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£20 in Manchester VS £20 in Bristol

Who doesn’t love a bit of healthy competition?

Here we have put together some great day plans for a day out in either Manchester or Bristol with a budget of just £20!

We think that these itineraries are perfect for a budgeted day out in these wonderful cities but you can be the true judge…


Manchester has a great history in science, politics, music, the arts, and sport, and is known worldwide as the home of the industrial revolution.

1. Science + Industry Museum

Liverpool Road Manchester M3 4FP

We are starting with the Science and Industry Museum of Manchester, starting the day off with an educational and extremely interesting visit.

Explore 250 years of discoveries and ideas that began in Manchester and went on to impact the world at the Science and Industry Museum. On your visit, there will be lots to see, do, and explore. In Revolution Manchester, learn about Manchester’s rich history of scientific discoveries, see how their heritage is entwined with the cotton industry inside the Textiles Gallery, watch science be brought to life in Experiment, their family friendly interactive gallery, and see special exhibitions like Cancer Revolution: Science, Innovation, and Hope.

The Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter, Manchester

The Northern Quarter is just a 24 minute walk away from the Science and Industry Museum and is definitely worth popping in before your next location and is of course free to explore!

The Northern Quarter is a hip neighbourhood with a variety of independent stores, cafés, and pubs.

Vintage clothes stores, record stores, live music venues, and loads of amazing street art are among the numerous options. And with our budget, you are able to appreciate the beautiful street art and wonderful area without spending a penny!

Mackie Mayor

Eagle Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 5BU

On the outskirts of the Northern Quarter is this fabulous food market, and after all the exploring you have already done we are sure you will be getting peckish!

Mackie Mayor is filled with plenty of cuisine and restaurants. You can eat at Mackie Mayor for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, and you won’t even need to leave the restaurant. Several merchants provide vegetarian and vegan choices.

The prices range from £5 for snacks and £8 for a meal depending on what restaurant you decide to eat at.

Junkyard Golf

Junkyard Golf Club, 2 First St, Manchester M15 4RP

As the evening begins to near we want to start your night off with something fun and unique so we chose Junkyard Golf! It is just a 23 minute walk from Mackie Mayor.

Depending on the day you decide to visit Manchester the price per person per game varies. If you are visiting between Sunday and Thursday the price is just £8.50 however, on Friday and Saturday, the price jumps to £10. With three themed and exciting courses to pick from you are bound to enjoy your evening. They even have plenty of delicious drinks to offer. Not to mention that if you are a student you can get 50% off!

Matt & Phred’s Jazz Club

Matt & Phreds Jazz Club, 64 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LW

Matt and Phred’s is our last stop but it doesn’t have to be yours! It is just a 20 minute walk away from Junkyard Golf Club and is free to enter Monday to Thursday but charges £5 entry over the weekend.

Heading back to the Northern Quarter, Matt & Phreds is definitely the place to go if you are searching for a cheap night including pizza, beer and jazz. This renowned music club, which has always had a cosy ambience, has welcomed many outstanding performers over the years, including Sneaky, Kit Downes, Jamie Cullum, and Adele.


Bristol is well-known for its harbour, architectural diversity, and contributions to the arts and sciences.

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL

Our day begins with an educational and exciting visit to the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

With free entry, we are not yet digging into our budget! Explore the art, nature, and historical artefacts on show in this stunning building. Discover more about the last billion years of Earth’s history, the region’s natural treasures, and people’s lives, both past and present.

Millennium Square

Millennium Square, Explore Ln, Bristol BS1 5SZ

Just an 11 minute walk from the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is Millennium Square.

Millennium Square is a place in Bristol, England, that is located in the heart of the city. It is a popular public space that was developed as part of the At Bristol development. The square features plenty of artwork. Cary Grant’s wife presented a bronze monument of the Bristol-born actor by sculptor Graham Ibbeson in 2001. Other bronze statues by Lawrence Holofcener include William Penn, William Tyndale, and Thomas Chatterton. Cathie Pilkington also created a number of miniature painted bronze Jack Russell terrier dogs, some of which are inserted into the pavement surface as if swimming.

The Harbourside Street Food Market

The Harbourside Street Food Market, 1 Canon’s Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX

It’s that time where we need to be refuelled with a delicious meal or snack! This food market is only a 6 minute walk away from Millenium Square.

Bristol’s greatest street food meets one of the city’s most attractive locations at the Harbourside Street Food Market. They’ve been on a quest to celebrate the waterfront since 2014, with DJs, local beers on tap, and a crazy-good assortment of South-West street cuisine.

We The Curious

We The Curious, 1 Millennium Square, Anchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5DB

Just a 3 minute walk from the street food market is We The Curious.

On Bristol’s harbourside, We The Curious is a scientific centre and educational organisation. It’s a collaborative area where everyone can ask questions, explore ideas, and put them to the test. The setting on Bristol’s harbourside is similar to an indoor festival, featuring a variety of experiences and opportunities to engage with exhibitions and participate in experiments.

It’s a place where the lines between science, art, people, and ideas are blurred.

The admission is £10 per person and is definitely worth it!

The Canteen

As the night goes on you may want to pop into The Canteen with their free live music on every night of the week. It is just a 20 minute walk from We The Curious.

The Canteen first opened its doors in 2009 to serve the residents of Hamilton House & Stokes Croft in Bristol. It’s been open practically every day of the year since then! The Canteen is a place to connect, dine, drink, and listen to some of Bristol’s greatest live music, with Crumbs magazine award nominations and citywide acclaim.

Your night does not need to end here however this is where we will let you plan the rest of your evening!

So which city will you be visiting with a £20 budget?

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