Book flights to Manchester with Ryanair, for a brilliant break in a down-to-earth place full of lovely, funny people. Manchester is a marvellous city break destination that promises as much great culture as it does great fun. It also does a few things exceptionally well, and these are things you should definitely experience when you visit Manchester… football, music, comedy, curry, parties, eccles cakes and Boddingtons beer to name just a few. Book cheap flights to Manchester today, and experience some of the things that make Manchester special.
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Famous for its music connections, The Hollies, The Bee Gees, New Order, Oasis, Simply Red, Badly Drawn Boy and many more, Manchester’s popular music scene won’t leave anyone disappointed. One of the City’s biggest music event is ’In The City,’ a five-day expo that attracts over 500 unsigned acts. In The City helped launch both Radiohead and Coldplay. There may be bitter rivalry, but love for the game unite Manchester’s football fans. There is Manchester City, Manchester United, as well as Bolton and Wigan. All teams provide the region with the highest quality football entertainment. Take a tour to The Etihad Stadium and The Old Trafford, or get hold of a ticket and watch one of the games live - you won’t regret it. The excitement is exhilarating, both in the stadium as well as the whole city.
Football

If you have succeeded in getting hold of one of the 74,000 tickets to see Manchester United at Old Trafford, you are guaranteed good entertainment, irrespective of the team that you support. Another alternative is to see Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium, formerly known as The City of Manchester Stadium, and the new national football museum located in the city centre.

​Address: The Etihad Stadium or Old Trafford​Website: www.mcfc.co.uk / www.manutd.com
Chinatown

Manchester’s Chinese district is one of the largest in Europe. Top-class Chinese restaurants nestle side by side with real third-rate eating establishments. You will also find Korean, Thai and Indonesian shops and restaurants here.

​Address: Chinatown
National Football Museum

Manchester being a football city is of course also home to the worlds biggest football museum. Over six floors. drama, history, skill, style and passion is shown, all in the name of the game.

​Address: Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens Manchester M4 3BG​Phone: +44 161 605 8200​Website: www.nationalfootballmuseum.com​Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10.00-17.00; Sunday 11.00-17.00
Whitworth Art Gallery

This gallery, located in connection with Manchester University campus, shows a big array of historic and modern art. It hosts temporary exhibitions at regular intervals and keeps the permanent collection alive.

​Address: Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER​Phone: +44 161 275 7450​Website: www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk​Opening hours: Mon to Sat 10.00-17.00 Sun 12.00-16.00
Flecky Bennett's Manchester Ghost Walk

Spice up your city walk and go for a ghost walk. Actors will test your nerves during a 75 minutes promenade in the dark alleys of Manchester.

​Address: Piccadilly Plaza Portland Street Manchester M1 4BT​Phone: +44 778 775 7642​Website: www.manchesterghostwalk.co.uk
Castelfield

The area of Castlefield is a historic attraction you shouldn't miss. This is the Roman and industrial heart of the city. There are plenty to see and do here. Visit Castlefield Conservation Area and Roman fort, The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and The Castlefield Gallery. You also find lots of restaurants and bars.

​Address: Castlefield
Canal Cruise

A different way to see Manchester is from the water. Cruise along the Manchester Canals and see the most important sights of the city while eating your dinner or sipping a drink.

​Website: www.merseyferries.co.uk or www.citycentrecruises.co.uk
Heaton Park

For a day outside the council owned Heaton Park is a great option. Here you find plenty of family activities such as an animal centre, tram museum, bowling greens, golf course, boating lake, and horse riding. If you haven't brought your picnic basket there are cafés to solve that problem.

​Address: Heaton Park​Website: www.heatonpark.org.uk
The Lowry

The Lowry is a large cultural centre named after a famous Manchester artist, L. S. Lowry. This architecturally interesting building is in Manchester’s Dockland and houses everything from art galleries to bars.

​Address: Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester M50 3AZ ​Phone: +44 870 208 6000​Website: www.thelowry.com
People’s History Museum

If you want to gain an insight into how Manchester’s population lived and worked during the Industrial Revolution, you should visit the People’s History Museum.

​Address: Left Bank Spinningfields Manchester M3 3ER​Phone: +44 161 838 9190​Website: www.phm.org.uk
Manchester City Galleries

The Manchester Art Gallery and The Gallery of Costumes are home to the city’s biggest art collection. With over 25,000 objects of fine art, decorative art and costumes, the collection is ever-growing.

