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Known around the world for its football teams and cutting-edge music scene, Manchester is a cosmopolitan and friendly place. As the self-styled “Capital of the North”, it is a regional hub for shopping, culture and museums. There’s also a thriving nightlife scene centred around restaurants, bars and clubs.

Manchester: city layout

Central Manchester
is an architecturally diverse place where neo-Gothic sandstone buildings sit beside modern glass towers. This area is also a focal point for culture, shopping and nightlife. The northern part of the centre – the Northern Quarter – is a trendy area filled with quirky shops, bars and cafés.

Salford Quays
, to the southwest, is one of the UK’s largest dockland redevelopment sites. It is home to a growing number of shops, arts complexes and bars, as well as the multipurpose waterfront project MediaCityUK. Nearby, Old Trafford is famous among sports fans everywhere as the home of Manchester United football club.

What to see in Manchester
Central Manchester’s former industrial areas, and the canals linking them, have been spruced up and refreshed. One such district, the site of Britain’s first modern canal, built in 1764, has been transformed into Castlefield Urban Heritage Park. You can go for a waterside stroll past refurbished warehouses and admire the reconstructed gate to an old Roman fort.

At Salford Quays you can visit The Lowry arts complex and the Imperial War Museum North. Sports fans will probably want to tour Manchester United’s stadium, Old Trafford, or Etihad Stadium, home to United’s great rivals Manchester City.

The concierge recommends…

  • Marvelling at the neo-Gothic John Rylands Library, a cathedral-like building in red sandstone dating from the 1890s.
  • Visiting the National Football Museum, devoted to the world’s most popular team game. It houses memorabilia such as historic trophies, souvenirs and football shirts.
  • Exploring the Museum of Science & Industry, which incorporates the world’s oldest railway station, built in 1830, as well as a walk-through reconstruction of a Victorian sewer.
  • Saying hello to “Stan”, a reproduction Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton at the Manchester Museum. Other eclectic exhibits here include Egyptian mummies and the shell of a giant Japanese spider crab.

Hotels in Manchester
Manchester has accommodation to suit every budget and need. You can stay in the heart of the city near the shops and nightlife, out in a quieter suburb within easy reach of Manchester’s business areas, or in the rejuvenated former docklands area.

Choosing a hotel in central Manchester leaves you close to many sights, as well as a high concentration of bars, restaurants and shops.

You’ll find another cluster of hotels around Salford Quays. This lively waterside area is home to businesses and cultural centres, plus several bars and restaurants. It is also near Old Trafford, if you’re in town to watch a football game.

If you’re visiting for work, staying out of the centre – in suburbs such as Salford to the west or Newton Heath to the north – places you closer to Manchester’s business parks.

Wherever you stay, an efficient bus and tram network will get you quickly into the city centre.

Eating Out in Manchester
Whatever your culinary tastes, from Modern British to street food, you will have no trouble finding somewhere to eat out in Manchester. In addition to high-end dining spots, cafés and gastropubs, the city is also renowned for its Chinese and South Asian restaurants.

Central Manchester is filled with bars and bistros. Good areas to check out include the Northern Quarter, crammed with informal, trendy places, King Street and Spinningfields, in the western half of the city centre.

Manchester’s Chinatown is one of Europe’s largest; besides Chinese restaurants, it’s also home to numerous Japanese and Thai eateries.

The southern suburb of Rusholme is where everybody heads to enjoy a curry. There are more than 30 Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani restaurants along one street, Wilmslow Road, a stretch known as “Curry Mile”.

The city’s food-truck scene is also growing, offering you the chance to sample street food from several cuisines. Keep an eye out for the current location of Guerrilla Eats.

The chef recommends...

  • Lancashire hotpot: A slow-cooked meat stew topped with sliced potatoes, usually eaten with pickled red cabbage.
  • Eccles cakes: Allegedly first made in 1793 by a baker in Eccles, western Manchester, these sugar-topped flaky pastry parcels, filled with dried fruits and spices, are often called “squashed fly” cakes.
  • Black pudding: A sausage made with pig’s blood and oatmeal. You may find it in hot boiled form, sold in local markets as a snack. It is best enjoyed with malt vinegar sprinkled on top.

Shopping in Manchester
People come to Manchester from all over northern England to browse and spend in its shops. Most places have fixed prices, but there’s nothing to stop you haggling a little in markets, or in some speciality stores such as antiques shops.

In central Manchester, a focus for many is Manchester Arndale, one of the UK’s largest and longest-standing shopping malls. You’ll also find several department stores around Exchange Square, as well as the Victorian Barton Arcade. East from there, Oldham Street in the Northern Quarter is filled with fashionable boutiques and music shops.

Spinningfields
is home to several upmarket retailers, while for custom-made arts and crafts, you can visit the Manchester Craft & Design Centre. The out-of-town Trafford Centre attracts 35 million shoppers every year.

