Welcome to Manchester, the perfect city break destination.
Set in the heart of North West England, Manchester is one of the most vibrant cities in the UK. Offering great value for money, the city welcomes visitors from all over the world with its fine traditions of culture, music, sport and top class events.
Whether you are looking for a cultural break, full of historic homes, art galleries and museums, a pampering holiday with spa treatments, locally sourced food and beautiful landscaped gardens or a day out with the family, going behind the scenes at a football stadium, sliding down giant snow slopes or learning about the city’s heritage, Manchester has it all.
With so many cultures rubbing shoulders with each other, it’s no surprise that Manchester has a great reputation for food and drink. You’ll find cuisine from practically every nation and to suit any budget, from high-class dining to top-notch takeaways.
A visit to Manchester would not be complete without exploring some of the top bars, clubs and meeting places. Each area of Manchester boasts their own unique style and collection of bars, pubs and nightclubs. Whether you want to sip on cocktails in Spinningfields, drink local brewed ales in the Northern Quarter or a night on the tiles in Castlefield, there is something for every taste and pocket.
Fly direct to Manchester from Southampton Airport with Flybe. With only an hour’s flight time, whether it’s a weekend trip, holiday or for business, it is super easy to fly local.
Once you arrive at Manchester Airport, it is only a 14 minute journey into the city via a direct train, or a 25 minute taxi or car drive.
Manchester’s Metroshuttle, is a free bus service that connects you from the train stations to key accommodation, retail areas and attractions. There is also the Metrolink tram network to take you around the city centre and Greater Manchester districts.
Top things to see and do
Manchester is the shopping capital of the north of England, offering a diverse and unique shopping experience. Whether you are looking for designer labels, one-off handmade pieces or the latest independent fashion in the Northern Quarter, Manchester has it all.
Walk in the footsteps of footballing legends at one of Manchester’s two world famous football stadiums, or discover the history of the game at the National Football Museum. Why not continue the theme and stay in the newly opened Hotel Football, providing four-star luxury overlooking Old Trafford Stadium.
Manchester’s compact nature makes it a great place to explore on foot. Whether you are interested in Manchester’s history, architecture or music heritage, you will find a dedicated guided tour to excite you, including the new Discover Manchester daily walking tour.
Off the beaten track
Visit quaint villages in Greater Manchester like Ramsbottom in Bury, Saddleworth in Oldham and Worsley in Salford for stunning countryside, dedicated walking trails and rural pubs to explore. Discover the history behind Tatton Park’s stunning Tudor Mansion, glorious gardens and rare breed animal farm.
Enjoy afternoon tea or a rail ale tour on the beautifully restored East Lancashire Railway. Journey through beautiful countryside and visit some of Lancashire most beautiful towns, a great day out whatever your age.
Manchester is the perfect base for exploring the north of England. Historic Chester, vibrant Liverpool and the stunning natural beauty of the Lake District and Peak District National Parks are only one hour away.