Manchester travel guide - Wikitravel
Manchester travel guide - Wikitravel
Address On/Off Airport Distance / Transfer Time Security Additional Information Long Stay Parking
(T1-3) Manchester Airport
M90 3NS On 0.5 miles/ 800 metres/ 5 minutes Security lighting and fencing, entry/exit barriers and
24-hour security patrols. Maximum vehicle height of 2.2 metres.Trailers are not permitted. Long
Stay Parking (T2) Manchester Airport
M90 5PR On 0.5 miles / 800 metres/ 5 minutes Security lighting, perimeter fencing, entry/exit
barriers and 24-hour security patrols. Maximum vehicle height of 2.2 metres.Trailers are not
permitted. Short Stay Parking (All terminals) Manchester Airport
M90 1QX On .2 miles / 300 metres/ Walking distance CCTV, entry/exit barriers and regular security
patrols. Maximum vehicle height is 2 metres.Trailers are not permitted. Multi-Storey Parking (All
terminals) Manchester Airport Terminals 1-3
M90 1QX On .2 miles / 300 metres/ Walking distance CCTV, entry/exit barriers and regular security
patrols. Maximum vehicle height of 2 metres.Trailers are not permitted. Meteor Meet & Greet
Parking Car park does not disclose address for security reasons. On Customer is met at terminal.No
transfer required. CCTV, security lighting, 1.8 m security fencing and regular security patrols.
Meteor drivers are comprehensively insured to drive customers' cars. Airparks Handforth Dean
Parking Car park does not disclose address for security reasons. Off 4 miles / 6 km / 15 min transfer
CCTV, security lighting, security fencing and regular security patrols. No trailers are allowed.
Airparks Manchester Ringway Isherwood Road,Carrington,Wilmslow,Manchester,M31 4RA Off 4
miles / 6km / 15mins transfer CCTV, security fencing and regular security patrols. No trailers are
allowed. Maximum vehicle height of 2.10m Manchester Shuttle Park Styal Road,Manchester,M90
1QX Off 3 miles / 5 km/ 10mins transfer CCTV, security fencing and regular security patrols. No
trailers are allowed. APH Manchester  Bradnor Road, Sharston Industrial Area, Manchester. M22
4TE Off 5mins transfer CCTV, Barrier controlled entrance and exit system, Breaker Beams, 24 hour
security patrols, Park Mark?(R) Safer Parking Award. 2.4 metre height restriction. No trailers are
allowed. Looking4Parking  Car park does not disclose address for security reasons. Off Customer
is met at terminal.No transfer required. CCTV, security fencing and 24-hour on-site security. No
Aeropark  Car park does not disclose address for security reasons. Off Customer is met at
terminal.No transfer required. CCTV, security fencing and 24-hour on-site security. NoDirect trains
run from the airport station (reached by Skyway, between terminals 1 and 2) to Piccadilly and
Oxford Road stations (and onwards to others in the region such as Wigan and Bolton) about every 20
minutes and cost no more than ??4. Taxis are available from outside each terminal, costing about
??15 and taking about 30-45 minutes. You can also catch a coach/bus to Manchester Central Coach
station.John Lennon Airport,  in Liverpool is a budget airline airport with Easyjet  and Ryanair
 serving it and is also relatively conveniently located for access to Manchester. However, Easyjet
now has connections to Manchester from various departure points. A coach service runs connecting
the airport to Manchester's central coach station and takes about 45 min. There is now a direct train
link between Liverpool Parkway (the station near John Lennon Airport) and Manchester Oxford Road
Train Station (in the city centre). Services currently run once per hour, but are planned to increase
to every half hour.Site includes disabled car parking information for Manchester Airport Manchester
Airport Parking Guide
 By train
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Manchester city centre is served by two major railway stations, Victoria in the north (the area
around the station has recently undergone extensive redevelopment with much more to come) and
Piccadilly (transformed in recent years and voted the UK's most popular station in 2007) in the
Piccadilly is the main destination for long-haul trains from around the UK (eg London, Birmingham,
Leeds, York, Newcastle, Glasgow etc) in addition to a few local services (notably to/from Glossop and
Buxton). Northern , TransPennine Express , Virgin Trains , CrossCountry , Arriva
Trains Wales  and East Midlands Trains  all serve Piccadilly.
Victoria is a hub for local stopping trains to/from West Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire and
Liverpool, virtually all of which are operated by Northern .
Trains from Liverpool, Leeds, York, Sheffield and Nottingham may also stop at Manchester Oxford
Road, which is convenient for the University.
Other stations in the city centre are Deansgate,and Salford Central, but generally only local services
stop at these stations.
 By car
The outer ring road of the Manchester conurbation is the M60. It is accessible from Leeds or
Liverpool by the M62 and from Scotland and the south by the M6. From the north and Scotland
follow the M6 and then the M61. From the south take the M6 and the M56. The most direct route
from the M6 to the M56 and South Manchester is to take the A556 leaving the M6 at junction 19,
but note this has a 50 mph/80 km/h speed limit for most of its length and can be somewhat
congested at busy times of the day. It is signed Manchester and Manchester Airport.
Another route would be to carry on northbound up the M6, taking you directly to the M6/M62
interchange. Here, you would follow signs for Leeds and Manchester North. This can, however, seem
a longer way round, but it does also give you access, via the M60 orbital road, to places around the
conurbation and is a much better option if you wish to access the northern part of Greater
If a little lost in the city centre, follow signs for the inner ring road, as there are signs to most
destinations from this road.
Parking in the city centre of Manchester can be expensive. Avoid the multi-storey car parks if you
can and look for some open-air car parks. There are good ones by Salford Central Station, behind
Piccadilly Station and opposite the cathedral. Be sure to park in a well-lit place because car crime is
a particular problem in Manchester.
If you have to use a multi-storey, the one by The Coach Station and The Village is handy. This is fine
as a last resort if you have been driving around for an hour, looking for a place to park. There are
increasingly more and more double yellow lines, which designate no parking at any time.
Ladywell Park & Ride  is situated near Eccles (M602, Junction 2); the car park is free and there
is a tram station. Similarly, parking at the Trafford Centre (M60, junctions 9 and 10) is free and
there are buses to the city centre and Stretford tram station.
A tip worth noting is that on Saturday from 12:30 to Monday morning, just over from the city centre
into Salford, you can park on a single yellow line (remember that you can never park on a double
yellow line) or in a designated space without paying, unlike in the city centre where restrictions
apply even during weekends. Streets like Chapel Street, Bridge Street, and the areas around them
are a good bet and much safer now with all the new housing developments. There you are just a
short walk from Deansgate.
Problems are rare as long as you take the usual precautions and do not leave valuables on display.
Try not to put things in the boot (trunk) after a shopping spree if people are watching. Avoid parking
under the bridges at all costs, and try the main roads, just off one or next to one of the many new
blocks of flats where it is well-lit. Watch out on bank holidays around here. Sometimes these are
treated like a Sunday in the centre, but people have been known to get parking tickets on the
Salford side. If unsure, treat a holiday, on the Salford side, as a normal day of the week or ask a
warden if you can find one!
 By motorbike
There are several free parking bays for motorbikes around Manchester city centre. The locations are
on the Council's website.
 By bus
Chorlton Street Coach Station is the central coach station in Manchester, located close to the centre,
between Chinatown and The Village on Chorlton Street. Coaches run from all over the country and
are generally the most reasonably-priced way to get into Manchester. London to Manchester on the
coach can take about four hours, but it depends on the time of day and number of stops.
National Express  is a comfortable and frequent service which runs 24 hours a day from some
cities, including London. Megabus  run services to London, Scotland, South Wales and the West.
Fares start at ??1 and must be booked in advance online.
Piccadilly Gardens bus station is generally for services to the south of Greater Manchester along
with Wigan and Bolton.
Shudehill Bus Station has services to the North of Greater Manchester.
TfGM travel shops are located in both Shudehill and Piccadilly Gardens and timetables, maps and
information can be found for all services here.
 Get around
Transport in Greater Manchester is overseen and co-ordinated byTfGM (Information: 0871 200 22
33) . TfGM sells a number of tickets which are valid for multiple operators, such as the any bus
day ticket or System One. If you are planning to do a lot of travelling in one day, these might be your
cheapest option. Metromax day tickets are good value if using the Metrolink tram network. There
are tickets for single people and family tickets. The best value are valid after 9:30 a.m.
Dotted around the city centre on main streets including Deansgate, Oxford Road, Market Street etc,
are the pedestrian-level street maps. They are usually placed in normal advertising hoardings, which
can make difficult to spot from a distance. The maps have been updated with different colours for
district area of the city centre. Your position is marked by a dark circle. They cover the whole centre
down to the university district and also central Salford up to Salford University.
As with any other large UK city, an A-Z map is often handy. These street maps, in book form, are
available from newsagents or book shops and, depending on size, cover everything from the city
centre to the whole Greater Manchester conurbation.
 On foot in the city centre
Manchester city centre's attractions are easily reached on foot, and walking provides the perfect
opportunity to take in the architecture of the city.Manchester walking directions can be planned
online with the walkit.com  walking route planner.
 By bus
Metroshuttle  is a FREE bus service run jointly by the local council, National Car Parks
Manchester and Allied London Spinningfields. They are operated by First Manchester. It runs three
routes which between them cover most of the major areas in the city centre. These bus routes can be
caught straight from all city centre railway stations (Piccadilly, Oxford Road, Deansgate, Salford
Central and Victoria) as well as many of the larger car parks. Areas on the fringes of the city centre
(such as Spinningfields, Petersfield, Oxford Road Corridor, Millennium Quarter) are now easier to
access from other parts of the city. Just note, that due to a high-level of pedestrian priority around
areas such as Deansgate, traffic in the city centre is often slow at peak times. These buses are now
also operated by green hybrid buses in a bid to cut pollution and emissions in the city centre. Each
line is colour branded with 1 Orange, 2 Green and 3 Purple.
Most of the buses in North Manchester are operated by First  whilst Stagecoach operate in
South Manchester  and serve most places that you are likely to want to go in the conurbation.
The main bus station for the south is Piccadilly Gardens and a new state-of-the-art ??24 million
interchange has been built at Shudehill for the north. However buses for Wigan, Leigh, Lowton and
Bolton can be found at Piccadilly Gardens as well as for Altrincham and Droylsden at Shudehill. The
North/South rule generally applies other than those exceptions.
The South Manchester corridor that begins with Oxford Road and Wilmslow Road is the most-served
bus route in Europe. Buses connect the centre with the universities and Rusholme, as often as every
one minute. The general rule on this street is to get on any bus that is not operated by Stagecoach
and your fare is likely to be under ??1. Some buses have a student fare, which they will charge you if
you look like a student, regardless of whether you ask for it or not. Be warned, though, during peak
hours it can take as long as 30 min to make the relatively short three mile journey from Piccadilly
Gardens to Rusholme. The 42 (operated by various companies) is usually the most frequent service,
operating through the night from Piccadilly, Oxford Road, Wilmslow Road, Rusholme and beyond.
