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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 Rated Manchester Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Copthorne Hotel Manchester
3.4 / 5
13 reviews
4 stars £39.34
BEST WESTERN Cresta Court Hotel
3.3 / 5
9 reviews
3 stars £37.50
Gardens Hotel
3.7 / 5
15 reviews
3 stars £36.66
Arora Hotel Manchester
4.3 / 5
28 reviews
4 stars £56.66
MAX @ Manchester Piccadilly Serviced Apartments
4.0 / 5
4 reviews
4 stars £74.16
Bewleys Hotel Manchester Airport
3.8 / 5
69 reviews
3 stars £55.00
The Midland Hotel
4.2 / 5
24 reviews
4 stars £78.75
Stay Inn Hotel Manchester
3.8 / 5
14 reviews
3 stars £34.71
Hilton Manchester Deansgate
4.1 / 5
10 reviews
4 stars £80.63
Jurys Inn Manchester City Centre
4.3 / 5
8 reviews
3 stars £46.66

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1 Thistle Manchester City Centre, The Portland

4 stars
3.6 / 5 24 reviews

3-5 Portland Street

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Business-friendly and centrally located across from Piccadilly GardensThis central location across from Piccadilly Gardens and near Arndale Center gives business and leisure travelers reason to...

Disappointing room
Outside of the building was so majestic and grand I was really looking forward to checking in and the location was so central it all seemed perfect. Lobby was clean and had lovely Christmas feel...
16 Dec 2014
Perfect stay
This was our 1st visit to manchester . We had a 2 night stay and it was perfect :-) staff couldnt do enough for you the hotel is in a prime postion . We cant fault this hotel at all
9 Dec 2014
Hotel only £37.50

2 Britannia Hotel Manchester City Centre

3 stars
2.9 / 5 102 reviews

Portland Street

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Central location makes grand hotel a standout in downtown ManchesterCentrally located, the Britannia Manchester hotel is an excellent choice for sightseeing and business travel in this vibrant...

Ok
First room had a constant loud high pitched noise all night that meant I couldn't sleep. I moved the next day to another room which was fine.
12 Dec 2014
Good location
Good location. Old hotel, that you could see that some time ago it was pure luxury.
23 Oct 2014
Hotel only £60.00

3 Macdonald Manchester Hotel and Spa

4 stars
3.7 / 5 11 reviews

London Road

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Elegant, modern luxury near Piccadilly Station in Manchester In the heart of the city, the Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa is sure to please. This landmark hotel offers contemporary elegance...

Absolutely LOVELY
Everything about this hotel is fantastic, Great location Lovely staff FANTASTIC ROOM 7th floor Delicious breakfast
10 Dec 2014
Would stay again
Really enjoyed this one night in Exec room. Excellent value and breakfast amazing. Will stay again.
2 Nov 2014
Hotel only £74.16

4 MAX @ Manchester Piccadilly Serviced Apartments

4 stars
4.0 / 5 4 reviews

Dale Street

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Modern property in a central Manchester locationWhether in the city of Manchester for a long- or short- term stay for a corporate or recreational trip, travelers find ideal base at the...

Not the best
We reported a problem with the ensuite toilet twice but nothing was done and as it was about to come off the wall it was unusable. The grout in both bathrooms was mouldly and the bath took hours to...
1 Dec 2014
Great Location
Very comfortable stay - everything required was available. What I really enjoyed was the sound of the water in the canal right next to the apartment building - really rustic feeling at night....
1 Aug 2014
Hotel only £56.66

5 Arora Hotel Manchester

4 stars
4.3 / 5 28 reviews

18-24 Princess Street

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Sleek contemporary design inside a heritage exterior in ManchesterCentrally located on Princess Street, across from the Manchester Art Gallery, the Arora Hotel Manchester offers guests...

very nice hotel
We stayed at the arora for just 1 night after a night on the town. Would highly recommend it, very clean and helpfull staff. Breakfast cost £10 and was buffet style all you could eat. Will stay...
2 Dec 2014
Ideal location for a weekend break
A large quiet room with ample facilities for our 1 night stay.Staff very friendly. I just felt it was a bit jaded, not sure anything in the decor has changed in the 10 yrs since last stay.
17 Nov 2014
Hotel only £36.66

6 Gardens Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 15 reviews

55 Piccadilly

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An affordable and convenient hotel overlooking Piccadilly GardensThe comfortable and affordable Gardens Hotel overlooks the lovely Piccadilly Gardens and is only a quarter mile from Piccadilly...

Very friendly and helpfull staff, cheap cheerfull and local hotel
Very helpful and friendly staff. Room is basic and does the job. Hotel is very centrally located and is perfect for a budget seeker. There's even carpet on the walls of the lift for those who love...
24 Nov 2014
Weekend away
Great location in the middle of everything shops,bars easy to find . Only downside was the key card to our room it didn't work the whole time we were there wasn't so much of a problem until it came...
1 Jul 2014
Hotel only £34.71

7 Stay Inn Hotel Manchester

3 stars
3.8 / 5 14 reviews

55 Blackfriars Road

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Bed and breakfast hotel close to Manchester attractionsHolidaymakers looking for affordable accommodations while exploring Manchester find suitable retreat at Stay Inn Hotel Manchester. Guests at...

Nice night away
The hotel itself is nice the staff were friendly the hotel was quite a bit away from the city centre bit luckily their are bus stops outside and a taxi rank . The room was nice and spacious the...
28 Jul 2014
Fab Location!
Perfect location for all local amenities, train stations, MEN Arena, Arndale shopping centre all within a 5-10 minute walk. Nice cosy, clean rooms complete with essentials (hair dryer, free wifi,...
5 Mar 2014
Hotel only £80.63

8 Hilton Manchester Deansgate

4 stars
4.1 / 5 10 reviews

303 Deansgate

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Stunning views and contemporary style in Beetham Tower in ManchesterOccupying the lower 23 floors of the downtown Beetham Tower, the Hilton Manchester Deansgate offers stylish contemporary design...

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
Reliable Hotel
Hilton reliability, excellent location for Manchester Central convention centre.
22 Jun 2013
Hotel only £83.34

9 The Place Aparthotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 30 reviews

Ducie Street, Piccadilly

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A hotel with a difference in the heart of ManchesterThe Place Apartment Hotel in the heart of Manchester is located in a Grade II listed building, which has been converted into luxury apartments....

Lovely Place to stay.
Stayed at The Place with my Mum and Sister to visit the Christmas Markets and do some Christmas shopping. Booked a two bedroom apartment and were amazed to be put in a family suite with 3 kingside...
16 Dec 2014
Great stay with the family
Staff very friendly and helpful. They books a restaurant for us and sorted the taxi and advised us on time to low to get through town. The rooms are perfect for families and the kids loved the...
1 Jun 2014
Hotel only £78.75

10 The Midland Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 24 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...

Beautiful hotel inside and out
I stayed one night at the hotel and had a truly welcoming experience! The room with spotless and clean and the smart TV and free wifi was a bonus! Definitely will go back!
17 Sep 2014
Enjoyable time
The hotel was beautiful and the staff are very courteous and friendly. The hotel is centrally located and close to the main shopping area. Also there is a metro stop across the road from the hotel.
11 Apr 2014
Hotel only £46.66

11 Jurys Inn Manchester City Centre

3 stars
4.3 / 5 8 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...

Expected
This hotel was exactly as I expected, perfect. Do not hesitate to book this hotel.
10 Jun 2014
Good but noisy in early hours
Small but clean and modern room with a great bed. Very convenient for Oxford Road and the centre. Room 229 suffered a lot if noise from talking and a repeatedly banging door in the early hours... I...
4 Feb 2014
Hotel only £59.41

12 Crowne Plaza MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE

4 stars
4.6 / 5 5 reviews

70 Shudehill

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...

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
Great city location
A very convenient central location, spotless rooms with a good range of facilities and services.
16 Aug 2014
Hotel only £29.16

13 Britannia Hotel Stockport

3 stars
2.8 / 5 36 reviews

Dialstone Lane

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Modern and spacious rooms near the vibrant centre of StockportThe modern and spacious Britannia Hotel Stockport is in the perfect central location, giving you easy access to all of Stockport's...

Worst hotel I have ever stayed in
I have stayed in various Britannia hotels but my experience in this hotel is not good the first week I was there the room was cold and whilst using the shower the bath filled up at the same time...
14 Dec 2014
our stay
We stayed in Nov for 2 nights.Our room was decent if smallish.The furniture was of good quality but a bit tired.There were Quite a few people waiting to hear if they could stop in UK being...
24 Nov 2014
Hotel only £52.67

14 Park Inn By Radisson Manchester City Centre

4 stars
4.1 / 5 7 reviews

4 Cheetham Hill Road

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Attractive, modern hotel in Manchester city centre 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...

Night out at the printworks and visit to the Phones 4 u arena
Hotel was in a great location, directly opposite the arena, and less than a ten minute walk to the printworks, arndale centre and victoria station! The rooms were spotless and a great size, the bed...
18 Nov 2014
Plenty of Activities in area
This hotel was in a good location to access other parts of the city. It was 25 minute taxi from the airport which went by pretty quick. The Manchester Victoria train and tram station was a short...
7 Jan 2014
Hotel only £54.17

15 Holiday Inn Express MANCHESTER CC - OXFORD ROAD

3 stars
4.3 / 5 6 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 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
20 Times 20 Times
The hotel was very central and if one wanted to bar hop, it was the right neighborhood. Parking is a block away and the staff was very helpful. Manchester is confusing to navigate but having a GPS...
31 Mar 2014
Hotel only £63.04

16 Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

Water Street

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Stars, river views and luxury in the center of ManchesterAcross from the Granada Television Studios and a leisurely stroll to the Opera House and the Palace Theatre, the Manchester Marriott...

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 £68.68

17 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Manchester - Piccadilly

3 stars
4.4 / 5 27 reviews

One Piccadilly Place, 1 Auburn St.

