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 Known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester is one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in the UK, with a unique character all of its own. Manchester welcomes visitors with its fine traditions of culture, music, sport and top class events. Its vitality is expressed through its fascinating history, interactive attractions, magnificent architecture and most of all, the spirit of its people - ensuring that there’s always something to do in the Greater Manchester region.

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British Pound, £1 = 100 pence

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112
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newspaper

The Guardian
Manchester Evening News
Manchester Metro News (free)

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Shops are usually open Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm.

population

2.8 million

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Visit Manchester
Manchester Visitor Information Center, Manchester
+44 871 222 8223
Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun 10:30am-4:30pm

website

https://www.visitmanchester.com

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The City

Manchester is one of the UK’s most dynamic, cosmopolitan and welcoming cities. With its fine traditions of culture, music, sport and top class events, there’s something for everyone across the whole Greater Manchester region.

SPORT
From football, to cricket, to cycling as well as a year-round programme of sports events, Manchester is packed with activities and entertainment to keep sports fans amused even when the games finish.

CULTURE
From music and art to theatre and architecture, Manchester’s culture is known for its energy and excellence. Both the Whitworth and HOME are settling in since opening in the last few years and we await the arrival of The Factory, due in 2020.

HERITAGE
Birthplace of the computer, the football league and Top of the Pops, Manchester’s heritage is rich and diverse. Take in the history at SIM, housed in the world’s first passenger railway station, or at Chethams Library, the oldest public library in the English-speaking world.

SHOPPING
Manchester is the shopping capital of the North, offering a range of shopping experiences from high end to high street, from local to independents. Stores available include Patagonia, Fjall Raven, French Connection, Watches of Switzerland, Paul Smith, Colette, Victoria’s Secret, Timberland, Chisholm Hunter, Victoria’s Secret & Victoria PINK and Chopstix.

FOOD & DRINK
From high-end restaurants and renowned chefs setting up camp here, to independent good value eateries, global cuisine and also locally produced grub on offer, Manchester has cemented itself as a culinary city.

NIGHTLIFE
A visit to Manchester would not be complete without a night out exploring the city’s bars, pubs and clubs. Each area of the city boasts its own unique style and collection of places to choose from.

MUSIC
Manchester has music in its soul. Mancunian exports include The Smiths, Take That and Oasis who have contributed some of the most important rock and pop music of all time. Today you can enjoy an array of music from classical to jazz to rock and pop in a wide range of different venues.

COUNTRYSIDE
Greater Manchester has miles of inspiring countryside, crisscrossed by historical waterways and dotted with picturesque towns and fascinating attractions that make for a great day out of the hustle and bustle of the city.

Manchester Museum

See & Do

Manchester is perhaps best known internationally for two things: music and football. Huge musical acts, including The Hollies, The Bee Gees, New Order, Oasis, Simply Red and many more, have hailed from Manchester, and the yearly ‘In The City’ music festival has launched many to international stardom. Football fans will want to visit the legendary Old Trafford stadium, museum and megastore. But Manchester has a lot more to offer than just music and sports. It is a young and creative city, with outstanding museums, food and nightlife, crisscrossed by canals which give it a unique atmosphere, and one of the greatest pleasures about visiting Manchester is exploring the various districts on foot.

Manchester United Musuem and Tour Centre

Manchester City Football Club

Coronation Street The Tour

Sightseeing Manchester

National Football Museum

Play Factore

The Crystal Maze Live Experience

Chinatown

Chester Zoo

City Centre Cruises

Ordsall Hall

John Rylands Library

Jodrell Bank

East Lancashire Railway

Chill Factore

Robinsons Brewery Visitor Centre

Imperial War Museum

Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre

Great Northern Warehouse

BBC Tours at MediaCityUK

Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium

Bramall Hall

Stockport Air Raid Shelters

Stockport Town Hall

Heaton Park

City Centre Cruises

Victoria Baths

FC United

Manchester Opera House

Hall i' th' Wood Museum

Manchester Art Gallery

Art & Culture

From music and art to theatre and architecture, Manchester’s culture is known for its energy and excellence. The UNESCO City of Literature is awash with new and refurbished cultural venues and Manchester is preparing for the opening of The Factory, the new permanent home for the Manchester International Festival, in 2020, with high profile Pre-Factory events in 2018 as well as the next MIF in 2019.

