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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 £37 per night

This weekend

From £228 per night

Next weekend

From £211 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency GBP
Language English
Average weekend price £130 per night
Average weekday price £105 per night
Typical stay 1 night

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I enjoyed walking round the city.

24 May 2022

I enjoyed walking round the city. We visited a couple of restaurants and the food was delicious. We traveled to Manchester to see The Script concert and so got to walk around Victoria before the concert and it was lovely, lots of shops, restaurants and museums to fill your time

Joanne United Kingdom

Manchester is a vibrant and friendly city.

23 May 2022

Manchester is a vibrant and friendly city. The central library is excellent, a real Gem. We went to BOX, The Opera House and generally walking around the city is very pleasant. Plenty of choices of restaurants and good value for money. The map showing the various neighborhoods is handy. The free bus is excellent to give an overview of places to walk to or see. We did the tour of the Etihad Stadium and Pat, our guide had so much passion for the club, it was a joy. I wish I had at least an extra day or two to go and see Old Trafford and the set of Coronation Street - I will just have to go back. It would be great if there was a more direct pleasant way to access the River Bank. It is blocked by some restaurant barriers and we had to go way out of our way to get to it. Develop the River Bank - It is something to enjoy.

Conor Ireland

Transport system fab.

22 May 2022

Transport system fab. Trams can take you everywhere. City is great for shopping and of course the amazing Manchester Arena. We parked 15 minutes out of the centre but easy walk into the City to our hotel. NCP and other car parks are expensive in and around the centre.


Great visited my son at Uni, saw Emile Sande at O2 Ritz very...

22 May 2022

Great visited my son at Uni, saw Emile Sande at O2 Ritz very near the Jury Inn (walking distance) took 10 min taxi to ITV Studios to visit Coronation Street, fund experience. Ate at The Kitchen Blues (excellent food and cocktails), lunch in the Vegan 8th Day cafe very good. Brunch at Erz and Gail (I think its called)

Seonaid Mackenzie
Seonaid Mackenzie United Kingdom

Public transport is alright, Trams are best option if you...

21 May 2022

Public transport is alright, Trams are best option if you travel within the city. Lots of inside and outdoor places to visit or activities to do like football, shopping, dinning, night life, safari park, ski etc. With short travel many national parks are there to visit. Lovely people. Only negative point is you will see many homeless people around specially in town centre.


I grew up in Manchester, but moved out of country 45 years...

21 May 2022

I grew up in Manchester, but moved out of country 45 years ago. The city appeals to a younger crowd and the city center is busy especially on the weekends. The area around the Corn Exchange and the Wellington Pub is a plus, with outdoor seating and a range of food, drink options. The city is currently undergoing a major change in the city center with a number of high rises completed and construction is continuing. The city is worth a visit and has a number of attractions that are top rate. Distinct lack of green space for such a high density area The city has shaken off it's industrial roots, but there enough reminders that have been preserved.

Frank United States

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