Things to do in 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 one of Premier Inn’s Manchester hotels.


As the capital of the north-west, Manchester is brimming with things to do and places to see. Whether it’s historical buildings, parks with acres of space, huge arenas or stadiums that are the stuff of sporting legend, Manchester has more than enough to keep you occupied, however long you’re here for.


Manchester is a shopper’s heaven, with designer brands and department stores, high street staples and factory outlets. But best of all has to be the quirky independents - from the Northern Quarter’s eclectic boutiques, to the delightfully hipster Altrincham Market on the outskirts of the city.


Looking for activities in Manchester that excite as well as entertain? Whizzing down the powdery white snow in the UK’s largest indoor ski slope should be just the ticket. And if that’s not enough, there are walking tours, cycle routes, golf and watersports, too. Hope you packed your sense of adventure...

Places to eat

Famous for its neon-lit curry mile, eclectic street food scene and some seriously good pub food, you won’t go hungry in this town. With a full alphabet of familiar restaurants and a raft of great independents, we’ve picked the city’s best eateries - all of them within easy reach of our Manchester hotels.


From grungy raves to superclubs, traditional boozers to stylish bars, there’s no doubt about it: Manchester is a stomping place to go out at night. Although the Hacienda may be long gone, the city’s heritage of musical talent and club innovation lives on. Not sure where to head first? Find out here...


Not surprisingly for the town that split the atom and gave us one of the UK’s best loved-painters, LS Lowry, both history and lovers are well-catered for. And if museums and exhibitions aren’t your thing, soak up some student culture on campus at one of Manchester’s universities? 


Music, comedy, sport or theatre - however you like to be entertained, Manchester has a venue to fit the bill. Indulge your love of classical music at the spectacular Bridgewater Hall, or go for the sheer hedonism on offer as you party with the locals at events such as Pride and Parklife.

Getting around

As the UK’s second biggest city, you’ll find Manchester well-equipped for getting around. If you're flying into Manchester Airport, our guide will get you from the terminal to the city centre, whether you want to take public transport or hop in the car.

Looking for a hotel in Manchester?

Whether you want to stay in the heart of Manchester, or in a leafy suburb, we've lots of hotels to choose from. There are hotels next to Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly. And for those sports fans, there are hotels next to Old TraffordThe Etihad Stadium and the Manchester Apollo.