It is well worth noting that the number 43 bus not only runs all day to the airport but also
throughout the night at regular intervals. Train services from Piccadilly also serve the airport all
Busses to the Trafford Centre include the Stagecoach-operated Route 250 , from Piccadilly
Gardens to the Trafford Centre and the First-operated Routes 100 and 110 , from Shudehill, via
Blackfriars (the stop is just off Deansgate) and Eccles, to The Trafford Centre. The quickest, most
direct option is the Stagecoach X50 bus route.They run every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday
daytime and take only 25 minutes. There are other bus services from Central Manchester to The
Trafford Centre and additional services from other towns and suburbs in the conurbation. In the
evening, or on Sundays and public holidays, your better bet for the Trafford Centre, from the city
centre, is the tram and buslink to and from Stretford, as buses are much less frequent at these
Bus Tickets are usually purchased directly from the driver. First and Stagecoach both offer daysavers for unlimited travel on their company's buses, which cannot be used on other busses. A
FirstDay is currently ??4.50. If transfer between different bus companies is required, ask the driver
for an "any bus day-saver", emphasising the "any". These '"System One"' tickets can be used on any
bus and details of current prices are available at 
 By tram
Network April 2013
Metrolink , also known as the tram or met, is the name for Manchester's local mass-transit
system. With a map of the system it is very easy to understand.
As of October 2013, Metrolink runs six lines:
Altrincham " Victoria - Bury Altrincham " Piccadilly Ashton-under-Lyne " Piccadilly - Victoria - Bury
Eccles " Piccadilly MediaCityUK " Piccadilly East Didsbury " Victoria - Oldham - Rochdale
All trams run every 12 to 15 minutes daily.
Work is underway to extend the system with several new lines, with destinations at Tameside and
In part due to its financial difficulties, Metrolink is quite expensive to travel on and does not really
provide good value for money. If you are going to be using it for more than one journey in a day,
your best bet is to buy a Metromax ticket. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the automated
vending machines at each station. Press the required destination followed by the required ticket
type and then insert your money.
Most machines accept notes, but if your note is anything more than even slightly crumpled, it will
more then likely be rejected by the machine. Change is not guaranteed over ??7 at any machines, or
at all, at some machines with the appropriate warning lamp.
The following Central Zone stations might be useful to you:
Victoria " for Urbis, Chethams Library, Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre, The Triangle and the
Northern half of Deansgate,Shudehill " for Bus Interchange, The Printworks, Manchester Arndale
and parts of the Northern Quarter. Market Street " for the main shopping area, including parts of
Manchester Arndale and Affleks Palace. Piccadilly Gardens and Mosley Street " for bus station,
Coach Interchange from Chorlton Street Coach Station, Chinatown, The Gay Village, Manchester Art
Gallery, Cube Gallery and parts of the Northern Quarter. Piccadilly " for Rail Interchange and
Metroshuttle and Oxford Road Link busses. Manchester Apollo is a 10 minute walk from here.St.
Peter's Square " for Central Library, The Library Theatre, Bridgewater Hall, The Midland Hotel, The
Town Hall and Albert Square. Busses down the Oxford Road corridor to The Palace Theatre, The
Green Room, Dance House and Contact Theatres and to the universities and beyond. DeansgateCastlefield " for Rail Interchange from Deansgate Station, Manchester Central (exhibition
centre/concert venue), The Manchester International Conference Centre, Beetham Tower, Great
Northern, MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry), the southern half of Deansgate and the beautiful
canalside area of Castlefield.
Other interesting destinations:
MediaCityUK " Around 15 minutes from the City Centre on the MediaCity/Eccles line. Closest station
at Salford Quays to the Lowry, Lowry Outlet Mall and Imperial War Museum North as well as the
new MediaCityUK development for BBC, ITV and University Of Salford. When the weather is fine, if
coming from the centre, alight at Salford Quays Station, walk just a few metres in the direction of
travel, cross the road, turn left, and enjoy the tree lined waterside walk, past the Salford Rowing
club, as far as the bridge linking The Lowry with The War Museum.Heaton Park " Around 10 minutes
from the City Centre on the Bury Line. Alight here for Manchester's chief parkland. This is the
biggest municipal park in the country and a great day out in summer. It has seen much investment
of late. Inside you will find a pet zoo, tramway museum, boating lake, stables and golf centre with
pitch and putt. The former stately home Heaton Hall is located within the park and is open to visitors
in the summer months.Old Trafford " Around 10 minutes from the City Centre on the Altrincham
Line. For Manchester United Football Club, and the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club.
Stretford " Around 10 minutes from the City Centre on the Altrincham Line. Alight here for a
connecting bus to the Trafford Centre. Joint tickets are available from the usual machines.Take care
at night. Ladywell " Around 15 minutes from the City Centre on the Eccles Line. There is a large,
free car park for the Park and Ride service to Salford Quays and the city.Chorlton - Around 15
minutes from the City Centre on the St Werburgh's Road Line. This area of South Manchester has
lots to do in summer including the Beech Road Festival in June, The Unity Festival in Chorlton Park
and the Big Green Festival as well as the Chorlton arts?? festival. The area is populated with
creative people such as artists, writers and actors. Until January 2009 Chorlton was the location for
the Cosgrove Hall animation studios where the children's series Chorlton and the Wheelies and
Dangermouse were created. The area is used by film crews for TV locations, such as The Second
 By taxi
Taxis are considerably cheaper than in London. As a general rule you should be able to get anywhere
you need to go within the core of the city for ??5-10. Because of the nature of the tight local
authority boundaries within the conurbation, taxis easily cross these, and there are few problems as
long as your journey stays within Greater Manchester. As a general rule, taxis are required to put
the meter on for journeys within the M60 ringroad (and sometimes little farther). If you are to travel
farther, it is best to agree a price in advance. You may flag down only the black cabs (London-style
Hackney carriages): other taxis must be booked in advance over the phone and are marked with the
yellow Manchester City Council sign on the bonnet, and the firm's phone number (again on a yellow
strip) on the sides. These are often called minicabs or private hire cars.
Avoid rogue mini cabs at all costs. Even if the car has a Manchester City Councilplate, or one from
one of the other metropolitan boroughs, you are not insured if the cab was not booked in advance.
You may find it difficult to get a black cab after the pubs shut on Friday and Saturday nights in the
city centre, so it serves to have a backup plan for getting back to your accommodation.Larger
groups are most likely to be able to "flag" down a taxi on the road. If you are struggling for a taxi
after midnight and don't mind waiting around drunk people, it can often be easier to join a queue
outside larger clubs, such as those in The Printworks, as black cabs often stop here. The black cabs
with the amber "TAXI" sign illuminated are the ones that are looking for fares. Otherwise, buy
something at a takeaway and then ask for a taxi: the employees do that all the time.
There are a number of taxi ranks within the city centre, which are staffed by security/logistical staff
during busy periods. These ranks are serviced only by black cabs, but there are also private hire
taxi/minicab companies that you can walk to and then wait (inside or usually outside) until a car
Manchester Taxi (44+ 161 401 1234) and Manchester Cars Taxis (+44 161 228 3355) are based in
the city centre and Manchester Cars is located conveniently behind the Chorlton Street coach
 By train
Local rail services run regularly and to most places in the surrounding area and beyond. Most trains
will pass through Piccadilly or Victoria, but it will do to call National Rail Enquiries (08457 48 49 50)
 to find out which one before setting off.If you plan to take several off peak journeys within
Greater Manchester, you could consider a "Rail Ranger" ticket, which, as of March 2011, costs
??4.40 per day for adults and ??2.20 for children under 16 (accompanied children under 5 are free).
An "Evening Ranger" is also available for just ??2.20. This is a large area and means you could travel
as far north as Bolton and Rochdale, as far south as the airport and Stockport, as far west as Wigan
and as far east as The Peak District. They also include free travel on the metrolink within the central
zone. These can be bought at ticket offices or on the train.
TfGM  has a "London tube-style" map of the Greater Manchester rail network, including
It is worth remembering that train services from Piccadilly serve the airport all night.
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 Cosmopolitan Manchester
The Imperial Chinese Archway in
Manchester's ChinatownManchester's Chinatown around George Street and Faulkner Street has
been a feature of Manchester since the late 1970s. Of late there is much talk of its decline, as many
middle aged people are taking their business to the suburbs rather than the centre, which many see
as a place for younger people at night. AS a whole the area seems slightly run-down but interesting.
You will find people on the streets of Chinatown speaking Chinese to each other and most of the
signs are bilingual. It is home to many of Manchester's east-asian restaurants as well as many
traders in Chinese food and goods. There are a couple of good Chinese supermarkets. As night falls
upon Chinatown, the neon lights come on, adding to the ambient feel of the area. There many
eateries to try too, ranging from Chinese to Japanese; reaching out to a wide spectrum of tastes.
There are alsoChinese shops for the locals to buy items imported directly from China, such as
newspapers, magazines, DVDs and medications. It also serves as a magnet for the Chinese
population, from around the city region and beyond.The Village, also known as the Gay Village, has
built up around Canal Street out of the many cotton warehouses in the area. It is home to one of the
oldest and most-established gay communities in Europe and is known for its tolerance toward all
kinds of people. Many of Manchester's most famous bars and clubs are to be found here, most of
which are as popular with heterosexual party-animals as they are with the gay crowd. The Village
hosts a major Pride festival every year (August Bank Holiday; the last weekend of the month), when
this part of town is closed to the public for a charity fundraising weekend for gay and gay-friendly
people. Many thousands of pounds are raised, each year, for various charities. There is a moving
memorial service on the Monday evening to round the weekend off. Entrance is by wrist band. These
are valid for the whole weekend or part of it, if required.
Check out the restaurants in The Village too. The best and longest established has to be Velvet, on
Canal Street. Friendly staff, good food, and a cosmopolitan environment make it a hip and popular
restaurant, bar, and hotel. Art works are also on display.
Check out the Curry Mile, a 800 metre-long stretch of curry restaurants, sari shops, and jewellery
stores in Rusholme.If you have time and want to mix with trendy, monied residents try an evening
out in the very upmarket southern suburb of Didsbury. This is a popular nighttime destination for
many from across the conurbation. "The village" as it is known is too far from East Didsbury station
for comfort, but a taxi is possible from the city centre or there is a good bus service. On the all too
rare, warm and fine Saturday evenings in summer, Didsbury can put on a good show with upmarket
restaurants, where you can eat outside at the many great pubs and bars. Think London's Hampstead
and Islington with similar media types and many others from elsewhere in town, who just want a
piece of the action. This was THE place to live in Manchester, for many years, before the rebirth of
the centre, and still is, for many, with very high property prices and a certain cachet!
