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Enjoy Manchester on a Budget

Located in the northwest of England, Manchester boasts a rich industrial heritage, thriving cultural scene, and historic urban landscape, making it a must-visit destination for travelers on a budget. The city has invested massively in its cultural and historic institutions, with a variety of museums, galleries, and historic buildings offering free access—perfect for cash-conscious visitors. You won't have to wander far to find a traditional pub, bohemian café, or live music bar for quality refreshments and entertainment that won't break the bank.

Things to see in Manchester

Museums, galleries, and parks are yours to explore during your budget vacation in Manchester. Whether you're discovering its military history at the Imperial War Museum North, designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, or immersing yourself in the heritage of working-class England at the People's History Museum, you can while away an enjoyable few hours at no cost at all. If art is more your thing, head to the Manchester Art Gallery, the Whitworth Art Gallery, or parts of the Lowry on Salford Quays to feast your eyes on the finest contemporary and historic art—for free. For a taste of something different, step through the gates of Chinatown to savor Manchester's Chinese food, culture and community. Strolling in the greenery of Piccadilly Gardens or along the peaceful waterways of Castlefield Urban Heritage Park won't cost you a dime, and if you'd like to get up close to Manchester's beautiful architecture, walk through the doors of the magnificent Manchester Cathedral or the John Rylands Library.

Cheap hotels in Manchester

The wide variety of cheap accommodation in Manchester makes it easy to stick to a vacation budget, with options ranging from low-cost hotels, backpacker hostels and homey B&Bs. Budget hotels in Manchester typically offer free WiFi and in-room TVs, while some provide a complimentary breakfast, meaning you can make savings before your day has even started! Large groups can opt to stay in communal hostel dorms, while those traveling in pairs may prefer a private hostel or B&B room. Rest assured—if you're looking for budget accommodation in Manchester, you'll find a number of options that won't empty your wallet.

Where to stay in Manchester

It's best to stay central if you're trying to cut down on transport costs, and the district around Canal Street in Manchester's historic “gay village” offers a great selection of economy accommodation in a fun and vibrant location. The area is rich in history, and offers a convenient base from which to explore Manchester. Alternatively, choose to stay in the bohemian and artistic Northern Quarter to discover hip cafés, buzzing live music bars, tiny art galleries, and the best nightclubs in Manchester. Salford is a little further out, but offers relaxing waterside walks in Manchester's revitalized docklands.

How to get to Manchester

The easiest way to get to Manchester is to fly directly into Manchester Airport, located 10 miles south of the city. From the airport, hop on one of the 24-hour bus services available and find yourself in the city center in less than 20 minutes. Manchester Piccadilly train station is also a hub for regional and international transport. Once in the city, it's easy to get around using public transportation, including buses, trains, and the Metrolink tram system, which serves Greater Manchester. Manchester is a cycling-friendly city, making bike hire another attractive option for travelers on a shoe-string budget.

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