Whitworth Art Gallery

Museum of the Manchester Regiment

Science and Industry Museum

The Stoller Hall

HOME

Royal Exchange Theatre

Castlefield Gallery

Central Library

Portland Basin Museum

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Working Class Movement Library

Contact Theatre

Gallery Oldham

Elizabeth Gaskell's House

The Lowry

People’s History Museum

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Museum

Barton Arcade

Shopping

Manchester has become northern England's shopping capital, offering variety, quality and bargains. From large shopping centres like Manchester Arndale and the Trafford Centre to the pedestrian boutique districts and markets dotting the city, to the unique items found at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre, shoppers will be spoilt for choice with everything from designer fashion to local handicrafts on offer.

Manchester Arndale

Northern Quarter

intu Trafford Centre

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Spinningfields

Oklahoma

Harvey Nichols

The Royal Exchange Manchester

Bali Health Lounge

Stockport Market

DKNY

Manchester Day Parade

Events and Festivals

As one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the UK, there’s always something on in Manchester. With a rolling calendar of events, festivals, exhibitions, concerts and theatre you’ll never be stuck for world-class entertainment.

Manchester Beer Week

Manchester International Festival

Manchester Film Festival

Manchester Jazz Festival

Manchester Pride

Parklife Festival

Just So Festival

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Junk Yard Golf

Activities

Manchester is bursting with activities for families and adults. From walking trails to urban crazy golf and escape rooms through to adventure courses, there's plenty to keep you entertained in Manchester.

Manchester River Cruises

Scranchester Food Tours

Si Manchester Free Tours

Skyliner Street Art Tour

Breakout

Treetop Manchester

Vegetarian Society Cookery School

Clue HQ

Craft Beer Tour Manchester

Free Manchester Walking Tours

Tattu

Dining

The dining scene in Manchester is more interesting and varied by the day. All manner of new restaurants, gastropubs and bars keep popping up around the city, which now ranks among the country’s best and most diverse culinary destinations. A local speciality is the Manchester Egg, the city’s take on the Scotch egg, which is wrapped in black pudding and sausage, then breaded and deep fried, and should not be missed.

Yang Sing

Umezushi

Sapporo Teppanyaki

Lunya

Corn Exchange

TNQ Restaurant And Bar

Randall & Aubin

Alston Bar & Beef

Australasia

Shoryu Ramen

Banyan Bar & Kitchen

Tattu

The Anthologist

Vermilion Restaurant and Cinnaba

Wood Restaurant

Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

Don Giovanni

Grafene

Hard Rock Cafe

Hawksmoor

Al Bacio

Tampopo

Evuna

Evelyn's Cafe Bar

Cafes

Manchester has historically been overrun with big chain coffee shops (49 Costa Coffees and 17 Starbucks), but a new wave of independent, high-quality, and often quirky cafes and tea houses has been taking over the city, offering more diverse alternatives and more original products. Give these cafes a try, support local entrepreneurs, and while you're at it, enjoy a truly delicious cup of coffee.

Teacup Kitchen

Sugar Junction

Hey Little Cupcake!

Bonbon Chocolate Workshop

Takk

Earth Cafe

Annies Manchester

Tariff & Dale

Hey Little Cupcake!

Alberts Schloss

Bars & Nightlife

Manchester boasts one of the UK's strongest and most diverse nightlife scenes, offering plenty of alternatives for drinking, partying and catching world-class concerts and performances. Hacienda was once perhaps Europe's most famous club (back in the 'Madchester' days), and though it is no longer in operation, the adventurous spirit of the city's nightlife remains intact in the numerous venues in the Northern Quarter, Castlefield and Gay Village.

