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Manchester is very much on the up these days - there is a buzz about the place. I was there to attend a concert at the Bridgwater Hall, which was well worth the journey.
David C. 23 May 2015
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City guide – Manchester, England


Commonly called the second city of the United Kingdom, many regular visitors would rather travel to Manchester than any other city in England. Known worldwide for its major football clubs, Manchester also houses a lively music scene, plus architectural delights like the Gothic John Rylands Library, Manchester Cathedral and Arley Hall & Gardens – a wondrous Victorian mansion. Several shopping centres ensure that you can find souvenirs in boutiques, designer and high street stores, while restaurants like Manchester House Restaurant and Lounge and The French Restaurant, where many celebrities including Posh and Becks have dined, are difficult to rival.           
 

History

Manchester is described by many historians as the world's first industrial city due to its role in cotton and coal production in the late 1700s. The building of Bridgewater Canal, one of England's first canals, helped hasten the transportation of these products into Manchester in 1761. When the canal was finished, Manchester had yet to open its first school, library or theatre, and the city's population was just 22,000 in 1773. By 1823, that figure jumped to around 108,000, and it would peak at 766,000 in 1931.
 

Things to see and do

Music
The music scene in Manchester has helped shape the careers of some of the world's most beloved musicians including the Bee Gees, Oasis and Morrissey. In the spring of 1965, three bands from Manchester — the Dreamers, Herman's Hermits, and Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders — filled the top three spots of the Billboard Hot 100.

Much of the world's most popular music today is regularly performed at the 21,000-seat Manchester Arena, one of the planet's busiest facilities along with London's O2 Arena and Madison Square Garden in New York. Many of the more than 250 events that take place at Manchester Arena every year are musical concerts.

Live shows also take place in front of tens of thousands of people at Old Trafford cricket ground and the City of Manchester Stadium, while some of the more intimate concert venues here include the O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester Academy and Manchester Central.
 

Football

This football-mad city is enviable as the home of some pretty incredible football history as well as a pair of famous modern-era clubs. In 1888, the world's first professional league was founded at the Royal Hotel in Manchester. Years later, Manchester United and Manchester City combined to win seven of eight Premier League titles from the 2006-07 season through to the 2013-14 campaign. City plays two miles east of the centre at the City of Manchester Stadium, and United's Old Trafford is three miles to the west.

Annual festivals


Sporting events
Several fun festivals take place in Manchester so you might want to want to schedule your trip to coincide with them. Sports fans should consider attending the British National Squash Championships, which are held at the National Squash Centre every February. Those with Irish blood, or those who simply want to be Irish for a couple of weeks, are encouraged to visit during the Manchester Irish Festival in March – its St. Patrick's Day parade is especially popular.

Runners can join 38,000 likeminded people for the Great Manchester Run, a 10-kilometre race held every May, while the Great Manchester Cycle race takes place on a 13-mile course in June.

Arts and cultural events


The Manchester International, a cultural gathering focused on new art, is held in June and July every other year. Party enthusiasts will want to make the trip to Manchester at some point between September and New Year's Day to take in the Warehouse Project and the tremendous industrial energy that surrounds this special club night in the city.  

Climate

Contrary to popular belief, it actually rains less in Manchester than it does in the United Kingdom in general; Manchester's annual rainfall totals 1,125 millimetres. High temperatures in the summer usually reach 21 degrees Celsius while winter temperatures normally stay just above the freezing mark. Snow falls here between November and February – although it doesn’t occur every year.

Getting to Manchester

Manchester Airport is the country's largest outside of the London metropolitan area, and it serves passengers flying in from major cities situated throughout Europe and the world. Some of the most popular airlines that serve this airport include easyJet, Flybe, Jet2.com, Monarch Airlines, Ryanair and Thomas Cook Airlines. Free Wi-Fi is available in all of its terminals, and many business travellers enjoy spending time in the Escape Lounges.

Those using public transportation can get into the city by taking one of the trains that depart Manchester Airport railway station, which is conveniently situated between Terminals 1 and 2. Once in the city, you will find that it is very easy to get around by using public transportation.

