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A cosmopolitan city bursting with vibrancy, Manchester's packed with a satisfying array of museums, galleries, and theatres, as well as more places than you can shake a drum stick at to dance, drink, and go ‘mad ferit’ until the early hours. Add to the mix a captivating industrial history, major musical connections, and heady passion for football and you've got a city that's not lacking when it comes to things to see, do, and get involved in.
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There is a plethora of hotels in Manchester pick from. The city is home to many of the familiar chains you might expect, all well geared to families and business travellers, with many featuring onsite leisure facilities and restaurants, while independently run hotels also present options for the low and mid-budget travellers.
If you’re in it for the finer things, then you’ll find a selection of luxury hotels in Manchester. Hotel options in Manchester city, as well as accommodation near Manchester, range from luxury 5-star suites to basic self-catering apartments, and everything in-between. Whether you choose contemporary chic or Victorian majesty, many of the more upmarket hotels offer spas, health clubs, and gourmet dining.
Use our Manchester hotel map to find what’s available and we’ll show you all you need to know to plan your stay; the size and location of the establishment, its pricing, facilities, availability and what’s of interest in the vicinity. You can also find reviews and ratings to help you decide where you’ll feel most at home.

Places to stay in Manchester – Popular areas

Known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester has transformed itself and its image from its industrial roots into a vibrant city of concerts, activities and trendy nightlife, while still celebrating many aspects of its rich history. Many of Manchester hotels and attractions are found in the districts in and around the historic city centre, within the A60 ring road. Read on to find more information about where to stay in Manchester.

The Central Retail Districtz

In the city centre, you’ll find sights such as the Manchester Central Convention Complex, The Bridgewater Hall concert venue, the Manchester Art Gallery and St Anne’s Church. The city centre is also home to plenty of high-end retail stores and shopping venues.
Deansgate is the main shopping street in Manchester and flanks the Central district on its western side. The vista up Deansgate terminates at the 15th century Manchester Cathedral, with the neo-gothic John Rylands Library building just one of many historic landmarks along the way, intermingled with modern shops and office blocks.
Hotels in this area are a great choice for those who want to be right at the centre of the action. Or maybe you simply don’t want to carry the day’s shopping-haul too far from the Retail district. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a hotel in Manchester city.

Northern Quarter and Ancoats

These former industrial complexes have been up-cycled to include attractions such as the Manchester Craft & Design Centre and the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art as well as trendy shopping venues, restaurants and bars. A range of hotels Manchester in this part of town offer comfortable accommodation near Manchester city centre.
Ancoats boasts inviting open spaces with public art and public seating areas, the best-known being Cutting Room Square next to the imposing Hallé St Peter’s. Here you’ll also find Hope Mill Theatre; a 120-seat indie theatre complex. Varied cuisine is available at classy Italian and Vietnamese restaurants, but you can also find good pub grub in a number of venues.

Medieval Quarter

Perched at the top end of Deanscoats is the old heart of Manchester. Here you’ll come across the 600-year old Manchester Cathedral, as well as Chatham’s medieval college building, which has a public library that dates back to 1654 and now also houses the School of Music. Adjacent to the cathedral is the National Football Museum, perhaps showing the high regard that sport holds in the lives of Manchurians. Nearby are the Manchester Jewish Museum and the Manchester Arena indoor events venue. Book your hotel in the Medieval Quarter for a stay with a hefty serving of British history.

Things to see and do in Greater Manchester

A short bit outside of the city centre, there is a whole host of attractions to suit everybody’s tastes, from single jetsetter to family group and from culture vulture to sporting guru. Southwest along the River Irwell, you’ll find amazing places like the MediaCity UK at Salford Quays, which houses both ITV and BBC studios. Here you will also find the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre at Trafford Park. Also at the Quays is the fascinating Imperial War Museum North, and if you’re the daring type, you can experience indoor skydiving or visit the reputedly haunted Oldsall Hall Tudor mansion museum at Trafford Park.
No sports-lover will want to miss out on a visit to the Old Trafford Cricket Ground and the home ground of the Red Devils, Old Trafford Stadium. If you’re a Man City F.C. fan, then you can visit their home stadium, the Etihad City of Manchester Stadium on the opposite side of the city. Nearby you’ll find the UK National Cycling Centre, and back at the University there’s the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

What and where to eat in Manchester

Manchester boasts an incredible variety of eating establishments. At Mr Thomas’s Chop Shop in the city centre, you’ll be served a delicious variety of traditional British cooking infused with a modern twist. This famous local pub prides itself on serving dishes made with only the finest local ingredients, and their menu includes such delicacies as ‘The Famous Corned Beef Hash Cake’ and ‘Crispy Black Pudding’.
For Spanish cuisine, try the Iberica in Spinningfields, or for Italian, Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza in Ancoats. From Japanese dishes at Teppanyaki in the Chinatown district, to the so-called Curry Road (Wilmslow Road in Rusholme) which is home to a number of restaurants with mainly Indian and Pakistani foods on the menu, Manchester is truly worldly when it comes to cuisine.
Many craft coffee shops and eateries dot the lanes of the city centre, and you’ll be hard pressed to walk past their tempting aromas. Most hotels in Manchester host their own coffee houses, bars and restaurants, so if you’re only in on a flying visit, you won’t need to look far for a bite to eat.

Getting around in Manchester

Manchester International Airport is the busiest British airport outside of London City Airport. To get from the airport to the city centre takes about 20 minutes by train or 25 minutes by airport shuttle bus. There is also a local bus that runs every 10 minutes and takes about 45 minutes. Hotels near Manchester can also be found in the surrounding villages, which are closer to the airport while also connected to Manchester city centre by train or bus.
Metroshuttle is a free ‘hop on, hop off’ city centre bus service between all the main shopping districts and railway stations. There are three Metroshuttle lines which run from approximately 7am to 7pm (the times vary for each line) every day.
Metrolink trams are a great option for getting to most of the popular attractions and venues across the region, and a System One Travelcard will allow you to use the trams, as well as the different bus services and trains in Greater Manchester.
Another great option is to hire a bicycle and use the marked cycle lanes and cycling routes across the city. You can also walk the city centre itself in only 20-minutes, visiting an amazing amount of interesting places without needing to break into a sweat.

When to visit Manchester

Manchester buzzes all year long, with concerts, sporting events, festivals and exhibitions. Summer is highlighted by the Manchester International Festival, a three-week long arts festival which is held at the end of June and beginning of July every year. You also shouldn’t miss the Food and Drink Festival in the autumn, which is held at the end of September and beginning of October each year.
The weather from spring to autumn is mild, with July being the warmest month of the year. The cooler winter months herald the start of football season, and the city becomes delightfully cosy during the Christmas festivities in December. Great hotel deals Manchester can be found throughout the year, particularly if you book in advance.

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