The City of Manchester
Youthful, diverse, energetic and bursting with character; Manchester is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK right now where everybody and anybody is very warmly welcomed.
Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport. And today the city combines this heritage with a progressive vision to be a city that delivers surprise and delight in equal measures.
Manchester city centre is jam-packed with unique and eclectic restaurants, bars, shops, museums, galleries, hotels and places to stay whilst the surrounding Greater Manchester boroughs offer a patch-work of visitor experiences including quaint market towns, traditional pubs and beautiful green spaces and waterways to be explored on foot or bike. The city region is easily navigated, with great transport links both in and around Greater Manchester.
Where to Stay in Manchester
Greater Manchester offers a wide range of accommodation, from unique boutique hotels and luxury pads to beautiful countryside settings and cosy family hideaways, there’s something to suit every need and taste.
With luxury hotels such as the Radisson Blu Edwardian, set in the historic old Free Trade Hall and the newly renovated Principal Hotel, there are hotels oozing class and style in Manchester. Try out the Eclectic Hotels Collections with the likes of the Great John Street Hotel, set within a former schoolhouse and the King Street Townhouse within an impressive Italian renaissance building, with rooftop infinity pool. If you’re on a budget, why not try the Hilton Chambers – part hotel and part backpacker hostel; or the centrally located Pendulum Hotel with contemporary rooms that are value for money.
If you’re planning to stay in a relaxing spa hotel in Manchester, The Midland Hotel is set in a Grade II listed Edwardian building which exudes elegance and style, with a soothing spa to ease you into Manchester life. Alternatively the stunning Malmaison Hotel exudes tranquillity, offering calming therapies and treatments.
If you’d prefer a serviced apartment, Greater Manchester has plenty of options to choose from. From CitySuites and SACO Serviced Apartments, to the brand new Staybridge Suites, there’s something to suit every budget. Greater Manchester isn’t short of great bed and breakfasts for a comfortable and authentic stay, as well as a huge range of self-catering options too.
Things To See & Do in Manchester
Whether you’re seeking culture, nightlife, history, or just good fun, there are plenty of things to do in Manchester.
Be absorbed by the beautiful attractions such as the gothic architecture at John Rylands Library and Manchester Cathedral; take in fine art at Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth; discover history, old and new, at Manchester Museum and the Imperial War Museum North; see contemporary arts redifined at HOME; or even learn to ski at Chill Factore.
Of course, Manchester is synonymous with football; it’s written in our DNA. So make some time to make a tour of the grounds of Manchester United and Manchester City, and discover the social history of the beautiful game at the National Football Museum. You can guarantee a ticket to any Manchester United home game with a Matchday VIP Experience.
For those who enjoy getting active, a short journey from the city centre provides access to beautiful walks within Greater Manchester, such as Hollingworth Lake, Heaton Park, Sale Water Park and Haigh Hall.
Manchester is renowned for its entertainment, with a plethora of cinemas, theatre and legendary clubs for great night-time amusement. There are many opportunities to go sightseeing in Greater Manchester, with a number of walking tours, bus and taxi tours such as the hop-on hop-off Sightseeing Manchester.
As the Gateway to the North, its easy to expand your Manchester visit even further with a trip to the beautiful countryside, including the Lake District and the Peak District, and cosmopolitan cities such as Chester, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and York.
How to find the venue
Right in the heart of Manchester is where you will find this iconic venue. Manchester Central is easy to reach whether you’re flying, driving, or catching the train. With an international airport 25 minutes away, two major train stations close by, and the complete motorway network connecting all sides of the UK it is an ideal venue to access no matter how you travel.