Manchester City Center
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 $24 a night
4.2 miles from downtown
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 $78 a night
2.3 miles from downtown
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 $31 a night
2.6 miles from downtown
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 $139 a night
0.1 miles from downtown
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 $30 a night
0.8 miles from downtown
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 $51 a night
1.9 miles from downtown
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 $36 a night
Manchester is the third-largest city in England and has its roots in industry and expressionism. It's the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and home to some of the UK’s most celebrated musicians.
This spirit lives on in a thriving media industry and an array of great museums. Visit the Museum of Science and Industry to learn all about the city’s industrial past and scientific achievements, or delve into sports history at the National Football Museum.
If you're looking to catch a game, head straight to Old Trafford to watch the country’s biggest football club, Manchester United. If tickets are all sold-out, you can either take a stadium tour or just watch their rivals, Manchester City, on their home turf.
Manchester is also famous for its nightlife and music scene. Roam the bars and clubs lining Oxford Road or the Northern Quarter for indie anthems and dance classics by bands like Oasis and The Smiths – two of Manchester’s greatest 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|
|Local currency||£1 = $1.20|
|Average weekend price||$159 per night|
|Average weekday price||$131 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
Good tram system....from airport to centre and to outskirts, change where applicable There is also a free bus service from Piccadilly train station around the city centre For alternative shopping etc, go to the Northern Quarter, pop into Afflecks Palace...wander around the area look at street art... Great music scene in Manchester and Greater Manchester....really good metal scene....
Had a great night out, lots of lovely bars and restaurants to choose from. Lively, fun and sociable. We ate at The Ivey and drank at The Alchemist. Travelled by train and by tram. Also used a local taxi. All good.
The development of the Northern Quarter is astounding. So many great places to eat, drink and hang out! Fully recommend staying round this area where once I would have absolutely avoided staying near Piccadilly station.
Grew up in Manchester but moved away over 30 years ago. Today the city is now unrecognizable. The City center looks brand new with so many new builds and skyscrapers. Visited City center, Trafford center , Salford Quays, Didsbury village and Etihad stadium. All excellent venues
Nice galleries and shops. A good variety of places to eat a diverse range of foods from across the world. Moose Coffee has great pancakes and I can't believe I was able to find a place that has Grits on the menu. Very happy about the walkability as well. The only thing I didn't quite like is the sanitation of the place and the fact that everyone smokes. For someone with asthma it's a very difficult environment to be in.
My visit was to attend the Visa center so ,I was only in the city for 2 days. I stayed at Salford Quays, what a great place to spend an afternoon walking, enjoying the attention to detail. A lot of thought has obviously been put Into the place. I was very impressed with the cleanliness and saw many impressive buildings old and new. The people we very helpful and friendly. I loved the trams, cheap, and convenient. I wish they were all over the UK. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to return and have more time to explore.
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