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Where to stay in Manchester
Where to stay in Manchester
The beautiful thing about choosing where to stay in Manchester is that wherever you pick you’ll remain close to the top attractions. The city is nicely compact. The real question is budget and style when deciding on places to stay in Manchester. The closer you are to the city centre, the pricier the hotels. However, you won’t need to worry about the cost of transport. If socialising is top of your holiday to-do list then look no further than Deansgate or Castlefield. Check along the Metrolink lines too, and you’ll find quaint areas like Salford Quays just a short trip away.
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Stay in the City Centre and book into one of the well-known hotel chains, or seek out a unique inner city boutique. The real benefit of staying in the heart of Manchester is your proximity to major attractions. Manchester Cathedral, the National Football Museum and the cultural Northern Quarter are all within walking distance. It's also where you'll find great high-street and artisan shopping opportunities.
A trendy part of town, Deansgate is a top location for evening socialising. Here you'll find upmarket wine and cocktail bars and many fine-dining restaurants. When not eating and drinking, take advantage of the many cultural sites on this side of town, like the Manchester Opera House, the People's History Museum and John Rylands Library.
A short tram ride from Manchester City is Salford Quays – formerly the site of the Manchester Docks and close to the end of the Manchester Ship Canal. Stay here if you plan on taking one of the canal cruise tours. The waterside location is also home to a collection of modern architectural must-sees like The Lowry theatre, MediaCity (the BBC's Manchester hub), and the Imperial War Museum North.
Of all the places to stay in Manchester, Castlefield is one of the most peaceful. Located close to the River Irwell, the area's steeped in history. Discover the Roman fort of Mamucium (where Manchester got its name), as well as the world's first industrial canal. As the birthplace of such forward-thinking ideas, it's fitting that this is home to the Museum of Science and Industry Manchester too.
Frequently asked questions
When packing for a trip to Manchestor, don't forget the essentials like your visa, passport, chargers, camera, some GBP and the correct power adaptor. Clothing wise, check out the seasonality guides and pack to suit the conditions - aka plenty of layers for winter and lighter options for summer. Other necessities include a raincoat, walking shoes, hat, sunglasses and a Manchester United jersey. Though the last option is not essential, it is worth wearing to help win over the locals.
Manchester is a big city with lots of accommodation options that can be tailored to your budget and travel plans. With that in mind, the city is connected by an extensive public transport system which will easily help get you from A to B. If you’re keen to get a well-rounded experience and see all the sites, we recommend staying in Manchester City Centre, Chinatown, Northern Quarter and Salford Quay.
While Manchester isn’t winning any prizes for year-round sunshine, it does give travellers the chance to experience all four seasons. Summer offers the hottest temps and long, sunny days between June and August, while winter will bring the cold, fog and snow between December and February. If you’re not a fan of the cold and are keen to make the most of your days in Manchester, we recommend visiting between March and August.
As with any big city, Manchester offers travellers unlimited adventure and experiences. Spend your time exploring streets filled with Gothic architecture, watching Manchester United play at a football game, taking a day trip out to the Lake and Peak Districts, enjoying a night out on the town and filling your belly with many an English roast.
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