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Located in the northwest, Manchester is classed as England’s Second City. It enjoys a running battle with Birmingham for this honour. Birmingham has a larger area, but Manchester has a larger population. Once known as Cottonopolis for its proliferation of textile mills, Manchester presents visitors with vibrant historical, cultural, sports, arts, and social scenes accepting diversity.

As home to a major media centre, the Ship Canal, two major football clubs, and the Commonwealth Games' former host, the city is hugely blessed with accommodation options. You can find everything from humble B&Bs to luxury hotels. Visitors will also have no problem finding cheap hotels in Manchester.

Neighbourhoods of Manchester

There’s no doubt that this is a cool city with a number of hip, trendy areas. Those of most interest to visitors are:

  • City Centre: The heart is quite a small area of the city, but it packs in Chinatown, Gay Village, Arndale Shopping Centre and the Shambles, all offering designer names and high-end stores.
  • The Northern Quarter: Often used as New York in movies and TV shows, this area not only has historic architecture but is also filled with trendy boutiques, hipster eateries, coffee shops and some of the best pubs in the city.
  • Ancoats: Vying for the title of the hippest neighbourhood in the UK, it’s the place to stroll among hip cafes and coffee shops, art and artisanal studios, pop-up restaurants, theatre spaces and street art.
  • Rusholme: Nothing beats a good curry, and just south of the city's centre is the Curry Mile. The southern end of Oxford Road is lined with Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants.

What to see and do in Manchester

This northern powerhouse has something for everyone. Some highlights are:

  • City Centre Architecture: Interesting attractions include the impressive neo-gothic Town Hall, the Grade I-listed Cathedral and the domed Central Library.
  • Chetham’s Library: The oldest public library in the English-speaking world is found in this 600-year-old Medieval complex.
  • Victoria Baths: This is a striking building of vibrant colours, intricate tiling and stained-glass windows.
  • Museums and Galleries: The list includes the Science and Industry Museum, People’s History Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery and Greater Manchester Police Museum.
  • Monuments: Numerous globally and locally significant people are commemorated with statues around the city, including Abraham Lincoln, Queen Victoria, The Duke of Wellington, Robert Peel and Alan Turing.
  • Sports: Home to high-profile football clubs (United and City) and the test cricket grounds of Old Trafford, there’s usually a sporting event held every weekend. The stadiums also offer tours.
  • Nightlife: Rivalling any party town anywhere in the world, the nightlife here offers more than 500 pubs in the city's centre. This place is also the bedrock of a huge music scene, which has delivered many world-famous artists to the world.

What to eat in Manchester

The city’s status as a multi-cultural metropolis reflects in its food scene, which is vibrant and thoroughly modern. There are some traditional local foods to try, including:

  • Rag pudding: A suet pastry filled with minced meat and onions.
  • Black pudding: A dark sausage made from pig’s blood.
  • Parched peas: The local version of mushy peas.
  • Pasty barm: A meat and potato pasty in a bread roll, known as a barm cake.
  • Eccles cake: A flat, sweet and flaky pastry pie with a filling of currants.

Typical events and festivals in Manchester

Celebrations represent the diversity of the city. Some highlights are:

  • International Festival: A biennial, large-scale and multi-discipline event in June/July, which draws in many famous names from all areas of the arts.
  • Food and Drink Festival: Demonstrations, pop-ups and a food village entreat visitors for two weeks in September/October.
  • Manchester Jazz Festival: The city’s longest-running music event happens every summer.
  • GRUB: A street-food fair centred on Fairfield Social Club every weekend.
  • Christmas Market: One of the most popular in the UK and Europe, the city is at its seasonal best and full of cheer.

How to move around in Manchester

Visitors can access most of the city via public transport. The light rail tram system (the Metrolink) operates eight lines and serves 99 stops concentrated in the city's centre. The bus network is extensive — second only to London— and covers the whole of Greater Manchester and beyond. There are two mainline train stations and an international airport.

The climate in Manchester

The city’s weather is much like the rest of England's temperate oceanic climate. This destination experiences warm summers and cold winters. The annual average daily temperature is 13.5° C, with July and August reaching the highest temperatures (20.3° to 20.6° C). The coldest month is generally February. You can expect rain at any time of year, and it often snows in the winter.

Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Manchester

The most centrally located hotels in Manchester with the best ratings are: Hotel The Edwardian Manchester, A Radisson Collection, Hotel The Alan and Hotel Doubletree By Hilton Manchester Piccadilly.

It depends on the category of the hotel. If you want to stay at a 4-star hotel in Manchester, the average price per night is 56 , while you will pay an average of 34 for a 3-star hotel, and in a more luxurious 5-star hotel, you"ll pay around 77 .

You can make reservations at The Lowry Hotel, Hotel The Edwardian Manchester, A Radisson Collection and Hotel Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre, An Ihg if you"re looking for a hotel with valet service for your visit to Manchester.

If you need a hotel with disabled access in Manchester, we recommend Stay Deansgate Apartments For 14 Nights Plus, Hotel Jurys Inn Manchester City Centre and The Lowry Hotel.

The best hotels in Manchester for adults only are Hotel Selina Nq1 Manchester and Velvet Hotel.

According to our clients, if you´re travelling with children, the best hotels in Manchester are Hotel The Alan, Hotel The Edwardian Manchester, A Radisson Collection and Hotel Didsbury House.

If you want to save time, the hotels in Manchester with express check-in and check-out are Stay Deansgate Apartments For 14 Nights Plus, Hotel Jurys Inn Manchester City Centre and The Lowry Hotel.

Some of the options for hotels with non-smoking rooms in Manchester are Stay Deansgate Apartments For 14 Nights Plus, Hotel Jurys Inn Manchester City Centre and Hotel The Ascott.

In Manchester, Hotel Jurys Inn Manchester City Centre, The Lowry Hotel and Hotel Didsbury House offer 24-hour front desk service.