 Historical ManchesterCastlefield is the site of the original Roman settlement Mamucium and
has been known as Castlefield since Medieval times. The walls that still stand over two metres high
are from as late as the 16th Century. It is the centre of Manchester's canal network and a transport
nexus of unique historical importance. The Castlefield Basin joins the Rochdale and Bridgewater
canals, the latter being the first cut canal in Britain. The nearby Museum of Science and Industry
contains Liverpool Road station, the first passenger railway station in the world. Very important in
industrial times, it became run down in post-war times until it was completely regenerated in the
1990s and designated Britain's first Urban Heritage site. These days the area is like a small country
oasis in the heart of the city, with regular events and a handful of great pubs around the canals and
the neighbouring streets. It is also the only place to see wildlife in Manchester's centre. The
University of Manchester, on Oxford Road, where amongst other things, the atom was first probed
by Rutherford, the first computer was built, and where radio astronomy was pioneered. It was here
too that the element Vanadium was first isolated. The architectural style of the new curved visitor's
centre contrasts with the old buildings on the opposite side of Oxford Road, within which
Manchester Museum is to be found.Manchester Cathedral, in the Millennium Quarter. The widest
cathedral in England with important carved choir stalls (school of Lincoln) and pulpitum. The
recently finished Visitor's Centre provides an initmate experience for newcomers to the cathedral.
This is near to Harvey Nichols, Urbis and Victoria Station.
CathedralManchester Town Hall, on Albert Square. This imposing and beautiful neo-Gothic
masterpiece by Alfred Waterhouse is a symbol of the wealth and power of Manchester during the
Industrial Revolution. Free tours can be arranged and the state rooms are generally open to visitors
when not otherwise in use. The Great Hall contains a series of pre-Raphaelite wall paintings by Ford
Maddox Brown depicting historical scenes (some rather fanciful) from Manchester's past. The
corridors are often seen on television dramas standing in for the Palace of Westminster, although
the Commons chamber itself is usually depicted in a permanent set at Granada TV studios. The Town
Hall is on the wide cobbled area of Albert Square, which is all accessible from St Peter's Square
Metrolink station. There is now a tea rooms in the sculpture hall overlooking the square. It is
directly to the right as you enter the building. Service is excellent and attentive, but what on offer a
little limited.John Rylands Library, on Deansgate. The bequest to the people of Manchester by who
was once the world's richest widow, Henriquetta Rylands, in memory of her husband John, but now
administered by the University of Manchester. It Contains the 'Manchester Fragment' the earliest
known fragment of the New Testament, part of St. John's gospel found near Alexandria and dating
from the first part of the second century, shortly after the gospel itself was first written. Tours can
be booked around lunchtime. The library was designed by Basil Champneys and is the last building
built in the perpendicular gothic style. There is a good cafe on the ground floor.St Ann's Church is
on one side of St Ann's Square and offers a quiet refuge from the noise of the city. There is always a
warm welcome inside. It is very popular for weddings on Saturdays.
 Cultural Manchester
There are many theatres and concert venues in Manchester, (The Opera House, Palace Theatre,
Royal Exchange, Green Room, Dancehouse Theatre, Library Theatre, and The Contact, not
forgetting The Lowry at The Quays, which has three theatre spaces). Further afield, The Bolton
Octagon, Bury Met, Oldham Coliseum, the lovingly restored 1930's Stockport Plaza with a wonderful
1930's tearoom overlooking Mersey Square are worthy of note.The Plaza shows films and hosts
theatre productions and stages what are becoming very popular pantomimes at Christmas. The
Garrick in Stockport as well as The Gracie Fields Theatre in Rochdale are all worth a mention too, as
are university and RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music) venues.You can catch the likes of
Madonna and Kylie at The MEN Arena, which is the largest of its kind in Europe and seen as one of
the best such venues in the world. Other such venues include the Apollo, Bridgewater Hall, and the
revamped Manchester Central.
Central Library & Theatre, near Albert Square. As mentioned above. An interesting, round building
from the 1930s. This is closed for renovation and is scheduled to reopen in December 2013.The
theatre company will cross the road, in due course, to The Theatre Royal building when it will end its
time as a night club and be a home to live performances once more. Meanwhile the company plans
to stage produtions elsewhere in the city.Contact, on Oxford Road, is a brilliant theatre which often
focuses on more contemporary productions than other theatres in the centre. These shows range
from drama and physical theatre to music, circus and puppetry. It also features a lounge area
serving great food as well as alcoholic, hot and cold drinks throughout the day/evening. The
Cornerhouse on Oxford Road. This excellent art house cinema has three screens, three floors of
exhibition space and a great bar on the ground floor, with a trendy cafe above. The house festivals,
courses, and a bookstore as well. It is located around the former administrative and goods areas of
Oxford Road station. This is the gateway to the University Area.Imperial War Museum North , at
The Quays. Great museum with fantastic architecture, located in Trafford Borough, across the water
from The Lowry, near Manchester United's Stadium, and designed by Daniel Libeskind, who also
designed The Jewish Museum in Berlin. The museum focuses on the people involved in war, whether
it's the people who worked in the factories in World War two, or the soldiers who suffered in the
battlefield. Tours are offered and displays are updated on a regular basis.
The award winning architecture of the Imperial War Museum Northat the Quays.The Lowry, at
Pier 8 on the The Quays Home to the City of Salford's collection of the paintings of L.S. Lowry. The
centre also contains two theatres and a drama studio which put on everything from "Opera North"
productions to pantomime, local works and quality touring productions.Manchester Art Gallery, near
Chinatown. Designed by Sir Charles Barry architect of the Houses of Parliament. The gallery has a
particulary fine collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings.Manchester Museum, on Oxford Road.
Highlights include a fossil skeleton of Tyrannosaurus Rex and Egyptology, including painted mummy
masks of the Roman era.Gallery of English Costume, in Platt Hall Rusholme is now open once more
and well worth a visit.The Museum of Science and Industry , in Castlefield. This is very popular
with families and school groups and offers a vast number of displays. The first ever railway station is
part of the museum. Currently they are celebrating the centenary of the first all-British flight in
1909.People's History Museum, on Bridge Street between Deansgate and the now much improved
Salford Central Station. On Bridge Street, to the left, fans of modern architecture should look out for
the new Manchester Civil Justice Centre. It is slowly becoming known to Mancunians as "the filing
cabinet". You will see why! For a better view, take it in from the new square, on the other side, into
the Spinningfields district, itself worth a detour. There is a good cafe on the ground floor of the
museum with a view of the river. Look out too for the now renovated Doves of Peace Statue outside
the museum. This was first erected in 1986 to celebrate Manchester's decision to promote itself as a
nuclear free city. Urbis, in Millennium Quarter. A "museum of the modern city" in its unmistakable
all-glass building. This is no more, however the building is, and it recently re-opened as the National
Football Museum after all the exhibits were transferred from PrestonThe Whitworth Art Gallery on
Oxford Road. This gallery houses modern and historic art, prints, and a collection of rare wallpapers.
During the summer, forget the bus and walk down Oxford Road through the University area, looking
out for The Aquatics Centre (a legacy of The Commonwealth Games) and The Royal Northern
College of Music. Walk even further and seek out the above mentioned Gallery of English Costume
near the famous Curry Mile in Rusholme, which is unique in Britain. At the Whitworth The Gallery
Cafe has been declared "Best Family Restaurant" by the prestigious "Which?-Good Food Guide
2009". It has been described by its owner as "a fresh food cafe" with food of "restaurant quality".
The menu is simple with an emphasis on seasonal, local produce.Bridgewater Hall, near St. Peter's
Square and Manchester Central Exhibition Centre, was completed 1996 and is the home of the Halle
Orchestra, the world's first municipal symphony orchestra, and also houses traveling famous musical
acts. The centrepiece of the hall is the 5 500 pipe organ by Rasmussen. An elegant bistro and
restaurant are open at normal meal times to the general public. There is also a bar next door down
the wide steps, overlooking a pleasant water feature. Look out, too, for the polished stone sculpture
outside!Manchester Jewish Museum, 190 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester. This is a safe, 10-15
minute walk up the road behind The MEN Arena. You can also catch any bus that goes up Cheetham
Hill Road from the stop by the side of the Urbis, opposite The Printworks. The 135 bus is an option; a
reliable service running at least every ten minutes. It is about three or four stops from the Urbis, but
it is best to ask the driver when to alight. Open Mon-Thu 10:30- 16:00, Sun 11:00- 17:00. Closed on
Jewish holidays. Tells the story of the large Jewish population in Manchester. Adults ??3.95,
concessions ??2.95. The museum is in the former Spanish-Portuguese synagogue in what was once
the heart of the old Jewish quarter. The community has long since moved up the road to Cheetham
Hill and Higher Broughton and, in later years, many less Orthodox people have moved to Prestwich,
Whitefield and parts of Radcliffe and Sunnybank as well as to some desirable parts of south
 Sporting ManchesterLancashire County Cricket Club, located in Old Trafford.Manchester City
Football Club, located in Sportcity. Compared to their neighbours, Manchester City have enjoyed
less success. However, they are regarded as Manchester's truely local club having most of the
fanbase coming mostly from the city. Also, City's home ground, The Etihad Stadium, is located
within the city of Manchester. However they were recently acquired by ADUG (Abu Dhabi United
Group) and their new found wealth is expected by many to bring a return of the success that the
club enjoyed back in the late 1960s/early 1970s.
The B of the Bang - the
tallest sculpture in the UK. Sadly dismantled for reasons of safety in 2009. It may be put elsewhere
in the future.Manchester United Football Club , the self-proclaimed world's most popular
Football Club, located outside of the city of Manchester on the neighboring borough of Trafford. The
club is one of the most succesful in England, and are the first English club to become European
champions when they did it in 1968. They have a very heated rivalry with Liverpool FC, considered
by most football fans to be the biggest rivalry in all of England; a rivalry which stems from the
traditional city rivalry between Manchester and Liverpool since the Industrial Revolution, and
further fuelled by the fact that both clubs are the most successful English clubs in European
competition. Matches between the two sides are always very charged affairs which attract sell-out
crowds. Crowd violence is rare though, as there is always a strong police presence at big matches to
keep things in order.Sportcity is the "largest concentration of sporting venues in Europe." It is
located to the east of the city centre, about 30 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station. It was built to
host most of the events for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and is home to the National Cycling
Centre, Manchester City FC, and other important sporting venues, as well as the tallest sculpture in
the UK, which is to be dismantled in spring 2009, for reasons of safety. Some are happy but many
will miss it, it is reported.Manchester Phoenix Ice Hockey Club, located in Altrincham, are the newly
formed (2003) team to replace the once most supported team in European Hockey, Manchester
Storm.The Phoenix also host the UK's most sucessfull ice hockey player in the form of Tony Hand the
 Hidden ManchesterChetham's Library is Manchester's best kept secret - even most residents
of the city are largely oblivious to its existence. Europe's oldest English language Public Library is
tucked away next to the futuristic Urbis just off Millenium Square. One of Manchester's oldest
buildings, it still has the original collection of books, all chained to their shelves. This is where Karl
Marx and Friedrich Engels would visit while in Manchester and where Engels wrote the worldchanging book 'The Condition of the Working Classes in England', a key influence on the
development of Communism. You can still sit in the window seat where they would talk. The 15th
century structure is part of Chetham's Music School - despite the lack of signs, simply ask at the
security hut and they will happily let you in for free.St. Mary's, The Hidden Gem, near Albert Square.
