Manchester

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The city sits roughly 15km from Manchester Airport and is accessible by taxi, bus, coach or train on arrival (View map for details). For families, travelling to the city by train is probably the most efficient option – two adults and two children can climb aboard on a monthly return ticket for just over £15.

Exploring Manchester

Manchester itself is steeped in British history. Credited as the birthplace of the railway system, the city featured prominently in the industrial revolution, which will become more apparent when you have had the chance to take in some of its famed museums and galleries.

Over 19,000 hotel and guest rooms are available to suit every need, while the welcoming and hospitable nature of the locals will add to the comfort of your stay.

Football

Premier League heavy weights Manchester United and Manchester City ensure that Manchester itself is a Mecca for football fans while the National Football Museum, located close to Victoria Train Station, is awash with memorabilia for the discerning neutral.

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Entertainment

For music lovers, a trip to the Royal Northern College of Music is a must. Those looking for more contemporary sounds will find all they need in a thriving nightlife, while fine dining and a place for a quick bite knit together so all tastes are accommodated for.

Manchester is of course home to the UK’s longest running soap opera, Coronation Street. A walking tour taking in several iconic locations from the show will delight Corrie lovers, although be prepared to be around £20 lighter for the pleasure.

Five for free

  • 1 - John Rylands Museum

    Commissioned in 1890 by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her late husband who died in 1888, John Rylands Museum is a masterpiece of Victorian architecture. Rylands was one of the greatest industrialists of his time and the library is a fitting tribute to his legacy. Among the treasures on view is a 1476 William Caxton edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and the oldest known piece of the New Testament.

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  • 2 -Royal Northern College of Music

    A magical performance venue for classical, jazz and opera, the Royal Northern College of Music is the only music centre of excellence in the UK where visitors can listen to acclaimed students play for free. Orchestral performances regularly take place in the college’s concert hall and two auditoria welcome guests for scintillating renditions without charge.

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  • 3 - Museum of Science and Industry

    As a hotbed for industry during the Industrial Revolution and beyond, Manchester offers enthusiasts and inquisitive visitors alike a unique insight into a period that changed the world. The Power Hall and the Air & Space exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry are particularly captivating, while a trip underground to a Victorian sewer will take you back in more ways than one!

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  • 4 - National Football Museum

    Football fans the world over visit the National Football Museum in Manchester to rekindle memories of past glories and discover one of the world’s finest collections of football memorabilia and archives. For the more active guest, there are plenty of activities on offer. However, while admission is free to the museum itself, visitors can expect to pay a small fee to partake in hands-on action.

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  • 5 - Heaton Park

    The perfect escape from city life, Heaton Park is the largest green space to be found in Manchester. Just half a mile from Bury Old Road Metrolink, the park is home to an 18th century mansion and farm, while a children’s playground, rowing boats, cycle path, woodland walks, tram rides and horse riding ensures that there’s something for everyone in this peaceful setting on the doorstep of the city.

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