From its rich industrial heritage, an exciting music scene that’s included Joy Division, The Smiths and Oasis, through to an extensive variety of restaurants and a thriving nightlife, Manchester is the capital of the north, the capital of cool and the capital of choice! Whether you’re visiting for business or leisure, this vibrant city will make a stay a memorable one. We’ve highlighted some of things you should do when in Manchester and lined up four fantastic hotels to accompany your visit!
Organised Tours in Manchester
It doesn’t need to cost a lot to discover Manchester. The daily walking tour start from the Alan Turing Memorial and pass by Manchester’s canals, secret passage ways, quirky monuments and industrial architecture. It’s an excellent way to see the city in a short time and it’s free!
If you’re a football fan heading to the city, a tour around the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City play is a must! Experience first-hand what it’s like inside the Chairman’s lounge, the press room and training facilities as well as enjoy views of the pitch from the stands.
And why not opt for a Craft Beer Tour of three different Manchester breweries too? Alternatively, step on to the set of the nation’s most famous and largest working television lot in the country with a guided tour of Coronation Street! Soap lovers will be made-up with this!
Museums and Libraries in Manchester
Manchester definitely won’t disappoint visitors hoping to find out about the history of this industrial city. Explore The John Rylands Library which is filled with Victorian splendour and also looks like a scene from the Harry Potter movies! Alternatively, take a family trip to Manchester Museum. Kids can take a selfie with Stan the T-Rex, learn about artefacts from Egypt, plus there’s a live reptile exhibition which is very popular.
If you’d like to learn about the achievements that have been made in Manchester, a visit to the Science and Industry Museum is ideal. With a unique backdrop, visitors can enjoy an array of events that take place throughout the year. Another option is Manchester Cathedral which dates back to 7th century and suffered extensive damage during World War II.
Food and Nightlife in the City
With new restaurants, bars and cafes opening weekly, it’s no surprise that Manchester is considered one of the UK’s most exciting foodie destinations according to Culture Trip! Take your pick from fine-dining, street food, afternoon tea, popular steakhouses, as well as vegan and vegetarian restaurants. Plus the annual Manchester Food and Drink Festival returns on Thursday 26 September until Sunday 6 October.
More Manchester Highlights!
Add a night at the theatre to your list and visit The Royal Exchange! With productions of Macbeth and Wuthering Heights, it’s a great way to finish a day of sight-seeing. And don’t forget Manchester Arena and the Palace Theatre Manchester for large touring productions from London’s West End.
Plus, Manchester Pride Festival takes place every August and sees four days of unforgettable international entertainment. Events head across the city from Mayfield to Deansgate!
Hotels in Manchester
So you’ve put together your itinerary for a stay in Manchester but you still need a place to stay! Keep on reading to discover four fantastic hotels boasting top-notch locations!
Townhouse Hotel Manchester
In the heart of Manchester, the Townhouse Hotel is a 19th century building boasting boutique styling rooms. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and guest rooms have hospitality trays as well as a laptop safe. Some rooms also offer king-size beds and city views!
After a busy day exploring, wine and dine in the refurbished 101 Brassiere which combines international cuisine and classic British dishes. Round-off your day with some traditional ale, larger or world beers at the 101 modern bar.
Less than a five minute walk away is Manchester Art Gallery and The Palace Theatre. Manchester Piccadilly is just 10-minutes away and Oxford Road Rail Station is only five minutes away by foot.
Innside By Melia Manchester
Innside By Melia is one for foodies! It’s unique food concept, Food for a Social Mood, sets it apart. It offers a range of tasty cuisine for guests, including sharing dishes and boards.
This hotel is located within the stunning new building in the First Street development. Expect contemporary decor, bright colours as well as a safe, flat-screen TV and WiFi in guest rooms. Furthermore, enjoy full use of the Wellness Suite which features a Finnish sauna, aromatic stream room, and gym and relaxation area.
With great transport links, Innside By Melia is close to the shopping and business districts, and only five minutes from Deansgate and Oxford Road Rail Stations. This is ideal for business travellers as well as foodie fans!
Staycity Aparthotels Manchester Piccadilly
If you’re looking for a ‘home from home’ feel on your visit to Manchester, Staycity Aparthotels is for you. Centrally located, the apartments are equipped with a kitchen and dishwasher. There’s also an on-site coffee shop and fitness centre that guests can use.
If a night of comedy is on the radar, the O2 Apollo Manchester is 1,000 yards away. Home to UK comedians such as Rob Beckett, you’re in for a night of laughter and fun!
The Ainscow Hotel Manchester
Combining traditional with contemporary, The Ainscow Hotel is home to 70 distinct rooms and a history that dates back to 1878. It was originally the home of the Watson & Woodhead Brewery. Steel beams and exposed bricks have been retained to ensure the character and charm of the hotel is not lost, plus it’s located in Manchester’s historic Chapel Street area.
During the warmer months, dine al fresco at the rooftop terrace bar.
Just a stone’s throw away is Manchester City Centre and Salford Quays. And if you’re flying in, Manchester Airport is an easy 45 minute train journey from the hotel.
Are you ready to explore Manchester? Whether you’re looking to make the most of your time after a long day of meetings or you’ve got an exciting few days planned, this city won’t disappoint! To browse even more hotels in Manchester, click here.