The oldest post-Reformation Catholic church in the country, dating from 1794. It contains one of the
greatest pieces of art in Manchester, and the altar is quite magnificent. This is a quiet refuge from
the noise of the city.The futuristic Trinity Bridge, designed by the Spaniard Santiago Calatrava, who
was heavily involved in the designs for the Olympic village in Barcelona, is in the Chapel Wharf Area.
This links the twin cities of Manchester and Salford, leading to the five star Lowry Hotel on the
Salford bank. It is all a block behind Kendals, near The Freemasons' Hall. A nice pleasant view.The
Hulme Bridge in Hulme and The Merchant's Bridge in Castlefield, by Catalan Square, are also worth
a look. Parsonage Gardens is at the back of the House of Fraser (Kendals) Department Store. This is
a quaint garden. Nice to relax in when the weather is fine and to read a book. Nearby there is also
an observation platform which looks over the River Irwell and is ideal for taking photos of Trinity
Bridge and The Lowry Hotel. This does also serve as a carpark, on an overhang, for one of the office
blocks, but you may use it. It is a little hidden away but you access this to the right of 20 St Mary's
Parsonage, which runs along one side of the gardens.Portico Library and Gallery, near Piccadilly
Gardens. Home of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical society. Speakers here have included
Dalton, the father of Atomic theory and describer of his own colour blindness, the Salford physicist
Joule for whom the S.I. unit of energy is named and Roget (who compiled his celebrated Thesaurus
here). The Austrian Philosopher Wittgenstein here claimed to have attempted to repeat Franklin's
celebrated kite and lightning experiment in the Peak District while employed at Manchester
University.Midland Bank Building (was the King Street branch of HSBC) is a domineering piece of
architecture from 1928, reminiscent of Dublin's General Post Office. Go inside for a look if you can
once it reopens. It is located at the upper end of King Street near Armani and Vivienne Westwood,
towards Mosley Street.
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Manchester's shopping district is one of the most diverse shopping districts in the UK and the
majority of city centre shops are within reasonable walking distance of each other (15 minutes at
most) and most are served by a metroshuttle service. Pickpockets can be a particular problem in
Manchester city centre however so maintain an awareness at all times.Even in the most upmarket
stores you are treated in a friendly manner, which many think is not the case in the capital. The
recently redeveloped Arndale Centre is a 1970's city-centre shopping precinct, with 280 stores
across just under 185 000 m?? of retail space making it the largest city centre shopping centre in
Europe, including the largest Next store in the world. The place retains some of its 1970's concrete
charms and STILL some of the infamous yellow tiles that are a testament to bad urban planning of
that era. It is connected via link bridge to the Marks and Spencer and Selfridges department stores
adjacent in Exchange Square. Part awaits an update to the exterior, but the section modernised after
the 1996 bomb is an improvement, although different to that of The Trafford Centre with a more
modern simplistic feel compared with the grand exterior of the Trafford Centre. The inside has had a
total revamp. It does get very busy at weekends and, unlike at The Trafford Centre, there are far too
few places to sit down. If you do need to sit down there are a few benches on the lower floor around
the staircase near the market.
There are a number of large shops aimed at bargain hunters ,including the largest Primark in the
country, which is great for a bargain and much loved by US cabin crew when in town, and an Aldi
food hall on Market Street (just off Piccadilly Gardens).
The Millennium Quarter (at the back of the Arndale Centre) is now quite smart and good for
shopping. There's The Triangle, an upmarket shopping centre based in the old Corn Exchange,
worth a visit for the building alone and Selfridges, spread across 5 floors with its large Louis Vuitton
concession and food hall in the basement. You will find everything from sushi to fine chocolates,
kosher foods, to a juice bar, etc.Harvey Nichols, opposite the Triangle, offers luxury fashions and
produce. The centre of Manchester's shopping area has traditionally been St. Ann's Square, and
there are many shops nearby.King Street and Spring Gardens city centre offer a Vivienne Westwood
store (a local girl, from the nearby Peak District), Joseph and DKNY, as well as Emporio Armani and
Collezione; these catering for, amongst others, the city's Premiership footballers, soap stars
("Coronation Street" has been produced in the city since the early sixties!), and the many media
types who can also be found in the area.
Deansgate has a fair number upmarket stores, as do some of the roads off it. The House of Fraser
store, considered by many to be the top people's shop, (still known as "Kendals" to most Manchester
people and "Kendal Milne's" to an even older generation) is on Deansgate and has been on roughly
the same site since the mid-19th century. It is somewhat old school and the eating places are worth
a visit. The new Champagne bar, on the third floor, is the latest addition. One of central
Manchester's few quiet green squares is just behind the store. This is Parsonage Gardens.
Deansgate is also home to Ed Hardy, The General Store, Edwards as well as some high end
Just off Deansgate is The Avenue a luxury designer shopping destination set to open in Autumn 2010
in the Spinningfields district of the city centre. It will be the home to stores such as Flannels,
Mulberry, Emporio Armani and Armani Collezioni, Brooks Brothers, Ermenegildo Zegna, Oliver
Sweeney and Joseph. Combined with some of the new cafe's and restaurants this is set to become a
top retail and leisure venue.
There is also an outlet mall at The Lowry, in Salford, near Media City: UK housing the BBC North
project to relocate almost 3000 posts and 5 departments from London as well as BBC Manchester
and Salford University's school of Media and Performance.
The Trafford Centre is a huge out-of-town shopping centre and accessible by car, taxi, or a bus/tram
journey. It does not yet have a tram station of its own. It has been designated the Temple to
Consumerism, and is one the largest, and possibly the grandest of such centres in Europe. It has its
own branches of Selfridges, Debenhams and the best of Greater Manchester's two John Lewis stores.
The other is in suburban Cheadle. The centre is spectacular, luxurious, and 'posh' inside and out.
Look out for the biggest chandelier in Europe, near the Great Hall! If confused how to get there by
bus and not too worried about the cost, opt for a through ticket on the tram and catch the link bus
from Stretford station on the Altrincham line, (turn right out of station and take the first right for the
bus stop). If you already have a Metromax day ticket for the tram, just pay extra on the link bus. You
can catch the same bus back to the station from a couple of stops around the centre or from the
centre's own bus station. The cinema is also one of the best in the area and has even hosted some
UK premieres in the past. The centre is now also linked to an annex offering homewares and
furniture, built in an italianate style around a very large outdoor fountain. With supermarkets and
DIY outlets nearby, mancunians can buy everything in this area without venturing into the city or
any other town centre.
 Of particular interest Merchandise from the football club Manchester United is popular with
some tourists. There is a dedicated superstore in the stadium at Old Trafford. Manchester City FC
also has its own dedicated retail outlet at the City of Manchester Stadium in Sportcity, as well as in
on Market Street. Afflecks Palace in the Northern Quarter is "an emporium of eclecticism, a totem of
indie commerce," and a shopping arcade in a five story Victorian building, featuring a range of 50+
independent stalls catering to a young alternative crowd. It's a lot of fun: strange costumes, lots of
goths, punks, and teenagers. Saved from closing in April 2008, it is now simply known as Afflecks.
The Northern Quarter is Manchester's answer to Soho, and there is a mishmash of stores which sell
music, art, and clothing. More and more bars and cafes are opening too. At night look out for the
illuminated, public art attraction on top of the Church Street car park.It was put up in 1999 at a cost
of ??35 000, but the lights went out for some five years until a deal was struck in July 2010, by the
city council, with the NCP carpark company who will pay the bill for the 12-metre light tower. It is lit
from 21:00 to 01:00. Every Christmas time, continental style Christmas markets take place in Albert
Square, in St. Ann's Square, and along both New Cathedral Street and Brazennose Street. You can
buy all the usual Continental and British Christmas curios as well as various foodstuffs. Good fun
and very atmospheric at night when it's all lit up.Also at Christmas, into the new year, there are
open air skating rinks in Spinningfields as well as a snow slide and other attractions at Piccadilly
Gardens. There is also a winterbar at the Spinningfields location. The small but perfectly-stocked
food section of Harvey Nichols has a particularly fine wine department. Wines range from relatively
inexpensive to the highest levels, e.g Ch??teau Latour, vertical ranges of Petrus, Vega Sicilia, etc.
They are still remarkably good value in context, e.g. 1990 Krug Clos de Mesnil 1990, arguably the
greatest Champagne ever made and incomparably finer than the footballer's wildly overrated Crystal
is about ??150 cheaper than usually quoted elsewhere.Of late, there is a flower market at the Market
Street corner of Piccadilly Gardens Thursday through Saturday from 10:00- 18:00. Some food stalls
and craft stalls can be found there too.Also hunt out the Craft and Design Centre, in the old
Smithfield Market Building, in The Northern Quarter. The complex is full of artist studio space and
boutiques, as well as a cafe.There are regular events in Albert Square, St Ann's Square and on New
Cathedral Street, all year around, where you can buy art, listen to music and sample foods from far
and wide.If catering for yourself, there are several Sainsbury's Local stores located around the city
centre (at Oxford Road, Mosley Street, Quay Street, Bridge Street, Piccadilly Station). Tesco Metro
supermarkets can be found on Market Street (the largest supermarket in the centre), on Piccadilly
and on Quay Street, which is near the aforementioned Sainsbury's and Granada TV. M&S food
outlets are located within the M&S store next to Selfridges and there are also M&S Simply Food
stores at Piccadilly Gardens and within Piccadilly Station. You will find increasingly popularCoop
food stores near both Victoria, by the movement's headquarters, opposite the Arndale Market, at
Piccadilly Gardens and just outside Piccadilly station. For more upmarket food products, Harvey
Nichols has a deli and foodhall as does Selfridges. The city centre's first'Waitrose store opened near
The Avenue development, with another expected to open in Piccadilly Gardens in the near future. At
the other end of the spectrum there are the Arndale Market and a large Aldi store in the Arndale
Centre, which is, in common with most UK outlets, much more upmarket than the stores in
Germany. This is also accessible from Market Street. There is also a Lidl and a Tesco on Oxford Road
near Manchester Royal Infirmary. For something a little bit different, the newly-refurbished
Manchester Arndale Market features many food stalls, including a rather large fish store and a
butchers. Chinatown has many specialist shops and the landmark Wing Yip superstore on Oldham
Road in the Northern Quarter is excellent for everything oriental. There are various other minimarkets and late night stores around the city centre and in Piccadilly station.There are three 24hour Spar's, one in Piccadilly gardens, one on Piccadilly station approach and the third opposite the
BBC Studios on Oxford Road. Just out of the centre are a large Sainsbury's, in Regent Retail Park,
Salford, an Asda store in Hulme, a Tesco Extra Hypermarket in Cheetham Hill.Not of particular
interest maybe, but it is worth knowing where the main public toilets are about town! Clean
conveniences can be found at Piccadilly station (less reliable ones are to be found at Victoria) and
there are a few pods around the centre (one is on the corner of John Dalton Street and Deansgate).