Dry Bar

BrewDog Manchester

Épernay Champagne & Cocktail Bar

Manchester235

Band on the Wall

The Birdcage

The Deaf Institute

Flight Club

Gorilla

Junkyard Golf

Bluu

Peveril of The Peak

The Comedy Store

The Lake District

Day Trips

With Manchester’s position in the heart of the UK, it’s the perfect gateway to the North of England.

If you’re staying for a little longer than a weekend, there’s stunning national parks, historic cities and more cosmopolitan destinations all within easy reach of the city.
Explore the natural beauty of the Lake District or Peak District National Parks; the charm of Chester or York; or the vibrant Liverpool and Leeds. All can be done in a day from Manchester by rail or road. If you’re planning your visit and want everything taken care of, there are packages available which include rail travel, Meet & Greet, tours and attractions.

Busy Bus Lake District Adventure Tour

Liverpool and The Beatles Story Day Trip from Manchester

Historic Chester with lunch in the Cathedral Day trip

Alton Towers Theme Park & Resort Day Trip

Lake District - Cruise, Poetry and Grasmere Gingerbread Day Trip from Manchester

Historic Chester with River Cruise, Open Top Bus and Walking Tour Day Trip from Manchester

Chatsworth House and Gardens, National Park and Bakewell Pudding Day Trip from Manchester

Cadbury World ‘Chocolate Delights’ Day Trip

Medieval York, the Cathedral and Vikings Day Trip

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Day Trip

World of Wedgwood Day Trip with Luxury Afternoon Tea

2 Night Luxury Yorkshire Highlights Tour

Blackpool Seaside Resort Day Trip

Lake District Cruise, Steam Train and Peter Rabbit Day Trip

Chester Zoo Day trip

Bronte Country Tour

2 Nights Yorkshire TV & Film Location Tour

Yorkshire Sculpture Park & The Hepworth Museum

Yorkshire Dales Highlights Tour

2 Night - The Best of Yorkshire Food & Drink – “Foodie Tour”

Historic York

Mountain Goat Lake District Tour from Manchester

Busy Bus North Wales Adventure Tour

Light rail Metrolink tram in the city center of Manchester, UK in the evening. The system has 77 stops along 78.1 km and runs through seven of the ten boroughs

Essential Information

Whatever brings you to Manchester, Visit Manchester is here to make sure that you get the most out of your trip.

When you’re in the city, make sure to drop by our Visitor Information Centre. Here you can get tourist information on how to best shape your visit, as well as maps, merchandise and discounted tickets to some of the most popular attractions and tourist spots.

Airport

With three terminals handling over 23 million passengers each year, Manchester Airport is the UK’s Global Gateway for the North. Sixty-five airlines ensure Manchester Airport is directly connected to over 210 destinations including Beijing and Hong Kong, and no more than one-stop away from anywhere in the world.

It has a combined railway and bus station, with departures to Manchester and the rest of the country. The train to Manchester Piccadilly takes about 20 minutes. Airport buses to Manchester depart every half hour. Taxis and car hire companies are also available at the airport.

Phone: +44 800 042 0213

Website: https://www.visitmanchester.com/visitor-information/travel-information

Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains will get travellers to Manchester in the quickest, most comfortable and most stylish way possible. With trains every 20 minutes and fares from £20 it couldn't be easier.

Whether its some awesome shopping, or making a weekend out of Manchester, enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Manchester Arndale or a visit to the Trafford Centre. Explore somewhere new this season with Virgin Trains.

Address: Piccadilly Station, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 7RA

Website: https://www.visitmanchester.com/visitor-information/travel-information/virgin-trains-p328291

Sixt Rent a Car

Airport

When you hire a car at our Manchester Airport branch you can enjoy free cancellation and free unlimited mileage with no booking fees. Your hire car will include a full tank of petrol which should be returned full and can be refilled on-site. Sixt offers some of the highest quality car rentals in Manchester Airport.
Piccadilly

The Sixt Piccadilly branch is located on Ducie Street just a short walk away from Piccadilly train station. The branch is open 7 days a week, including bank holidays. We offer a range of vehicle types from this branch, including luxury cars, economy cars, convertibles, sports cars & vans.

