Manchester | Shopping


Shopping in Manchester has always been good, but in recent years the hobby has hit dizzy new heights. The city centre saw a revamp after the 1996 bombing, Salford Quays has enjoyed a facelift and the likes of Selfridges and Harvey Nicks have come to town. But what we love most about Manchester is the wonderful mix of independent shops, and for those we’ll point you to the Northern Quarter.

Trafford Centre

This smart marbled mall, five miles from the city centre, is brimming with more than 200 stores, including designer boutiques and high street fashion favourites. You’ll find homeware brands at the mall’s Barton Square, while Trafford Centre is home to the first Selfridges outside of London. For other entertainment, there are 60 eateries and bars, plus a 20-screen Odeon cinema, Sea Life and Legoland Discovery Centre. You might even catch a fashion show, book signing or film premiere!

Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre

Arndale Shopping Centre

Manchester Arndale is one of the biggest city-centre shopping malls in the UK, and the third biggest in Europe, with stores including Topshop, Nike, Apple and Bose. It boasts the world’s largest Next store, a particularly inspiring branch of Waterstones and a vast Clas Ohlson. Just over the bridge, on the other side of Exchange Square, you’ll find M&S, All Saints and Selfridges, while tasty pit stops range from Bagel Nash to YO! Sushi.

Nearby hotels

Our Trafford Centre South hotel is a two minute walk from the shops. Alternatively our Trafford Centre West hotel is just five minutes' walk, whilst Trafford Centre North hotel is around ten. 

Nearby hotels

Our Manchester (Arena/Printworks) hotel is a five minute walk from the shops. Alternatively our Manchester Piccadilly hotel is an eight minute walk away.

Lowry Outlet, Salford Quays

If you’re a discerning shopper, head for The Quays, Manchester’s mecca of discount shopping. In fact, Lowry Outlet is the only factory outlet shopping centre in the Manchester area, with more than 80 stores selling big brand items for up to 70% less than you’ll find on the high street. Among the options are the likes of Marks & Spencer, Gap Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Molton Brown and The Body Shop. There’s also a huge food court and Vue cinema.

Located on Manchester's historic ship canal, our Manchester Salford Quays hotel is a 5 minute stroll away. Or try our brand new Manchester Salford Media City hotel - only a 7 minute walk away.

Independent Shops – Northern Quarter

Manchester's Northern Quarter is a buzzing urban hub of creative and independent shopping, most famously Afflecks Palace. This four-floor emporium mixes new designers and vintage traders with fetish fashion and boho surfwear. What was once a Victorian fish market is now Manchester Craft & Design Centre, home to artist-run studios of jewellery, bags, textiles and prints, as well as quirky little shop-café hybrids.

We offer 6 Manchester City Centre hotels within a mile of the Northern Quarter. The closest hotels are Manchester Piccadilly, a 6 minute walk or Manchester City Centre (Portland Street), a 12 minute walk. 

Designer Shops – King Street

Upmarket King Street is Manchester’s answer to Bond Street in London. Along with Bridge Street, to the south of King Street West, it’s the place for all your British and international designer stores. Among them, you’ll find names like Emporio Armani, Jaeger, DKNY, Max Mara, Whistles, Diesel, Gant, Timberland, Karen Millen, Calvin Klein, Thomas Pink, Agent Provocateur, Polo Ralph Lauren…you can spend some serious cash here.

Department Stores - Various

You’ll find several department stores in the city for all your convenience and luxury shopping. House of Fraser, once the famous Kendal’s and briefly named Harrods, is on Deansgate where the road meets King Street West. Harvey Nichols is on Cathedral Approach, between Deansgate and Exchange Square, and Selfridges is on two sites – Exchange Square and Manchester Trafford Centre.  

Looking for a hotel in Manchester?

Whether you want to stay in the centre of Manchester, or in one of the leafy suburbs, we've lots of hotels to choose from. There are hotels next to Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly. And for sports fans there are hotels next to Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium and the Manchester Arena.