Manchester Travel Guide

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Manchester Things to Do

  • Christmas Market

    I was fortunate enough to visit Manchester in December. I know this sounds a little odd as we were in the middle of a bitterly and unseasonably cold snap, but it did give me the opportunity to visit the rightly famous Christmas markets there. If you want to do the same, check out the VT meetings pages as I know some of the members from that area...

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  • Chinatown

    4 out of 5 stars

    Manchester's Chinatown district is very central near Piccadilly Gardens and a short walk from Albert Square. Walking through the area, the most striking feature is the delightfully ornate Imperial Arch that welcomes you into Britain's second-largest Chinatown. I enjoyed walking the surrounding streets and taking a look through some of the windows...

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  • Old Trafford

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    A visit to Old Trafford would not be complete without taking a look at the statue of Sir Alex Ferguson Statue. Sir Alex Ferguson was the most successful manager in Manchester United’s history. The bronze statue, by sculpture Philip Jackson, was unveiled on 23rd November 2012 by Sir Alex's greatest supporter ... his wife Lady Catherine Ferguson.

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Manchester Restaurants

  • Yang Sing

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Yang Sing is a large, very posh Chinese Restaurant in Manchester's Chinatown, and generally regarded as the best Chinese restaurant in Europe. I have only eaten here once but it was delicious, definitely an experience I will remember! The staff were also very friendly, suggesting a delicious alternative to an item from the set menu. We had the...

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  • El Rincon De Rafas

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    On a recent visit to Manchester, not knowing the city at all, I cast my net of contacts looking for suggestions. A friend of a friend highly recommended a tapas bar in the centre of the city called El Rincon de Rafa. As always, local knowledge proved to be invaluable and my companion and I had an absolutely wonderful dining experience. I have to...

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  • La Tasca

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    La Tasca is a great chain of Spanish Tapas style restaurants in locations all over the UK. While in Manchester City Centre recently we called in to La Tasca on Deansgate. From the colourful exterior the Restaurant initially appears to be quite small but on entering you see that it is indeed quite large as it goes back quite a long way and when...

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Manchester Nightlife

  • Printworks/Filmworks

    The Printworks is a buzzing, state of the art entertainment complex located in the heart of Manchester City Centre. It is home to a range of restaurants, bars and clubs alongside a cinema and gym. The Printworks has something to offer both day and night.

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  • Teasers

    A fancy bar with lots of babes wearing hot pants and tight tops dancing on top of your table! This is not an adult spot but a light concept for attracting men or women to a fancy bar and club. Trendy.

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  • Sankey's Soap

    Absolutely cracking night out, attracting a wide range of great DJ's and open until the early hours. Recently saw The Chemical Brothers there. Door searches are strict. Lot's of people on drugs inside. The place is quite expensive both entrance wise and for drinks, so be prepared. Casual gear, but nothing too 'chav' like e.g burberry or rockies

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Manchester Transportation

  • Metro/Buses

    Manchester's Metrolink is probably the easiest way to get around the various locations in Manchester although it is not always that reliable and is quite expensive. In the Winter the tram service can be a little scetchy especially if there has been a lot of snow and ice. When it was first opened the Metrolink didn't cover very much area but it has...

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  • Trains

    In Manchester, there are twio main train stations. These are Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria Station, with Manchester Picadilly being the main hub. There are many buses that stop near or at Piccadilly train station. The metro goes there and any taxi will know where it is (taxi rank on Fairfield Street). If you're walking in the city, there are...

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  • Airport

    Manchester airport is the main gateway into Manchester and is the busiest airport outside of London. Manchester airport has 3 terminals. The service at the airport is fairly efficient and you can usually get through security and passport control fairly quickly. Manchester airport can be reached by buses, train and taxis. The parking at...

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Manchester Shopping

  • Arndale Centre

    A very large shopping centre in the middle of Manchester,built in two phases in 1972 and 1979.The centre was then redeveloped after an IRA bomb attack in 1996 that damaged a several parts of the building.It has a floorspace of just under 1,500,000 sq ft and is connected to Selfridges and Marks and Spencer's via a link bridge,making it Europe's...