There are pay toilets in the basement and on the top floor of The Triangle Centre, Exchange Square.
You can also find FREE toilets in The Arndale Centre and at the following locations;Kendals House of
Fraser, Deansgate, (basement, 3rd, and 6th floors).Selfridges,Exchange Square. (basement ,in the
corner, near the alcohol section).M&S, St Mary's Gate. (basement, near the food hall).Harvey
Nichols, New Cathedral Street (Near the food hall, bar, and restaurant).Debenhams, Market Street.
(Near cafe, top sales floor).Royal Exchange Theatre, St. Ann's Square. (by bars and restaurant " not
available to public during performances).Town Hall. (entrance opposite Beluga restaurant, on Mount
Street, just off Albert Square).
From summer 2010 the City Council is working with retailers who are to display a sticker in their
window offering free use of their toilet facilities.
Most museums and galleries include free toilets. There is nothing stopping you popping into any
busy pub to use their conveniences! At busy times you would hardly be noticed.
Free copies of The Manchester Evening News are given out, around the city and available at the
airport, on Thursday and Friday, as well as inside and outside some selected newsagents in town.
There is a charge of 47p for the other days of the week including Saturday's edition. This is very
good for listings, especially on a Friday, with the City Life pull out section. The free Metro
newspaper is handed out in the mornings. This too has some listings.
[add listing] Do Free Go to Cloud 23 bar on the 23rd floor of The Hilton, Deansgate. A pricey
bar, but you can have a look at the skyline for free if you ask.Visit the Trafford Area of this area of
fascinating industrial heritage.Manchester has a couple of big multi-screen cinemas located
centrally, AMC off Deansgate (as cheap as ??3.20 if you're a student) and Odeon in the Printworks
show the usual Hollywood fare; the Cornerhouse on Oxford Road tends to show smaller,
independent, art house and foreign language movies. there is an Imax inside the Odeon in the
Printworks.Shows in Manchester , Manchester has many theatres and live music venues so see
what's on when and where.Hire a supercar in Manchester ; Northern Ferrari hire offer self drive
supercar hire in Manchester.LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester  located just off the Old
Trafford; It's a kids attraction with rides, indoor playgrounds, a 4D cinema and several LEGO
There is no doubt that Greater Manchester's universities continue to be a big draw. The University
of Manchester is the most over subscribed university in Europe. More and more language schools
are also now opening and offer a more reasonable option than the likes of London and other
There are numerous temporary agencies in the city and there is work in the hospitality industry to
be had. There have been reports, of late, of teacher shortages, and this could be of interest to
overseas candidates with the relevant qualifications. Manchester has the highest job ratio of the
eight English Core Cities and is therefore a very good place to find work.
If you are qualified to work in Britain, work can be found. Many thousands of East Europeans have
been drawn to the city in recent years, but according to the press reports, a great number are now
returning due to perceived job insecurity and the falling value of the Pound, as a result of the
economic downturn. Many, to date, have found work in the building trade, where there has been a
boom as of late. In some areas of employment, you could find yourself competing with the many
students who need to finance their studies.
Manchester is an important financial centre and the media are also well represented, as can be seen
in the BBC's forthcoming partial move to The Media City at Salford Quays and the ITV-Granada
(makers of Coronation Street) presence on Quay Street. The BBC already has a strong foothold at
Broadcasting House on Oxford Road. This is home to BBC Radio Manchester, BBC North West
Tonight (regional TV news) and The Religious Affairs Department of The BBC.
Retail is a large employer, in and around the city, and there are many gyms in need of trainers for
the growing city centre population.
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As you would expect from such a cosmopolitan city, Manchester has a huge selection of restaurants
and eateries that serve a vast array of cuisines. Look hard enough and you will be able find any type
of international and British food. It is also worth exploring some of the suburbs for superb, small
independent bistros / restaurants. West Didsbury and Chorlton are noted for their large number of
great eateries. If you can get there, the quaintly named and somewhat trendy village of Ramsbottom,
just north of Bury, directly north of Manchester, is said to be "the new Chorlton", as regards
restaurants, and THE place to eat .In Ramsbottom Ransoms has won many awards both regionally
and nationally.The usual, well established UK chains like Cafe Rouge, Pizza Express, Nando's, Bella
Italia etc are all to be found in Manchester city centre and out of town too.
Eat-Out, . Eat-Out is a fantastic service that allows you to see where places are to eat as well as
book your table and even leave reviews and add new place. edit
Revolution on Oxford Road has a policy where your food is either ready within a 15 minutes wait or
it's free. Worth going at busy times of the day!(Sunday Roast is also exceptionally good)
There are hundreds of kebab and pizza shops on Oxford Road and in Fallowfield and Rusholme. In
Rusholme, in particular, locals speak of the ??10 curry, where if you bring your own drinks into the
curry house, you should leave with change from a ten-pound note.
Some of the cheapest, long-established curry cafes, though, are still to be found in the back streets
of the Northern Quarter. The Little Aladdin cafe at 72 High St (on the corner of Turner St, near
Arndale centre) is a tiny little curry house with real charm. They serve a range of delicious curries
and kebabs for ??3-??4. Here's the menu: .
On John Dalton Street, on the left, just up from Deansgate, going to Albert Square, is a gem of a
cafe,Essy's, (imagine a cross between an American diner and an old style British "caf?(C)"). It is run
by a group of Iranians, for whom nothing is too much trouble. You can be satisfied there for under
??5 with clean, welcoming table service. There are a couple of other similar places around town; in
the Northern Quarter and one just behind Kendals, on King Street West.
On the opposite of Manchester Metropolitan University at 121 Oxford Road, there is a small fast
food restaurant called "Pizza Co". Try their spicy chicken wings with fries, which are a hit among
students in Manchester, for under ??3. The spicy wings are very flavourful and are really not very
There are plenty of all-you-can-eat buffets in Chinatown for less than ??10.00 (" 13.00). Prices tend
to change with the time of day and likely demand. If you eat earlier in the day, you can have a full
all-you-can-eat meal, including soup, starter, and desert for around ??5. Really cheap Chinese buffets
include Number 1's at 48 Whitworth Street (between Oxford Road Station and the Gay Village) Tai
Wu at 44 Oxford Street next to McDonalds.
Wing's Dai Pai Dong in the Arndale Market and Food court city centre is set around a sushi counter.
It serves a variety of mainstream Cantonese (Hong Kong), Thai, and Japanese dishes. The Hong
Kong style roasting dishes are particularly good value and well-made. Typically any mixture of Char
Sui, Duck, Pork Belly, Jelly Fish, and Cold Cuts can be paired with Rice, Soup Noodle, or other fried
noodles, typically for around ??4.50 for a very large and filling bowl/plate. Teamed with a bottle of
Asahi Beer, the bill per person will be well under ??10.
There is a Chinese buffet near Piccadilly Gardens called 'Buffet Metro' which, if you eat there during
Happy Hour (15:00-18:00 on weekdays), only costs ??4.95 for unlimited food. A real cheap deal if
you want to eat out, but on a budget.
 Mid range
Sam's Chop House on Chapel Walks is popular with visitors looking for a British dining experience
(not an easy feat in the UK's big cities), as well as Sinclair's Oyster Bar at Cathedral Gates. Many
hotels offer menus that tend towards national dishes.
 MediterraneanSultan Restaurant in Withington is a hidden local gem of superb mediterranean
and middle eastern cuisine. Run by the former chef of the very succesfull restaurant Aladdin, it
offers generous portions at low prices with many vegetarian options. They do not sell alcohol, but
you are welcome to bring your own bottle; there is no corking fee. 513 Wilmslow Road, Withington,
Manchester, M20 4BA. http://www.sultan-restaurant.co.uk
Amongst the enormous range of Cantonese restaurants in Chinatown, the Great Wall at 52 Faulkner
Street offers authentic, reasonably priced food, including many one bowl/plate dishes (Roast Pork
and Roast Duck in soup noodle is particularly popular). The only downside is that the service charge
increases the bill.
Red Chilli on Portland Street and Oxford Road (next to McDonald's) is of a very good standard and is
unusual in Manchester in specializing in Beijing and the very spicy Szechuan cooking. It has a large
Chinese following, which is always a good sign.
Outside Chinatown, the increasingly esteemed Tai Pan on Upper Brook Street and Brunswick Street.
Visit the huge, Hong Kong style restaurant from Mon-Fri after 12:00 for half price dim sum.
Fuzion Noodle Bar at 264 Wilmslow Road in Fallowfield has very good, speedy pan-asian noodles.
Rusholme's Curry Mile, as the name suggests, was home to a lot of Indian, Pakistani and Bengali
restaurants. The area has gone under something of a transition over the last five years and you're as
likely to find shisha bars and Middle-Eastern cafes as you are curry houses. The quality of the
remaining Indian restaurants is somewhat variable and you may be better off heading into the city
centre for a decent eat.
In the centre is Akbar's on Liverpool Road and they claim, on the side of buses, to be "probably the
best Indian restaurant in the North of England".Also popular in town are the twoEastZEast; the
original is under the Ibis Hotel, behind the old BBC building (now demolished), and the new, very
luxurious one is on Bridge Street, opposite The Manchester Central Travelodge, off Deansgate. Look
out for the doorman at the riverside location. There they also offer free valet parking to all guests.
These two are classy but not overpriced. Some have claimed the menu could be a little more
adventurous, in view of all they seem to have invested. The riverside branch seems popular for Asian
weddings, lately, which must say something about the quality of the venue.
