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 Manchester

Destinations > UK > North West > Manchester guide

Manchester is a great city and has so much to offer weather you are looking for the arts, entertainment, shopping, sport or leisure. All this and a great football team as well, plus immense music bands such as the 'Stone Roses' and 'Oasis'. Although a trip to Old Trafford is a must for any football fan, there is plenty for the whole family to discover.

Manchester is a city with a wealth of history from grand imposing town halls to mills, mines and Victorian streets. Greater Manchester has some of the best mansions and parks in the country. This is largely due to the industrial revolution when many of the landowners were involved in the industrial growth of the area. You can wonder through the Victorian streets, to 18th century landowner's mansions, to medieval merchant's houses.

If you prefer a more active scene Manchester has a lively shopping experience to offer from the house hold names of the Arndale Center, to the Hip and fashionable style of Afflex Palace, to the chic boutiques. When you have bought your new outfit you will be ready to party hard all night in Manchester's legendary night life and club scene.

 
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 Arts

The Cornerhouse
This is a lively venue for visual arts and international cinema, with three galleries offering contemporary art, sculptures and photography.
Opening times: Tuesday - Saturday. / 11am - 6pm. Sunday / 2pm - 6pm.
Telephone: 0161 228 7621
Location: 70 Oxford Road
Disabled Access.

Whitworth Art Gallery
This gallery offers a range of art from watercolors to textiles and wallpaper. It also a range of exhibitions throughout the year.
Opening times: Monday - Saturday. / 10am - 5 pm. Sunday / 2pm - 5pm.
Telephone: 0161275 7450
Location: University of Manchester, Oxford Road
Disabled Access.

Salford Art Gallery
This Gallery which is housed in a magnificent red Victorian building boasts the largest collection of Paintings by L.S. Lowry. Probably Britain's most famous Painter. Plus there are temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Opening times: Monday - Friday / 10am - 4.45pm. Saturday - Sunday / 1pm - 5pm.
Telephone: 0161736 2649
Location: The Cresent, Salford.
Disabled Access.

The Green Room
Offers a wide program of theater, dance, live art and music from international, national and local art of innovative styles.
Telephone: 0161 950 5900
Location: 54-56 Whitwoth Street West
Disabled Access.

The Royal Exchange Theater
Details of programs can be optioned over the telephone.
Telephone: 0161 833 9833
Location: St Ann's Square
Disabled Access.

Palace Theater
Here major touring plays, ballets and opera's can be seen.
Telephone: 0161 242 2503
Location: Oxford Street
Disabled Access.

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 Attractions

Granada Studios
A must see for all Coronation Street Fans. Visit the Famous Street and stand outside the Rovers Return pub and stop for a 'hot pot' lunch. If Mol Flanders is more your thing then why not visit the street were it was filmed. Or sit in hot debate at the Houses of Parliament, then visit no. 10 Downing Street. Plus much more. This attraction is great for all the family.
Telephone: 0161 832 4999
Location: Water Street.

Manchester United Football club Museum
A trip to Manchester would not be complete for a football fan if you did not visit Old Trafford and this museum. Experience the Manchester united dream, and follow in the footsteps of the countless players who have worn the famous red shirt.
Telephone: 0161 877 4002
Location: Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford

Museum of Science and Industry
Manchester is one of the World first industrial cities, here you can experience and interact with the exhibits, and discover about the industrial revolution. Plus extra exhibitions which change regularly. This museum is great fun. Don't forget to visit the gift shop to buy your Sea Monkeys - the ever living live pets.
Telephone: 0161 832 1830
Location: Liverpool Road, Castlefield

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 Clubs

Manchester was famous in the 80's for its club scene, and it is still buzzing today, here is a small selection of what is on offer. (Don't forget to check out the Guy Village, were you are guaranteed an amazing wild night out, from cabaret to dance clubs.)

Frog & Bucket Comedy Club
102 Oldham Street
Telephone: 0161 236 9805

21 Piccadilly Discotheque
21 Piccadilly Gardens
Telephone: 0161 236 7825

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 History

There are many historical houses and gardens in and around Manchester dating from the 14th to the 18th century. There are the canals and waterways from the industrial revolution that can still be explored today. Manchester has a vibrant history that is well worth exploring.

