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Manchester City FC Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Etihad Stadium
"Head inside Etihad Stadium with your entrance ticket and start with a 20-minute self-guided walk through a series of interactive displays and exhibits. Designed to give you the background on Manchester City FC the exhibition space documents the city’s so-called ‘dream team’ throughout the decades from the club’s early days in the late 1800s to visions for the future.Meet your guide after browsing the exhibition and set out on your behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium to see the places where famous games have been won lost celebrated and commiserated. Visit the home dressing rooms
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"Tatton Park Entry Ticket Including Mansion
"Tatton Park Entry Ticket Including Mansion Gardens and Farm""Tatton Parks means many different things to each visitor. Set in 1000 acres of parkland the former Egerton family home is regarded as one of the most complete historic estates in the UK.WItness life above and below stairs at Tatton's Mansion wander at leisure through our glorious Gardens and take the family to meet our rare breed animals at the Farm. There are regular family events throughout the year (additional charge) such as car shows outdoor theatre and horticultural events. There are several speciality shops to browse and a fun retaurant and Gardener's Cottage tearoom to relax in. Take time to wander through the 1000 acres of parkland which are home to red and fallow deer in addition to seasonal birdlife. Take a picnic
From GBP11.00
Half Day Canoe Hire on the Picturesque River Wye from Hay-On-Wye
"Hay – Whitney Estimated time - half a dayHay to Whitney is a 5.25 mile paddle starting in the picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye. “Hay” often described as ""the town of books” is home to the famous literary festival. The Hay-Whitney paddle is a diverse and exciting stretch with an abundance of kingfishers otters sand martins herons and leaping salmon. If you’re going to canoe the Wye there’s no better a place to start!"
From GBP30.00

Metro/Buses Tips (50)

The Tram

The tram is a fast and efficient way of getting in and out of Manchester centre, if not actually around the centre (the centre is compact enough to walk most places).
The tram from the centre (St. Peter's) to Salford Quays (for the quays, war museum, Lowry etc) is 1.70 pounds for a single and 1.80 for a return, so you can see the saving that a return gives you.
There is one main line running from Bury to Altrincham and a spur line that runs off to Eccles, via Salford Quays. These trains are a bit less frequent than the Bury/Altrincham ones, but there's still one every 15 minutes or so.
For Old Trafford take the Altrincham direction. On match days the trams are very busy - as an alternative you can go to Salford Quays and walk across to the stadium - allow 20, 25 minutes for the walk.

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Nov 20, 2002

The Metrolink tram system

The trams run straight into the centre of Manchester and takes you to the main places in and around the city. The trams run every six minutes. Definately better than driving into the city as traffic can be heavily congested during the day. A Metromax ticket costs £3.00 pounds and you can travel as many times on the tram as you like for that day.

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Nov 07, 2002

National Express

Backside torture experiment! This is the cheapest way to come into Manchester. Tickets are about 16.50quid/RT from London. The coach stops in the new coach station on Chorlton Street about 2 minutes walk from ma place!

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Oct 21, 2002


The tram system covers the city centre and most major towns in Greater Manchester. Fares are according to your honesty, you can choose to pay or not cos inspectors only come in once in a while. Look out for the man in orange jacket!

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Oct 21, 2002
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The Metrolink system of trams is a great way to see the city. We found them easy to use and they went where we wanted to go. (Keep in mind that we are used to riding the Metro system at home in Washington.)

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Sep 17, 2002

Moving Around the City

There is plenty of car parking & the city centre is compact. Metrolink system provides great facilities. There is a bus, the Centreline City Centre, which is absolutely free! 7 days a week and runs every 10 minutes.

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Sep 03, 2002

Metrolink Trams

The trams are definitely the most efficient way or getting around Manchester.
Whether you're after Old Trafford, the Quays' Lowry Centre, or the Train station, just a quick four squid will sort you out unless you want to dodge the inspectors.

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Sep 01, 2002

I generally fly to manchester...

I generally fly to manchester and then get a train in and this suits be fine as there's a train station just near where i stay.
if however you want to travel to manchesters surrounding areas i would recommend using the metrolink [a train/tram] which although a bit more expensive than the buses are 'usually' frequent quick and alot cleaner
as i don't drive this may be a little biased, but on a whole, a part from being in need of a good clean, the buses are regular and run through out the night[depending on where your going].
Failing which there are plenty of taxi firms

Aug 26, 2002

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The best way is unfortunatley...

The best way is unfortunatley not the cheapest way! The best way is undoubtedly the tram system which is relatively new to Manchester and runs on three lines:
Bury - Mcr, Altringham - Mcr & Eccles - Mcr. They run every 6mins durin peak times and every 12 mins off-peak. They are quite pricey though and don't try getting away without buying one - everyone I know has tried it and everyone I know (including myself) has been caught = £20 fine!
Again the trams are good, there are regular buses and taxis everywhere, but unless you are rather overweight or very lazy you could try walking!

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Aug 26, 2002

BY TRAM:The city of Manchester...

BY TRAM:The city of Manchester hosts one of the newest tram sysems in Europe, and it's quite good fun trying it out! PEAK travel times: before 9.30 AM,
OFF PEAK travel times: after 9.30 AM. The first trams run from 6 AM Monday - Saturday and from 10 AM on Sundays. Trams run every 6 minutes (Mon-Fri 7.30AM-6PM, Sat 9.30AM-5.30PM), So arriving on time at a tram station will mean you have an average wait of just 3 minutes for the next tram to arrive!
On Sundays the trams run at 15 minute intervals before 10AM and after 5PM. Between those hours Sunday trams run every 12 minutes. Tickets can be purchased from ticket vending machines at all stations. These machines do not accept copper coins or notes but do give change. Daily tickets are only valid on the date purchased. Single ticket journeys must be completed within 90 minutes. Hope this hasn't confused you!

Aug 25, 2002

The city of Manchester hosts...

The city of Manchester hosts one of the newest tram sysems in Europe. The first trams run from 6 AM Monday -Saturday and from 10 PM on Sundays. Manchester trams run every 6 minutes (Mon-Fri 7.30AM-6PM, Sat 9.30AM-5.30PM), So arriving on spec at a tram station will mean you have an average wait of just 3 minutes for the next tram to arrive. On Sundays the trams run at 15 minute intervals before 10AM and after 5PM. Between those hours Sunday trams run every 12 minutes. Daily tickets can be purchased from ticket vending machines at all stations. These machines do not accept copper coins or notes but do give change.

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Aug 24, 2002


The service is excellent and very comfortable - it takes you where you need to go! The service is frequent and very reliable. The trams are clean and you do feel safe travelling on-board.

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Things to Do Near Manchester

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Jewish Museum

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Piccadilly Gardens

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Manchester Cathedral

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