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Manchester Holidays

The second most visited city in England is a bustling metropolis of art, culture, industry, architecture and, of course, football.

A modern place packed with historic buildings, Manchester is a city built on industry, science and technology. Visitors can take their pick from countless concerts, festivals and art exhibits, and a trip to Manchester wouldn’t be complete without taking in a football game or two. Mancunians are a lively and friendly bunch who love a spot of shopping and partying, so don’t miss the city’s famed shopping and nightlife scenes.

Manchester’s makeover started in the 1990s as part of its bid to host the next Olympic Games. However, it was the devastating IRA bomb blast during the Euro ’96 football tournament that made way for an intense period of town planning, renovation and new facilities. The city can be explored easily on foot and boasts an excellent public transport network, including the free Metroshuttle buses.

Head back in time by exploring some of Manchester’s historic haunts, including old converted warehouses, Victorian Gothic halls and the beautiful Manchester Cathedral. There are some beautiful examples of historic architecture in Manchester, including Albert Square, Manchester Town Hall and the imposing John Rylands Library.

Manchester is not known for its great weather, but rainy days shouldn’t put you off, as there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you amused. Head to the wonderful Manchester Art Gallery, or learn all about the local textile industry at the Whitworth Art Gallery. A must-visit is the Museum of Science and Industry, where scientists split the atom for the first time and where the city’s fascinating role in the Industrial Revolution is explained through interactive exhibitions.

Manchester’s dining scene has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with a dazzling array of stylish bars, international restaurants and typical English pubs offering up the latest in tasty food and drink. Head to the charming Manchester Opera House to catch a comedy, a ballet performance or some musical theatre.

Located 320 kilometres north of London and less than an hour away from Liverpool, Manchester is a great base from which to explore famous country estates like Arley Hall and Gardens.

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Clayton Hotel, Manchester Airport

Clayton Hotel, Manchester Airport

Outwood Lane, Manchester
of 5, from 1,246 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Clayton Hotel, Manchester Airport is adjacent to Manchester Airport, close to the train station, and just a 20-minute drive from the city center, where guests can shop at The Lowry Center or watch a soccer match at Old Trafford or Etihad Stadium. Beyond these urban attractions rise the limestone valleys of Peak District National Park, just a half-hour by car.

Britannia Hotel - Manchester City Centre

Britannia Hotel - Manchester City Centre

35 Portland Street, Manchester
of 5, from 918 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This 19th century heritage hotel is one block from Manchester's Chinatown, 500 meters from the Palace theatre, and close to Piccadilly Gardens, the Manchester Conference Center, and the city's financial district.

Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester, Airport

Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester, Airport

Chicago Avenue, Manchester
of 5, from 1,109 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester, Airport is connected to the terminals via a covered walkway. The nearest train station is a 2-minute walk, putting the shops, pubs, and restaurants of the city center within easy reach. Manchester United fans can be at Old Trafford Stadium in 15 minutes by car.

The Mitre Hotel

The Mitre Hotel

1-3 Cathedral Gates, Manchester
of 5, from 131 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Market Street, this hotel is steps from Exchange Square, Manchester Cathedral, and Urbis. Manchester Arena and Arndale Centre are also within 10 minutes.

Motel One Manchester Piccadilly

Motel One Manchester Piccadilly

34 London Road, Manchester
of 5, from 158 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manchester Conference Centre and Affleck's Palace. Manchester Palace Theatre and Arndale Centre are also within 15 minutes.

The Midland - Manchester

The Midland - Manchester

16 Peter Street, Manchester
of 5, from 438 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Built in 1903 to serve the central railway, the hotel stands in St. Peter's Square, near the train station of the same name. The impressive monuments of Albert Square are a 3-minute walk away, and it's only a little farther to the cultural attractions of the Opera House and Palace Theatre.

Gardens Hotel

Gardens Hotel

55 Picadilly, Manchester
of 5, from 328 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Market Street, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piccadilly Gardens and Affleck's Palace. Arndale Centre and Manchester Art Gallery are also within 10 minutes.

Malmaison Manchester

Malmaison Manchester

1-3 Piccadilly, Manchester
of 5, from 186 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Manchester City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piccadilly Gardens, Affleck's Palace, and Arndale Centre. Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Palace Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

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