Also just off Oxford Road on Chester Street is a new indian restaurant which has won lots of awards
Zouk Tea Bar & Grill. They have a good mix of people dining there and it is open for lunch as well as
evenings. This is in the top 10 restaurants in Manchester. Contact them at
Further out, Moon in Withington and Third Eye in Didsbury, both in south Manchester, are excellent.
Individual takes on traditional dishes are served alongside local specialities, and cost about ??6 a
In Chorlton, you should be able to find Coriander Restaurant, Azid Manzil and Asian Fusion. They
are all on Barlow Moor Road.
 Korean Yechan Foods, 95 Mauldeth Road, Manchester M14 6SR, ph: +44 161 225 4447.
Koreana Restaurant " A Long established Korean Restaurant at 40a King Street West in city centre
just off Deansgate. A regular stop for Manchester United's Korean football star Ji-Sung Park.
 JapaneseWagamama's, (located in the Printworks), is one of the chain of Japanese restaurants
popping up all over the country. Wagamama's serve the best ramen, ebi gyoza, and many other
different Japanese cooked dishes... perfect with a hot flask of sake! Their second venture in town is
into the Spinningfields district just off Deansgate.New Samsi, 36 Whitworth Street, city centre. A
great sushi restaurant that also caters well for those that don't like raw fish. With a well-stocked, but
small Japanese supermarket below (accessed from inside the restaurant) .YO! Sushi A sushi bar
with conveyor belt in the Arndale Centre (1st floor), Piccadilly Station (1st floor) and Trafford Centre
Selfridge's store. They also serve many hot rice and noodle based dishes as well as deserts. Wasabi,
63 Faulkner St, Manchester, M1 4FF, " +44 161 228 7288, . Great sushi from the conveyor belt
in a fun atmosphere. ??7.95 for 6 dishes and miso soup or 3 dishes and a noodle/rice dish. ??12.95
for 10 dishes and a miso soup. ??14.95 for 10 dishes and a rice/noodle dish.. edit Needless to say,
you will be full. 2 restaurants in the City Centre, in Chinatown and the Printworks.Tokyo Season
Located on Portland Street, between Piccadilly Gardens and the gay village, they serve traditional
Japanese dishes at reasonable prices, with a full menu of drinks also available including asian and
world beers, spirits and wines.Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester's flagship Japanese restaurant
offering Teppanyaki cuisine with a contemporary twist and sushi known for being at its culinary
best. The restaurant prides itself in offering a unique and at times highly dramatic dining experience
through the established Teppanyaki chefs and their combined culinary skills. Tampopo located in
Albert Square and the Triangle in Exchange Square, they offer good priced pan asian food with
quick, friendly service in a modern, clean restaurant environment.Umezushi is a traditional style
Japanese restaurant of a quality rarely found outside of Japan. The menu (not cheap, but certainly
worth the cost) varies on a daily basis depending on the best quality fish the chef can source that
morning. A hidden Gem on Mirabel Street (near the Manchester Arena). 
 Greek Kosmos Taverna, 248 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M14 6LD (in
[[Manchester/Universities|Fallowfield]]), " +44 161 225 9106, .Good Greek food, but quite
pricey. Not the most attractive interior, but good service and atmosphere. editDimitri's Deansgate
(opposite Beetham Tower) a taverna with live acts as well as underground seating in a plush
environment. Food and drink is competitively priced but well worth the money for the spectacular
quality and authenticity of the food and dining experience as a whole.Rozafa located near Albert
Square and the town hall, a pleasant place to while away an hour or two, with very honest and tasty
food.Bouzuki by night Princess Street.Twisted Med Castlefield (near Deansgate Station) Greek,
Spanish and Italian-influenced Mediterranean cuisine set in a beautiful high end location of the city
During the period leading up to Christmas from November, there is a Christmas Market stretching
from the Town Hall towards St Ann's Square and New Cathedral Street. By the Town Hall section
there is a spectacular range of international cuisine. Those not to be missed are the crepes (??3.504.50 each, but they are really large) which are some of the best in Europe and the paella (??4.50 a
box) which is genuinely Spanish. Other popular stalls include German hotdogs and Dutch pancakes.
There is also a stall selling German salamis. If you go there nearer Christmas, you may be able to get
a bargain packet of 7-8 salamis for just ??10.
 SplurgeSearch out the upmarket restaurants in the city's top hotels (The Lowry Hotel, The
Midland, SAS Radisson, and the Hilton, Deansgate to name just four). Less grand, but very popular,
is the restaurant in The Malmaison hotel, by Piccadilly station. The restaurant at the top of the Urbis
building,The Modern , reopened at the end of 2007 to much acclaim. It also has a great bar which
shares the good view of the city's skyline. The Market Restaurant, in The Northern Quarter, is long
established and has an excellent reputation. Heathcote is well represented with a place off
Deansgate and a new, modern, Spanish-style venture behind Piccadilly Gardens on New York Street
called Grados. Abode at 107 Piccadilly is also believed to have brought something new to the
Manchester dining scene.
Those searching out native cuisine may also want to check out The Room on King street, which
serves traditional and contemporary British food in a modern setting.
Harvey Nichols is a traditional style restaurant and cocktail bar at 21 New Cathedral Street, with
views onto Exchange Square, and is hard to beat if you like rubbing shoulders with Manchester's
wealthy set. When the store is closed there is a dedicated entrance and lift at the side of the
building. Their afternoon tea is worth a try, but you may prefer the older style version at The
Midland Hotel or a new take on the theme at The Lowry Hotel.
At the top of King Street, in what was once Karim's Indian restaurant, the footballer Rio Ferdinand
has recently pumped a load of money into Rosso an upmarket "Italian", which has so far had good, if
not excellent, revues in the local press which praised the decor and very professional waiters more
than the food.
The Armenian restaurant, very long established, hidden in a basement on Albert Square (by the
Town Hall) is good, and full of atmosphere. It's to the left with the Town Hall facing you.
 ChineseYang Sing at 17 George Street by Princess Street at the south-western edge of
Chinatown has long been considered the best Cantonese restaurant in the country (and perhaps in
There are the usual chains to be had on Deansgate, but try to search out El Rinc??n de Rafa, hidden
away behind Deansgate, near St. John's Gardens. This is an authentic Spanish restaurant,
established for many years, and popular with Filipinos, Spanish and people from the Americas,
based in the city. It is a stone??s throw from The Instituto Cervantes.
On Deansgate, opposite The Cervantes Centre at number 279, is Evuna another Spanish tapas??
establishment. This newish venture has had very good review.
Patisserie and Tearooms
In common with a number of provincial towns/cities, Manchester now has its own branch of
"P??tisserie Val?(C)rie"; that of Soho fame! It is on Deansgate, opposite House of Fraser, on the
corner of St Ann's Street. Gets very busy, but well worth the wait for a table. Service is attentive and
the choice is exceptional.
Leckenby's, on King Street, near the House of Fraser (Kendal's) car park entrance, is a welcome
addition to the Manchester cafe scene. This more traditional cafe/tea room is open even quite late
into the evening and offers a pleasant,upmarket alternative to meeting up in a pub.
There are other tearooms, in the Northern Quarter, and even one on Richmond Street in the Gay
Manchester has a diverse nightlife and can offer a wide range of night-time activities. It has a
vibrant and varied nightlife scene, including numerous clubs as well as a huge range of drinking
establishments from traditional pubs to ultra-chic concept bars. Very high-profile, of late, is the
Cloud 23 bar on the 23rd floor of The Hilton, Deansgate. A bit pricey, but with attentive table
service, and worth it for the views alone. By the way the personnel is very friendly and won't kick
you out if you just want to have a look - you can go up for free. To avoid the sometimes 2-hour long
queues, try it during the week. The bars in The SAS Radisson and The Aurora Hotel are also
upmarket. For other upmarket venues (there are some very discrete ones catering for the most
privileged in town ), your hotel concierge should be of help in pointing you in the right direction.
For a slightly more querky place to have a drink, The Temple of Convenience is aptly named as it is a
converted underground public toilet in the city centre. The bar receives many high reviews although
it's quite small and may be crowded.
Famed for its musical past, the University of Manchester Student's Union on Oxford Road hosts
almost nightly gigs in its three venues on Oxford road ranging from local unsigned bands to
international superstars. The Manchester Apollo in Ardwick is a slightly bigger venue having
boasted appearances from Blondie to new-comers like Kasabian. Smaller bands can also be seen at a
range of excellent venues in the city including the Roadhouse, Night and Day, both in the Northern
Quarter, and Jabez Clegg, a pub/club off Oxford Road.
The club scene in Manchester is varied with the dance-orientated clubs you'd expect from a city
setting alongside indie, rock, and gay clubs. For the commercial dance music fan, the "place to be"
would be Deansgate Locks (four bars and a comedy club in a converted railway complex) in Peter's
Fields where the clubs and bars can be expensive, but are always full of fashionable types and
members of the local student population. More eclectic dance music styles are played at the Music
Box and The Phoenix, both on Oxford Road.
For fans of rock music, Jillys on Oxford Road is something of an institution. On a Thursday, it costs
just ??1 to get in, while Fridays see them open until 06:00 or 07:00. It has three rooms incorporating
punk, ska, metal, goth, and everything in between. Next door to Jilly's is Music Box, home to the very
good (and increasingly famous) Mr. Scruff. Come here once a month to have a good dance and a cup
of tea! Also check out Rock Kitchen on a Saturday night for cheap drinks at the Manchester
Metropolitan University Student's Union, again on Oxford Road. If you are interested in Rock and
Metal paired with cage dancers and a lapdancing lounge, try the monthly Caged Asylum night at the
Ruby Lounge, the self proclaimed craziest place to be in Manchester at 28-34 High Street.
For fans of indie and alternative music, there are a whole host of new exciting clubs opening. Any
late evening walk up Oxford Road should enable you to collect a variety of fliers for club nights. The
Friday edition of The Manchester Evening News has a good listings section, which is handy for the
weekend. Papers are handed out free of charge Mon-Fri, at various points in the centre and at some
The Retro Bar on Sackville Street, hosts live acts upstairs and a club downstairs with play lists that
include Blondie, The Ramones, and Le Tigre. Joshua Brooks on Charles Street is also another club
where you can expect a mix of indie, electro, punk, and rock in a budget-friendly, student
atmosphere. Weekly, Smile at the Star and Garter  in East Manchester is something of a local
indie institution with a great playlist. Be warned, it sells out very early and can often be unbearably
busy as a result of this. Saturdays also play host to Tiger Lounge near the Town Hall. This plays
more in the way of lounge alongside experimental and indie sounds.
