Welcome to Manchester

Book coach travel to Manchester - a city that seamlessly showcases a rich heritage with contemporary attractions.

From the city's industrial revolution relics to its modern architecture, thriving nightlife and contemporary pulse, Manchester has a dynamic energy like no other UK city.

Here's our handy guide to some of must-see attractions in Manchester.

Manchester: attractions

  • Manchester’s Northern Quarter is well known for its alternative and bohemian culture and is packed with independent shops selling vintage clothing, old records and books. Be sure to spend an afternoon exploring its creative spaces, or an evening propping up one of its cool bars.



  • Telly addicts can visit the set at Granada Studios. Here you can take a stroll along the cobbles in Coronation Street, and see for yourself how some of the world's most popular tv shows are made.

Manchester: shopping

  • The city’s main shopping district is along Deansgate. Set against beautiful Victorian buildings, the area is home to famous shopping spots such as King Street and St Ann’s Square, offering high end stores and elegant cafes.
  • Head to the famous Northern Quarter for a concentration of second hand book and music stores. If you’re looking for something hip, kitch or vintage, you’ll find it in the independent stores here, along with numerous laid-back coffee shops filled with students and writers.

Manchester: for free

  • The nearby Wythenshawe Park and Prestwich Forest are thick with fields and woodland, making them ideal picnic spots on a warm day.  John Rylands Library on Deansgate is a real gem. A perfect example of Manchester’s Victorian Gothic architecture, the outside of the library is a masterpiece of medieval turrets and stained glass windows, while the inside offers room upon room of dusty book lined shelves. A must visit. 

Manchester: where to eat and drink

  • On a shoestring: Mark Addy – no nonsense Northern cooking. Expect hearty, tasty stodge served in a cosy riverside pub.
  • Middle of the road: Dimitri’s – A bit of a Manchester institution, Dimitri’s is an authentic Greek taverna offering fresh, delicious tapas and Mediterranean food.
  • Bigger budgets: Michael Caine’s Restaurant at Abode – Michelin-starred chef, Michael Caines, has scored several awards for his creations at the prestigious Abode hotel. Fine dining in sumptuous surroundings

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