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Hotel Gotham
Hotel Gotham

100 King Street, Manchester M2 4WU

5.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (272 reviews)

Located in Market Street, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Manchester Arndale, Manchester Art Gallery, and …

£105
King Street Townhouse
King Street Townhouse

10 Booth Street, Manchester M2 4AW

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is steps from Manchester City Hall, Manchester Art Gallery, and Albert Square …

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Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel
Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Portland Street, Manchester M1 4PH

4.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (1,592 reviews)

This modern hotel rises above Piccadilly Gardens in the centre of Manchester. Arndale Shopping, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, …

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Malmaison Manchester
Malmaison Manchester

1-3 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 3AQ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (485 reviews)

Located in Manchester City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piccadilly Gardens, Affleck's Palace, and …

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Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre
Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre

4 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M4 4EW

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (908 reviews)

Radisson Manchester City Centre is a 10-minute stroll from both Manchester Victoria Train Station and the upscale Harvey …

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Roomzzz Manchester City
Roomzzz Manchester City

36 Princess Street, Manchester M1 4JY

4.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (4 reviews)

Located in Chinatown, this apartment is within a 5-minute walk of Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Palace Theatre. Alber …

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The Principal Manchester
The Principal Manchester

Oxford Street, Manchester M60 7HA

5.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (40 reviews)

Located in Manchester City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from The Palace Theatre and Manchester Palace Theatre. Deansgat …

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Britannia Hotel - Manchester City Centre
Britannia Hotel - Manchester City Centre

35 Portland Street, Manchester M1 3LA

3.0 out of 5.0
3.1 out of 5 (3,327 reviews)

This 19th century heritage hotel is one block from Manchester's Chinatown, 500 meters from the Palace theatre, and close t …

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Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa

London Road, Manchester M1 2PG

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (1,232 reviews)

Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa is a 3-minute walk from Piccadilly Train Station and 10 minutes from O2 Apollo Manchester. …

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The Lowry Hotel
The Lowry Hotel

50 Dearmans Place, Salford M3 5LH

5.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (609 reviews)

Located on the River Irwell, in Manchester's Chapel Warf area, The Lowry is next to Trinity Bridge and provides easy access t …

£107

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Pocket Guide: Manchester

Manchester is one of England's grand old cities, with a history dating back to the Roman era and making repeated important impacts on the national economy, especially during the Industrial Revolution. Agricola created a fort here in 79AD, Manchester has never looked back, and in the 18th Century cotton processing burst onto the scene, with Arkwright's steam-powered machines transforming regional fortunes and patterns of work. Manchester and Liverpool became linked by rail, and great canals such as the Manchester Ship Canal were opened, allowing cargo vessels to penetrate far inland. The legacy of all this frenetic activity can still be seen today, and there are many B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels in Manchester to choose from when you visit this proud historic city.

Manchester Hotels for Exploring the City

Much of the money made from the burgeoning cotton industry in Manchester went to fund the creation of civic building projects, which served to bring attention to the poor working conditions of the people actually manning the machines. As a result, newspapers like the famous Manchester Guardian (1821) sprang up to espouse what were for the time radical causes, though actual slum clearances didn't begin until the 1950s, when smokeless zones were also introduced to reduce pollution. When you stay at a Manchester hotel or guesthouse today you'll find yourself in the middle of a thoroughly modern, compact city, which has also hung on lovingly to much of its incredibly rich and evocative industrial heritage.

Family Holidays at a Manchester Hotel

Manchester makes a great destination for a family break, with a great many attractions, especially in the central parts of the city. The old tram system has been restored, for instance, and is hugely popular with visitors as well as useful for easing pressure on the public transport systems. The best of the architectural industrial heritage is to be seen in the old docks and mills that have been restored and opened to the public. There are also many fine 19th-century buildings in Manchester such as the city's magnificent Neo-Gothic cathedral, and the Town Hall and Royal Exchange also date from that time.

Manchester Hotels for Museums and Galleries

The kids will love the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, with its fun interactive displays and working steam engines. The Granada TV Studios is also based here, and interested visitors can take a tour of the Coronation Street set. At the other extreme, the City Art Galleries is a huge porticoed building designed in 1824 which has a splendid collection of British art, most notably Pre-Raphaelites like Holman Hunt and Rossetti. The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Ship Canal and many other famous attractions are all there for you to enjoy from your Manchester hotel or B&B, and most are within easy walking distance of each other.

Manchester is a perfect destination for either a long or short break. You can see much of it over one weekend, but there's enough to keep you occupied for many weeks, especially if you stay at a Manchester hotel in the city centre.

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