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Sightseeing Manchester Bus Tour
This 90-minute hop-on, hop-off bus tour takes visitors to Manchester’s most famous sights. Stops include Old Trafford football stadium, Piccadilly Gardens, and the Museum of Science and Industry. English commentary is provided by Lord of the Rings and Lost actor, Dominic Monaghan.
Manchester City Stadium Tour
Walk in the footsteps of some of the sport's biggest names with this fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the Etihad Stadium. Visitors can gain a true understanding of the journey players make on match day, from arrival to post-match obligations. Expert guides will bring the experience to life with interesting stories and facts from the club's history.
Discover Manchester Walking Tour
A guided walking tour of Manchester, the city that went from being one of the world’s industrial leaders, to being a cosmopolitan hub with a vibrant and fascinating culture. You’ll see major sights like Manchester Cathedral and the Royal Exchange, and learn about the history, architecture and culture of the city along the way.
North Wales Adventure
Departing from Manchester, this full-day tour towards North Wales takes place in a luxury 16-seater minibus. Highlights include Snowdonia National Park, Conwy Castle and the coastal town of Llandudno. You'll enjoy guided commentary along the way so you'll learn about all the landmarks on show.
Lake District Adventure
This full-day trip to the Lake District takes in some of the UK’s most stunning natural landscapes and picturesque towns. You’ll coast through the Langdales and visit Castlerigg Stone Circle, before stopovers in the villages of Ambleside and Bowness. There’ll also be time for visits to literary figure William Wordsworth’s house, the church where he is buried, and a drink in a traditional English pub.
Robinsons Brewery Tour
This brewery tour reveals the secrets behind Robinsons beer, one of the oldest names in British brewing history. You’ll learn about the science behind the brewing process and how different ingredients are selected, before enjoying six tasting glasses of various ales, and an extra pint of beer at the end of the tour.
Weekend Food Tours
A chance to explore some of Manchester’s best eateries, visitors can choose between two tours – the ‘Walk and Eat Pizza Manchester Tour’ and the ‘Northern Quarter Tasting Tour’. In the first tour, visitors will visit three of the city’s top pizza spots, while the second presents a selection of dishes from several eateries. Along the way, local guides will explain more about each area visited.
The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience
Based on the iconic 1990s UK TV show, the Crystal Maze LIVE is an immersive experience that takes you through four themed adventure zones. You’ll be guided by the Maze Master and face challenges to test you physically and mentally. You’ll also receive an ‘I Cracked The Crystal Maze’ medallion.
Jacobean Staircase House
Situated in Stockport's historic Market Place, this age-old property is famous for its rare Jacobean cage newel staircase. Inside, you'll discover how people lived between the 15th and 20th centuries and even have a go at writing with a traditional quill. An audio guide system will recount how the house was restored to its former glory after a fire.
Bramall Hall Manor
Bramall Hall is a historic timber-framed Tudor manor house dating back to the Middle Ages, offering a unique insight into the lives of its former residents with its Victorian kitchens and servants' quarters. The house is also decorated with 16th-century wall paintings and an ornate Elizabethan plaster ceiling. You can also take woodland walks within the surrounding 70 acres of scenic parkland.
Manchester City Centre
In the city centre
Amid the welcoming bustle of the city centre, Piccadilly Gardens is a green space with a difference. Redesigned by a Japanese architect, these 21st-century gardens are cool, modernistic and controversial. Take a bird’s-eye view from the Manchester Wheel, then steady the vertigo with a real ale at the KRO Bar.
Places to stay from £11 per night
4.2 miles from city centre
The streets of the outer suburb of Didsbury are peppered with Victorian mansions, homes of the mill owners who prospered there in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This district’s gracious, old-village atmosphere makes it the ideal place for quieter nights out in stylish surroundings. Pop in to the village for a choice selection of restaurants.
Places to stay from £37 per night
2.2 miles from city centre
Manchester United. For many, they are the only reason they have even heard of the city. The stadium stands like a sporting skyscraper, with upwards of 70,000 people regularly packing into the arena, turning the surrounding streets into a sea of red. Hungry on match day? Stop at one of the fish and chip shops for an English tradition.
Places to stay from £27 per night
2.7 miles from city centre
With a large student population, there’s always something afoot in Fallowfield. Local bars and restaurants specialise in catering for champagne lifestyles on lemonade wages. It's worth venturing here if only for is fabulous comedy club XS Malarkey. The atmosphere is young and lively but you don’t have to be a student to get a kick out of this area.
