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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


Great Find
By Ian 57
We were looking for a hotel to the west of Manchester and preferably near a motorway. This new hotel fitted the bill perfectly as it is only a short distance from the M60 and within 500 yards of the [More] Trafford Centre with all its shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities. There is a large car park at the hotel, and inside everything is new and fresh. Staff were very pleasant. The twin room requested was excellent. Breakfast was the usual Holiday Inn Express selection but was very good and even though it was extremely busy on the Sunday morning there was no shortage of items or tables. Would certainly stay here again if in the area. [Less]
New hotel
By Barakat
Nice new hotel at a good location. Great TV choices, free parking and even has a small gym. Breakfast is quite limited but other than that a good choice for those in the area. [Less]
Excellent rooms and service
By Elaine1965
This was a fabulous hotel situated so close to the city with the added bonus of a free car park. The rooms were lovely and light with everything you need for your stay. The beds were very comfortable [More] with excellent pillows for a great nights sleep. Plenty of choices for breakfast and also places to sit and enjoy it. Will definitely be back and highly recommend it. [Less]
Great service
By Tikka51
We spent one night in this very modern hotel staff room cleanliness and food was excellent car parking was also available the beds and room was very comfortable [Less]
Great place to stay
By Dav Sav
Holiday Inn Bolton is a fantastic hotel. Had a great night sleep. [Less]
Shabby Room interiors
By Bignelly
The Hotel rooms especially the bathrooms are really in need of updating. In most rooms I have stayed in there are damages to the wooden areas in the bathroom with paneling coming away from the bath. [More] Its a real shame because the staff are great the breakfast are great and its got a prime position in Bolton. My company would use this Hotel much more if it was updated but instead some people stay out of town. [Less]
Comfy friendly hotel
By Josie
Stayed before early morning flight. Friendly staff. Comfortable bed. Felt safe as single woman traveller. Extra milk and teabags supplied upon request. Lovely breakfast plenty of food quality [More] choices. [Less]
Overnight stay for early flight
By Early bird
Very convenient comfortable rooms and easy access to restaurant. Close to Airport with a taxi or shuttle bus. [Less]
good rooms, reasonable breakfast, average price
By Allybye
Very handy for the airport with easy free parking. Fairly typical of cost for a budget chain and comparable to the competition. Early breakfasts no problem but if you are a very late arrival from [More] say a past midnight flight then beware breakfast finishes 10 sharp. Another IHG Express hotel at least went round guests for last orders prior to clearing away! Items a little limited but adequate along the lines of all Express hotels but now with good addition of bacon. Did not have dinner on last stay (2a.m. arrival!!) but previously had been poor and for dinner chose to stay elsewhere. That was some time back so hope it has improved. Reception staff good and courteous and check in / check out process very fast. Rooms a bit hot for me (even though just back from a med holiday!) Some parts of the hotel looking a little dated but some redecoration taking place to paintwork. Carpets in lifts getting threadbare so maybe next? Otherwise all was fine and will be on my list of choices for any future stay. [Less]

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