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Getting cheap tickets to Manchester

Haven't you heard? It's never been easier to get to Manchester with our fantastic range of low fares! Book your ticket at least three days in advance, and you'll save even more with coachcards—putting more pounds back in your pocket for fun in Manchester. It's a win-win!

Take a moment to scroll up and check out our great deals on tickets to Manchester, or scroll down for some handy travel tips. We're here to make sure your trip is nothing short of unforgettable!

Stay in the know: Savvy tip for Manchester!

Feeling hungry? Head over to Mackie Mayor. It’s in a beautifully restored Victorian market building and is the perfect spot for foodies. You can grab anything from freshly baked bread and fine cheeses to craft beers and gourmet coffee. The vibe is laid-back, and it's a great place to hang out with friends or just enjoy a good meal in a cool setting.

Things to do in Manchester

Whether you're heading to the heart of the north to check out one of the two footballing icons, or to dive into its buzzing nightlife and culture, you'll never run out of things to do that's for sure.

Manchester's museums are top-tier – from cutting-edge modern art to timeless classics, there's something for everyone.

Have a browse through our handpicked list below for the best picks for your trip to Manchester.

Where to eat

Pig Out at Pieminister

In Manchester, pies are a big deal, and Pieminister is the king of them all. With its cosy décor and friendly staff, it's no wonder this place is considered home to the best pie in Manchester. The title isn't just for show you know– these pies are the real deal.

China Town

Manchester is home to one of the largest Chinatowns in the UK. Step through the stunning gates and you'll find yourself in an authentic, vibrant slice of China.

Wandering around Chinatown, you'll discover a wide range of eateries, massage spots, and more. If you're in the mood for Asian food, there's no better place to satisfy your cravings without leaving the country.

Where to drink

Cask Bar

Don't be deceived by its humble appearance, Cask Bar, located opposite the Science & Industry Museum, is a hidden gem among Manchester’s bars. With a vast selection of imported beers from around the world, it caters to all tastes, making it ideal for a fun evening out.

Wander Around the Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter is one of Manchester's trendiest areas, though it's getting more popular every year. A quick stroll through this area will reveal a whole variety of fantastic bars and cafés to chill in. Spend a bit more time exploring, and you'll discover some amazing hidden gems to impress your friends with.

Where to shop

Market Street

Market Street in Manchester city centre is pretty self-explanatory. It is a bustling pedestrian market in the middle of the city, packed with shoppers and street traders and entertainers.

Arndale Centre

In the heart of Manchester, you’ll find the iconic Arndale Centre, a shopper’s dream. With over 200 shops, cafes, and bars, you’ll find all your favourite high street brands alongside some unique independent stores. If shopping is your thing, you’ll be in heaven here – there’s nothing you won’t find!

Top tourist attractions

Museum of Science and Industry

Did you know Manchester has a rich history in science and industry? All dating back to the Industrial Revolution. The Museum of Science and Industry is a testament to these achievements, offering a fun, interactive, and educational day out. Here, you can explore the incredible advancements made in Manchester and learn about the technology that shapes our world today.

National Football Museum

For football fans, Manchester is a dream come true! With two of the world’s biggest clubs just minutes apart, there’s plenty to keep any football fanatic entertained. Beyond the must-do stadium tours, the National Football Museum is a real highlight. Located in the heart of Manchester, it offers an immersive journey through the history of everything football. With interactive exhibits and skill-testing simulators, it’s a must-see for both die-hard fans and casual visitors.

Gawp at the John Rylands Library

The John Rylands Library, created by the wife of its namesake, is one of Manchester’s most stunning attractions. Even if libraries aren’t your usual go-to, the breathtaking architecture and amazing artwork make this a must-visit. You’ll be amazed by the beauty and history that fill every corner of this magnificent space.

Things to do for kids

Let them loose at a Legoland Discovery Centre

Move over, Legoland Windsor! The Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester is the perfect place to bring your kids for a day of brick-tastic fun. With hands-on activities for both kids and adults, it’s a great family outing where everyone can dive into the world of Lego and unleash their creativity.

See How CBBC Is Made with Studio Tour

Give your kids a behind-the-scenes look at how their favourite CBBC shows are created. The Studio Tour offers an engaging and interactive experience, with fun activities related to CBBC classics like Blue Peter and Horrible Histories. It’s a great way to combine learning with entertainment, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Experience the Imperial War Museum North

One for history lovers, the Imperial War Museum North ensures that the stories of those who served Great Britain and the Commonwealth are never forgotten. With a powerful collection of personal stories and historic war relics, the museum offers a moving and educational experience that brings history to life in a profoundly human way.

Manchester in one day

Exploring all of Manchester in just one day may seem a tad daunting, but rest assured, it can be done. While you can't see everything, following our top recommendations will give you the best chance to experience the highlights of this northern powerhouse.

Visit the Imperial War Museum

We’ve already mentioned the Imperial War Museum North in our family recommendations, but it’s a must-see for anyone visiting Manchester. Located just outside the city, it's best to start your day here. The museum offers a powerful and immersive look at the wars fought by British and Commonwealth soldiers. It’s an engaging experience for kids to burn off some morning energy and a thoughtful start to the day for adults before heading back into the city.

Go to an Exhibit

Manchester's colourful history means tons of cool museums and galleries to explore. Don't miss the Lowry Museum, with its ever-changing, impressive exhibits. Whether you're into art or history, there's something here you'll love.

Nip Out for the Evening

While the Haçienda may be a thing of the past, Manchester’s nightlife is as vibrant as ever. The Northern Quarter is the place to be for craft beer and a lively food scene. Visit Seven Brothers’ bar in Ancoats for live music and excellent craft beer, or pop into The Font in the 'University Quarter' for a more relaxed vibe.

Hidden gems

Ancoats Peepholes

As you wander around Manchester, keep an eye out for some curious little spy holes tucked into old buildings. Peeking through these Ancoats Peepholes offers a charming glimpse into the city's rich industrial past. It’s like uncovering a tiny, hidden piece of history with every look.

St. Mary’s Church

St. Mary’s Church, also known as The Hidden Gem, is a historic treasure. It’s one of the oldest Catholic churches in the UK, and its interior is adorned with magnificent paintings of the Stations of the Cross. These artworks are simply breathtaking, making the church a must-see for anyone visiting Manchester.

Didn't we tell you? We have all the recommendations you could ever need to make sure you make the most of Manchester. So all you need to do now is book that ticket, grab your bags, hop on that coach, and let the adventures begin!

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Brummie blogger, Emmalene recently voyaged to Manchester on one of our coaches for 24 hours in the Northen Quarter. The trip mostly saw her inside a variety of fantastic bars and restaurants. See below for more on a day well spent indeed!

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