Manchester Metrolink will be the country's largest tram network once renovations are completed in 2016; Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria are two of England's busiest railway stations. Several bus companies provide further transportation options for those looking to get around Manchester.

This city is actually one of the most historic places in the world for rail travel. Liverpool Road railway station, which was open from 1830-44, served as a terminus for the oldest inter-city passenger railway in the world, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.

Once you have your travel dates in mind, use our search function to choose from a wide array of hotels situated in Greater Manchester.
 

Recently booked Manchester hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Britannia Country House Spa Hotel South Manchester 27 minutes ago 3 stars £35.00
The Place Aparthotel 3 hours ago 4 stars £83.34
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Manchester - Piccadilly 3 hours ago 3 stars £55.62
Campanile Manchester 7 hours ago 2 stars £31.88
INNSIDE By Melia Manchester 9 hours ago 4 stars £59.61

Recently Rated Manchester Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Manchester
4.8 / 5
4 reviews
5 stars £74.25
Gardens Hotel
3.7 / 5
21 reviews
3 stars £40.84
Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland
3.7 / 5
40 reviews
4 stars £61.98
Clayton Hotel, Manchester Airport formerly Bewleys Manchester Airport
4.0 / 5
97 reviews
3 stars £58.34
Britannia Ashley Hotel Hale Manchester
3.2 / 5
13 reviews
3 stars £29.16

Featured Manchester Hotels

Hotel only £78.75

1 The Midland Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 29 reviews

Peter Street

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Traditional retreat with up-to-date amenitiesThe Midland Hotel welcomes travellers with a seamless blend of old world charm and modern comforts in the heart of Manchester. An ideal base for...

One of the best in the city
Charm, elegance and style - this hotel has it all. From the character of the actual building to the design in the rooms everything made me feel like I was staying somewhere truly special.
9 Jun 2015
Night at the theatre
Nice hotel, pity about Breakfast service. Served on cold plates, having ask for extra coffee, butter, milk. Buffet breakfast, it's in the name, help yourself too how much you want.
22 Apr 2015
Hotel only £34.16

2 Britannia Hotel Manchester City Centre

3 stars
2.9 / 5 115 reviews

Portland Street

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Centrally located, the Britannia Manchester hotel is an excellent choice for sightseeing and business travel in this vibrant city. Public transit and major motorways are equally accessible from...

Good location but that is it...
Very convenient location. But other than that, the hotel needs improvements. WiFi is horrible unless you use it in the lobby area so don't be fooled by free WiFi advertisement. It looks like...
13 Jun 2015
Good Deal
Hotel was great price, great location and clean sheets. Perfect. Maybe a little tired and past its day but ticked all my boxes.
10 Mar 2015
Hotel only £59.61

3 INNSIDE By Melia Manchester

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

1 First Street

O41

INNSIDE ManchesterLocated in the First Street development in the heart of ManchesterA short walk to Deansgate and Manchester CentralUnique food concept - Street on First, 'Food for a Social Mood'...

Hotel only £51.67

4 Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

Water Street

Rate includes breakfast

Across from the Granada Television Studios and a leisurely stroll to the Opera House and the Palace Theatre, the Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel keeps guests in comfortable luxury...

Business trip
Fantastic stay. Lovely room. Very clean. Good amenities.
4 Jun 2015
A great weekend spoilt.
We arrived at the front door and was met by a very courtious conseirge, the staff were excellent, the accomodation was excellent, the Hotel ammenities was excellent and we did not plan to have food...
27 May 2014
Hotel only £74.25

5 Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Manchester

5 stars
4.8 / 5 4 reviews

Free Trade Hall

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Free Trade Hall, home of the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel, is counted among the most famous buildings in downtown Manchester. This centrally located luxury hotel offers contemporary...

Romantic city escape
From the moment I parked the car and my delightful boyfriend went to park it for me the staff at the radisson came to greet me and help me with my bags. The hotel is beautiful, the room stunning...
28 Jun 2015
Birthday celebration
I stayed here with my boyfriend for his birthday over the weekend. We arrived early around 1pm but was able to check in straight away, as we had paid for a business class room we expected a good...
12 Jan 2015
Hotel only £30.84

6 Sachas Spa Hotel Manchester City Centre

3 stars
2.0 / 5 34 reviews

Tib Street

FREE Wireless Internet in Public areas

Centrally located near Piccadilly Gardens and not far from Piccadilly Station, the economical Britannia Sachas Hotel City Centre is a great choice for budget travelers in Manchester on business or...