​Address: Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL​Phone: +44 161 235 8888​Website: www.manchestergalleries.org
Manchester Opera House

The Manchester Opera House features a wide range of theatre and musical shows. Tickets can be bought through the website.

​Address: 3 Quay Street, Manchester M3 3HP​Phone: +44 844 871 3018​Website: www.atgtickets.com/venues/opera-house-manchester
Manchester Museum

The collections number almost 6 million specimen and objects. The museum is also home to one of the largest and most important collections of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the United Kingdom. It has a Botany collection, live animals at the Vivarium and an Archaeology collection.

​Address: The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL​Phone: +44 161 275 2648​Website: www.museum.manchester.ac.uk
Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum North is about people and how their lives have been, and still are, shaped by war and conflict. The building is by international architect Daniel Libeskind, and is a symbol of our world torn apart by conflict.

​Address: The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester M17 1TZ​Phone: +44 161 836 4000​Website: www.iwm.org.uk​Opening hours: Open daily 10.00 - 17.00
Lake District National Park

The great outdoors is just around the corner, and The Lake District National Park in Cumbria is England’s largest national park. The Lake District offers some of the best scenery and outdoor pursuits in one of England’s few mountainous regions. With more than 3,500 kilometres of walking and hiking routes through the lakes, there’s a trail to suit everyone. For the daredevils there is hang gliding, paragliding, kayaking, canoeing, waterskiing, rock scrambling, abseiling, hot-air ballooning, paintballing and much more.

​Address: Lake District National Park, Cumbria​Website: www.lake-district.gov.uk
Manchester serves up a world of flavors, first-class chefs, excellent local cuisine and good service. No matter what budget you have, there are many alternatives.
Yang Sing

The most famous restaurant in Manchester’s China Town is Yang Sing. It is considered to be one of the best Cantonese restaurants in Europe. Yang Sing was established in 1968, burned down in 1997, and was re-opened a couple of years ago. In particular, the dim sum dishes are recommended.

​Address: 34 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 4JY​Phone: +44 161 236 22 00​Website: www.yang-sing.com
The Market Restaurant

The Market is a 20 year old family-owned restaurant in the Northern Quarter. Hidden in a back alley they serve top-quality cuisine to reasonable prices.

​Address: 104 High Street Manchester M4 1HQ​Phone: +44 161 834 3743​Website: www.market-restaurant.com
Umezushi

Behind its anonymous doors, a diamond in Manchester restaurant life is hidden. This Japanese restaurant serves only sushi and other dishes made from the best quality fresh products. Don't miss their tempura that is well recommended.

​Address: Unit 4, Mirabel Street, Manchester M3 1PJ​Phone: +44 161 832 1852​Website: www.umezushi.co.uk
Alexandros Greek Restaurant

Longing for authentic Greek meze find your way to Alexandros Greek Restaurant in the heart of Northenden village. Enjoy a dinner to the tones of Greek music in a romantic setting.

​Address: 337 Palatine Road, Manchester M22 4HH​Phone: +44 161 998 3390​Website: www.alexandrosrestaurant.co.uk
Jack Spratt

This restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere is owned and run by two brothers. A perfect place for a quick lunch but you can also enjoy a laid back dinner with some drinks.

​Address: 11 St James’s Square, John Dalton St, Manchester M2 6WH ​Phone: +44 161 833 1016​Website: www.jack-spratt.co.uk
Pacifica Cantonese

Stylish white decor makes a perfect setting for the trendy fusion of traditional cantonese flavours and urban modern cuisine. The owners care for the environment and always primarly choose local products.

​Address: 5-7 Church Road Eccles, Manchester M30 0DL​Phone: +44 161 7078828​Website: www.pacifica-cantonese.co.uk
63 Degrees

The name, 63 Degrees, comes from the perfect temperature cooking poultry low and slow to create tender and incomparable tastes. It reveals the secret behind the restaurant's good reputation, to love and care about cooking food for their guests. The menu is filled with French dishes and this is is a little bit of France in Manchester.

​Address: 20 Church Street, Manchester M4 1PN​Phone: +44 161 832 5438​Website: www.63degrees.co.uk
Saray

Every Friday, this Turkish restaurant provides belly dancing as entertainment for their guests. Kebab, meze, lamb and falafel are just a few of the delicacies you find on the menu.

​Address: 609 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 9AN​Phone: +44 161 881 8292​Website: www.saraycafebar.co.uk
The Rose Garden

Perfect for special occasions. The Rose Garden serves modern British cuisine made out of seasonal products from local producers.

