2 minute travel guide to Manchester, UK

Manchester travel guide: how to get there and how to get around, where you can find local cuisine, what local events are taking place, and more.

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Getting About

The staple way of getting around quickly and easily is the trams; they connect the major railway stations and tourist attractions. If you’re coming from overseas you will fly into the UK’s third largest airport, which provides all major travel to worldwide destinations for Northern England. With regular trams and buses it’s easy to get to the city centre.

Eating Out

The Northern Quarter has loads of different foodie hotspots. For something traditional, Manchester House lies close to the docks and serves up local produce, famous for their modern twist on the local dessert, the Manchester tart. For something a bit cheaper, try Guerilla Eats, it offers the best of classic street food, without breaking the bank.

History & Culture

Don’t miss out on the amazing offering of theatres and museums. Visit The Lowry on the rejuvenated Salford quays, the Royal Exchange Theatre and The Manchester Museum which regularly has a variety of different exhibitions. And if you get the chance, don’t forget about the Cathedral.

Entertainment

The Smiths, the Stone Roses and Oasis are just a few of the British bands from the city. The Ritz and Albert Hall are just two of the famous musical venues you should visit. Football fan or not, both Man U and Man City are top premier league teams and their stadiums are well worth visiting. If shopping is your thing, go to one of the UK’s biggest shopping hubs – the Trafford Centre. And if you’re there on a rare sunny day, head to Heaton Park with its historic hall and boating lake.

Wildcard

Our wildcard is the lively Canal Street – with Gay bars, nightclubs and modern restaurants. If you fancy a civilised evening, The Molly House offers up the best Northern ales and wines, not forgetting their diverse offering of Spanish and Argentinean tapas. Vanilla is the place to go if you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful night out. Teaming classic pop tunes with £2 cocktails.

Where to Sleep

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