Cheap flights from Belfast to Manchester

Shining brightly as the edgy capital of the North, Manchester is the cool destination that other cities aspire to. Once an industrial giant, Manchester has been through quite a transformation, but it has far from forgotten its roots. Famous for the musicians and footballers it has produced, the cultural scene is diverse, the culinary landscape is first class and the nightlife is as hedonistic as ever.

Book flights from Belfast to Manchester today and you’ll find a city that’s easy to navigate. Manchester has an ultra-efficient public transport network that includes the quick and affordable Metrolink tram system. You can also just as comfortably explore it on foot. Find cheap flights from Belfast to Manchester with Flybe. We operate flights from Belfast City Airport to Manchester Airport on a daily basis. 

Top 3 Things To Do in Manchester

Vintage clothes shopping in Northern Quarter, Manchester

Northern Quarter

Fly from Belfast to Manchester and discover the free spirit that is the Northern Quarter – a collection of streets and lanes dedicated to all things vintage. Browse creative, independent shops and the legendary emporium, Afflecks – home to the best vintage clothes, furniture, vinyl and art. Shopping aside, the Northern Quarter has its fair share of great eateries and cafés. While the neighbourhood undergoes its own regeneration, it’s successfully retaining its gritty character and bohemian charm. Stick around after dark and explore the area’s quirky, laid back bars and lively places to dance the night away.

Old Trafford, Manchester

Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour

Football fans and non-fans alike will love this fascinating tour of the Old Trafford Stadium. Book cheap flights from Belfast and step into the ‘theatre of dreams’, so named by Bobby Charlton. The stadium and museum offer a comprehensive history of the club. Follow in the footsteps of legendary Manchester United players and walk through the tunnel to the edge of the hallowed turf, take a seat in the stand, and find your favourite player’s spot in the dressing room.

Browsing a museum exhibit

The People’s Museum

Step off your Belfast City to Manchester flights and step back in time at the superb People’s History Museum. Clock in with your time card and uncover the gritty story of Britain's struggle for democracy over two centuries. Discover how working men and women lived, worked and battled for equality, explore the galleries packed with interactive exhibits, and watch the conservationists at work through the viewing window. An engaging and fascinating trip through time, the museum offers experiences and activities for all ages.

Off The Beaten Track Recommendations

Coronation Street sign

Coronation Street The Tour

For an experience that is totally unique among UK city breaks, head to the cobbled streets and outdoor sets of Coronation Street, the world’s longest running soap opera. Now located at MediaCityUK, having moved from central Manchester, the 80-minute experience allows you to wander through Weatherfield and its iconic streets including Coronation Street, Rosamund Street and the newly extended, never before seen Victoria Street. Hear on-set stories from years gone by, discover filming secrets and learn all about your favourite characters.

Peak District, England

Explore the Peak District

If you planned your flights from Northern Ireland to Manchester with the intention of going further afield, the Peak District is right on Manchester’s doorstep. One of Britain’s most spectacular landscapes, it’s home to tranquil lakes, winding rivers, ancient forests and high peaks with breathtaking views. Just a 45-minute direct train ride from Manchester Piccadilly to Edale, it’s an easy day trip. Hire bikes from Derwent Cycle Hire in Bamford – just a 9-minute train journey from Edale – or walk up Mam Tor, an easy 2-hour walk that offers fantastic views over the Peak District. Stop for a breather at one of the many cosy pubs and cafés at the start and finish points of the walk.

Zip line through forest


For an adrenaline rush that the whole family will love, TreetopTrek in the green expanse of Heaton Park is the place to be. Swing, climb and zip your way through the woodland canopy on fun activities and zip lines. Designed for both adults and kids, there are challenges for the bigger, more fearless types and mini treks geared towards younger adventurers. If you still have some energy left, move on to the other activities Heaton Park has to offer including cafés, animal centre, tram museum, boating lake and horse riding. Heaton Park is just a short tram ride from Manchester city centre using the Metrolink service.

Food and Drink Recommendations in Manchester

Dinner in Manchester

Restaurants around Deansgate

At some point following your flights from Belfast City to Manchester, you’ll probably find yourself on or close to Deansgate, a main thoroughfare that runs through the heart of the city. With Deansgate Locks and Castlefield at one end and Spinningfields at the other, it is flanked by a broad array of restaurants. For a steak and seafood hit in gorgeous surroundings, head to celebrated Hawksmoor mid way along Deansgate near Spinningfields. Platzki is a homely, buzzing little place serving excellent modern Polish cuisine. There are a number of tapas restaurants in Manchester, but one of the best is Evuna. The interior is all exposed brick and warm lighting – it’s a favourite spot for locals.

The Dining Room at The Refuge by Volta

The Refuge By Volta

Gothic, eclectic, stunning – three words that sum up The Refuge, one of the coolest bars and restaurants in Manchester. It offers three separate spaces – the dining room where you can sample small plates and sharing platters or all day roasts on Sundays; the public bar where you can mingle with Mancunians enjoying post-work drinks; or the winter garden, a lovely spot for evening cocktails. Booking is advisable, though if you can’t get into Refuge there is a huge array of restaurants, bars and cafés in the vicinity, close to Oxford Road train station.

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