​Address: 218 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 2LW​Phone: +44 161 478 0747​Website: www.therosegardendidsbury.com
The Wharf

In the historic area of Castlefield you find this pub and restaurant in a large building. Choose from traditional British or more modern and international dishes. From the terrace you have a beautiful view over the canal.

​Address: 6 Slate Wharf, Castlefield Manchester Greater Manchester M15 4SW​Phone: +44 161 220 2960​Website: www.brunningandprice.co.uk/thewharf
Sapporo Teppanyaki

Teppanyaki is a type of grilled Japanese food and at Sapporo Teppanyaki the chefs will entertain you with a show preparing your food live in front of your eyes. To complete your Japanese experience Sake and Japanese cocktails, beers and whiskeys are to be found on the drink menu.

​Address: 91-93 Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4JN​Phone: +44 161 831 9888​Website: www.sapporo.co.uk
Al Bacio

Al Bacio is located in the city centre and offers fresh, fine Italian dishes. This restaurant has a friendly atmosphere and is great for both business lunches and a coffee break.

​Address: 14 South King Street, Manchester​Phone: +44 161 832 7669​Website: info@al-bacio.co.uk
Tampopo

A laid-back, inexpensive and very Asian place with long tables and benches. From the dining room, you can see into the kitchen where possibly the best noodle dishes in Manchester are prepared.

​Address: Quay House, Quay Street Manchester M3 3BJ​Phone: +44 161 832 2764​Website: www.tampopo.co.uk
The Ox

Defined as a gastropub, The Ox caters to all tastes. Why not try the steamed mussels in a bag? The menu can best be described as "modern British."

​Address: 71 Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4NQ​Phone: +44 161 839 7760​Website: www.theox.co.uk
Evuna

This fine Spanish wine restaurant is situated in the heart of Manchester, and the restaurant offers fine à la carte. The focus is from the central regions in Spain. Evuna also offer a wine merchant service where you may take your favourite wines home by the bottle or case.

​Address: 277 - 279 Deansgate Manchester M3 4EW​Phone: +44 161 819 2752​Website: www.evuna.com
Manchester has several excellent places to sit down for a super British afternoon tea. The whole concept of afternoon tea originated in the 1840’s, where the the ceremony was customary for both upper and working class. Loose tea is traditionally brewed in a tea pot and served with sugar and milk. The luxurious version includes scones or sandwiches.
Earth Café

The Earth Café is an ascetic, restful vegetarian lunch restaurant and café with good food. It is run by Buddhists and all the produce is grown ecologically, and other goods are organic and Fair Trade to every possible extent.

​Address: 16-20 Turner Street, Manchester M4 1DZ ​Phone: +44 161 834 1996​Website: www.earthcafe.co
Teacup on Thomas Street

The menu has a mix of traditional British and Asian flavours and of course, if you’re only in it for the tea - go for it. They have plenty of cakes to choose from, and they all taste heavenly.

​Address: 55 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1NA​Phone: +44 161 832 3233​Website: www.teacupandcakes.com
Sugar Junction

Sugar Junction was created out of love for vintage, baking and wholesome food. The company was started by mother and daughter who strive for providing high quality food with great service in a comfortable environment. They serve homebaked cakes and about 25 different types of tea.

​Address: 60 Tib St Manchester, Greater Manchester M4 1LG​Phone: +44 161 839 1444​Website: www.sugarjunction.co.uk
Hey Little Cupcake

Imaginative and beautifully homemade Cupcakes and Cakepops will catch your eye when you enter this small but bright café and bakery. To accompany your carefully selected pastry, coffee, hot chocolate, tea or homemade lemonade are on the menu.

​Address: Little Quay Street, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3HF​Phone: +44 161 832 0260​Website: www.heylittlecupcake.co.uk
Bonbon Chocolate Workshop

When you are tired of the traditional English tea Bonbon Chocolate Workshop is the place to go. Indulge your self with the smoothest hot chocolate made from the best quality chocolate products. If this won't satisfy you enough, you can always buy some hand made truffles to take home with you.

​Address: 9 John Street, Manchester, M4 1EQ​Phone: +44 161 839 4416​Website: www.bonbonchocolateworkshop.com
In the 1980’s, Manchester was called Madchester, when Hacienda was the coolest club in Europe. Hacienda has long since disappeared, but the party culture lives on. There is a vast number of bars and clubs in Northern Quarter, Castlefield and Gay Village.
Dry Bar

Dry Bar was the first on the scene in Northern Quarter. The establishment was opened in 1989, by the Manchester band New Order and the bar is still worth a visit these days.

