Manchester City Guide
Manchester is the home of Manchester United, the worlds most famous and followed football club, (and of their less successful rivals Manchester City of course), as well as of Coronation Street, the legendary long running "soap" and the amazingly vibrant Manchester music scene as epitomized by iconic venues around the Northern Quarter such as The Hacienda, The Manchester Apollo and The Academy.
The Lowry Centre is a Manchester venue unlike anything you will have seen before. One look at the building and it is easy to see that this is something else. But that's only the half of it. It's the idea behind the Lowry that sets it apart. There are art galleries and theatre, opera and ballet. There's cabaret, comedy and jazz too. There are shops and restaurants. And there is Artworks, which really is a world apart.
Culturally, Manchester Art Gallery is a must see, as is John Rylands Library on Deansgate which is a true gothic masterpiece. Chinatown and the Canal Street areas can be best accessed by staying at the desirable and well located serviced apartments of SACO Manchester, which offers 1 bedroom serviced apartments as well as serviced studios and fully serviced 2 bed apartments.
The serviced penthouse and serviced apartments available in Manchester's Dreamhouse Deansgate Apartments on the other hand, would be an ideal place from which to get to experience the Manchester United Museum and Tour on Sir Matt Busby Way.
One Manchester place that most certainly must not be missed is The Town Hall. It's been called the "classic of its age" and "the best single monument to High Victorian taste in the whole of Britain". Premier Apartments, with its luxury one and two bedroom serviced apartments in the centre of Manchester, could be an ideal place from which to access this prime Manchester attraction and when you've finished exploring and need refreshments, the nearby Arndale Shopping Center is home to a HUGE Marks and Spencer's!
Prestige Apartments Newsletter - October 2012 Issue - Special Feature: Manchester, Cheadle & Didsbury
For more ideas of places to visit check out VisitBritains Lovewall for Manchester and North Wales: http://lovewall.visitbritain.com/en/677/manchester-&-north-wales
What to do in Manchester
Listed below are some of the great places to visit in Manchester. Click one to find out more.
Getting around - Manchester transport tips
Manchester city centre is quite compact which it makes it easy to get around on foot or bicycle, however you can also hop on one of the handy Metroshuttle buses. These little buses are free and link to all the main rail stations, shopping districts and businesses in the city centre. Metroshuttle operates from 7am - 7pm Monday to Saturday and 10am - 6pm on Sundays and runs approximately every 10 minutes.
If you want to venture a further afield the Manchester Metrolink network is one of the most successful light rail systems in the UK, carrying nearly 20 million passengers every year. There are three lines which run from Bury, Altrincham and Eccles right into the heart of Manchester city centre.
To plan your route we suggest you go to the online journey planner for all the upto date information.
The Trafford Centre
This is a personal favourite of ours!! We've been!
On a recent visit to Manchester we explored The Trafford Centre. A very impressive indoor shopping centre and leisure complex in Dumplington, Greater Manchester. Situated in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, the Centre is located close to the Trafford Park industrial estate and lies approximately five miles west of Manchester city centre. The Trafford Centre is the second largest shopping centre in the United Kingdom by retail size.
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping. For more information on the centre - http://intu.co.uk/traffordcentre
Various activities offered for children. For more information on leisure activities - http://intu.co.uk/traffordcentre/leisure
Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester Art Gallery houses many of the city's most important fine and decorative art works, which have been designated as being of national importance. The collection covers over six centuries up to the present day, being especially renowned for the 19th century British paintings. Particular visitor favourites include the major Pre-Raphaelite works and the impressionistic paintings of Adolphe Valette.
Visitors can also enjoy a diverse programme of changing exhibitions, ranging from historic to cutting edge contemporary art, photography, design, decorative art and family friendly exhibitions.
For more information visit: http://www.manchestergalleries.org
The Lowry is a Manchester venue unlike anything you will have seen before. One look at the building and it is easy to see that this is something else. But that's only the half of it. It's the idea behind the Lowry that sets it apart. There are art galleries and theatre, opera and ballet. There's cabaret, comedy and jazz too. There are shops and restaurants. And there is Artworks, which really is a world apart.
For more information visit: http://www.thelowry.com
Manchester United Museum and Tour
Manchester United Museum is located on Sir Matt Busby Way at Old Trafford, the Theatre of Dreams that's one of the world's most famous football stadiums. A ticket to Manchester United Museum might not get its holder into the Director's box on match days, but it certainly affords otherwise unprecedented access to a host of a hallowed artefacts and makes for an awe-inspiring family day out, whether you're a Red Devil or not.
Moreover, a supplement to the ticket to the Manchester United Museum allows visitors to go behind the scenes of the club in a way that's not otherwise possible, with a tour of the Away and Home players' changing rooms and the player's lounge (where the manager is banned unless invited by the team captain!). There's also a heady walk down the tunnel to the pitchside and the hallowed turf of Old Trafford. Additionally, the Stadium Tour from Manchester United Museum incorporates a sit in the lofty heights of the North Stand for a bird's eye view of the pitch, while a fun family day out peaks with an invitation to stand in Sir Alex Ferguson's spot in the dug out - just the ticket!
For more information visit: http://www.manchesterunitedmuseumguide.co.uk
Walking tours of Manchester
If you want to see Manchester at a slower pace then why not take a walking tour of the main sites with your very own Blue Badge Tourist guide. Tours are available for groups or for individuals from abroad, from within Great Britain or locally, and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
For more information visit: http://www.toursofmanchester.co.uk
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