Northern England’s ‘uncrowned’ capital has a history that is rife with importance, from the birth of the Industrial Revolution to the hosting of the Commonwealth Games more recently. The Manchester of today is more renowned for its unique take on contemporary urbanization. The streets of Manchester are a seemingly endless maze of trendy refurbishments intertwined with glorious structures of invaluable heritage.
Things to see
Whether you are a Red Devils supporter or not, visiting Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, is a must. Tours of the stadium can be arranged if you miss out on tickets to a match.
Manchester has long prided itself on producing great bands and the Manchester Arena is the principle venue in the city to see live music. Oasis and the house music scene proudly call Manchester home.
Piccadilly Gardens is the central green space within downtown Manchester. Your tired legs will need time to rest after visiting Market Square’s shopping scene, all created from a city rejuvenation project in the wake of an IRA bomb in 1996.
Hotels in Manchester
You can find a great range of hotels within Manchester central. The refurbished heart of the city now boasts several high-end hotels with exceptional leisure facilities. Business travelers are well catered for.
Dozens of hostels and low-budget hotels are available, too. However, it you’re looking for comfort without the expense, it’s probably best to opt for one of the mid-range hotels or bed and breakfasts a little out of the city center.
Where to stay
Piccadilly Gardens is a good choice to be in the center of it all. The neighborhood is perfect for sightseeing tourists and shopping enthusiasts. Manchester’s central train and bus stations are all located in Piccadilly Gardens, so getting around simple.
If you prefer a more modern and trendier environment, then Millennium Quarter is an ideal option. It’s a part of the city that has been revitalized and has ditched the dreary industrial revolution façade that formerly epitomized this city.
How to get to Manchester
Manchester Airport (MAN) is the second-busiest airport in the United Kingdom and among the 50 busiest airports worldwide. It has its own dedicated rail station to help you connect to many Midlands towns or to reach the city in no more than 30 minutes.
Most travelers in Britain prefer the efficient rail system that can spirit you from London to Manchester in about 2 hours. Two main railway stations, Piccadilly and Victoria, link the city by rail to regional and national destinations, while the M6 and the M62 provide road connections throughout the UK.