Fly to Manchester from London, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Norwich and Southampton. Manchester is the UK’s third most visited city. Museums, galleries, bars and restaurants are plentiful. Marvel over the skyline of contemporary structures including the striking Manchester Eye and the 47-story Beetham Tower, England’s tallest residential building. Manchester offers a mix of modern glass structures and traditional red brick architecture. Spend an afternoon in one of 135 parks and gardens, take a walk by the canal side or hop on a tram to see the best of the city. Manchester’s cultural scene is evident in its musical heritage; bands such as Joy Division, New Order and Oasis began their careers in the clubs and bars of the city. At night head to the flamboyant Canal Street or book tickets for the Manchester Apollo. The Royal Exchange Theatre is host to several touring shows. Browse Manchester Arndale, the UK’s largest shopping centre with over 240 stores.
The city of Manchester is renowned for its vibrant nightlife. Stylish bars, wild parties and some of the best clubs in the UK beckon the young and hip crowd every weekend. For a quieter approach explore the industrial heritage of this great city; tour the museums, canals and monuments.
Manchester has a typical UK climate, with rain likely whatever the season, so be sure to pack waterproof clothing. Manchester has mild summers and cold winters, but sees highs of almost 20°C in July and August. The summer is considered the best time to visit the city as many of the cultural festivals take place then. December is no stranger to freezing temperatures, but the Christmas market draws the seasonal crowds.
Manchester is served by Manchester Airport (MAN) located 14km (approximately 9 miles) from the city centre. Direct flights are available to destinations around the world including Europe, North America, South Asia and the Middle East. Passengers can travel to the city centre by bus, taxi or rail. The train station is positioned between the two terminals. The railway also offers routes to outlying cities and as far as Edinburgh.
Manchester is an energetic city with so many attractions and points of interest. Walk through the streets to see a variety of different architectural styles. Visit the Manchester Art Gallery for the country’s most significant collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, view Egyptian artefacts at the Manchester Museum and head to The Lowry Art Centre - home to original paintings from the artist. The city is also a media hub with several companies based here including Granada TV and BBC studios so look for famous faces in nearby bars. Pride Festival bursts onto the scene in August; join in on the parade and celebrate long into the night.
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