If you want to hear music by Manchester bands like The Stone Roses, visit Fifth Avenue on Princess
Street, often brimming with students " unsurprising when you see the cheap drinks prices! They also
feature themes such as toga and foam parties. The other, rival centre club for indie music is 42nd
Street, just off Deansgate. It plays a mixture of classic and modern indie, 60's pop, and 70's funk and
To enjoy Gay Manchester, it is probably best to visit Canal Street with its concentration of bars and
clubs and visit places that appeal along the way. Just off Canal Street, the most popular gay clubs
are Essential, a multi-floor super-club open until the early hours (sometimes as late as 08:00), Cruz
101 (Manchester's longest running gay club) and Poptastic, a two-room pop and indie club held at
Alter Ego every Tuesday and Saturday night. Although entry can be expensive, this is usually
reflected in a reduced price bar inside the club.
For bars, try the cocktail lounge Socio Rehab in the Northern Quarter (ask a taxi driver where it is)
and Tribeca on Sackville Street (in the popular Gay Village). Trof, a funky student bar in Fallowfield,
has recently opened a second venture, Trof North, on Thomas Street in the Northern Quarter.
Although there are still plenty of cafes and traditional pubs in Manchester, bars and restaurants with
much more bohemian and cosmopolitan feels to them are now dominating. The better traditional
Lass O'Gowrie at 36 Charles Street. Salisbury at 2 Wakefield Street off of Oxford Road. Peveril of the
Peak. Behind The Bridgewater Hall at 27 Great Bridgewater Street. Britons Protection. 50
Bridgewater Street, behind the stage door entrance of the Bridgewater Hall. It is here where many a
poor mug "took The King's Shilling" and found himself pressganged into the army. Great selection of
whisky. Has a small backyard beer garden. Sinclairs. This is just by Harvey Nichols store at 2
Cathedral Gates. Grey Horse Inn at 80 Portland Street. The Old Wellington Inn, the oldest pub in
Manchester. It was opened in 1552. Along with Sinclair's the whole place was moved, a couple of
hundred yards down the road at number 4, as part of the development of New Cathedral Street,
after the IRA bomb of 1996. The Marble Arch Inn, 76 Rochdale Road. Real ale brewed on the
premises and cask ale from micro-breweries nationwide. The Venue Nightclub, 29 Jacksons Row.
Dedicated to delivering amazing music with cheap drink prices. A must visit.
Comedy wise, Manchester has a fair number of offerings: The Frog and Bucket at 96 Oldham Street
offers student friendly prices and The Comedy Store at 1a-3 Deansgate Locks is the largest comedy
venue in town. XS Malarkey at 341-343 Wilmslow Road in Fallowfield is cheap but good.
Manchester is a huge city, so all individual listings should be moved to the appropriate district
articles, and this section should contain a brief overview.Please help to move listings if you are
familiar with this city.
Budget Castlefield Hotel, Liverpool Rd, " +44 161 832 7073, .A three-star hotel in the
Castlefield area. Extensive on-site leisure facilities, including an 18m pool. The hotel offers free WiFi
and has parking available for an extra charge. from ??49 for private rooms. editHilton Chambers, 15
Hilton Street Manchester, M1 1JJ (http://www.hattersgroup.com/Hilton/location.php), " +44 161 236
4414, .A popular youth hostel which is part of the 2nd most popularly rated hostel chain
worldwide. Their accommodations include 24-hour check in, wifi, a guest kitchen, TV, common area,
and a continental breakfast included in the rate. They also have a BBQ on the rooftop deck. ??15-25
for dorms, ??45-70 for private rooms. editYHA Manchester, Potato Wharf Castlefield Manchester,
M3 4NB (http://www.yha.org.uk/find-accommodation/north-wet-cities/hostels/manchester/travel_info.aspx), " 0845 371 9647, .This hostel is centrally located by
the canal, and offers a game room, TV, cafe and restaurant, guest kitchen, laundry, internet access,
and parking facilities. ??18 for a dorm bed. editManchester Hotels, City Centre Manchester,
.This Manchester Hotel provides all types of accommodation in Manchester aswell as
Manchester City Centre Accommodation. ??19 for a single room. editTrafford Hall Hotel, 23 Talbot
Road, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0PE (http://www.venturehotels.co.uk/Trafford-Hal-Hotel/budget-hotels-manchester.aspx), " +44 161 848 7791, .This hotel is located near old
trafford football ground and has great transport access to Salford and the city centre. ??50 for a
hotel room. editSachas Hotel, Tib Street Manchester.Britannia Sachas is a popular hotel located
near Manchester city centre. from ??26 for a single room. editBritannia Hotel Manchester, Portland
Street Manchester, .Britannia Manchester Hotel is located in city centre from ??26 for a single
room. editDave Hotel Manchester, New Street Manchester, .Hotel is located in city centre from
??20 for a single room. edit Ibis Budget Manchester Salford Quays, 19 Trafford Road, Salford, M5
3AW, " +44 161 848 0898 (fax: +44 113 267 4410), . Ibis budget Hotel Manchester Salford
Quays is a low-cost hotel located in the Salford Quays district, about 3 km from the city centre.
editibis Manchester Princess Street, Lancashire, M1 7DG , tel: +44 161 619 9001, ibis
Manchester Centre Princessstreet is a budget hotel,less than 1 km from the city centre.ibis
Manchester Portland Street, 96 Portland Street, M1 4JY, tel: +44 161 619 9000, ibis Manchester
Centre Portland Street hotel is located in Manchester city center, close to the city's major
Mid RangeArora International Manchester, 18-24 Princess Street Manchester, M1 4LY
(http://www.arorainternational.com/manchester/location.html), " +44 161 236 8999 (fax: +44 161
236 3222), . A modern hotel inside a fine old building with restored facade.Rooms are
reasonably spacious for the UK, bathrooms modern and there is air conditioning.The beds are
comfortable and the rooms have irons, safes, fridges and heated bathroom mirrors.It is very
centrally located in the Manchester city centre, being just across the road from the Manchester Art
Gallery. The staff are friendly and helpful. Residential floors are secured; access requires your room
key card.Breakfast has a good selection and may be included in the room rate. It is eaten in the
hotel's own Obsidian Restaurant and Bar located in the basement and accessible by lift if you don't
want to leave the hotel.The Obsidian also has its own separate street entrance. In room broadband
internet is available for a fee.The reception area is modest.Parking is a few hundred metres away in
a multi-storey public park; the hotel has none of its own.??130. edit SACO Apartments, 5 Piccadilly
Place, Manchester, M1 3BP, " +44 117 970 6999 (fax: +44 117 974 5939), . checkin: 16:00;
checkout: 10:00. Serviced apartments set over the top of the new piazza in Piccadilly Place. Rooms
are well-equipped with necessities like wireless Internet, a direct dial phone, separate showers,
digital tv and CD/DVD player and more. The lobby includes a lift, off-site gym and car parking. From
??72. edit stayManchester, 40 Laystall Street, Manchester M1 2JZ, " +44 161 236 7330
(email@example.com), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 10:00. Serviced apartments in
Manchester City Centre. A great selection of 28 one bedroom (sleeps 3), 55 two bedroom (sleeps 5
or 6) and 1 three bedroom (sleeps 8) self catering apartments, which come fully furnished with bed
linen and towels also provided. All apartments also come with fully-equipped kitchens, washer/dryer,
microwave oven, TV/DVD players and lounge/dining area. From ??70. edit Macdonald Manchester
Hotel and Spa, London Road, Manchester, M1 2PG, " +44 161 272 3200, . The Macdonald
Manchester Hotel and Spa is the largest 4-star hotel in Manchester. Located a short walk from
Manchester Piccadilly Station. edit Macdonald Townhouse Hotel Manchester, 101 Portland Street,
Manchester, M1 6DF, " 0844 855 9136, . The Macdonald Townhouse Hotel in Manchester is a
boutique-style hotel located in Manchester City Centre. edit Mercure Manchester Norton Grange
Hotel and Spa, Manchester Road Castleton, " +44 161 619 9004 (fax: +44 161 228 1568), . The
4-star Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel and Spa is set in the countryside and its own
landscaped grounds, 8 miles form the city centre. edit Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel,
Portland Street, M1 4PH, " 0844 815 9024 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +44 161 228 1568), .
The 3 star Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel is located only nine mile away from Manchester
airport and half a mile from Manchester Piccadilly railway station and the MEN Arena. editNovotel
Manchester Centre Hotel, 21 Dickinson Street , tel: +44 161 619 9003,
http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-3145-novotel-manchester-centre/ The Novotel Manchester
Centre Hotel is located in central Manchester.Novotel Manchester West Hotel, Worsley Brow
Worsley, tel: +44 161 619 9002,
http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0907-novotel-manchester-west/ Novotel Manchester West
Hotel is set close tothe historic village of Worsley.
Splurge Roomzzz Manchester City, 36 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 4JY, " 0844 499 4888
(email@example.com), .Roomzzz Manchester City is part of the fabric of the city. It's
housed in a Grade II listed cotton warehouse, boasting high ceilings, long windows, soaring interior
spaces and grand Victorian character. The concept of Roomzzz is to combine all the best features of
a boutique hotel with all the best things about a luxury apartment. Each room has a pocket-sprung
memory foam bed, an Apple Mac Computer, widescreen LCD TV with Freeview and free wi-fi, local
and national calls. editMarriott Victoria and Albert Hotel, Water Street Manchester, M3 4JQ
(http://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/maps/travel/manva-manchester-marriott-victoria-and-abert-hotel/), " +44 161 832 1188 (fax: +44 161 834 2484), . Built in 1844 and restored
immaculately in 2005, this 4-star hotel is one of Manchester's most deluxe accommodations, on the
banks of the Irwell River. The hotel has a gourmet restaurant, bar, and lounge. The hotel is smokefree except for designated rooms on the 2nd floor.??150. edit Radisson SAS Hotel Manchester
Airport, Chicago Avenue, Ringway, Greater Manchester, M90 3RA, " +44 161 490 5000 (fax: +44
161 490 5100), . Stunning views in Business Class with direct access to both its own station and
to Manchester Airport. The high-speed wireless internet is reasonably priced, with a fantastic
restaurant and lavishly equipped health club. ??75-250. edit
There are thousands of hotel beds in the city ranging from 5 star establishments to bed and
breakfast. If in doubt consult the tourist office, behind the Town Hall on St Peter's Square. See City
Information section for contact details and address.
Self-catering apartments in Manchester are now becoming popular alternatives to 'traditional' hotel
stays. There are thousands of self catering apartments available throughout the city centre and
outskirts - providing accommodation for up to 8 people at a time, for stays of anything from one
night to 1 year. You can expect noisy neighbours at weekends! Light in The Northern Quarter seems
to be THE place to stay, of this kind, of late.Do also take care of the place you are staying in as,
according to the local press, there have been some horror stories of people being charged for
breakages etc for which they were not responsible.
