Introducing the city

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One-way ticket £2.50

Beer £3.50

Main Course £12.00

About Manchester

Famous for its music scene, thriving nightlife and football, Manchester is widely regarded as England's second city and stands as a fantastic alternative to the country's capital.

“I said maybeeee, you’re gonna be the one that saves meeee…” If you’re a regular in a karaoke bar, you would have heard or sung this one more times than you can remember; you've got Manchester to thank. Aside from giving us the famous band Oasis and many other musical prodigies, it's also dubbed ‘the capital of the north’ and is home to just over 500,000 people. This buzzing metropolis has the UK's main airport outside of London and as such, is the most visited city by overseas tourists outside of the capital.

Manchester’s music scene, lively nightlife and famed football culture, with two of the country’s biggest clubs both residing in the city, are all renowned throughout Britain. But more importantly, when you wander this city, it feels and looks like a capital, with an array of sights, museums and attractions worthy of tourist recognition. Its industrial heritage is clear for all to see but a modern side appealing to the younger crowd and a large student population is also ever present. No doubt you’ll find a number of karaoke bars here too, so you can finish off that Oasis classic after a few beers.

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When should You Visit?

Summer – July has the best weather, perfect for chilling out in one of the parks.

Average highs can reach temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius during summer whereas the winter months experience an average low near freezing. Late spring in May can see some warm sunny days as can early autumn in September. October and November are the wettest months of the year but rainfall can fall at any time in any season. A jacket is recommended for the evenings, even in the summer.

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Travioor top tips

On A Budget?
Curry Mile
Gay Village

Insider Info

  • Hotel prices tend to shoot up when big football matches or concerts are scheduled in the city. Always look out for these if you are on a budget or don’t particularly want to be around large groups of football fans or Justin Bieber fanatics.

  • If you’re a fan of curry or Middle Eastern food in general, Rusholme's Curry Mile is an excellent strip that includes Indian, Pakistani and Bengali restaurants and well as a host of Shisha bars.

  • Gay Village is home to one of the most established gay communities in Europe and generally presents a buzzing friendly atmosphere with a host of bars, clubs and restaurants. Across the August bank holiday weekend, this area hosts a Pride festival which is one of the city’s biggest events of the year.

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Food and drink

Main Course £12.00

3-Course Meal £50.00

Cappuccino £2.66

Beer £3.50

The Scene

Manchester’s food is pretty similar to the rest of the UK’s although there are a few regional dishes that the city does best. Bury black pudding (originally brought to the north as ‘bloodwurst’ by European monks) is a local favourite and many recipes date back hundreds of years. Pies, battered fish, chips and gravy are also popular staples (often eaten after a night out). Sweeter offerings include Manchester tart (shortcrust pastry with raspberry jam, custard and coconut) and Eccles cakes (small butter pastries filled with currants).

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Manchester’s Story

In Celtic Britain, Manchester was ruled by the Romans who built a military camp and fort in AD 79. It was originally named Mamucium (meaning - rather bizarrely – ‘breast shaped hill’) and slowly grew into a mid-sized town by the 14th century.

After a group of Flemish weavers arrived and settled in the town, Manchester became one of Britain’s biggest producers of textiles. Production boomed during the Industrial Revolution and in 1830 the city launched the world’s first ever steam passenger railway. Since then, the city has continued to grow in size, remaining as one of the UK's leading industrial and creative cities.


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Speak The Lingo

Mancunian (or Manc) is a dialect that you may hear if you visit the city. Non-native visitors will probably be able to understand most things, you’ll often just hear specific words or phrases like the following:

  • Ginnel: Alley
  • Mither: Trouble or aggravation
  • Dibble: Police
  • Fettled: Fixed
  • Fish and chips with pea wet: Fish, chips and peas with the water they were cooked in

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Need to know

+44 Dialling Code
999 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Most people tend to tip around 10-15% in restaurants although this is not expected.
  • Taxis tend to be cheaper here than in London.
  • Trams are used by many people to get around the city.
  • Beware of pickpockets in the city centre, particularly in busy areas.


Find out about the visa requirements for the UK here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Manchester Arena

Watch a show or performance at Manchester Arena – Europe’s largest indoor arena.

2. Sightseeing

Visit some of the museums and historic attractions like Castlefield and the Museum of Science and Industry.

3. Football

Tour their stadiums or watch a game at Manchester United or Manchester City’s football grounds.

4. Cloud 23

Head up to Cloud 23 bar located at The Hilton which offers spectacular skyline views.

5. Districts

Dine, shop and drink in some of Manchester’s most popular districts such as Chinatown or The Village (also known as Gay Village).

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