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Manchester – England’s cultural powerhouse

Fly to Manchester to experience this true powerhouse of the north of England.

There’s a palpable passion at play here, with a thriving sporting scene and rich heritage contributing to the locals’ enormous sense of pride in the city they call home.

castlefield inner city conservation area at dusk in manchester

Visitors flock here to watch the latest and greatest sporting events, explore the striking architecture and enjoy the deliciously diverse dining scene.

With its array of attractions and reputation as a city at the heart of the UK’s music and arts scene, Manchester is an exciting place to spend time in.

The National Football Museum tells the story of the beautiful game, while Manchester Art Gallery brings together historical and contemporary collections.

Take in some live music and head to the popular Science and Industry Museum to learn how the city has contributed to the changing face of Britain.

Etihad Stadium, the home of Manchester City Football Club, is another must-visit spot – whether taking in a game or enjoying a tour.

Book flights to Manchester with Etihad Airways and start planning your adventure in northern England.

What’s the weather like in Manchester?

What’s the weather like in Manchester?

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Like much of the UK, Manchester enjoys a temperate climate with pleasant, warmer weather during the middle months of the year – especially June, July and August.

Fly to Manchester in the winter months (December to February) and you’ll likely find it to be much cooler. There can even be snow at this time – making the festive markets even more special.

Reasons to visit Manchester

the outside of etihad stadium the home of manchester city football club

See the home of Manchester City

Some of the world’s greatest footballers take to the pitch at the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City.

Tickets are in huge demand and offered to club members first, so if you want to try to catch a match at the Etihad be sure to visit the team’s website and sign up for membership.

As well as tickets to the biggest football games, you can also book a range of VIP experiences offering incredible, behind the scenes tours of the stadium.

Step into the changing rooms, wander through the team museum and experience match days from a player’s perspective as you walk through the tunnel and out onto the pitch.

the impressive exterior of john rylands library in manchester uk

Explore the majestic John Rylands Library

The magnificent neo-Gothic architecture of John Rylands Library captivates all those who venture inside. Here, you’ll find a world of incredible relics and artefacts, including medieval manuscripts and early editions of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, perfectly preserved and protected but available to view behind glass cases.

Marvel at the tiny remains of the Rylands Library Papyrus, take a moment to sit in the peaceful Crawford Room, featuring rare books and sculptures, or wander around the gallery’s stunning artworks.

salford quays buildings illuminated on waterside at night in manchester

See more of Manchester with a bus tour

Fly to Manchester and then hop on board an open-topped bus for a unique view of the city. These tours are a great way to fit as much as possible into your visit.

Routes take you to sights such as the Museum of Science and Industry and the stunning Imperial War Museum North, in the city’s fast-growing Quays area.

A live commentary plays as you travel past each one, with interesting facts and stories from history that tell the tales of the landmarks in front of you.

Things to know before you fly to Manchester

plane Manchester Airport transfers

Manchester flights arrive at the city’s major airport (MAN). You can travel in style and comfort by booking an Airport Transfer with Etihad. There are also local taxis, and train services that will take you directly into the city centre in around 25 to 30 minutes.

charities Cultural considerations

Before you arrive, check for any upcoming Bank Holidays taking place in the UK. You will find that some locations and retailers close completely or have shorter opening hours on these days.

bus Getting around Manchester

There are many ways to get around Manchester, from the city-wide Metrolink tram service to local buses and taxis. There are also cycle routes around the city, allowing you to get out and about on two wheels, with several locations offering hire for the day.

meals Local cuisine

Manchester’s dining scene has everything from trendy burger bars to fine-dining restaurants – and options covering cuisine from around the world. If you want to eat like a local, try a savoury pie or the Manchester Tart – a dessert featuring custard, jam and coconut shavings in a light pastry case.

Flying to Manchester: FAQs

Where should I stay in Manchester?

The area of Spinningfields is situated close to the city centre, and is a popular district for hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation. The Northern Quarter is another popular neighbourhood, offering a trendy side to the city with street art and vibrant music venues.

How many days should I spend in Manchester?

Fly to Manchester and you’ll find it to be the ideal location for a weekend city break. This means you can spend around three days seeing all the major sights and attractions. If you want to truly immerse yourself in the local districts however, and explore nearby locations in the North of England, you can easily spend a week or even 10 days here.

What currency is used in Manchester?

As with the rest of the UK, Manchester uses the British pound as its currency. Many places in Manchester will accept card and contactless payments too.

Why we love Manchester

“Manchester is an incredible combination of traditional northern English heritage and fashionable, forward-thinking passion. The shopping is exciting, the dining scene is incredibly diverse, and the people are known for their friendliness. Be sure to check out the neo-Gothic architecture, fascinating museums and world-class football stadiums.”

Why fly to Manchester with Etihad?

When booking plane tickets to Manchester with Etihad you can customise your journey with a range of options.

Choose how to check in, add additional baggage and pre-book an airport transfer to ensure a driver is waiting for you when you arrive.

Relax before your flight to Manchester in one of our lounges, where you can enjoy everything from spa treatments to fine dining. Access is free for First and Business guests, while Economy guests may be able to pay to use the facilities.

Once on board, you’ll enjoy incredible entertainment with a selection of the latest TV and films via our E-BOX service.

Relax in a reclining seat with a fully adjustable headrest. Economy guests can enjoy extra legroom with Economy Space or bid for an Economy Neighbour-Free seat.

Every guest can select a meal from our onboard menus, with dishes made using fresh, seasonal ingredients and including options inspired by your destination.

*Aircraft, cabins and services may vary by route and flight. You can check this when you search for your flight. This page was last updated Sept 2019.

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Weather in Manchester

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Thursday24 Sep 2020
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Saturday26 Sep 2020
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Sunday27 Sep 2020
15 °C
Monday28 Sep 2020
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Tuesday29 Sep 2020
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