Guide to Manchester

City of music, sport, science, culture, history, art, food, shops, pubs, clubs and altogether ‘cool’, this is Manchester. It’s one of the most exciting cities in the UK and you’re about to explore it! We’ve put together this handy guide to help you plan, book and navigate your trip to the bright lights of the north. It includes everything you might need - from where to stay, shop, eat and drink through to what’s fun and how to get around. Whatever part of town you find yourself in, there’ll be a friendly team waiting to look after you at a Premier Inn hotel

Things to do

As capital of the north-west, Manchester is suitably brimming with things to do and places to see. Whether it’s art or sport, culture or comedy, music or shops, Manchester has it all. Check out our guide to things to do in Manchester. 


Manchester is shopper’s heaven, from designer stores and factory outlets to cool ‘n’ quirky independents. 


Whether indulging in culture or amusing the kids, there’s art, history and stadium tours galore. 


If you’re the sporty type, choose from Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium and all of Sportcity.


Home of Judi Dench, Peter Kay and Take That, Manchester produces some top talent and shows. 

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Mike Fearnley from our Manchester Portland Street Premier Inn tells us why he loves his hometown of Manchester.

From the quirky Northern Quarter to the upmarket Deansgate Lock, there’s something for everyone while getting around is easy with the trams and Metro Shuttle.

Eating, drinking & nightlife

Synonymous with some of the UK’s biggest music bands, most famous nightclubs and finest restaurants, there’s no shortage of places to eat, drink and dance in this buzzing city. See our rundown of Manchester’s favourite brunch, lunch and well-into-the-night spots. 

Eating out

Known for its neon-lit curry mile and lantern-lit Chinatown, Manchester is also home to the UK’s first Michelin star restaurant and some seriously good pub food. Discover our pick of the city’s best eateries. 

Drinking & nightlife

With Europe’s largest student population to its name, Manchester is more than geared up for drinking and dancing into the night. From grungy clubs to stylish bars, check out our choice of the city’s top spots. 

Plan your visit

As the UK’s second biggest city, Manchester is aptly equipped for getting around. Handy because there are so many corners of town to discover! See our guide to all the different areas, how to get between them and how to reach town from the airport. 

Getting around

Manchester has a brilliant choice of public transport, plus a handy bike hire scheme to boot. 

Where to stay

Manchester is a city of ‘villages’, each with their own vibe. Here’s the lowdown on what’s where.

Getting to Manchester from the airport

If you’re flying into Manchester Airport, you’ll want to get to the city and check into your Premier Inn pronto! See our guide to airport taxis, trains and trams. 

Looking for a hotel in Manchester?

Whether you want to stay in the city centre, in one of Manchester’s leafy suburbs or in the beautiful Lancashire countryside, we have lots of hotels to choose from. If you need to be right on the doorstep, we have hotels next to Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly, as well as Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium and Manchester Arena