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

Contemporary sophistication in a central location at Piccadilly PlaceThe downtown Mint Hotel Manchester boasts an ideal location at Piccadilly Place, in the center of it all. Arts, cultural and...

Perfect location with cool amenities
First of all, the cookies!! The hotel is basically across the street from the Picadilly train station, which is excellent...you can even avoid steps and street crossings altogether if you take the...
24 Jun 2014
Excellent location, just near the train station
Stopped for one night on our way to Liverpool. Perfect location, just a couple of minutes walk from the train station, and a nice stroll to the centre for shops, restaurants etc. Staff pleasant and...
7 Apr 2014
Hotel only £50.00

18 Staycity Serviced Apartments - Laystall Street

4 stars
4.3 / 5 6 reviews

40 Laystall Street

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Popular apartments set in the heart of Manchester, just minutes from Piccadilly Station, Piccadilly Gardens and the Northern Quarter, Staycity Serviced Apartments enjoys a convenient location which...

Great location
Stayed in January and the apartment was always warm, very comfortable to stay in. Location was excellent, a short walk from the station and to the town centre
26 Jan 2014
Great apartment close to city centre
We arrived an hour before the official check in time but our apartment was ready and we were given the keys. The apartment was clean, spacious and had everything we needed. The only minor problem...
19 Nov 2013
Hotel only £50.99

19 City Stop Manchester

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

6-16 Dantzic Street

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Victoria Buildings is a stunning grade II listed property and provides beautiful contemporary apartments with a combination of the old exposed brickwork and new steelwork. The ideal place to stay...

Excellent location
Great apartment in a brilliant location, right opposite Printworks and Arndale. Staff and check in fine. Clean spacious apartment, my only suggestion would be that considering there is a full size...
29 Apr 2014
Fantastic
Location amazing directly across from nightlife and shopping perfect for the girly trip we went for . Staff went out of way to help us find what we needed and gave excellent tips on where and where...
3 Apr 2013
Hotel only £47.85

20 City Warehouse Aparthotel Manchester

4 stars
5.0 / 5 3 reviews

6-14 Great Ancoats Street

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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
Hotel only £59.26

21 The Light ApartHotel Manchester

4 stars
3.4 / 5 9 reviews

20 Church Street

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The Light ApartHotel is the first true serviced apartment hotel in Manchester, occupying a prime city centre location on the fringe of the trendy Northern Quarter. Our guests enjoy the flexibility...

Lovely Hotel/Apartment
The Aparthotel Light Boutique is a lovely place to stay. Perfect location to Market Street and Arndale shopping center. The room was comfortable and clean. I would suggest asking for more towels as...
5 Mar 2013
An Awful awful,Wolf in shabby clothing
Okay, No Wi-Fi Damaged television. No Hair-dryer. People shouting outside our door at 4am. Seemed more like a hostel atmosphere. Blood on the walls on one floor. Instead of re-painting they patch...
21 Feb 2013
Hotel only £47.50

22 Holiday Inn Express MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE - ARENA

3 stars
3.0 / 5 3 reviews

Goadsby Street,Off Swan Street

Modern and contemporary hotel situated right in the heart of Manchester. The Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre Arena is just minutes walk from all major attractions including The Phones 4...

DONT STAY HERE
Rude staff Sold us a parking ticket to the carpark - directed us there and we ended up getting a ticket. Then would not refund us for the car parking ticket Manager was unhelpful and wouldnt give...
17 Dec 2013
not bad for a night
pleasant staff, and a modern hotel, shame about the lack of parking!
28 Apr 2013
Hotel only £83.33

23 Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Manchester

5 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

Free Trade Hall

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Discover modern luxuries in historic building in the heart of the cityFree Trade Hall, home of the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel, is counted among the most famous buildings in downtown...

Best gain for price paid
Perfect location with walking distance to city center and picadilly train station
3 Jun 2014
Excellent stay
Lots of room space and excellent staff service. Walking distance
2 Jun 2014
Hotel only £68.34

24 Macdonald Townhouse Manchester

4 stars
4.0 / 5 6 reviews

101 Portland Street

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Renovations make this downtown Manchester boutique hotel shineThe renovated Macdonald Townhouse Manchester offers boutique hotel accommodations in the heart of downtown. Friendly service, stylish...

Great location
Free bus to local attractions around the city centre made this a great place for us as I was recovering from a broken leg. Stairs up to reception difficult to manage but there is a lift which I...
10 Jun 2014
Hotel only £57.50

25 Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel

4 stars
3.6 / 5 11 reviews

Blackfriars Street

Rate includes breakfast

Attractive, modern accommodations near Piccadilly Station and MEN ArenaClose to Piccadilly Station, the hub of downtown Manchester, is the contemporary Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel....

Convenient location and comfortable hotel
But best of all are the excellent staff - from the friendly and efficient reception and checkout to the excellent car service, we couldn't fault them. We were even guided to a good local restaurant...
21 Apr 2013
very dated and tired rooms
Very disappointing 4* hotel. Reception very contemporary, rooms very dated. TV big, dated v few channels. Bathroom very old and dated. Requested a king size bed given 2 doubles. Stayed in better 4...
30 Dec 2012