Today travelers know Manchester not only for its glorious ancient history. The guests of this city never stop to be astonished by the number of perfectly preserved monuments of medieval architecture and other important sights.
When discovering the sights of Manchester you will come across a huge variety of urban landscapes, plunge into the world of traditional English culture, create your own vision of life of the ancient port city and get the chance to capture with a camera the unique pictures that appear before everyone who comes to this beautiful town of Lancashire.
If you are going to start your own adventure in Manchester, check out some travel tips below that will favor making your visit there as comfortable as possible!
When to go?
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The weather in Manchester is extremely changeable. The best time to go there is late spring or summer. You will catch the least amount of rainfall in the period from March to June. Football fans are recommended to come in the fall or spring. In winter football matches are often canceled due to the unfavorable weather conditions.
How to get around the city?
Manchester is distinguished by almost perfect system of urban public transport, including bus routes and tram system named Manchester Metrolink. Using it, you can get practically to any spot throughout the city.
Also you can take a ride on a bus. Many bus lines connect all urban areas and suburbs. There is quite a complex system of bus tickets in Manchester, which can be purchased either from vending machines or from the drivers. There is a discount system for children and those who are under 21 years old.
If you would like to be more independent when moving around Manchester, then just take Manchester rental car immediately upon arrival to MAN airport.
Where to stay?
Most of the hotels are concentrated in Manchester city center. One of the most convenient districts to stay at is Northern Quarter, from where all the major attractions are easily accessible. You will find there many pubs and bars, enjoying at the same time pretty quiet alleys.
If the purpose of your visit to Manchester is active entertainments, you might prefer Trafford district for the overnight stop.
If you are a budget tourist and would like to practice your English, then rent a room for a few nights in one of the guest houses (search for Bed & Breakfast).
If you are interested in staying at the hotel, here are some alternatives:
Spacious rooms with night lighting, reacting to movements, and a convenient location in the city center.
The hotel is housed in the picturesque suburb of Manchester, so many visitors choose it for weddings and other family celebrations.
Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel
You will find this hotel almost in the city center and. It is overlooking the green area of the Piccadilly Gardens. There is Arndale shopping center nearby.
Great John Street Hotel
The building of the hotel used to be a Victorian school. Now the visitors can stay in the rooms with high ceilings and antique bathtubs.
The accommodation of the hotel will make you feel like home: each room resembles an apartment with kitchen, a computer and a comfortable bed.
Where to eat?
When searching for the place in Manchester to have lunch or dinner at, it is worth remembering that the level of prices in the UK is traditionally high, so bear it in your mind. Of course, there are some establishments where you can have a snack without paying too much, but, unfortunately, the number of such places in the city center is not that big.
Here are a few restaurants that we would advise you to visit when you get hungry:
The Old Wellington is a very colorful and interesting restaurant. It is decorated in a traditional style with beams and wooden furniture. In spite of being the favorite spot of football fans, here you can drink the real ale and try traditional soups and baked puddings.
If you want to try traditional English cuisine, you can go to The Rose Garden. The restaurant offers its guests a great menu and a cozy romantic atmosphere. It is especially nice to come to the restaurant during the warm time of the year, when you can sit in the garden on the elegant terrace.
In Manchester, in addition to the traditional local cuisine, you can also try a variety dishes from other countries. For example, at Puccini’s restaurant you can find dishes of Italian cuisine, among which there are all kinds of pasta and seafood dishes.
European cuisine is also waiting for you at Bistro West 156. The restaurant attracts its numerous visitors not only due to its delicious cuisine and entertainment program, but also due to the reasonable prices.
If you are not too hungry, and just want to have a snack, you can go to one of the local cafes or coffee shops. One of them could be Sugar Junction, where you can drink a cup of coffee with a delicious dessert.
Those, who would like to quench the thirst with a glass of beer, are recommended to go to The Marble Arch. At this traditional English pub you can try 35 kinds of beer and ale, produced at the local brewery.
Hopefully, the mentioned tips will make your staying in Manchester really comfortable. Just don’t forget to consider them before you set off to the new adventure in the amazing town, lying in the north-western part of England…