Manchester travel guide

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You're Going to Love Manchester

It's hardly surprising that Manchester finds itself listed among the world's top 10 destinations. It's the UK's most visited city for overseas tourists after London. It's also England's "second city" and the unofficial "capital of the North".

Its vibrant arts scene, its stellar shopping and fine dining, its celebrity appeal, and its LGBT scene are all part of the city's charm. Manchester is also a favorite with soccer fans, who come to see its two premier league teams in action.

And of course, there's the music and nightlife scene, cultural highlights like the Whitworth Art Gallery and the HOME Arts Centre, the bars and cafes, and the festivals and events that have shaped the modern face of one of the UK's most vibrant cities. So many great reasons to plan a stay in Manchester!

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Manchester

What to do in Manchester

Manchester Cathedral
Manchester Art Gallery
Heaton Park
Top activities & attractions in Manchester

When to Visit Manchester

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Summer, from May to September, is peak season in Manchester as thousands of visitors come for festivals and events such as the Parklife Music Festival in June and Manchester Pride in August. The period from December to January is also incredibly popular. Manchester's bustling Christmas Markets are among the biggest and best in Europe, while the Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown each January attract visitors from around the globe. Try booking a stay in spring from March to April or in fall from October to November. You'll still have all the fabulous shops and restaurants, the history and architecture, the sports venues and the Village, but with fewer crowds and lower hotel rates.

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How to Get to Manchester

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Where to Stay in Manchester

Manchester boasts an impressive range of hotels to suit all tastes from the boutique hotel glamour of Roomzzz Manchester City to the traditional luxury and elegance of the Principal Manchester. There are also plenty of mid-range hotels to choose from such as the Castlefield Hotel, Britannia Sachas Hotel, and the Copthorne Hotel Manchester.

Popular Neighborhoods in Manchester

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Northern Quarter

Where to stay in popular areas of Manchester

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How to Get Around Manchester

The Cost of Living in Manchester

Shopping Streets

Explore the vintage clothes shops and record stores in the Northern Quarter or shop for leading high street brands at the Arndale Centre. If you're looking for fashion clothing and accessories, the designer boutiques and department stores of Exchange Square and New Cathedral Street are ideal. Highlights include Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. Or, venture a little further afield to the Trafford Centre, one of the largest shopping malls in Europe.

Groceries and Other

You'll find branches of Tesco, Morrisons, or Sainsbury's all over the city as well as local grocery stores and specialty outlets. A quart of whole milk costs £0.79 and a dozen eggs cost £2.45. Try pharmacy chains like Boots, Superdrug, and Lloyds for cosmetics, toiletries, and baby care.

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Where to Eat in Manchester

Manchester's Chinatown is one of the largest in the country and you'll discover an impressive range of restaurants. For classic Cantonese, try Yang Sing, or visit Red Chilli for Sichuan and Beijing cuisine in an upmarket setting. If you love Indian food then local favorite Akbars and Zouk Tea Bar & Grill are sure to please. Or for something a little more special try the French at the Midland Hotel. You can expect to pay £10 for a basic meal in a diner or from £50 for dinner in a refined restaurant.

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