Places to stay from £33 per night
0.1 miles from city centre
Don’t dismiss Manchester’s most “alternative” quarter as merely a hipster’s paradise. Sample a dizzying range of beers – locally brewed and from all parts of the world – in Port Street Beer House. Then soak up the brews with a chewy, cheesy, crispy pizza in “Dough”. There’s lots to do in this night-owl’s hotspot.
Places to stay from £13 per night
0.8 miles from city centre
Tradition meets inner-city calm. That’s what you’ll find in Castlefield, another area which proudly demonstrates the proud canal based history of the city. Recent redevelopments have not detracted from the charming character of this part of the city, with the Bridgewater Canal and the red brick bridges in particular worth a special visit.
Places to stay from £11 per night
2.4 miles from city centre
Salford has arrived at last! Investment life-blood has transformed this urban wasteland into urbane sophisticate. The theatres and art galleries of the Lowry Centre – named for Salford’s most famed “matchstick men” painter – ensure that the area is beyond cool. And the presence of ITV and the BBC ensure the city’s role as MediaCity UK.
Places to stay from £24 per night
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.
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|Most popular time to visit||October–December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Average weekend price||£123 per night|
|Average weekday price||£96 per night|
|Typical stay||1 night|
“Very frendly people loved seeing kylie minogue on Monday night she was amazing ”
“Decent stadium. Food and drink expensive £9 for burger and coke.£5.50 a pint. Good sound for concert though.”
“Even for someone who doesn’t support Utd I would recommend the museum and ground tour. Well worth the ”
“Plenty of great shops in a, mostly, covered area so good to visit all year round.”
“Ian disabled. Martin helped me in saw me to my seat, looked after my walker and helped me out at the end, excellent care and really made the evening great!!!! Thank you”
“Deansgate is great! The bars and nightlife are fab, I have to recommend the Comedy Store for an evening of giggles!”
“We saw Available Light - modern dance by Childs, Adams and Gehry. The Palace is a great space for watching the performiong arts.”
“Door bouncers at some bars very rude and very picky on who they let into the bars even when you're not too drunk but just having a lovely evening with my partner”
“Went to a celebrity charity event here at the lowry Hotel, has we weren't guests at the hotel they treated customers really bad spoke to us nasty has well, I spent over £200 on drinks which weren't worth it either the night porter was nasty When a celebrity was getting abused by one of their taxi companies they didn't stand in just told the celebrity driver to hurry up and move on has they was making a scene When a guest who paid for a vip tickets to this event and attend this hotel they should be treated the same has paying guests who are staying at the hotel not like trash”
“Fantastic atmosphere quite literally the best plans to eat and drink in Manchester.”
We watched the footballderby at Etihad stadium, and went shopping next day at the Arndale center. We also visited the christmas market. We enjoyed it all. Two dinners at Holiday Inn and one at the PizzaExpress. Good food and ok prices.
Amazing shopping in the city centre and at the Trafford Centre. Convenient public transport links. Lots of bars, pubs and restaurants to choose from. Also lots of free museums to visit in the centre. Would recommend The National Football Museum for all football fans.
we did so much in 3 days. xmas market was great had waffles and pancakes, taci drivers were so friendly and talkative. United stadium was a great tour experience. we visited the ice cavern in town which was unreal. we went to the chill factore ski and tubing which was so much fun especially for the little ones. we visited sealife which was nice experience wouldnt go again though over priced i felt. but smaller ones would love it. we went to a didgits kids show which was cool. & most of all i highly recommend dinner at gino d campo restuarnt it was amazing not to expensive and a brill treat i loved Manchester
Amazing town and fantastic friendly people. So many things to do and see. Everyone has their own style and is unique and vibrant to themselves. Australasia is worth the visit for high end slightly above budget food. Couldn’t fault anything and their staff were excellent beyond expectations.
Stayed over night with my partner for a concert rooms were clean however a bit on the small side the breakfast the next day was quite expensive staff were friendly and helpful other than that was a pleasurable stay
Manchester is incredibly easy to get around either by walking or using their brilliant tram system. It has something for everyone no matter whether you love sport, theatre, architecture or amazing museums. I’d initially wanted to come due to the Pankhurst Centre (birthplace of the Suffragette movement but check opening days as it’s run by very friendly volunteers). However other hights included the John Rylands Library, Manchester Central Library (perfect mix of modern and traditional and the entire building is worth exploring) and the Discover Manchester Walking Tour (it gives you a brilliant starting point). Until I got to Manchester I didn’t realise that Solford was so close. It’s well worth taking the tram to Media City UK to wander around and Old Trafford and the Imperial War Museum are both less than 10 minutes walk away.
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