Honestly, I’ve never really “got” Manchester. I’m not sure about where places like Northern Quarter and Spinningfields are. I don’t like trams thanks to an negative experience a few years ago. And while I have a few friends in the area, most of them live out in the suburbs, turning the one-hour train journey into more of a trek.
But when Hotels.com suggested I spend some time over there getting to know the place a bit better, I decided to take them up on the offer. Leeds is close enough that I can day-trip it rather than staying in their serviced apartments in Manchester, and I figured that this would give me a chance to check out a few of the geeky highlights there, including an escape room I’ve had on my to-do list for a while.