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 Leisure

Manchester offers a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere. There are unique areas each offering a life and character of there own to the city - there is the Guy and Lesbian Village, Castelfield, Chinatown, Rusholme.

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 Pubs

Manchester has so many pubs to offer a wide choice from lively bars, music pubs, to those offering authentic cask ales from the barrel.

The Cornerhouse
70 Oxford Street
Telephone: 0161 200 1508

Via Fossa
28-30 Canal Street
Telephone: 0161 236 6523

Manto Bar
46 Canal Street
Telephone: 0161 236 2667

The Pot Of Beer
36 New Mount Street
Telephone: 0161 834 8579

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 Restaurants

There are all types of food from all over the world in Manchester, with enough to suit everyone's taste and pocket it is a great place to eat out

African

Jowata
322 Deansgate.
Telephone: 0161 835 1099


American

Hollywood Diner
100 Bloom Street.
Telephone: 0161 2366151


Chinese

Yang Sing
34 Princess Street
Telephone: 0161 236 2200

Golden Rice Bowl,
33a Cross Street
Telephone: 0161832 9033

Pearl City
33 George Street
Telephone: 0161 228 7683

Little Yang Sing
17 George Street
Telephone: 0161 228 7722


French

Beaujolais
70 Porttland Street
Telephone: 0161 236 7260

Malmaison Brasserie
Piccadilly
Telephone: 0161 278 1000


Greek

Dimitri's
Tonman Castlefeild
Telephone: 0161 839 3319


Indian

Manchester offers the ultimate in Asian Cuisine. A must visit for the best range is Wilmslow Road, here you will find "The Golden Mile", were there is a 50+ Indian Restaurants offering a range of food and prices.


Italian

Romeo & Juliette
42 Portland Street
Telephone: 0161 236 6631

Ristorante Don Antonio
52 Portland Street
Telephone: 0161 236 0258

Giulio's Terrazza Restaurant
14 Nicholas Street
0161 236 4033


Japanese

Miyako
50 Faulkner Street
Telephone: 0161 228 1215


Mexican

El Machos Cantinas
103 Portland Street
Telephone: 0161 236 9626


Thai

Pacific
58-60 George Street
Telephone: 0161 236 0191

36 Charlotte Street
Telephone: 0161 236 5183


UK

Harry Ramsdens
1 Water Street
Telephone: 0161 832 9144

Mash & Air
40 Chorlton Street
Telephone: 0161 661 6161

Trafford Restaurant
Crown Plaza
Telephone: 0161 236 3333


Vegetarian

Eighth Day
107-111 Oxford Road
Telephone: 0161 273 1850

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 Shopping

For shopping there is everything from big high street names to little boutiques, big boutiques and unique boutiques. Why not visit the Arndale shopping center that has an array of shops and a market, visit the Corn Exchange for that something a bit more unique or Afflex Palace for something different, as well as some splendid nick-naks or something a bit more spiritually uplifting.

Markets:
Arndale Center: Main City market. Open Monday - Saturday. For details of other markets in the general area Telephone: 0161 234 7357.

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 Transport


Air

Manchester International Airport is a 15-minute drive from the city by car, and a short train ride from the airport which runs regular services.
Once in the city center the public transport runs at regular intervals, and provides a good service. Why not have a ride on a tram. These run all over the city and outside.


Car

Manchester is easily accessed by car from the M6, and M62, with the M60 and M602 circling it. Ones in the center there are many car parks to choice from in different part of the city, all of which are sign posted and pay and display.


Coach

Manchester's bus station is in the center of the city on Chorlton Street. Here there are regular services to and from all over the U.K. National Express Coach services run all over the U.K. offering a good service from a wide range of pick up points and destinations.
Telephone: National Express - 0990 80 80 80


Rail

Manchester offers 4 train stations the largest of these are Picadilliy and Victoria, the other two are Oxford Road and Deansgate. All these train station are situated close to the center and there are services to each from all over the U.K.
Telephone: 0345 48 49 50

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