The Grapes

47 Market Street, Manchester, M26 1HF, United Kingdom
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Manchester-London : cheapest way.

by leena77

Hi ,

My husband is coming to Manchester for a seminar this month. After seminar he has a plan to go to London. Could anybody suggest which is the cheapest way to go to London? I have heard about is it? Is it good? or train-travel would be more comfortable?

Thanks in advance!!

Re: Manchester-London : cheapest way.

by edalerichard

Just looked at a couple of dates mid sept, and National Express are cheaper

Re: Manchester-London : cheapest way.

by Gillybob

Yeah, it would be a toss up between them. Megabus likely to be cheap but not particularly comfortable. If sufficiently in advance, the train might be an option but as its this month you're more likely to find National Express the most acceptable option. However, coach will take around 4 - 5 hours and a train more like 2½.

Re: Manchester-London : cheapest way.

by leics

Train will be quicker and more comfortable.

Coaches are cheaper, but take longer and can get caught in traffic congestion (trains can be delayed, admittedly, but less often than coaches). Megabus are ok. National Express ( is the largest national coach (bus)carrier, so it's worth looking at their site as they often have cheap 'funfares' on certain routes/days/times.

Re: Manchester-London : cheapest way.

by leena77

Hey all,

Thanks for your tips.My husband is coming to Uk first time. So this information is really really very useful.
Have a good day!

Travel Tips for Manchester


by sandysmith

Manchester may have had an abundance of cows on parade in the summer of 2004 but there are also some sheep around. Tjis modern artwok is in the gardens by the roman fort remains in the Castlefied area.

This China town started from a...

by Bluereptile

This China town started from a small group of Chinese Restaurants opening nearby the 1960s. Most of the first Chinese in Manchester were Hakkanese from the New Territories of Hong Kong. These tended to be rural people with a chief clan in each settlement. This community is continuing to expand and progress forward day by day.
When I first came here 3 years ago, I noticed that most of the chinese people here were cantonese speaking and probably from Hong Kong. Suddenly this year it has changed and there are now just as many Mandarin speaking chinese. I believe that most of the chinese people here will soon be Mandarin speakers

The Northern Quarter - Mcr's best-kept secret

by susiederkins

Most people head straight to Deansgate Locks or Market Street when they head into town. As thronging crowds and obnoxious posers irritate me, I head straight for the Northern Quarter. Oldham Street is home to many funky shops, both new and vintage. Affleck's Palace is a place you could easily lose an entire afternoon in, exploring floor after floor of quirky treasures. On Tibb Street is a funky new vintage shop called Rags to ***es, which occasionally harbours unbelievable deals (I bought a leather Barney's jacket for £35!) - and the best part is the little table of FREE sweets they put out for their customers. Apparently the owner's mom takes great pride in decorating her fairy cakes just so.

It's also home to some of the only bars I happily frequent in Manchester. It's a safe haven from 17 year-old scallies looking to get pissed. Expect a slightly older, but diverse crowd who enjoy a good beer and interesting music, but probably aren't looking to get so trashed they vomit outside the pub. Look for Cord, Centro and Matt & Phred's (Jazz bar), all within spitting distance of each other. And though I haven't eaten there Love Saves the Day is meant to be quite a good cafe, serving what looks to be very wholesome, hearty food in a cool setting.

From Piccadilly Square, just head up Oldham Street - most of the places I've mentioned are all around Tibb Street (parallel to Oldham) and High Street (perpendicular).

Many people are afraid of...

by caprice4u2

Many people are afraid of places like Moss Side due to media prejudice, yes it has its issues, but the majority of the people living here are pretty damned good people.. I love Moss side in that interracial families are well accepted and in fact the norm, the Schools are fab in that they respect and celebrate all the differing Cultures/ Races and Religions of the world, if you want to buy products for African/Afri-European hair, you can nip to the market on Moss lane east or go to one of a number of shops on Claremont road, Princess Parkway or out of the area, Longsight market, Hulme market etc. Moss side market is great for buying funky clothes, an excellent selection of West Indian food, and African objects/sculpture/cards etc. Next to the market is the sports centre which has a swimming pool, badminton, a creche etc etc... There is also the relatively new 'PowerHouse' a resourse for local young people wherein you can pursue recreational/vocational educational activities..

Come on, get on a train and have a mooch around... if you get a train to Shefield (£12 return)it takes an hour, you could visit Meadow Hall, a large shopping complex, if you are a shopping junkie...or get of at sheffield and grab a bus to Dinnington (bus station accross the road from Train station), there are a few buses to Dinnington, just check (costs about £1.20) you will find the Butterfly and falconry centre, its interesting, but obviously has nothing on real tropical paradise!

the picture is the relatively new Hulme Bridge

The Northern Quarter

by monkeyfeesh about Various

The Northern Quarter is the name of an area roughly ringfenced by High Street, Swan Street/Great Ancoats Street, and Newton Street. Its main street is Oldham Street, home of numerous independent shops and nightspots. Tib Street runs parallel to it, and is notable mainly for its bars. Perhaps the most famous shop in the area is Affleck's Palace, a haven for independent traders for just over twenty years, where you'll find all sorts of weird and wonderful goods. Also of note are the various cafés that dot the area between High Street and Oldham Street, and the superb Love Saves The Day deli on Tib Street. And then there are the specialist record shops like Fat City, Eastern Bloc, Beatin' Rhythms, and the nice bars like Fringe, on Swan Street, and Night and Day on Oldham Street, which is also an excellent live music venue.


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