A haven of history, culture and cuisine, the vibrant city of Manchester has a whole lot to offer the discerning traveller. Famous for music and football, this North West wonder has left its 'Madchester' days behind and now stands proud as one of the most diverse destinations in Europe. Discover the city for yourself and book your cheap flights to Manchester today.
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One of the most exciting British cities to visit outside of London, marvellous Manchester is a melting pot of culture and is fast making its mark as a top tourist destination. The ever-changing city has seen a lot of redevelopment over the last two decades, overcoming industrial decline to become one of the most cosmopolitan conurbations in Britain. Affectionately labelled the 'Capital of the North', Manchester is well served by an ultra-efficient public transport network and boasts a myriad of magnetisms. You're spoiled for ways to spend your time here, from performances at the dynamic Lowry arts complex to popular cultural attractions like the Museum of Science and Industry. Discover the best of the city in our guide to Manchester below.
With a vibrant student population, Manchester's famous nightlife is as exciting as it is varied. Top bars include Revolucion De Cuba – home to rum, salsa and live music, Black Dog Ballroom – a New York inspired speakeasy and pool hall that is open until 4am, and Suede – a super-club that sees an ever-changing roster of top DJs. For quieter evenings, the numerous restaurants that line the city's streets offer something for all tastes, with an unbelievable choice. Arndale Market sells a fantastic variety of fresh produce, from fish to cheese and meat, and boasts a varied food hall - perfect for sampling tempting cuisine from all over the world.
The compact city centre is highly walkable and boasts a great blend of high street stores, independent shops, designer boutiques and bargain outlets to satisfy all of your shopping needs. If you're looking for a full on shop-til-you-drop experience, stop by the famous Trafford Centre which is located just a few miles from the heart of the city. Luxurious stores await on the recently redeveloped Exchange Square, with premium department stores like Selfridges and Harvey Nichols for those looking to purchase something special. If you're more of a vintage vulture, Afflecks Place sells everything from antique furniture to retro clothing and fancy dress.
A sporting haven with not one, but two top flight football teams on its books, Manchester has plenty to offer even the most active person. This city is also home to the colossal Etihad Stadium that, when not hosting world-class sporting events, often sees the world-class musicians playing sell out shows. The architecturally stunning Salford Quays area has undergone somewhat of a reincarnation in recent years and is now the home to top attractions including the Imperial War Museum North, boasting a stunning 100ft viewing tower. The futuristic Lowry arts and entertainment hub brings a variety of performing arts facilities under one roof, including two spectacular theatres.
No matter what your budget, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to hotels in Manchester. From five-star decadence to the great-value independents, find your perfect place to stay with our search tool below.
Located close to two major motorways, the M56 and the M6, this busy international hub boasts excellent transport links to both the city centre and surrounding towns. The station at Manchester Airport allows easy travel to more than 100 destinations across the UK.
IATA code: MAN
Name: Manchester Airport
Address: Manchester Airport, Greater Manchester, M90 1QX
Telephone: 0871 271 0711
Offering both short and long stay parking at its three terminals, we recommend booking in advance. Additionally, passengers can be dropped off for free at each of the terminals. However, there is a charge of £2.50 for picking up passengers (up to 30 minutes stay).
Accessible via the Skylink moving walkways, the Airport's dedicated train station can take passengers to the city centre in around 20 minutes. Services also run seven days a week to other major towns and cities, including Glasgow, Sheffield, York, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool and even the Lake District. Numerous National Express coach services also run from the station, with local bus services to towns such as Cheadle, Buxton, Altrincham and Stockport.
Black cab services run from outside each of the airport's three terminals, with fares dependent on whether the destination is within or outside Manchester. There is also a pre-paid private hire service run by Arrow Cars.
A number of major operators run services from the airport, including Avis. We recommend booking in advance to ensure a speedy departure from the terminal.
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