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  • Trafford Center

    The Trafford Centre is a huge shopping centre and leisure complex located in Trafford, Manchester. The Trafford Centre is easily assessible by bus from Manchesters bus station (Shudehill) and other buses running from smaller towns outside of the city. The Trafford centre is famous for having one of the largest food courts in Europe called "The...

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  • Affleck's Palace

    Afflecks palace has been around for years and sells everything weird and wonderful. Afflecks palace is famous for its gothic or "mosher" clothing. There are stores selling vintage clothing, slogan t-shirts, tattoo parlours, body piercing and hair dressers. The lighting in Afflecks palace tends to be quite dull, I think this is to set the mood....

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Manchester Local Customs

  • Gay Pride

    Manchester is very tolerable of people from the lesbian, gay and transgender community and such people are accepted. Of course there are the odd people who may want to cause trouble but on the whole it is a very gay friendly city. Manchester is home to Canal Street (otherwise known as the gay village - see separate tip) which is a cluster of gay...

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  • Dinner or lunch?

    In the North of England and especially in Manchester we have different words for meal times. Breakfast is always the same "breakie" is a slang term for this but the word breakfast is most commonly used.Lunch - This is often called Dinner. If someone says 'what are you having for dinner?' This usually means 'What are you having for lunch?'Dinner -...

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  • Smoking ban

    Smoking is banned from any public place in England. This means that you can not smoke in a restaurant, a pub or anywhere with 4 walls unless you are in your own home. Most public places will have designated smoking areas outside and if you are really lucky they will have outdoor heating and a seating area.Also when buying cigarettes in a shop the...

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Manchester Warnings and Dangers

  • Crime and Safety

    This car hire company took £750 from an deposit for a few minor scuff marks. They ask you to authorise credit cards with tour pin code on collection.Then invent ways to not refund deposits. AVOID THIS COMPANY OR REGRET IT!

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  • car hire scams (green motion)

    This car hire company took £750 from an deposit for a few minor scuff marks. They ask you to authorise credit cards with tour pin code on collection.Then invent ways to not refund deposits. AVOID THIS COMPANY OR REGRET IT!

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  • A list of advice from an experienced...

    * In a city such as Manchester there's power in numbers. If you aren't on your own you're generally less likely to become a target of crime. Go out at night with a group of people.* Do not go out in Football shirts at night or shout out Football related things. You're most likely going to attract negative attention. Especially on match days....

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Manchester Tourist Traps

  • Old Trafford

    If you travel to Manchester, a sight worth seeing is the Manchester United Stadium, although there have been reports of tourists beeing robbed in this area. If taking photographs do not allow anyone to take a picture of you in front of the stadium as some tourists have done so only to find someone else comes up behind them, whips their trousers...

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  • Short stay parking

    The cost of short stay parking in Manchester is ludicrous. In some areas of Deansgate it can cost upto £4.50 to park up for one hour. When going to Manchester City Centre it is always better to get the bus or the metrolink but if you do have to go in your car don't park up in the short stay car parks on the street go to a proper long stay car park....

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  • Prostitution in Manchester

    Be aware that Manchester has become something of a centre for indoor prostitution within the UK. Unlike Newcastle, where the law is heavily enforced, or London where service is vauge and dishonest (fake pictures etc) Manchester has become a centre for "reliable" massage services. The sex industry is technically illegal. Local papers such as the...

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Manchester What to Pack

  • Rainy Days

    Manchester is quite flat in the city centre so you can bring wheeled suitcase with you. You see a lot of people wheeling suitcases around in the early hours of the morning near picadilly train station. If you are travelling around on buses, metro, trains etc I would recommend wearing a bag pack as it is easier to travel with a rucksack rather than...

