If greatness were a city, it would probably be Manchester. Think radical politics, groundbreaking science, cult writers, the Theatre of Dreams, the Rovers Return, The Hacienda and probably about a third of your music collection. It’s a student stomping ground, stylish short breaks destination, shopping and sporting mecca. Mad for it? Book into one of our Manchester hotels and you soon will be.
Check out our handy city guide to help you find your way around.
- Forget the high street
Delve deep into the heart of Manchester’s irrepressible artsy, creative spirit in the Northern Quarter. Scour vintage shops for one-of-a-kind ensembles, crate-dig for rare vinyl, support local artists at the Craft and Design Centre and pop into MadLab to see what the geeks are up to.
- Cruise for curry
On Rusholme’s Curry Mile you’ll find more Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan eateries than anywhere else in the UK. It’s paradise for curry aficionados and a perfect starting place for those who don’t know their korma from their kottu. Expect to like the prices too.
- Focus on football
We know we’re about to lose half of you but it just wouldn’t be right to talk about Manchester without making one small reference to the city’s famed relationship with 'The Beautiful Game’. Go to the National Football Museum, watch a match at Old Trafford or the City of Manchester Stadium. There, we said it.
- Get your culture fix
The Greater Manchester Police Museum traces the history of the local Bobby. Democracy, activism and worker’s rights are the order of the day at the People’s History Museum. To see what scientific and technological innovation has in store, go to the Museum Of Science and Industry. History buffs shouldn’t miss the Imperial War Museum North.
- Walk a musical mile
Hook up with one of the official Manchester Music Tours to see where the city’s musical behemoths such as Joy Division, The Stone Roses, Oasis and The Smiths lived, found inspiration and booked their first gigs. Led by Inspiral Carpets drummer, you’ll get a first-hand account of the scene in its heyday.
- Play at Legoland Discovery Centre
You want to shop. They want to play. The Trafford Centre can help. Here you’ll find an abundance of high street staples, a ton of places to eat and drink and Legoland Discovery Centre. Go on a factory tour, visit the 4D cinema, the shop and a whole host of other plastic brick attractions.
Working in Manchester
MediaCityUK is where the BBC, ITV and lots of other bright-spark TV, media and digital companies get to work. If you’re joining them, first book one of our Manchester business hotels then factor in some ‘me-time’. Enjoy theatre and art at The Lowry, watch a film at Vue, bag a bargain at Lowry Outlet or take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront.