Manchester is the second most visited city in England outside of the capital itself. Many refer to it as the "capital of the north." The city was once mainly known for being the first industrial city, but has since rebranded itself to a more cultural, vibrant area. The fourth largest city is continuing to grow with more people choosing to live there. The city has worked to bring in sports, music and other entertainment events to make it a culturally rich area. Visit Manchester to experience a cutting edge area mixed with a rich history beginning in the 1200s.
When to visit
Football (or soccer) fans should visit from August through May. Holiday lovers enjoy Christmas and New Year's in the city. Tourists and locals both enjoy the Christmas markets, starting in November. The Chinatown area is popular for it's stunning parade and fireworks display during the Chinese New Year. The summer weekend Manchester Pride event is a major tourist time for LGBT supporters.
Foodies trying to find what to do in Manchester will love the Manchester Food and Drink Festival in the fall. Follow this up with the Manchester Comedy Festival. For details on other entertainment events, you'll need tourist info. Manchester is a place with no wrong time to visit.
Manchester has favorable traveling weather. During the winter, daily highs average around 40 F (6 C). The summer months are more popular with highs averaging around 68 F (20 C). You will encounter a good mix of rainy and clear days. Most months have between 2-3 inches of rain.
Consider visiting in the spring or summer for outdoor tours and dining. For indoor events and attractions, the winter months are ideal. The city is busy throughout the year no matter what the weather happens to be. Even the dreariest days somehow seem charming in the area.
You'll find plenty to do in Manchester. One of the best ways to experience the city is through one of several scenic canal tours. The Daily Discovery Manchester Tour and Coronation Street Tour walk you through the city's rich history.
No trip is complete without shopping at Manchester Arndale and intu Trafford Centre. Check out independent shops in the Northern Quarter. For fresh foods all year, visit the Arndale Market.
Catch a game or go through a tour at the United Football Club. Spend some time outdoors at the family friend Heaton Park and Queen's Park. There's something for everyone to do.
You'll never have to wonder what to see in Manchester. There's something around every corner. Explore the history of Manchester and Britain at the People's History Museum and Museum of Science & Industry. Explore architecture and historic books at the John Rylands Library.
The Free Trade Hall was built in the mid 1800s. The Italian palazzo styled building is home to numerous concerts. If you love history, gardens and gorgeous architecture, add Wythenshawe Hall to your list of sites to see. Finally, visit the breathtaking Urbis building for a multi-cultural experience.
Tips & Recommendations
• Most shops and shopping centers open around 9 AM. They're usually open seven days a week, but close early on Sundays. Closing times on other days range from 5:30 PM to 10 PM.
• A wide variety of cuisine is available. You'll find anything from European to South American and everything in between. Restaurant hours vary and range from 7:30 AM to 11:30 PM.
• Pubs are extremely popular and even feature real ale.
• Christmas is the most expensive time to stay with January-March being the cheapest.
• Check for day tickets and free shuttles for easier travel within the city. Only use black cabs if hailing a taxi as others aren't insured unless booked in advance.
The roomy ibis Manchester Centre Princess Street in Manchester offers agreeable hospitality and guest services. Bustling Piccadilly Railway Station takes you to all points of interest in and around Manchester. Good to know: This accommodation is close to Bridgewater Hall. Just a short distance away you'll find Manchester Conference Centre.
With its well-earned 3 stars, The Works Aparthotel is a fine choice. With Victoria Station so close, getting to and from your lodge will be a breeze. Nearby Bridgewater Hall might be the high point of your vacation. Just 0.5 km (0.3 miles) away, St. Ann’s Church is well worth a visit. If you come to Manchester for a special event in Manchester Central Convention Complex, note that it is close by.
You'll enjoy an ample choice of rooms at Premier Apartments Manchester. The area is easily accessible thanks to Victoria Station's close proximately. Bridgewater Hall is an interesting attraction just a stroll from here. Many travelers find a visit to St. Ann’s Church inspiring. One advantage for business travelers is the proximity of Manchester Central Convention Complex.
Expect a touch of luxury at the 3-star Hilton Chambers - Hostel. If you'd rather not drive, public transport is easy via nearby Piccadilly Railway Station. Nearby Bridgewater Hall might be the high point of your vacation. From here, devout pilgrims and secular visitors can make a pilgrimage to St. Ann’s Church. Need a place close to Manchester Conference Centre? This accommodation is just a short distance from it.
Ashton House - Hostel gives you lots of choices, thanks to the extensive selection of rooms. If your focus is on good value for price, try this 2-star property. Public transit is accessible at nearby Victoria Station. Bridgewater Hall is just one of the attractions within a short distance. While visiting Manchester, a tour of photogenic St. Ann’s Church is highly recommended. Manchester Central Convention Complex is easily accessible.