Hotels in Manchester

Manchester is a lively city with plenty of exciting things to do. Home to both Manchester United FC and Manchester City FC, Manchester has a proud footballing history and the National Football Museum is close to its city centre. Shoppers can find great deals at the Lowry Outlet on Salford Quays. The Green Corridor and other walking tours are great ways to see more of the city and its picturesque canals. When you book a room at Premier Inn, you'll find great value accommodation close to wherever you’re headed in Manchester.

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About Manchester

What is Manchester famous for?
Manchester is a thriving cultural hub, that’s bursting at the seams with history, art, a buzzing nightlife (for many people, clubbing as we know it today was practically invented at the Hacienda in the 90s) and plenty more. Home to two of the world’s leading football clubs, Manchester is also famous for the wealth of exciting musicians that have hailed from the city – most notably, Oasis, The Stone Roses, New Order, Take That and The Smiths. The city is also home to the world’s first passenger railway line and England’s first artificial canal.

Where is Manchester located?
Located in the North West of England, Manchester is 190 miles north-west of London.

What is a person from Manchester called?
A person from Manchester is referred to as a ‘Mancunian’ (pronounced ‘man-kew-neeyun’), which derives from the Latin word for the area ‘Mancunium’. Sometimes you’ll hear locals referred to as ‘Mancs’ for short. 

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Visiting Manchester

Is Manchester a beautiful city?
Manchester has an abundance of charming characteristics and historic architecture (like the gorgeous, neo-Gothic Manchester Town Hall or stunning Manchester Central Library) that create a distinct sense of beauty around the city. The waterfront along Salford Quays has a modern magnificence, filled with curvy lines and striking architecture, especially at night when the lights reflect on the river.

What is the best area to stay in Manchester?
Manchester city centre is compact and extremely walkable, so anywhere you stay should mean you can explore with ease. The Portland Street area in particular is close to Oxford Road station, with free buses for getting around if you’d rather not walk. It’s next to Chinatown and just 10 minutes’ walk from the pubs, bars and iconic nightlife of the Northern Quarter.

Our Manchester City Centre (Portland Street) hotel is located in the heart of the city centre and makes an ideal base for exploring the city.

Is Manchester safe to visit?
As with most cities in the UK, Manchester is generally very safe to visit, particularly as a tourist sticking to the city centre. With all cities we recommend you keep caution on your side, particularly with any expensive personal belongings or when in crowds, but in general you’re unlikely to experience any danger in Manchester.

How much of Manchester is green?
Just over 20% of Manchester is green space, making it the 8th greenest city in the UK, according to a study in 2017. City centre spaces like Cathedral Gardens or St John’s Gardens offer grassy spaces, while Heaton Park, Werneth Low Country Park and Bruntwood Park provide panoramic views, woodlands, gardens and waterways within easy reach of the city.

Is Manchester good for shopping?
Yes, Manchester is an excellent destination to enjoy some retail therapy. Find popular high-street options in the city’s large malls like the Intu Shopping Centre, Manchester Arndale or the Lowry Outlet, or indulge in the quirky independent shops in the Northern Quarter. You’ll also find a range of markets across the city and even some high end shopping options around the Kings Street area.

Find out more about shopping in Manchester with our guide.

How much is a pint of beer in Manchester?
The average cost of a pint of beer in Manchester is £4.11, according to a 2019 study. 


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Getting around Manchester

Is Manchester far from London?
Manchester is 190 miles north-west of London, taking around three and a half hours to drive or between two to two and a half hours by train.

How far is Manchester from Birmingham?
Manchester is around 71 miles north of Birmingham, taking around an hour and a half to drive or travel by train.

What is the name of the airport in Manchester?
The airport in Manchester is simply known as Manchester Airport. Find out more about Manchester Airport with our guide.

Discover more about the city with our detailed Things to do in Manchester guide

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