Manchester is a large city in the north west of England. It is perhaps most well known as a sporting city with its most successful team being Manchester United. Manchester is also known for its Gay Village and exciting music scene and nightlife.
Air: Manchester Airport is the largest airport in the country outwith London. As a result there are a large number of flights to long haul destinations as well as within Europe. There is a direct train service from Manchester Airport to the city centre. For flights to Manchester click here for the best city break flight deals today.
Rail: Manchester is easily accessible from London by rail and the main station is Manchester Piccadilly. Other destinations can also be reached from Victoria station.
Road: Manchester is well connected on the UK motorway network being adjacent to the M6 and M62. The M60 is the Manchester Orbital motorway. Traffic and parking in the city centre can be difficult (and expensive) so you are better to Park and Ride using the train or buses.
What to See and Do
Manchester's numerous atttractions include the following:
The Quays: The suburbs of Salford and Old Trafford are areas of Manchester which have undergone massive change over recent years. On the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal you can now visit the Imperial War Museum - North as well as the Lowry Centre which is an award winning gallery featuring many works of L.S Lowry. Nearby is Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United. At the stadium you can visit the Manchester United Museum. A must for any football fan!
Sport City: In 2002 Manchester hosted the Commonwealth Games. This area is now home to Manchester City FC.
Exhibition Quarter: This area is home to the Manchester GMEX which is a major concert and exhibition venue. The area, known for its modern architecture, is also packed with numerous bars and restaurants.
Buses: There are extensive and frequent bus services within the Manchester area. There are a number of different operators and fares will vary on distance.
Trams: Manchester is one of the few UK cities to have a tram network. Although currently restricted to 2 lines there are plans to expand it. This may be a useful option for getting to Old Trafford and the Quays from the city centre.
Train: There is a suburban train network with the two main stations being Piccadilly and Victoria.