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What travelers to Manchester are saying

Manchester seems to be going through quite a lot of renovations when we visited so it is perhaps not the best time to rate it. We found it a bit run down in a lot of places and then a couple of steps down the same street you would find an incredibly modern and expensive building. The transport round the city was really good though. They have a great little metro-shuttle bus system that takes you round the city centre for free and the tram system was really easy to use and clean. The Northern Quarter has a lot of bars and restaurants in it, and once we found the main city centre there are a lot of shops but there seems to be a lot of road works and changes happening there also. On our second last day we found the area Deansgate, which had canal locks and had been recommended to us for having a good nightlife. If/when we return we would like to explore more of this area. We struggled to find many 'tourist-type' things to do for us to initially get around the city (like a bus tour etc - there is a bus tour but it only runs on Saturdays, which was no use to us) and even the Tourist Information Centre was getting re-furbished so there was only a pop up shop version of it in one of the hotels. The staff at our hotel helped us with maps and areas to visit though.
Lesley N. 13 Jul 2015
I love Manchester and try to visit a couple of times a year. The Trafford Centre is the best shopping centre in the world, I think better than the Dubai malls and US super-malls! Always something going on in the streets of the main town, everybody friendlier than London and happy to help. It's all about Akbars Indian restaurant, a must visit!
Claire E. 17 May 2015
Manchester airport is the best in the UK. Easy access, especially by train, and helpful friendly staff all the way. The car parking charges are excessive, but probably no worse than at other airports. The on-site and close by hotels are of good standard too. It's so much better to stay the night before a flight next day.
Ian C. 23 Mar 2015
I love Manchester due to the diverse communities that attend this city in the gay village. Im pre-trans (male to female) and my partner is a gay woman. We celebrate our relationship on a number of occasions in Manchester. We have made lots of friends here from the communitiy and local businesses.
Sasha D. 20 Jul 2015
I needed to stay the night at a hotel by Manchester airport. The whole experience was good including hire car, hotel and connection to flight. Even though it is not the nearest airport to home, I would use Manchester airport again - but only if you can sort out the jams on the motorway.
Graham R. 25 Jul 2015

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
The Ascott Hotel Manchester 10 minutes ago 4 stars £45.00
Sachas Spa Hotel Manchester City Centre 30 minutes ago 3 stars £32.00
Britannia Hotel Manchester City Centre 50 minutes ago 3 stars £38.00
INNSIDE By Melia Manchester 6 hours ago 4 stars £76.30
Park Inn By Radisson Manchester City Centre 7 hours ago 4 stars £68.80

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Featured Hotels in Manchester

From £58.66

1 The Portland Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 43 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 Hotel. Major renovations have transformed the...

girls holiday
we had a brilliant weekend away in Manchester this weekend. The hotel staff were so friendly and accommodating! They allowed us to check in hours before the check in time as we had an early flight...
22 Aug 2015
Sparkle - Transgender Festival
We booked in here for one night for the annual Transgender Festival Sparkle held in the Manchester gay village. We arrived really early Saturday morning with the expectation to drop our bags off...
21 Jul 2015
From £98.11

2 The Midland Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 31 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...

a relaxing stay
The hotel is beautiful inside and outside. The staff were very friendly and helpful and always had a smile on their faces. The room decor was beautiful and the bed was super relaxing. I felt well...
26 Aug 2015
Wedding guests in central Manchester
Modernised city centre hotel with character.Staff really helpful. Ideal for our wedding party stay as close to town hall.
29 Jul 2015
From £71.00

3 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...

Small Convention Location
Self contained hotel location for a small convention with all amenities on-site. Friendly and helpful staff to facilitate organizing and managing the available options. Easy walking distance to...
26 Aug 2015
Business trip
Fantastic stay. Lovely room. Very clean. Good amenities.
4 Jun 2015
From £38.00

4 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 value,centrally located
The hotel is a lovely old building, but with modern amenities. The check in was quick and effective, with a fair priced breakfast offered as extra. The room I had was perfectly adequate, except a...
17 Jul 2015
Weekend trip
Arriving in the hotel is ridiculously deceptive in that the reception looks fantastic. Once past the ornate staircase and the giant chandelier, we cant help but notice that the room we were...
7 Jul 2015
From £52.50

5 Jurys Inn Manchester City Centre

4 stars
4.4 / 5 16 reviews

Jurys Hotel

SUMMER SALE!!

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...

couple
great location, spotless, excellent staff very helpful. Would definately stay again and recommend
7 Aug 2015
Overnight stay
Stayed with my partner nice room and friendly staff and really cheap price
28 Apr 2015
From £32.00

6 Sachas Spa Hotel Manchester City Centre

3 stars
2.0 / 5 31 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...

