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The City of Manchester is lively, energetic and there’s always something going on. Manchester is very much a constantly developing city, in 2002 it hosted the Commonwealth Games, and to this date, is home to arguably the most famous football club in the world, Manchester United.

One of UK’s leading cities

The developments which are taking place in Manchester make it the perfect location for business owners, tourists or anyone else looking for a short city break. It’s one of UK’s leading cities and attracts millions of people each year. Be sure to take advantage of everything Manchester has to offer. It’s easy to say that the city has said goodbye to it’s industrial roots and welcomes a brighter more advanced future.

Getting to Manchester

While Manchester hasn’t got an as impressive transport network as London, Manchester has four main train stations, one main airport and bus stations dotted around the city centre, so you needn’t be far from all the inner city attractions.

By plane

Manchester airport is approximately 10 miles from central Manchester. Once you’ve arrived at Manchester airport, you can get out to the city by train, taxi or bus.

Trains run approximately every 10 to 20 minutes, with a total of four trains running throughout the night. It takes approximately 25 minutes to reach the centre of Manchester, and costs approximately £2.50.

Bus number 43 runs every 10 minutes between 9:30am to 6:13pm and every 30 minutes before and after these times. Journey time of approximately 45 minutes into the centre of Manchester, a day saver ticket valid for the full day will cost in the region of £3.50. Ask the driver for additional information about travelling around the city during your stay.

Taxis are located just outside of the airport terminal and will get you to the centre of Manchester in approximately 25 minutes, costing you around £25, for advanced details about your fare ask the driver or arrange a suitable price as opposed to going off the taxi meter.

By train

With a total of four train stations you needn’t be far from all the action in Manchester, and while Manchester Piccadilly serves as Manchester’s main train station, the other three stations will see you being taken from as far up the country as Leeds and York.

Piccadilly

The main train station in Manchester, welcoming arrivals from London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Milton Keynes just to name a few.

Victoria

Serving routes to the North and East of Manchester, Victoria train station is conveniently located next to the Manchester Arena, once known as the Manchester Evening News (MEN) Arena.

Oxford Road

Looking to travel to Preston, Blackpool or any other northerly locations, then Oxford Road train station would be your best choice. Oxford Road station is located a short walk from the BBC Building and the Town Hall.

Deansgate

Connection to the Manchester Central Convention Centre and a short walk to the Manchester Opera House.

By coach

Manchester’s main coach station is on Chorlton Street, and is most likely where most major national services will arrive. Tickets can be purchased in their ticket office for coach journeys taking you throughout the North West of England.

Getting around

Once you’ve arrived at Manchester, getting around the city is a breeze, most of which can be done by foot or a short taxi or bus ride. If you’re a bit more adventurous and want to delve into the city that bit further, Manchester has an extensive inner city transport network, that will see you on your way.

Manchester’s main bus station is in Piccadilly Gardens, a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station. Here you will be able to take advantage of a bus service taking you on services across the North West. Bus routes, timetables and prices can all be collected from the bus station, and members of staff are always more than happy to help you out when necessary.

Manchester also has a tram service which can take passengers from the city centre to Altringham, Eccles, Salford Quays and Bury. Similarly to London, the tram network at Manchester charge via zones. Be sure to get the correct ticket when travelling on the trams in Manchester.

Attractions in Manchester

There’s an abundance of things to do in Manchester and places to see. Whether you’re a football fanatic and want to visit Manchester’s football museum, or you’re a Red Devil and want to take a Manchester United Stadium Tour. If you’re not a huge football fan, then not to worry, there’s still plenty of great attractions and things to do in the city, some of which have been detailed below.

  • Imperial War Museum
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Castlefield Gallery
  • The Lowry
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • Old Trafford

Hotels in Manchester

With reasonable transport links, plenty of things to do and see, as well as areas for business meetings and large scale conferences, Manchester is the perfect location attracting millions of people each year. Manchester is very much an up coming city, and as a result, your sure to get a great city break at a fraction of the cost you’d typically expect. As a result the hotels in Manchester cater for almost every individual. So whether you’re a family of 5 looking for cheap city breaks or a high end business person wanting to rest your head after a busy days worth of meetings, hotels in Manchester have everything to offer.

Hotel prices in Manchester are one of the more expensive as opposed to certain North Westerly locations, although they do say Manchester is the capital of the North. Despite this, hotel prices are much more affordable then hotels in London, and most things are typically cheaper in general, making Manchester a great destination in the North West to visit.

To get your best city deals, book online in advance, this way almost guarantees you the cheapest possible prices for your stay.

Food and drink

Manchester is renowned for it’s fine cuisine, from their world famous China Town, to the curry mile in Rusholme. There’s plenty of high street restaurants in Manchester too such as Nando’s, Harvester, Pizza Hut, Bella Italia, Red Chilli, Hard Rock Cafe and more. Restaurants in Manchester see influences from all ends of the globe, it really is a fascinating place to wine and dine.

Entertainment

It’s not only London’s West End which is renowned for it’s theatre and entertainment districts, Manchester’s theatre performances are also much loved by people all over the city. There’s numerous theatres in Manchester, dotted across the city. Expect to enjoy performances from the likes of Shreck The Musical to Cirque du Soleil. Here are the main theatres in the City of Manchester.

  • The Palace Theatre
  • The Royal Exchange Theatre
  • Opera House Manchester
  • Contact Theatre
  • Lowry Theatre

Shopping

Your city break wouldn’t be complete without a bit of retail therapy seeing you through the week. Manchester is renowned for it’s great shopping locations, including The Lowry Outlet, The Trafford Centre and of course Manchester Arndale which is approximately a 10 minute walk away from Manchester Piccadilly train station. If you’re looking for something a little closer to the city, similarly to the Manchester Arndale, there is also luxury Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Ted Baker, Hugo Boss and much more all within walking distance from Manchester Arndale.

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