Terrible! Rude staff and manager
I booked for a double room non smoking. The lady gave me a damp room, stank of wet moist damp the carpets were wet. Dirty room. I went back and asked the lady working in reception and she rolled...
3 Jun 2015
Quick Manchester stay
Easy to get to near centre, room wasn't 100, staff were very nice if go again but I'd choose a more expensive option of a room
6 May 2015
Hotel only £34.71

7 Stay Inn Hotel Manchester

3 stars
3.7 / 5 17 reviews

55 Blackfriars Road

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Holidaymakers looking for affordable accommodations while exploring Manchester find suitable retreat at Stay Inn Hotel Manchester. Guests at this city-center hotel enjoy refreshing breakfast on...

Perfect for the arena, but a bit out of town
Hotel is perfectly placed for those going to the arena, but might be a bit far from the centre of town, depends what you need the hotel for.
16 Feb 2015
ok room
the hotel is in walking distant of town and xmas market. was the best value hotel with free parking we could find the room is ok needs a really make over but does the job of somewhere to put head...
28 Dec 2014
Hotel only £55.62

8 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Manchester - Piccadilly

3 stars
4.4 / 5 39 reviews

One Piccadilly Place, 1 Auburn St.

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

The downtown Mint Hotel Manchester boasts an ideal location at Piccadilly Place, in the center of it all. Arts, cultural and sports attractions are concentrated in downtown Manchester, so there is...

Awesome weekend
Was in Manchester for the weekend to watch the Manchester United legends vs Bayern Munich game and was very pleased with my stay. The hotel is literally round the corner from Manchester Picadilly...
18 Jun 2015
Great location. Very good hotel
Ideal location if arriving by Train. Literally a 2 minute walk from Piccadilly Station. Room size was ok, but wouldn't want it any smaller. Loved the iMac tv/computer although it did crash a few...
4 Mar 2015
Hotel only £74.38

9 Hilton Manchester Deansgate

4 stars
4.2 / 5 11 reviews

303 Deansgate

Leisure Escapes! - Rate includes hotel credit

Occupying the lower 23 floors of the downtown Beetham Tower, the Hilton Manchester Deansgate offers stylish contemporary design and stunning city views from an excellent, central location. Visit...

fantastic hotel
It's a lovely hotel I enjoyed the stay and how close the city center to the hotel. There are parking close to the hotel and also there are Caffè shop and restaurants
14 Aug 2014
Hotel only £56.67

10 Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

3 stars
4.2 / 5 24 reviews

Portland Street

Rate includes up to 40% off, Breakfast and more

A beautifully equipped and luxurious stay in ManchesterThe Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel is situated in the heart of the city centre, making it the perfect location to discover one of the...

Valentines weekend without the kids
Great location Only thing that let it down was size of room. We booked a pro alive room which shows a large room with settee at the end of bed for relaxing during our stay. We got a average sized...
17 Feb 2015
Awesome Stay
This hotel is located in a great area. You are right in the center of town and all the action. The rooms were nice and clean. The room service and friendly staff were exceptional!!
14 Nov 2014
Hotel only £61.98

11 Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

4 stars
3.7 / 5 40 reviews

3-5 Portland Street

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This central location across from Piccadilly Gardens and near Arndale Center gives business and leisure travelers reason to choose The Portland Thistle, Manchester (formerly Thistle Manchester)....

Small room, even smaller pool
Great location, great staff but the room was so small, pillows so hard and the pool was too public and small
27 Jun 2015
ideal for a weekend stay
Stayed on a Sunday evening at the end of May 2915, after travelling back from completing tough mudder Midlands the day before. Two blokes staying on the 7th floor in what was a very small twin...
4 Jun 2015
Hotel only £71.67

12 Holiday Inn Express MANCHESTER CC - OXFORD ROAD

3 stars
4.4 / 5 8 reviews

2-4 Oxford Road

Enjoy a convenient city centre location at the sleek Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre-Oxford Road hotel. You can be at a sales pitch or the football pitch in minutes, as it's just a short...

