These days, Manchester is famous for more than just football and rock´n´ roll – even if these activities are still very important. Cool bars and shops nestle side-by-side in suburbs such as Northern Quarter, Castlefield and Gay Village.

Facts

Population

2.6 million

Currency

British Pound, £1 = 100 pence

Opening hours

Shops are usually open on Monday-Friday 10.00–20.00. Saturday 09.00– 19.00, Sunday 11.00–17.00.

Newspapers

The Guardian Manchester Evening News Manchester Metro News (free)

Tourist information

Piccadilly Plaza Portland Street Manchester, M1 4BT +44 871 222 8223

Travel to Manchester

Book your flights to Manchester with Etihad Airways and experience the thrills of a vibrant British city, surrounded by remarkable countryside. Manchester is famous for its nightlife, music, and hospitality and proud of its long industrial history.

Top 5 Things To Do in Manchester

  • Manchester has a vibrant community and its own Chinatown; experience a slice of the Orient in this northern city by browsing its food stalls, cafes and restaurants
  • Enjoy learning about changes through the region’s industrial history by visiting the Castlefield Urban Heritage Park
  • Sit and watch the world go by or catch some street entertainment in Albert Square
  • Football fans should take the Metrolink tram to Old Trafford for the Manchester United Museum. The tour is recommended and gives an insight into the running of a major football club
  • Visit the Town Hall to see one of the best examples of Victorian style in Britain, a reminder of Manchester’s wealthy and influential past

Plan Your Manchester Holiday

Surrounding Manchester is a wealth of open countryside, canals, woodlands and quaint villages; the winter can be wet and cold, so if you hope to spend time walking or taking part in outdoor activities, the spring and summer months may be more suitable. If you plan to remain within the city, the weather will matter less with so many shops, restaurants and indoor attractions.

Finding suitable flight deals to Manchester is easy with Etihad’s deals. Tourism is thriving here, and as a city destination there isn’t really a best time to book your tickets to Manchester. To find cheap hotels in Manchester avoid the school summer holidays by visiting before late June of after August. Accommodation is available throughout the year and a wide range of budgets are catered for, from small guest houses to internationally recognised hotels.

Travelling from the UAE, Oman or Qatar?

Book your flights to Manchester and take advantage of the Electronic Visa Waiver. If you are an Emirati, Omani or Qatari passport holder, simply apply for your UK visa online 48 hours before you travel and enjoy your trip to Manchester.

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