A cosmopolitan city bursting with vibrancy, Manchester's packed with a satisfying array of museums, galleries, and theaters, as well as more places than you can shake a drum stick at to dance, drink, and go ‘mad ferit’ until the early hours. Add to the mix a captivating industrial history, major musical connections, and heady passion for football and you've got a city that's not lacking when it comes to things to see, do, and get involved in.
Things to see
A sport enthusiast’s mecca, Trafford in the south of Manchester is home to both Manchester United’s football stadium and the Lancashire County Cricket Club. If entertainment on a world class scale gets you on your feet, then the gargantuan MEN Arena hosts some of the biggest stars in music today, from Kylie to Madonna. With its award winning crystalline architecture, The Salford Quays is a contemporary waterside haven of city-styled amenities. There you’ll find well known shops, breezy cafes, and the Lowry theater and gallery complex. If all that steel and glass leaves you yearning for greenery, Piccadilly Gardens in the city center with its lush lawns and trickling fountains is sure to reacquaint you with tranquility among the city buzz. Five miles west of Manchester city centrt you’ll discover the rococo-styled Trafford Centre, an opulent marble clad mall with more shops than you can shake a WAG at.
Hotels in Manchester
There are a plethora of hotels in Manchester to take your pick from. The city is home to many of the familiar chains you might expect, all well geared to families and business travelers, with many featuring onsite leisure facilities and restaurants, while independently run hotels also present options for the low and mid-budget travelers. If you’re in it for the finer things, then you’ll find a selection of luxury hotels in Manchester. Whether you choose contemporary chic or Victorian majesty, many of the more upmarket hotels offer spas, health clubs, and gourmet dining.
Where to stay
Flanked by superb shops, bars, and eateries, Deansgate is the main thoroughfare through Manchester’s city center and is a great base to explore the city from. At the north end, you’ll find the imposingly Gothic Manchester Cathedral. In Greater Manchester, immediately west of the city, thriving Salford makes for a slightly cheaper base with good travel links. With attractions including the Salford Museum and Art Gallery, you can enjoy a cocktail by the water of the Salford Quays while contemplating Victorian art and architecture. South of Salford resides Trafford, notable for its sporting stadiums and nearby historical attractions.
How to get to
The largest airport in the UK outside of London, Manchester Airport will be the entry point for many international visitors. Making your way to your hotel should be cheap and swift, with the airport's station running trains to both Piccadilly and Oxford Road Station every 20 minutes. For those traveling via train, Manchester’s largest stations, Victoria Station and Piccadilly Station (catering for long-haul journeys to and from the north and south respectively) will likely be your puncture point. From there, links to Salford Quays Station and the rest of Manchester, are easily sussed out.