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Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel
Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel

Free Trade Hall Peter Street, Manchester M2 5GP

5.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (1,405 reviews)

The hotel is inside one of Manchester's most celebrated buildings, near St. Peter's Square with its convenient Metrolink …

£102
Hilton Manchester Deansgate
Hilton Manchester Deansgate

303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (1,003 reviews)

This hotel is housed in the first 23 floors of the striking 47-storey steel and glass Beetham Tower, and is located in the …

£97
The Midland - Manchester
The Midland - Manchester

16 Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (1,114 reviews)

Built in 1903 to serve the central railway, the hotel stands in St. Peter's Square, near the train station of the same name …

£101
Arora Hotel Manchester
Arora Hotel Manchester

18-24 Princess Street, Manchester M1 4LG

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (1,317 reviews)

Located in Chinatown, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Manchester City Hall and Manchester Art Gallery. Albert Square …

£79
Best Western Manchester Altrincham Cresta Court Hotel
Best Western Manchester Altrincham Cresta Court Hotel

Church Street, Altrincham WA14 4DP

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (625 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Silver Blades and within 6 mi (10 km) of Old …

£50
Crowne Plaza Hotel Manchester City Centre
Crowne Plaza Hotel Manchester City Centre

70 Shudehill, Manchester M4 4AF

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (1,166 reviews)

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

£89
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Manchester - Piccadilly
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Manchester - Piccadilly

One Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3DG

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (1,461 reviews)

The hotel is a 3-minute walk from Piccadilly Train Station, which offers a fast link to the airport as well as services to …

£71
Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa

London Road, Manchester M1 2PG

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (1,159 reviews)

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

£77
The Mitre Hotel
The Mitre Hotel

1-3 Cathedral Gates, Manchester M3 1SW

3.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (552 reviews)

Located in Market Street, this hotel is steps from Exchange Square, Manchester Cathedral, and Urbis. Manchester Arena and …

£54
Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel
Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Portland Street, Manchester M1 4PH

4.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (1,529 reviews)

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

£64

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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 Manchester Hotels

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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