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Manchester

City Breaks

Book a cheap city break to Manchester with Best4Travel! Known for its premier football teams, its incredible history of music, and for being the home of Coronation Street, Manchester has one of the most tangible feelings of city pride in all of England!


Here at Best4Travel, we have access to great-value deals on flights and centrally located accommodation in Manchester that you won’t find anywhere else!


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Football


Chances are, if you’re planning a city break to Manchester you may be doing so to support one of the city’s two Premier League teams; Manchester United or Manchester City (or whoever they’re facing!).


Manchester United, the Red Devils themselves, have been in Old Trafford since 1910. As one of the most successful football teams in Europe, with millions of fans worldwide vying for tickets, United have well earned the rights to the second largest stadium in England, Old Trafford, which has a capacity of over 75,000.


One of the most exciting sporting events in Manchester has to be whenever United play their neighbours and rivals Manchester City. In 2003 the Sky Blues moved to the City of Manchester Stadium, which has a capacity of just over 55,000. Since 2012, Manchester City F.C. have shared training facilities and resources with the Manchester City Women’s Football Club, the current champions of the FA Women’s Super League.


Music


The sheer number of acclaimed musical acts that have come from Manchester over the years is staggering. The Hollies, Bee Gees, 10cc, Simply Red, Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths, Elbow, Oasis, Take That, The Verve, and The 1975 (to name but a few) all had their start in this one area of England and went on to earn global success. Such local talent has long drawn national attention, with the BBC’s Top of the Pops (a bonafide British institution) having first been filmed in Manchester from 1964 to 1966, and a number of world-class concert halls having been built there over the years. While you’re in Manchester, make sure to catch a show in one of the following venues:


  • The Manchester Arena
  • Manchester Center
  • Manchester Academy
  • The Lowry
  • The Apollo
  • The O2 Ritz
  • Albert Hall

Museums & Exhibitions


As the third largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, it’s easy to see how Manchester has had such a significant impact on British culture and history. All of the city’s most popular museums offer free-entry, which means that visiting the following attractions is a great way to take in the local culture without breaking the bank!


  • Manchester Museum
  • Located in the heart of the University of Manchester campus, this archaeology, anthropology and natural history museum is one of the most visited attractions in Manchester.


  • People’s History Museum
  • A self-described ‘national museum of democracy’, this museum follows Manchester’s journey through industrial revolution, trade unionism, universal suffrage, and development post-1945.


  • Imperial War Museum North
  • Located on the Quays of the city, this branch of the Imperial War Museum follows Northern England from World War I to the present day through galleries, exhibitions, and interactive displays.


  • National Football Museum
  • Opened in 2012, this publicly funded museum is a must for any fan of the beautiful game. Inside you can explore various exhibitions on players past and present, and a vast collection of football memorabilia which includes the first ever rulebook from 1863, and a ball from the first ever World Cup Final!


Where to eat in Manchester


Part of the fun in visiting a new country is discovering and enjoying the local cuisine for yourself. However, on a city break it can often be difficult to know where to start.


To help set your holiday off on the right foot, we here at Best4Travel have compiled a list of the Top Rated Restaurants in Manchester, divided by price to cater for all budget types!


  • Low Cost

    • Northern Soul Grilled Cheese, 10 Church Street, Manchester M4 1PN
    • Rudy's Neapolitan Pizza, 9 Cotton Street, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5BF
    • Pieminister, 53 Church Street, Manchester M4 1PD

  • Moderately Priced

    • Bar San Juan, 56 Beech Road, Manchester M21 9EG
    • Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill, The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3AP
    • MyLahore, 14-18 Wilmslow Road, Manchester M14 5TQ

  • Expensive

    • Tattu, 3 Hardman Square, Gartside Street, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3EB
    • Hawksmoor Manchester, 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB
    • Manchester House, 18-22 Bridge Street, Tower 12, Manchester M3 3BZ

Nightlife


Round off your city break to Manchester by visiting one of the many bars or clubs that put this city on the map! The Manchester Gay Village just west of the Rochdale Canal for example, has become an iconic LGBTQ+ stop since it first became active in the 80’s, and was featured on the shows Bob & Rose and Queer as Folk, by Russell T. Davies. The following are just a selection of the many unique establishments that Manchester has to offer:


  • Pubs

    • Port Street Beer House, 39-41 Port St, Manchester M1 2EQ
    • Corbieres Wine Cavern, 2 Half Moon St, Manchester M2 7PB
    • The Circus Tavern, 86 Portland St, Manchester M1 4GX

  • Clubs

    • Bijou Club, 1-7 Chapel Street, Manchester M3 7NJ
    • Revolución de Cuba, 11 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR
    • Lazy Lizard, Unit 2A, The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS

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  • Currency: Pound (£)

  • Language: English

  • Time Difference to Ireland: None

  • Flight Time: Approx. 1 hour

  • Public Holidays
    • 1st January: New Year’s Day
    • March/April:
      • Good Friday
      • Easter Monday
    • May:
      • Early May Bank Holiday
      • Spring Bank Holiday
    • August: Summer Bank Holiday
    • 25th December: Christmas Day
    • 26th December: Boxing Day

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