Great for short weekend trip
The staff were great - a very friendly and efficient service.
19 May 2014
Great Location, Helpful Staff
The hotel was in a perfect location for us - right on Oxford Road with easy access to trains and buses. It was simple to hop on a bus and see our daughter at University of Manchester and /or go the...
1 May 2014
Hotel only £55.61

13 Jurys Inn Manchester City Centre

4 stars
4.4 / 5 15 reviews

Jurys Hotel

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Accommodation to suit business or pleasure in ManchesterThe Jurys Inn Manchester City Centre is located in the heart of this prosperous city and has both Manchester Oxford Road and Deansgate...

Overnight stay
Stayed with my partner nice room and friendly staff and really cheap price
28 Apr 2015
awesome weekend away
The room was spotlessly clean and comfortable only problem i had was the free version of the internet was not great. But the staff were all friendly and helpful and made the trip worth staying with...
6 Apr 2015
Hotel only £60.84

14 Macdonald Manchester Hotel and Spa

4 stars
4.0 / 5 22 reviews

London Road

In the heart of the city, the Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa is sure to please. This landmark hotel offers contemporary elegance near major roadways and within walking distance of Piccadilly...

Very Good
Centrally located. Suited all of my needs. Would happily stay again.
20 May 2015
Great experience
Lovely staff. Very helpful and accommodating. I would defiantly return here
20 May 2015
Hotel only £51.91

15 Park Inn By Radisson Manchester City Centre

4 stars
4.4 / 5 14 reviews

4 Cheetham Hill Road

The 252-room Park Inn by Radisson Manchester is a very modern hotel in the heart of the city and very close to some of the best shopping at Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and the Arndale shopping...

lovely hotel
Stayed at park inn for 1 night the hotel was lovely and the staff was fantastic. Went down for breakfast and was overwhelmed by the choice. Would definitely stay again.
16 Jun 2015
Night out
Very clean comfortable room, breakfast very good, short walk to city centre would definitely stop again
6 Apr 2015
Hotel only £56.67

16 Crowne Plaza MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE

4 stars
4.6 / 5 5 reviews

70 Shudehill

Stay 3 Get 1 Night Free

Lose yourself in a beautiful, modern settingWhether you're visiting for work or to explore the area, the Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre gives you a chance to get to the heart of things. The...

Friday overnighter!
An excellent place to stay! The room was clean, bed comfy and the breakfast delicious. The staff throughout our stay were wonderful. We were greeted by a friendly reception who were most upset to...
29 Jun 2015
Great weekend!
Brilliant stay from the moment of arrival. Nicest staff around and really nice room. Hotel ideally located and right beside a metro station aswell.
25 Nov 2014
Hotel only £66.66

17 Arora Hotel Manchester

4 stars
4.3 / 5 35 reviews

18-24 Princess Street

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Centrally located on Princess Street, across from the Manchester Art Gallery, the Arora Hotel Manchester offers guests contemporary style and modern amenities within their gorgeous...

manchester trip away
the hotel was not very hotel like a hotel,more like a jail. with a key for everything which is fair but jezz. we were on ground floor. key to hotel hallway. key to a door outside room door. key to...
8 Apr 2015
Family Holiday Trip
This a very clean and nice hotel. We had a wonderful dinner and everyone friendly.
6 Apr 2015
Hotel only £61.67

18 Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 17 reviews

Blackfriars Street

Rate includes breakfast

Close to Piccadilly Station, the hub of downtown Manchester, is the contemporary Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel. Leisure travelers appreciate that the immediate area is crowded with...

Hotel only £54.00

19 City Stop Manchester

4 stars
4.5 / 5 4 reviews

6-16 Dantzic Street

PLEASE CHECK VOUCHER FOR CHECK IN PROCEDURE

Contemporary apartment living in an elegant grade II listed buildingTired of staying in hotels? Why not try something refreshingly different on your next trip to Manchester and choose the City Stop...

excellent apartments
Ideal hotel for me as I need a hotel which will let me check in early not many hotels in Manchester allow that. Also very clean and nice apartments overall would recommend
6 Apr 2015
shopping trip
great location right behind the arndale shopping centre and opposite the print works.lovely spacious rooms. extremely friendly reception staff and cleaners , rooms adequately furnished little...
19 Dec 2014
Hotel only £56.59

20 Novotel Manchester Centre

3 stars
4.7 / 5 6 reviews

21 Dickinson Street

Rate includes Breakfast

Novotel Manchester Centre hotel is a 4 star hotel, located in central Manchester. Book the hotel to be close to the Conference Quarter and the shopping and nightlife of central Manchester. Each of...

