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About Manchester

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Manchester, the third largest city in England, is rooted in industry and expressionism. It was here where the Industrial Revolution began and where many of the UK’s most revered musical talents were born.

Today, this spirit lives on in a thriving media industry and an array of fascinating museums. Visit the Museum of Science and Industry to get some perspective on the city’s industrial past and scientific achievements, or delve into the city's sporting history at the National Football Museum, which features exhibitions on the past and present day.

Those who want to catch a game should head straight for Old Trafford, home of the country’s biggest football club, Manchester United. If tickets aren’t available, be sure to take a stadium tour, or catch a game at the home ground of their rivals, Manchester City.

Manchester is also renowned for its nightlife and music culture. For a memorable night out, head to the bars and clubs of Oxford Road or the Northern Quarter to hear indie anthems and dance classics by the likes of Oasis and The Smiths – two of Manchester’s finest rock ‘n’ roll exports.

The city is well connected by trams, buses and trains to Manchester Piccadilly, the central train station.


From £79 per night

This weekend

From £151 per night

Next weekend

From £97 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit February–April
Local currency GBP
Language English
Average weekend price £119 per night
Average weekday price £92 per night
Typical stay 1 night

Points of interest in Manchester

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Manchester in the autumn

You'll still get a warm welcome in Manchester and not just because of the curry.


A seasonal guide to Manchester

Culture, entertainment, and fun-filled events are abundant year-round in Manchester.

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Manchester reviews

What other travellers say about Manchester


Truly magnificent city, which has it all.

30 March 2020

Truly magnificent city, which has it all. Restaurants for everyone's taste, or pocket. Pubs, clubs, nighclubs, museums, sporting landmarks. The city oozes culture at every turn, and is a paradise for the shopper.

Anonymous United Kingdom

We designed our own craft ale trail around the Northern...

16 March 2020

We designed our own craft ale trail around the Northern Quarter of Manchester and it could have gone on forever - there is so much to see and do! We started off at the Greater Manchester Police museum (free entry, but only open on a Tuesday) which was great! The volunteers are ex-police officers so their knowledge knows no bounds! Then we visited Port Street, Terrace NQ and 57 Marble Street for a cheeky pint. Our favourite was Cane & Grain - fantastic vibe, great food and great beer! We'd love to go back there again. We had food at Brewski on Mosley Street before attending a gig at the Albert Hall finishing off at BrewDog before ending up back at our hotel :) A great over-nighter and everything in walking distance - perfect!

The Salters
The Salters United Kingdom

We were visiting Manchester for a performance of ‘Back to...

16 March 2020

We were visiting Manchester for a performance of ‘Back to the Future’ at The Opera House. We met up with friends and family first at Bill’s Restaurant nearby. It was a really good meal, great company and atmosphere. It wasn’t cheap but Manchester is still buzzing despite everything. The restaurant is cosy but with a very smart interior. Friendly efficient service and good value for money. The theatre afterwards was a real treat. Again full to capacity. Good seats on Row M. The Show was tremendous and one of the best we’ve seen. We are regular theatre goers so we recognise a great performance when we see one. 10/10 to Manchester all round!

Anonymous United Kingdom

Manchester in general was okay, saw a great show, ate well.

15 March 2020

Manchester in general was okay, saw a great show, ate well. Lots of homeless people around though and very dirty with public urination a common sight. Friendly people in many of the places we visited and places we ate. Glad we visited, but also glad to be going home. I foolishly didn’t check the reviews on the hotel we booked and was a source of amusement for the people we talked to. Sachas is apparently notorious and also a pay by the hour establishment apparently. Avoid!!

Anonymous United Kingdom

Amazing range of restaurants,bars ,pubs and cafes.

14 March 2020

Amazing range of restaurants,bars ,pubs and cafes.Shopping areas have a variety of bespoke shops.Art galleries,libraries, museums and theatres have exhibitions which are regularly updated. A friendly vibe about the whole city. Transport links around the city are good,but can walk to most places.

Anonymous United Kingdom

It was our first trip to Manchester, we stayed nearer to...

13 March 2020

It was our first trip to Manchester, we stayed nearer to Victoria Station but explored a lot and saw a concert at the arena. We would definitely recommend as there is something for everyone - from shopping to amazing food places (HipHop ChipShop 😍) also plenty Im terms of museums and galleries. Would recommend checking out Chetham’s library tours and the Cathedral - beautiful buildings and history. The only negative or down side as with any city centre is there were some questionable areas/alleys google maps tries to take you through when navigating further out. Overall a great trip!

Elisha United Kingdom

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