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Explore Manchester

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Why rent a car in Manchester?

Manchester is a city in northwest England. Founded around the 1st century AD, Manchester has a proud industrial heritage, is one of the rock and pop music capitals of the world, and is also an arts, media and cultural hub with an amazing nightlife. Manchester is a great location for visiting other British cities by hire car, such as Sheffield,Leeds,Birmingham and Liverpool.

How to get to and around Manchester?

If you’re arriving via Manchester Airport then it’s a seven-mile drive by rental car to Manchester city centre. En route, you could stop off to see the University of Manchester, a prestigious institution with buildings dating back to the 19th century.

Hiring a car in Manchester city centre

Finding a hire car in Manchester is simple. You can rent a car from a range of providers at both Manchester Airport and within the city centre itself. Manchester has a number of parking facilities in the city, including NCP and CitiPark. Manchester also has a wide range of hotels, including Hotel Gotham, Malmaison Manchester and Radisson Blu Edwardian. Many hotels offer free parking so do check before booking.

What brands are available?

There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences. These including Easirent, InterRent and also Green Motion, which offers environmentally friendly car hire.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Manchester

There are many things to see and do with your hire car in Manchester. The city is rich in historical buildings, nightlife and a thriving contemporary arts scene, and is also the proud home of the Manchester United and Manchester City football clubs. Architectural highlights include the Beetham Tower, a 47-storey skyscraper, the 19th century neo-Gothic Manchester Town Hall, and the impressive Midland Hotel, built in 1913. Cultural attractions to visit with your rental car in Manchester include the Museum of Science and Industry, The Lowry arts complex, the National Football Museum, the John Rylands Library, the People’s History Museum and Manchester Art Gallery. Great bars and clubs can be found around the Northern Quarter, King Street, Deansgate Locks and the Gay Village.

Liverpool, another jewel of England’s north, is a 34-mile journey from Manchester by rental car. Liverpool is filled with history and has more listed buildings than any other city in the UK, apart from London. Key attractions include Albert Dock, the Walker Art Gallery, the Royal Liver Building and Lime Street Station. The city is also famed for its musical heritage, especially for being the home of The Beatles, and you can visit The Beatles Story museum or even head down to the original Cavern Club where the band played their early gigs.

London is a 209-mile journey from Manchester by hire car. One of the world’s most influential and iconic cities, London truly offers something for everyone. The Kensington area has many highlights including the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Royal Albert Hall. Knightsbridge is home to the world-famous Harrods department store, and is the ideal place to shop for souvenirs and enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea. Grand and historic Westminster is home to Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and the Houses of Parliament, plus famous shopping streets like Oxford Street and Piccadilly, and fashionable Soho with its amazing nightlife. Hyde Park, Regent’s Park and Greenwich Park all offer an idyllic escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Tips and tricks for driving in Manchester

There’s so much going on in Manchester that it’s fascinating to explore by hire car, although do bear in mind that traffic can get busy at peak times. If you’re visiting from abroad, remember that the UK is left-hand drive. It’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in the UK.

Ready to plan your Manchester city break?

Feeling inspired to explore Manchester and the rest of the UK? Check out this City Guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and to research the best attractions and activities.

Hire a Car and Explore the Countryside

While Manchester is famed for its trams, cobbled streets and industrial heritage, in little more than an hour’s drive from Manchester Airport you could be walking some of Britain’s most beautiful natural trails, or sitting beside a roaring fire in a traditional Peak District pub. A popular tourist destination, the Peak District National Park is large enough to never feel crowded, though you’ll definitely need a car to get to the quietest spots.

Enjoy More with a Car Rental

If you can’t get enough of natural beauty then take the short drive from Manchester, north up the M6, to the glorious Lake District. Driving along stunning, winding lakeside roads, you can take in the spectacular scenery that inspired the poet, Wordsworth, in comfort. With hillsides reflected in the still water, it’s an idyllic view and all accessible by hire car.