​Address: 28-30 Oldham Street Manchester M1 1JN ​Phone: +44 161 236 9840​Website: www.drybar.co.uk
Matt & Phred’s

If you’re into live jazz, Matt & Phred’s is the place to go. Relax to some fine tunes and sip some wine and perhaps sample the set menu. Keep up to date on acts via the website.

​Address: 64 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LW​Phone: +44 161 831 7001​Website: www.mattandphreds.com
Revolution

The original Revolution is next door to Loaf in central Manchester. The successor to "The Curry Mile," close to the University and is not as trendy, but much livelier. Many students come here.

​Address: Arch 7 Deansgate Locks, Manchester M1 5LH​Phone: +44 161 839 7558​Website: www.revolution-bars.co.uk
Bluu

Bluu is one of the most popular places in Northern Quarter, comprising a bar, restaurant and terrace. It is an offshoot of the trendy Blue Note in London.

​Address: Smithfield Market Buildings,Thomas St, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1BD​Phone: +44 161 839 7195​Website: www.bluu.co.uk
Peveril Of The Peak

It is said that pub culture is under threat in England, but this does not apply to Manchester. One of the best is to be found in a green tiled building surrounded by modern office buildings: the 200-year-old Peveril of the Peak.

​Address: 127 Great Bridgewater Street Manchester M1 5JQ​Phone: +44 161 236 6364
The Marble Arch Inn

Visit the Marble Arch Inn on Rochdale Road and enjoy some of their home brewed beer. The pub also serves a selection of traditional pub food.

​Address: 73 Rochdale Road, Manchester M4 4HY​Phone: +44 161 832 5914​Website: www.marblebeers.co.uk
Sankeys

Friday nights at Sankeys can only mean one thing: Tribal Sessions. Spread over three spaces, international artists, together with new talents, bring you the best in cutting-edge sounds. There is even a free Disco Bus to the Tribal Sessions that can pick you up in the city.

​Address: Beehive Mill, Radium Street Manchester M4 6AY​Phone: +44 161 236 5444​Website: www.sankeys.info
The Ritz

One of Manchester’s oldest club venues, now with a new modern face. Every Friday they feature UK’s biggest indie night and on Saturday nights, you’ll find ’GoGo,’ a night packed with the latest music.

​Address: Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5NQ​Phone: +44 161 236 3234​Website: www.mamacolive.com/theritz
The Comedy Store

If you’re up for a laugh, why not visit The Comedy Store? Guaranteed a fun night out and will leave you with a smile for the rest of the night.

​Address: Arches 3 and 4 Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester M1 5LH​Phone: +44 161 839 9595​Website: www.thecomedystore.co.uk
In recent years, central Manchester has been converted into one large shopping precinct with many pedestrian streets and galleries. At the heart of the centre lies the building complex that, when completed in 1972, became Europe’s largest shopping centre under one roof. The Arndale Centre – thirty hectares with more than 200 shops and 750,000 visitors every week. You will find international premium brands such as DKNY and Armani in the area around Deansgate, King Street and St. Ann’s Square. Here, as in Bridge Street and Market Street, there are also shops which sell clothes by well-known English designers. If you are looking for the very latest street fashion, you should head for Oldham Street, the main street in Northern Quarter. This contains shops like Arc Gallery Store, where many young designers and artists exhibit their wares. Northern Quarter also has many small record shops and interior design shops for people who have an eye for trends. Artisans work at the Manchester Craft Centre in Oak Street. Affleck’s Palace, on Church Street, is also worth a visit if you are interested in design. Many of the leading young names in Manchester are brought together in this four-storey building. If the Arndale Centre was the largest in the 1970s, a worthy successor was the Trafford Centre which opened in the district of Dumplington, outside Trafford Park, in 1998. Generally speaking, the enormous shopping centre contains all the well-known clothes shops and is the largest of its kind in Europe. A tip for those interested in football: visit Manchester United’s shop in the Old Trafford Stadium.
Manchester Airport

Manchester’s international airport is located 16 km south of the city. The airport has a combined railway and bus station, with departures to Manchester and the rest of the country. The train to Manchester Piccadilly takes 20 minutes. Airport buses to Manchester depart every half hour. A taxi journey to central Manchester takes 25 minutes.

​Website: www.manchesterairport.co.uk
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