Whether you're visiting for a business trip or enjoying a leisurely weekend away, Manchester is an exhilarating and colourful city with so much to offer. World-famous for its music scene, Manchester is a top destination for music lovers and those who love to soak up the nightlife. Rich in culture, the city has fascinating museums and galleries to explore, not to mention the excellent high street, designer and vintage shopping throughout the city, and the countless tempting restaurants to keep you fuelled.
Below you'll find inspirational tips on where to stay in Manchester, things to see during your visit, and of course, where to eat and drink for a true Mancunian experience!
If you're visiting Manchester for a business trip, take a look at our Business in Manchester page to help you find a meeting venue to impress.
Hotels in Manchester
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Flybe works in partnership with Booking.com to make it even easier to help you find the perfect hotel in Manchester. From shoestring travellers, to budget-conscious business people, to those seeking a little luxury during their stay, there is accommodation in Manchester to suit every type of visitor. Take a look at some of the top Manchester hotels on Booking.com below to find your perfect hotel match.
Things to see in Manchester
One of the most exciting British cities to visit outside of London, Manchester is a melting pot of culture. The city is a proud home to several large museums and art galleries. Or if you'd like to pick up the pace a little after your flight to Manchester, you can hit the shops or stop for a drink at one of many legendary bars. You'll also find plenty of fun, family-friendly activities on offer. Not sure how to get to Manchester city centre from the airport? Our Manchester Airport Arrivals page has all of the information you need.
If Manchester culture is what you crave, the superb People’s History Museum tells the gritty story of Britain's struggle for democracy over two centuries. Just as our ancestors did, you can clock in with your time card and plunge into our nation’s recent history. Or at the fascinating Museum of Science and Industry, among the steam engines and mill machinery, you’ll find out all you want to know about the Industrial Revolution. It caters to all ages with an emphasis on making sure the younger visitors don’t get bored.
Feeling the urge to burn off some energy? Manchester is home to the UK’s longest indoor skiing and snowboarding slope. Chill Factore offers thrills and spills for adults and children alike, while Fun Taster Sessions are available for first timers and little ones can enjoy the snow in Mini Moose Land. On the other hand, if you're a football fan, a trip to Manchester wouldn't be complete without a visit to Old Trafford, where you can take a guided tour around Manchester United's home stadium and follow the footsteps of David Beckham and Wayne Rooney.
Shopping in Manchester
A dream destination for shopaholics, Manchester has more shopping options than you can shake a designer handbag at. The Arndale Centre, in the heart of the city, has over 200 retailers and all the brands you would expect to find on the high street. Around the corner, you’ll find Harvey Nichols and Selfridges where you can really spoil your loved one or yourself, and King Street and Cathedral Street are home to designer boutiques including DKNY, Burberry, and Vivienne Westwood.
Vintage lovers should head to the Northern Quarter, home to the city’s most creative independent retailers. Manchester's legendary shopping emporium, Afflecks, is the place to seek out the best vintage clothes, furniture and art. Still not satisfied? The Trafford Centre, just five miles from Manchester city centre, is one of the UK's largest indoor shopping centres and is worth a trip just to admire its stunning themed decor - including the vast food court, which is designed to look like an old-time cruise ship.
Nightlife in Manchester
We can’t talk about visiting Manchester without mentioning its famous nightlife. Variety is what it’s all about; from homely real ale pubs to cutting-edge hangouts, and a wealth of live music venues graced by some of the world's biggest artists. The city truly caters to all tastes.
The Northern Quarter is where you'll find Manchester's coolest and cosiest bars and pubs to unwind in after a long day of meetings, or indeed start your evening. If you're in the mood for cocktails, head to The Fitzgerald tucked elusively down a Northern Quarter side street. An atmospheric drinking den channelling the 1920s, this hidden gem has a vintage vibe and is well worth stopping at for a fruity little number or two. On the other hand, beer enthusiasts will find themselves spoilt for choice at the Oast House in trendy Spinningfields, which offers acoustic music every night and a truly unique alternative to high street pubs.
As for Manchester's live music culture, it needs no introduction, and you'll find live music somewhere in the city on every night of the week. On their rise to fame, almost every major band of the last two decades has played at the legendary Night & Day, including Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys and Mumford & Sons, and the incomparable Band On The Wall is a live music venue hosting everything from rock, reggae, world music, jazz, blues and folk all under one roof. No matter how eclectic your musical taste, you'll find something to please your ears when visiting on flights to Manchester with Flybe.
Restaurants in Manchester
On your flight to Manchester, make sure you bring your appetite - a true foodie city, Manchester has an exceptional reputation for food and drink and a big focus is on good local produce. With cuisines from every corner of the world, the myriad of cafés, delis and restaurants in Manchester means you might have a tough time choosing where to go!
Start your day in Manchester with a filling brunch at the cosy and popular Federal Cafe & Bar, where you can tuck into favourites like eggs benedict and wash it down with plenty of good coffee. If a business lunch is on the cards, book a table at footballers' favourite San Carlo for delectable Italian cuisine, enjoy sumptuous Spanish dishes at La Bandera, or tuck into steaks at Hawksmoor.
Manchester is also well-known for its quirkier restaurants too, such as Almost Famous where belly-busting burgers and milkshakes are on the menu, but if you fancy turning up the heat, head down to Manchester's 'Curry Mile' - a stretch of Wilmslow Road in Rusholme occupied solely by fabulous Indian restaurants.
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If you've plenty of downtime on your trip to Manchester, there's lots to discover beyond the city centre. Just for starters, the stunning Peak District National Park is on Manchester’s doorstep, where you can explore moorland, lakes, rolling hillsides and stately homes.
For an adrenaline rush that the whole family will love, Go Ape! Rivington is the place to be. Take on a treetop adventure, fly down zip wires and enjoy some stunning scenery while you’re at it. Or, for a more adult-friendly day out, explore the leafy, canal-side village of Worsley, or take the Rail Ale Trail and discover some of the Irwell Valley’s most beautiful locations and exceptional pubs, all linked together by East Lancashire Railway.
For more information on flights to Manchester with Flybe, take a look at our dedicated Manchester Airport page, as well as Getting to Manchester Airport for advice on how to travel to the airport for your flight.