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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 Hotel Manchester City Centre||4 hours ago||£37.50|
|Macdonald Townhouse Manchester||5 hours ago||£55.84|
|Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel||7 hours ago||£59.33|
|Gardens Hotel||7 hours ago||£45.00|
|Macdonald Manchester Hotel and Spa||9 hours ago||£50.00|
|Crowne Plaza MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE||12 hours ago||£59.33|
|Pendulum Hotel||12 hours ago||£44.41|
|Sachas Spa Hotel Manchester City Centre||13 hours ago||£29.25|
|Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel||16 hours ago||£65.83|
|The Midland Hotel||1 day ago||£78.75|
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|Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel||
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Fully renovated and newly opened in April 2012 our 19 one and two bedroom apartments are located in the heart of Manchester next to The Arndale Centre shopping centre, Print works leisure complex...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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...
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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...
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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...
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Comfortable, convenient and affordable hotel near Piccadilly GardensCentrally located near Piccadilly Gardens and not far from Piccadilly Station, the economical Britannia Sachas Hotel City Centre...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Extended stay apartments offer home-like atmosphere in ManchesterFor extended stays in downtown Manchester, the Atrium by BridgeStreet Apartments is an excellent choice. This hotel, on the corner...
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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....
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