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  • Rainy Manchester

    Manchester is quite flat in the city centre so you can bring wheeled suitcase with you. You see a lot of people wheeling suitcases around in the early hours of the morning near picadilly train station. If you are travelling around on buses, metro, trains etc I would recommend wearing a bag pack as it is easier to travel with a rucksack rather than...

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  • Things to pack for Manchester Chrismas...

    A strong shopping bag or 2! Comfy shoes! Thermals!! A Warm coat/ scarf/ hat/ gloves - it gets quite cold, but once you've had a mulled wine, you'll be a bit warmer! Layers of thin clothing, so you don't overheat in the pubs/shops etc.Manchester isn't a stranger to rain - so a waterproof hooded jacket. I wouldn't advise bringing an Umbrella to the...

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Manchester Off The Beaten Path

  • Salford Quays/Lowry/War Museum

    The Lowry is a brand new arts complex with galleries, a huge theatre and eateries. the visual look of the building is stunning as well. Unfortunately the day i saw it, the sky was gun metal gray and the building more or less faded into it. It truly is an amazing building. It houses the L. S. Lowry collection. Lowry was a local Manchester area...

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  • Libraries

    The John Rylands library was built as a memorial to a husband, from a wife, in the late 19th century. It now is part of the University of Manchester and is open to the public. The building is Victorian Gothic and is really beautiful, almost church-like with stained glass windows in the main reading room and vaulted ceilings. When we went there...

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  • Ordsall Hall: Tudor haven in Salford

    There's a very old house in Salford, on Orsall Lane close to Salford Quays. The hall dates from the 12th century and there are still an old wattle and daub wall that dates from there. There are rooms that are Elizabethan in age but the hall has been changed and renovated a number of times since it was first built.After a recent refurbishment,...

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Manchester Sports & Outdoors

  • Football

    I loved it here!! My dad and I spent hours walking around, reading the information, looking at the disaplys, playing some of the games, watching short films and enjoying the history! It was a brilliant day out! And it's FREE to get in! There are donation boxes throughout the museum. The museum is spilt into four floors. There are many displays of...

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  • Ice Skating

    Silverblades Ice rink is located in Altrincham but you can get a tram from Manchester that will take you straight to the Ice Rink. The opening times can be quite complicated as they change often depending on whether it is term time. It is always best to check the website before you make your trip to check that there is a skate time available....

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  • The National Football Museum

    I loved it here!! My dad and I spent hours walking around, reading the information, looking at the disaplys, playing some of the games, watching short films and enjoying the history! It was a brilliant day out! And it's FREE to get in! There are donation boxes throughout the museum.The museum is spilt into four floors. There are many displays of...

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Manchester Favorites

  • Trafford Centre

    There is so much about Manchester i love. Not just the City Centre itself, but the surrounding areas of Greater Manchester are well worth taking the time to explore. From the Uk's biggest and best modern Market located in Bury town centre (Please check out the website:- www.burymarket.com click on the regular website link)(15/20 mins by metrolink...

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  • Granada Studios

    Manchester is the home of Granada Studios which produces Coronation Street, a long running British soap. It first aired on Dec. 9, 1960 and is still going strong. I am a dedicated Corrie fan and I have met most of my interenet friends through the corrie communities online. Granada used to have set tours open to the public but stopped that in 2000....

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  • Old Trafford

    Visit Old Trafford - Home of Manchester United. A vast 67000 seat Stadium, complete with themed shops, restaurants and a must see Museum charting the History of United. Take the Metro form the City Centre, Direction Altrincham, to OLD TRAFFORD. Manchester on a United match day. Awash with the supporters of United, who pack the bars to sing the...

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Top 10 European Christmas Markets: Manchester

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Some may debate that the Lincoln market is the best in the UK, VirtualTourist.com members prefer to host their annual Christmas markets meet up in Manchester, UK. While Lincoln's market only runs for 4 days, Manchester's market is open for five weeks. Members noted that in addition to the great "European Christmas Market" in Albert Square, there was a new "French Christmas Market" on King's Street that sold French foods, lavender products and Provençal herbs.

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