Top markets in Manchester

  • Church Street Market is open from 9am to 5pm every day except Sunday. It sells food, clothes and second-hand books.
  • On the second and fourth Friday and Saturday of each month, from 10am to 6pm, Manchester Real Food Market in Piccadilly Gardens is the place to buy local produce such as specialist cheeses and freshly baked cakes.
  • If you’re looking for something new to wear, Manchester Fashion Market can be found on Tib Street every Saturday from 10am to 5pm. It provides a shop window for young local designers.
  • For colourful blooms, Manchester Flower Market sets up in Piccadilly Gardens on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

Culture & Nightlife in Manchester
Manchester’s culture and nightlife scene has a reputation that reaches far beyond the city limits. Whether you want to listen to a live band, see a cutting-edge art exhibition or simply visit a pub or club, there’s always something going on to suit every taste.

The Royal Exchange Theatre, Britain’s largest theatre outside London, hosts shows performed by big-name touring companies.

The Lowry
arts centre, a highlight of Salford Quays, offers exhibitions of all kinds, while Bridgewater Hall puts on 250 classical music performances a year.

If you’re looking for an aperitif, central Peter Street is where you’ll find some of the city’s more exclusive wine bars and cocktail lounges, as well as plenty of traditional drinking dens. Nearby Deansgate and Quay Street are also lively places for pubs and clubs.

Live music venues in Manchester

  • Albert Hall is Manchester’s premier rock venue, putting on concerts by big international stars.
  • Gorilla plays host to mid-sized rock and pop acts.
  • Band on the Wall showcases local and international jazz and world music artists.
  • Manchester Academy has been one of the city’s top concert halls since 1990.

Visiting Manchester with a Family
Manchester is a family-friendly destination, with plenty to keep children of all ages entertained. You can dip into the city’s industrial past or learn about its sporting legacy. For lovers of the outdoors, some of England’s finest scenery is only a short drive from the city centre.

If you want to learn about how Manchester boomed during the Industrial Revolution, you can visit the canals and warehouses of Castlefield Urban Heritage Park. The Museum of Science & Industry, also here, has a host of hands-on exhibits.

If your kids are sports fans, they will not want to miss out on a trip to the National Football Museum, or a chance to see one or both of the city’s football stadiums: Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium, home to Manchester United and Manchester City respectively.

Day trips with children

  • East of the centre, Clayton Hall is Manchester’s only moated manor house. Children can dress up as Victorians and have a go at various household activities.
  • For some fresh country air, the hills and dales of the Peak District National Park begin only a few miles east of the city.
  • At the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, you can learn about the workings of the giant Lovell Telescope.

Besides shopping, the out-of-town Trafford Centre is also home to Aerial Extreme, where older kids can climb and jump around a high rope garden, then speed down a zip wire.

Latest Manchester Hotel Reviews


Almost perfect
By phil1000
Had another excellent stay before an early morning long haul flight. I stay here several times per year and I'm never disappointed. As a platinum ambassador member, the hotel always try to upgrade [More] my room (if available) which I appreciate. Very clean public areas, same with the room and welcoming staff. Certainly lives up to the high standards of service you would expect from Crowne Plaza. The food at Sampans restaurant was very good and we experienced excellent service from them as we did in the main restaurant at breakfast (5am !) and the airport shuttle driver. The only thing the hotel could improve on is updating the ageing gym. The equipment is looking a bit used now and definitely ready for replacing. Only one treadmill was working which was inconvenient as there were a number of guests who were wanting to use it. Will be back in a few days, looking forward to it. [Less]
Comfortable bed and great service.
By Delboy
Comfortable bed and great service. Chinese food was great, worth a stay [Less]
Value for money
By Kevin
Excellent service from arriving,to returning for our car.a very professional attitude by all who wor there. Well done [Less]
Excellent
By gills1976
We stay here every time we come to Manchester. It's comfortable and relaxing and the staff are excellent. Particularly Donna on reception that young lady should get a reward for the excellence of [More] service that she provides [Less]
Good location in nice hotel
By LauraB
Good location and free parking which is a plus! Room standard average, breakfast good quality and service, no fitness facilities [Less]
Good Value
By Robin
Outside the city centre, not much around, internet did not work, but very good value for money and a short drive to the city centre. [Less]
The hotel for 1night
By Alb205
I think the hotel needs a up lift the rooms want a good overall there is no safe.the.the breakfast is pretty basic [Less]
manchester stay
By Richard999
excellent service by great staff excellent breakfast a good start to our holiday [Less]
Good
By Al49
The staff were friendly and the room was nice and clean . The shower door did leak at the bottom . I felt the room was a little pricey for a one night stay and as we were up for an early flight only [More] a continental breakfast was on offer . [Less]

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