Although you will find a whole bunch of available wi-fi hot spots in central Manchester, they can be
very expensive. Until the free municipal wi-fi network comes live in a few years, make best use of the
free wi-fi available at:
Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street - art gallery, cinema, bar. Oklahoma Cafe, 74 - 76 High Street organic, vegetarian and fair trade coffee shop. The Castle Pub, 66 Oldham Street - traditional pub
*Note: currently being refurbished so may have limited service or be closed. Revolution, 90-94
Oxford Road, M1 5WH - trendy vodka bar. The wifi is also reachable from the Starbucks on the other
side of Oxford Road.
The Post Code for Manchester is 'M'.The Dialling Code is '0161'.
 Stay safe
If you're uncomfortable around thousands of intoxicated young people, then you should probably
avoid Friday and Saturday nights in the city centre. You should also avoid any conflict with door staff
at bars, clubs and pubs.
All pubs, bars and clubs are best avoided on days where the Manchester derby football match is
taking place. Relations between the two sets of supporters have never been amicable, to say the
least, but things seem to have deteriorated recently. What starts out as "banter" quite commonly
gets out of hand.
Persistent begging is an irritation in Piccadilly. There is also a problem with people walking up to
you with a story like "I've lost my wallet and need 50p for the bus home". These people often say the
same story for years. The global internet sports betting sector is valued at millions of pounds
annually, and it's also very demanding for bookmakers. There are a huge variety of internet
bookmakers, which in turn creates a great deal of options for clients.This is usually a ruse to get
money from you or, in some cases, in the hope that you will get a wallet/purse out of your pocket so
it can be stolen. Pickpockets are a major problem so remain alert to them at all times.
Sellers of "The Big Issue" magazine, are not usually regarded as beggars.The Magazine is pubished
by the Big Issue in The North, a social enterprise and sold to the homeless for resale on the
streets.All of the vendors are genuinely homeless and are forbidden from begging whilst selling the
magazine (though it is not uncommon to hear pleas for "spare change" from a Big Issue vendor).
Vendors can be found around the city and visitors may want to buy a ??2 copy.Please do only buy
from badged, official vendors.
To stay safe in Manchester stick to the commercialised areas. If you wander into a less desirable
area you should be very wary of street gangs hanging around. Muggings can happen if you stray
away from the busiest areas.
Should you encounter a group which looks suspicious, either avoid them all together and walk the
other way, or try to walk past them quickly (at a distance if possible) and behave in a way that they
do not perceive as disrespectful or confrontational. This can include eye contact or accidently
brushing past them with your shoulder.
Unfortunately Manchester has the highest car crime rate in the UK, and one of the highest rates for
car theft and break-ins in Europe. If you bring your car into Manchester be careful to park it in a
well lit area, and hide away any belongings in the boot.
Most of the areas in Manchester where tourists venture are usually safe.The following areas are very
much "off the beaten path", with little to tempt the average visitor.Nonetheless, should you choose
to go, then caution would be advised:
Longsight. This is a somewhat rundown residential area in the shadow of the city centre, which has
as yet avoided the gentrification of nearby Hulme. Moss Side. This area constitutes the heart of
Manchester's African and Caribbean community and is worth a visit if you looking for something
different. It is an area that has been associated with gang related violence but is no worse than other
inner-city areas in Manchester, with such crime having been somewhat reduced by police and
community efforts in recent years. It is adjacent to some pleasant parks, including the small
Whitworth Park and larger Platt Fields Park. Catch the Caribbean Festival of Manchester in
Alexandra Park every July/August. Parts of Hulme but this young, trendy, regenerated area would be
of interest to many with its new town houses, quirky architecture and blocks of flats and is next to
the centre. Avoid council estates at night. Parts of Fallowfield/Withington. Fallowfield and
Withington don't look too visually intimidating, and for the large part are quite safe (especially in the
daytime), but they, like Moss Side, are also home to elements of gang culture. Avoid walking around
the council estates after dark.Cheetham Hill. Avoid at night; but, during the day, this suburb, to the
north of Victoria Station, is a lively, colourful mixture of cultures: Jewish, Asian, and newer arrivals
to the city from various parts of the world! The shopping area around "The Village" is very much like
an inner London high street. Wythenshawe. Much of this area is a vast public housing district out
towards the airport. Should be avoided.Ordsall. This area is on the up and following the example of
Hulme with lots of new developments. Parts of East Manchester, particularly Beswick, Gorton and
the residential streets of Openshaw.Salford. Unless you have good reason, do not wander too far, on
foot at least, over the river Irwell into Salford from the city centre. With the great number of new
residential developments in the area, it has improved. The straight route from Manchester centre,
via Salford Cathedral along Chapel Street to Salford University, is very safe up to Pendleton.
The Raphaels?? Bank ATM at the Airport offers such an applalling conversion rate that, far from
being "free of charge" as claimed, you pay exorbitant charges to use it.
Many countries have consulates and commissions in Manchester, the most in the UK outside
London. For others, you may have to travel to London.
Consulate of Belgium, 76 Moss Lane Bramhall, Stockport SK7 1EJ. Tel. +44 161 439 5999.Consulate
General of The People's Republic of China, Denison House, Denison Road, Rusholme, Manchester
M14 5RY. Tel. +44 161 248 9304.The Royal Danish Consulate, Century Buildings, St. Mary's
Parsonage, Manchester M3 2DD. Tel: +44 161 214 4370.Trade Commission of France, 24th Floor,
Sunley Tower, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester M1.Consulate of France, Davis Blank Furniss, 90
Deansgate, Manchester M3 2QJ. Tel. +44 161 832 3304.Trade Board of Ireland, 56 Oxford Street,
Manchester M1.Consulate of Italy, Rodwell Tower, 111 Piccadilly, Manchester M1.Consulate of
Monaco, Dene Manor, Dene Park, Manchester M20.The Royal Consulate of the Netherlands, 123
Deansgate, Manchester M3.Vice-consulate of Pakistan, 4th Floor Hilton House, 26/28 Hilton Street,
Manchester M1.Consulate General of Spain, La Brook House, 70 Spring Gardens, Manchester M2
2BQ.Consulate General of Switzerland, 24th Floor, Sunley Tower, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester M1.
Swedish Consulate, Lincoln House, 1 Brazennoze Street, Manchester M2 5FJ. Tel. +44 161 834
4814.Norwegian Consulate, International Trade centre, Churchgate House,6 Oxford
Street,Manchester M60 7HF. Tel. +44 161 236 1406.Consulate of Iceland, 28 Macclesfield Road,
Wilmslow SK9 2AF. Tel. +44 1625 524133.Consulate of Finland, 5 Bramway,High Lane, Stockport
SK6 8EN.Tel. +44 161 376 4799.Consulate of Czech Republic, 20 Stamford New Road,Altrincham
WA14 1EJ. Tel(mob). +44 7729 834759.High Commission of Cyprus, 304-306 Oxford Road,
Manchester M13 9NS. Tel. +44 161 276 5013.
 Get out
Manchester is well placed at the heart of Northern England. Everything is within an hour or so of
Manchester's Piccadilly and Victoria stations; major cities, National Parks, picturesque scenery,
seaside resorts and swanky suburbs can all be reached by train.
 SeasideBlackpool " Around 1 hour by train. Previously known as 'The Playground of England'.
Famed for a wild night out and favoured by Stag and Hen parties. An education, with some fantastic
gay clubs to rival those anywhere! Blackpool's attractions including Britain's busiest theme park
Pleasure Beach, Blackpool and the famous "Lights" from end of August to the first weekend in
November.If you want a quieter day by the seaside try Southport. Shopping and tea rooms combine
with the beach to make Southport a nice relaxing day out. Accessible by train from Manchester in
around one hour.The North Wales seaside resorts of Rhyl , Prestatyn and Llandudno are around an
hour and a half to two hours away from Manchester.Formby near Southport is a nice day out. Some
picturesque sand-dunes, red squirrel preservation area, an ice-cream van and a lovely beach,
without the usual British seaside resort junk (arcade games, amusements etc). A change of train is
required, so journey times are over an hour away. You can get to Formby on Merseyrail's northern
line from Liverpool or from Southport.
 CityLiverpool was European Capital of Culture in 2008, and is booming with its buzzing
nightlife, great shops, superb restuarants, bars and theatres, and its world famous waterfront. The
River Mersey and the magnificent Albert Dock, along with the city's cosmopolitan character and its
rich cultural, music and sporting heritage make it definitely worth a visit, with numerous museums
of national importance, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, a superb concert arena, a
wealth of fine Victorian and Georgian buildings and two very contrasting cathedrals. Liverpool One,
the new city centre shopping centre, has put Liverpool in the top five most popular retail
destinations in the UK. Many Mancunians have friends and family based in their sister city and are
enjoying its urban renaissance as a compliment to their own. The world famous Mathew Street
festival, the biggest free outdoor music festival in Europe, which takes place on August Bank Holiday
weekend is a must. Take a trip to Liverpool for a great day out and make sure you include a ride on
the world famous Mersey ferry, or book into one of the many splendid city centre hotels and spend a
weekend to really sample the vibrant nightlife. Leeds " Less than an hour from Manchester, in West
Yorkshire, this is the largest city in Yorkshire and now a major financial centre, as well as home to
The Royal Armories Collection, good museums and galleries and the much-praised West Yorkshire
Playhouse Theatre. There is great shopping to be had, some of which is housed in elegant victorian
arcades, and many excellent restaurants & bars too. Bradford. This city is next door to Leeds, so
close their suburbs merge into one, and boasts the fabulous Alhambra Theatre, The National Media
Museum, with a giant IMAX screen, and the German Merchants' Quarter, which is also well worth a
Chester " Take a Direct train from Manchester Piccadilly or Oxford Road stations to this compact
Roman city in Cheshire on the edge of North Wales. Old buildings and cobbled streets will greet you
as well as theunique shopping streets with two storeys. You can also walk around the city centre on
the Roman Walls. Lots of inviting tea rooms and pubs await you too as well as the cathedral and
Roman remains.The city's zoo is one of the best in the country, and can be found on theedge of the
city, near the main Park & Ride car park, which is easily reached from Manchester or Liverpool and
well signposted. The "Blue Planet Aquarium" and "Cheshire Oaks Outlet Centre", near to each other,
are but a short drive from the zoo also.In Chester listen out for all the accents, including a lot of
Welsh voices, mixed with those of nearby Liverpool, Manchester and beyond!Sheffield, in South
Yorkshire, is less well known to Manchester people, due to poor road links, but it is less than 40
miles/60 km away and the train service from Piccadilly is good and the journey a scenic one. This
fine, post-industrial city is said to be built on seven hills and was once home to a world-famous steel
industry. Nowadays, Sheffield is a growing cultural centre, boasting the UK's second largest theatre
complex and a thriving music scene that has produced such acts as Arctic Monkeys, Def Leppard