Wander around the most dynamic & versatile metropolis of the United Kingdom
Manchester's unique character owes much to its groundbreaking past. Known worldwide as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, the arts and sports. And today the city combines this heritage with a progressive vision that likes to do things differently.
Take a tour of the heart of the city in two of the most striking examples of neo-Gothic architecture, Manchester Town Hall and Manchester Cathedral, one of Manchester's oldest buildings and landmarks. Walk endlessly to Heaton Park, the largest park in the city, an oasis of greenery and entertainment. If you are a fan of both books and architecture, visit the John Rylands Library, which is not so much a library as a Victorian-Gothic book temple.
Wander through the halls of the Museum of Science & Industry and admire the many important discoveries and inventions of Manchester during the Industrial Revolution and the post-industrial era. Learn more about the history of democracy and how each person won the right to vote in one of the city’s most interesting museums, the People’s History Museum.
Even if you are not a football fan, do not miss a stroll through the historic Old Trafford Stadium and the National Football Museum, the largest football museum in the world.
You can not visit Manchester without going through the colorful Chinatown and the Northern Quarter with its countless bars, shops, restaurants and try the best coffee in town. Even if you have visited Manchester several times or have lived in the city for years, there is always something new to discover.
Manchester has a lot to offer to gastronomy lovers
With new restaurants, bars, gastropubs, and cafes opening every week, Manchester is established as one of the most exciting dining destinations in the UK.
Excellent local cuisine, Michelin-starred restaurants, international cuisine and gourmet quests make up the gastronomic scene.
The best time to visit Manchester
Manchester can be visited all months of the year (excluding January and February due to weather).
Ideal season in summer, the streets are full of people and the city comes alive with events, open-air markets and performances. The summer kicks off with the King Street Festival, the amazing Manchester Day Parade, the Manchester Jazz Festival, the Sounds of the City, the Bluedot Festival and the Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
How to get around Manchester
Airport transfer options
Manchester Airport is 16 miles south of the city. Access to / from the airport can be by train, bus, tram, taxi or rental car.
The fastest way to get to the city center is by direct train link between Manchester Airport Rail Station and Manchester Piccadilly Rail Station. Trains depart every 10 minutes and the journey takes 20 minutes.
The best way to get around Manchester is on foot thanks to the compact layout of the city. It is also easy to tour by bike, there are many marked bike lanes and cobblestone paths throughout the city. If you get tired, take the tram (Metrolink) which can reach most parts of the city. There is also a free bus network, which covers most of the city center, running three roundabouts (hop-on, hop-off) throughout central Manchester, connecting train stations with businesses and some of the Top sights of the city. Transport for Greater Manchester also has a variety of bus routes throughout the city and to and from the airport. Fares for these routes are calculated per route. If you need to get somewhere fast, you can always rely on the classic black taxis that you usually stop on the street or find in a square and are more expensive