The last city of the trip was Manchester and I felt bad each time the hotel staff asked if we were going to see a show etc while we were there, because for us it was a nice wind-down place; a place to do not much at all!
We did go for a lovely long walk around town after a big fun-run had been held and ended up at the Cathedral which I absolutely loved:
Aside from my general love of gargoyles, this is a stunning cathedral and has some fascinating stained glass.
Opposite the cathedral was the cafe at which a final scone for the trip was eaten and, on the way to the cathedral, a visit to Waterstones had furnished me with two short books for the plane ride home, including the 39 Steps which is the source material for one of my Hitchcock films!
The upside of a quiet night in the hotel was that the FA Cup Final was on… so happiness inducing.
I will say that big, busy, gritty Manchester probably suffered a little by comparison to Aberdeen, where we’d flown in from, but I’m looking forward to going back some time and checking out the sights properly.