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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.

Tonight

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Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency GBP
Language English
Average weekend price £123 per night
Average weekday price £96 per night
Typical stay 1 night

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8.0

We watched the footballderby at Etihad stadium, and went...

15 November 2018

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.

Anonymous Norway
10

Amazing shopping in the city centre and at the Trafford...

14 November 2018

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.

RJW
RJW United Kingdom
10

we did so much in 3 days.

14 November 2018

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

Lucy
Lucy United Kingdom
10

Amazing town and fantastic friendly people.

14 November 2018

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.

Chanel
Chanel United Kingdom
6.0

Stayed over night with my partner for a concert rooms were...

14 November 2018

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

Shonna
Shonna United Kingdom
10

Manchester is incredibly easy to get around either by...

13 November 2018

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.

Catherine
Catherine United Kingdom

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