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Manchester Destination Guide

Fly Direct to Manchester

Get your city break or business trip to Manchester off to a perfect start and enjoy close airport parking with short walks to the terminal. You’ll also love the relaxed atmosphere at Shannon - no congestion and no hassle guaranteed!  

Just over an hour’s flight from Shannon Airport, Manchester is famous for music, football, and pop culture today but it played a major role in the British Industrial Revolution and is steeped in history. In short, it has something for all. 

When you land 

The city centre is about 15km from Manchester Airport, and you can get there by taxi, bus, coach, or train on arrival. If you’re there with the family, bear in mind that travelling to the city by train is probably the best option as two adults and two children can climb aboard on a monthly return ticket for just over £15. 

Exploring Manchester  

Known as the birthplace of the railway system, the city featured prominently in the industrial revolution. And you’ll notice many of the city’s museums and galleries are dedicated to that period in history. 


Premier League heavyweights Manchester United and Manchester City ensure that Manchester itself is a big draw for football fans while the National Football Museum, located close to Victoria Train Station, is jammed with memorabilia for all sports fans. 

Accommodation and Entertainment 

With over 19,000 hotel and guest rooms, you’ll find the right place to lay your head and the hospitable nature of the locals will add to your stay. 

For music lovers, a trip to the Royal Northern College of Music is a must. Those looking for more contemporary tunes 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 fans of the show, although it will set you back around £20.

Start planning your trip and find out more about Manchester right here.

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