Good hotel
The hotel was in a good location and was clean. The lobby bar offered a good menu as well. I would stay here again.
11 Mar 2015
I just loved. The experience.
Everything was just perfect. Except the fact that the receptionist was a bit grumpy. Would recommend
18 Sep 2014
Hotel only £83.34

21 The Place Aparthotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 38 reviews

Ducie Street, Piccadilly

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The Place Apartment Hotel in the heart of Manchester is located in a Grade II listed building, which has been converted into luxury apartments. The rooms have barreled ceilings, ironwork and...

Great base to explore Manchester
Right by the station this is just off the main road and is a great base from exploring the city. Really spacious apartments that had everything I needed plus breakfast downstairs in the morning was...
13 Jun 2015
Girls weekend
Had a great stay as always, superb location to be in the heart of the city. We will be back in October, I have booked already !!!!
22 Apr 2015
Hotel only £40.84

22 Gardens Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 21 reviews

55 Piccadilly

FREE Wireless Internet

The comfortable and affordable Gardens Hotel overlooks the lovely Piccadilly Gardens and is only a quarter mile from Piccadilly Station. This central location puts travelers in the heart of...

For the purpose of the trip, it could have been better
Would no stay there again. Elevator smelled. It should be a 2** and not 3. Location is good. However, bikers and people hang outside the front that one has to pass to get in the building. The hotel...
28 Jun 2015
Convenient for transport and city centre
Used this hotel while travelling late evening from Wales to North Yorkshire. Found it clean convenient and affordable.
15 Jun 2015
Hotel only £54.16

23 Atrium by BridgeStreet Apartments

3 stars
4.2 / 5 28 reviews

74 Princess Street

For extended stays in downtown Manchester, the Atrium by BridgeStreet Apartments is an excellent choice. This hotel, on the corner of Princess and Whitworth streets, is surrounded by the vibrant...

Perfect for our visit
Very impressed with this apartment-style hotel. We were there for one night only so we didn't use the very extensive kitchen facilities. Would have been very convenient for a longer stay. Parking...
24 May 2015
Ideal place for leisure stay
Very close to central railway and coach stations (for those who plan to travel further). China town is just round the corner. A few steps to National Gallery and other tourist attractions. Flat is...
28 Oct 2013
Hotel only £46.04

24 Pendulum Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 27 reviews

Weston Bldg, Sackville Street

FREE Wireless Internet throughout the Hotel

Offering value, comfort and prime location in the heart of Manchester city centre, the Pendulum Hotel attracts a mixed crowd of smart savvy business travellers and city explorers seeking a dose of...

Great for couple of days
Great for business and good location for the price. Thanks
15 May 2015
Good hotel
I say it was a great hotel in a great location staff were very polite and I would most probably stay in this hotel again depending on the price and deal I get. Rooms in the hotel were above average...
13 May 2015
Hotel only £60.89

25 City Warehouse Aparthotel Manchester

4 stars
5.0 / 5 3 reviews

6-14 Great Ancoats Street

FREE Wireless Internet

Located just a few minutes walk from Piccadilly Gardens, in the heart of Manchester City Centre, the City Warehouse Apartment Hotel offers a superb alternative to traditional Hotel accommodation....

Goregous room and excellent staff
Couldn't have been more impressed by the staff in this hotel. They were beyond helpful, so welcoming and so friendly. They assistited us with any queries we had and could not have been faulted!...
25 Mar 2014
Great size apartment to hold our Christmas family gathering
We had a brilliant stay,and the staff could not have been more helpful. Bed a little too hard for me otherwise it would have been full marks for comfort. The 2 showers were fantastic, and the...
28 Dec 2013