A Visit To Manchester
I've read the reviews of this hotel prior to booking which were not very good but I decided to check it for myself. Overall I had pleasant night sleep as the bed was comfortable but my stay was...
22 Aug 2015
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
From £76.30

7 INNSIDE By Melia Manchester

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

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'...

Overall great hotel for the price
Stayed here on a Friday night as a couple looking to get away for the night and found it at a reasonable price. Hotel is in a great location with easy access to parking. Rooms are spacious very...
24 Aug 2015
Good, fun, chic hotel
everything was well presented. I couldn't have asked for better service from the staff.
25 Jul 2015
From £60.00

8 Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

3 stars
4.2 / 5 24 reviews

Portland Street

Rate includes up to 40% off, Breakfast and more

The Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel is situated in the heart of the city centre, making it the perfect location to discover one of the liveliest cities of the North. Rooms provide guests with a...

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
From £68.80

9 Park Inn By Radisson Manchester City Centre

4 stars
4.4 / 5 14 reviews

4 Cheetham Hill Road

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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
From £43.63

10 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
From £66.75

11 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
From £77.00

12 Macdonald Manchester Hotel and Spa

4 stars
4.0 / 5 21 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...

Great experience
Lovely staff. Very helpful and accommodating. I would defiantly return here
20 May 2015
Great weekend break
This hotel is not slap bang in the middle of Manchester but about 5 mins walk away from the main shopping area. Its a great hotel if you can get it at a good price, I paid a bit more but it was a...
13 May 2015
From £79.00

13 Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 16 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...

overnight stay for a show
We have stayed many times at this hotel when going to a show in Manchester. It is only a five minute walk to the arena and has it`s own car park.We did some shopping then had a meal before going to...
12 Jul 2015
From £100.00

14 The Place Aparthotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 37 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 hen weekend
Excellent place to stay for large groups. We wanted to have a night in with a buffet and games and found the apartments ideal for our needs. The only slight downside was the temperature. It was so...
2 Jul 2015
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
From £83.00

15 Macdonald Townhouse Manchester

4 stars
4.3 / 5 11 reviews

101 Portland Street

The renovated Macdonald Townhouse Manchester offers boutique hotel accommodations in the heart of downtown. Friendly service, stylish accommodations and convenience to area attractions are all part...

Nice stay
Good location - we had bookings for corrie tour and restaurant in centre of Manchester - hotel was only 10mins away from both. Room was good size, reception and bar staff excellent. Had to ask for...
28 Aug 2015
Room too hot windows unable to open
Although I liked the hotel itself, the air conditioning in our room was not working. When we asked for help somebody came up to our room but could not fix it and offered no solution to the problem....
2 Jun 2015
From £96.76

16 Hilton Manchester Deansgate

4 stars
4.2 / 5 11 reviews

303 Deansgate

Summer Sale - Rate includes 25% off

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
From £99.02

17 Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Manchester

5 stars
4.9 / 5 7 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...

Excellent for an overnight stay
The best things about this hotel -our concierge Jordan went the extra mile to sort out biscuits, fresh milk and hot chocolate drink for us :) - the location (opposite the Albert Hall) was GREAT...
28 Aug 2015
great all around
Staff were very welcoming, hotel was nice and clean, location was great, bed was super comfy.
29 Jul 2015
From £39.00

18 Gardens Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 18 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
From £79.00

19 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
From £76.50

20 Crowne Plaza MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE

4 stars
4.1 / 5 7 reviews

70 Shudehill

Whether 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 high level of service at the hotel extends...

Sufficient for a night
Overall this hotel is a perfect location for someone looking to have access to city via the close tram and bus service. If you need to travel around Manchester via public transport... this is a...
21 Aug 2015
Business trip
Poor wifi, boring hotel not much to do inside, Lackluster bar which closes early
29 Jul 2015
From £65.00

21 Atrium by BridgeStreet Apartments

3 stars
4.2 / 5 23 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
From £74.25

22 The Works ApartHotel Manchester

4 stars
2.0 / 5

33 Withy Grove

FREE Wireless Internet

With guest comfort and convenience to rival four star hotels, these luxury city centre apartments are located 15 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly Station and a stone throw away from the MEN...

From £67.50

23 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
From £57.42

24 City Warehouse Aparthotel Manchester

4 stars
4.8 / 5 4 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....

Good for the price
Good place to stay, Only a short walk into city centre , Staff very helpful and apartments had in everything you need . Dosent look great around the apartments but we parked in the nearby Car park...
29 Jul 2015
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
From £74.99

25 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