Optional extras, such as satellite navigation, child seat or baby seat are also available. We offer brands including Vauxhall, VW, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

Trafford Park

Our Trafford Park branch is situated on Chester Road in walking distance of Old Trafford football stadium, home of Manchester United and Lancashire Emirates cricket which was used for the 2013 summer Ashes series. Sixt Trafford Park has excellent transportation links, with buses from the city centre stopping outside the branch and a Metrolink tram stop just a five minute walk. If you are travelling to us by road, Chester Road connects the M60 with Manchester city centre.

For all you're shopping needs, Manchester city centre has a varied range of shops from well known brands on Market Street and in the Arndale shopping centre to vintage shopping boutiques in the Bohemian Northern Quarter. For convenuent shopping, the Trafford centre, home to over 200 shops and restaurants is a ten minute drive away.

Address: Pasture Field Road, Manchester M22 5JW

Phone: +441246 220111

Website: http://www.sixt.co.uk/car-hire/united-kingdom/manchester/

City Spare Space

Need luggage storage in Manchester?

Whether you need a few hours or a few days, City Spare Space makes it easy to book affordable luggage storage in local businesses in Manchester. £6 per bag all day luggage storage and £10 overnight luggage storage.

Address: Manchester

Website: https://www.visitmanchester.com/information/product-catch-all/city-spare-space-p383191

Stasher

Stasher have locations across Manchester where you can store your bag for only £6 for 24 hours including insurance.

Enjoy the most of your day without having to lug your bags around with you! Book your bag safely into one of their StashPoints.

Their locations are trusted hotels and shops who safely store your bags. The service is fully insured by them - up to £750 per bag.

They are 50% cheaper than station lockers and have locations conveniently placed across the city.

You must book online - hosts cannot accept payment in store.

Address: Manchester

Phone: +44 (0)203 355 3544

Website: https://www.visitmanchester.com/information/product-catch-all/stasher-p340751

Public Transport

Thanks to an integrated transport network Manchester is one of the most accessible cities in the UK for both national and international visitors. As England's Gateway to the North, travel around Northern England is easy too, and Manchester Airport is easily accessible from Manchester city centre.

Getting around the city and surrounding areas is easy once you’re here thanks to the fleet of buses, trams and trains available. The compact nature of the city centre also makes walking a popular choice. If you're driving into the city, there are a number of car parks available, or if you're wanting to explore the wider region, car hire is a popular choice for travellers. And for those on a flying visit, there are a number of secure places to leave your luggage.

Phone: +44 871 200 22 33

Website: https://www.visitmanchester.com/visitor-information/travel-information

Taxi

Manchester’s largest fleet of iconic black cabs with 300 professional, uniformed drivers and over 50 years’ experience. You can be confident that Mantax will get you from A to B as quickly as possible. Mantax pride themselves on customer service, high standards and safety; all of their journeys are GPS tracked and can even be booked and tracked live on their iPhone or Android App and Web Booker. All of their taxis accept credit and debit card payments (including Amex), are wheelchair accessible and seat 5 or 6 with plenty of room for luggage.

Their rates are set and regulated by Manchester City Council and they now offer 10% student discount with a valid NUS card. Mantax offer black cab quality at private hire rates so call for your personal quote today.

Ways to book:

- Call their dedicated booking team: 0161 230 3333

- Download their free iPhone or Android App

- Book online at their Web Booker

Mantax specialise in corporate & personal accounts and can offer a bespoke service for all your travel needs.

Address: 1-3 West Street, Manchester M11 4EF

Phone: +44 161 230 3333

Website: https://www.visitmanchester.com/visitor-information/travel-information/mantax-p270811

Post

Manchester Post Office:

Address: 26 Spring Gardens, Manchester

Phone: +44 345 611 2970

Website: www.postoffice.co.uk

Pharmacy

Cameolord Pharmacy:

Address: 7 Oxford St, Manchester

Phone: +44 161 236 1445

Website: www.nhs.uk/Services/Pharmacies/Overview/DefaultView.aspx?id=7858

Telephone

Country code: +44

Area code: 0161

Electricity

240 V, 50 Hz