Explore how society has been shaped by conflict through the Imperial War Museum North's poignant audiovisual displays. The building's 3 post-modern, interlocking shards represent a war-torn world and sit at The Quays, 20 minutes' drive from the hotel.
Beneath the domes of The Trafford Centre runs a 3-mile vein of marble boulevards pulsing with must-have labels. Browse the rails of Vivienne Westwood or splash out in Selfridges and The Apple Store, 15 minutes' drive from Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport.
Manchester's new Airkix indoor skydiving centre is 15 minutes' drive away, next to the city's indoor ski resort just off the M60. You can learn body manouevres and feel the thrill of freefall inside the centre's exhilarating vertical wind tunnel.
Don't Go Home Without
Visiting the Grand Old Lady of Oxford Street, the affectionate nickname of Manchester's Palace Theatre, 20 minutes' drive away. You can sing along to jukebox musicals or get swept away by opera and ballet productions in the theatre's intimate auditorium.
Time your stay at Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport for one of Tatton Park's outdoor events, 9 miles away. The late-Georgian mansion and its 2,000 acres of landscaped deer park provide a delightful backdrop for concerts, flower shows and antique fairs.