can go to Chester, York and the Lake District by train and back in a day, with some of the top attractions at each destination included. The trains will be quieter than usual, too. Result.

There’s plenty to keep you occupied this Limbo Week that doesn’t involve picking through the empty wrappers in the selection box, so get out and explore Manchester!

Written by: Dan Bridges

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