Transport in Manchester
For transport in Manchester there are several different options available. With a wide public transport network, buses, the Metrolink or ""Met"" tram system, trains and taxis will get you where you want to go in the city. Another way to get around Manchester is by bike. Manchester is a flat city, so bicycle is a cheap alternative to public trasport. You can take a look at the cycle routes available on this map. If you want to rent a bike or take a bicycle tour of the city with a tour guide, get in touch with Manchester Bike Hire.
You can use travel cards or single-use tickets on Manchester's public transport. While single-use tickets are good for the odd one-off journey, there are tickets whihc provide cheap transport in Manchester. The most important thing to consider when buying a Manchester city transport ticket is which vehicles they're valid on, as some are only accepted on buses or trams. If you are going to use different means of transportation in a day, the best solution is to buy a Manchester Day Saver card, which allows you to get around the city all day. The date and time of Day Savers are limited, so be sure to check information on the Day Saver here.
What to Eat in Manchester
Manchester's restaurants offer cuisine from around the world, from Turkish to Chinese, Mexican to Indian cuisine, so you'll have no difficulty in finding something to suit your taste or something new to try! Two dishes from English cuisine you try are fish and chips, and an English breakfast, which consists of fried eggs, bacon, sausage, fried bread and baked beans.
Manchester Important Telephone Numbers
Country Code: +44
Police (information line): 636 227 14 10
Places to see
Places to Visit in Manchester
Manchester, known as the London of the North, is where the Industrial Revolution began. It's a thriving cultural hub and home to giants of sport and education as well as entertainment and science. Of course, it has a host of attractions to visit. Manchester's nightlife is renowned around the UK, and its entertainment venues are very popular. Going out and having fun is one of the best things to do in Manchester.
It's very easy to get around Manchester by public transport. You can also rent a bike and follow the bike routes to explore the city. If you want to go on a dedicated tour of Manchester, you can take the 90-minute tour, where visitors are taken around the city on a private bus. This tour, called Sightseeing Manchester, costs £12 for adults and £6 for students. Discounts are available for groups and families.
In addition to art galleries and museums, Manchester's must-see attractions include the stadiums of the city's two Premier League clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City. Even if you don't get the chance to see inside their stadiums, watch a game in a local pub to take part in Manchester's passion for football.
Historical Places in Manchester
Manchester isn't just an important city today, but also in history. Manchester's historical sites are gathered in the Castlefield region next to the Irwell River, and this is where the Industrial Revolution started.
There are many historical monuments from the Roman period in Castlefield, but in later years, its buildings certainly reflected the traditional British architectural style.
The John Rylands Library
In memory of the city's renowned industrialist, John Rylands, at first glance this library, built in a neo-gothic style, is reminiscent of a monastery or castle. The John Rylands Library, which holds many important and rare works in its collection, has been in service since 1900. In addition to the students working in the library, you can see the people of Manchester and tourists coming to visit the exhibitions.
The interior architecture of the John Rylands Library is truly enchanting. It can be visited free of charge 12:00-17:00 on Sundays and Mondays, and 10:00-17:00 on other days of the week.
To get to the library, you can take 278 bus and get off at the John Rylands Library stop, or take the 191 and 197 buses, and get off at the Spinningfields stop.
Address: 150 Deansgate, M3 3EH, Manchester
Telephone number: 0161 306 05 55
Manchester Town Hall
Manchester Town Hall, built in 1877 and considered one of the UK's finest Gothic Revival pieces of architecture, still serves as a city council building. You can see that the bee, the symbol of Manchester, is used in the interior architecture of the building. Manchester City Hall, which also has a café where you can grab a bit to eat, also hosts wedding ceremonies.
Manchester Town Hall is open to visitors every day 09:00-17P00, and you can get there with the number 26, 34 or 35 bus, getting off at the Art Gallery stop. It's worth visiting Manchester Town Hall and John Rylands Library on the same day, as the two buildings are quite close to each other.
Address: Albert Square, M2 5DB, Manchester
Telephone number: 0161 827 76 61
Manchester Cathedral was originally built in the 15th century, but not much is known about its history. However, its magnificent structure is more than enough to draw attention. The Cathedral took on its present appearance after restoration works in 1882 and is one of the most important sights to visit in Manchester. You can also follow the events taking place at the religious and historical site on the cathedral's website.
Manchester Cathedral is open free of charge every day of the week. To get ther, take the G or H trams and get off at Exchange Square.
Address: Victoria Street, M3 1SX, Manchester
Telephone number: 0161 833 22 20
The University of Manchesterbecame the largest university in the UK after a merger with the the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 2004, and is one of the world's leading higher education institutions. In order to understand the importance of education and science in Manchester, the city where the atom was first split, visit the Manchester Museumwithin the University of Manchester. The museum exhibits works of science from branches such as archaeology and anthropology.
The Manchester Museum is open every day of the week from 10:00 to 17:00 and entry is free of charge.
To get to the Manchester Museum, take any of the following buses and get off at University Shopping Centre: 15, 18, 41, 43, 53, 111, 130, 141, 142, 143, 147.
Address: The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9LP, Manchester
Telephone number: 0161 275 26 48
An Art Tour of Manchester
Manchester is a city that brings together the old and the modern. It's not just the centuries-old buildings that line the city's streets, but its arts and cultural events that make Manchester what it is today. Across the city, there are a host of places to visit to feet your passion for art.
Here are some places to visit as part of an art tour of Manchester:
Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester Art Galleryis one of the city's major centres of art. It hosts half a million visitors a year and exhibits nearly 25,000 pieces from all over the world. The Gallery of English Costume displays 17th century British fashion and is one of the gallery's most special collections. In addition to its permanent exhibits, there are different temporary exhibits and events throughout the year, and even special events for children.
Entrance to Manchester Art Gallery is free of charge, and its open every day of the week between 10:00 and 17:00. On Thursdays, it's open until 19:00.
To get to Mnachester Art Museum, take the 36, 37 or 38 bus and get off at the Arora Hotel stop.
Address: Mosley Street, M2 3JL, Manchester
Telephone Number: 0161 235 88 88
Contactis an arts centre in Manchester that focuses on contemporary art, and indeed showcases work by people whose lives have been changed through art. The fact that the performances at Contact appeal to a wide audience makes it even more popular.
You can book your tickets for a show at Contact online or via its box office between 10:00 and 18:00 on weekdays.
To get to contact, take ine of the following buses and get off at the University stop: 15, 18, 41, 42, 43, 53, 111, 130, 141, 142, 143, 147, 191, 197.
Address: Oxford Road, M15 6JA, Manchester
Telephone Number: 0161 274 06 00
Opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000, The Lowryis one of the city's most popular arts venues and puts on exhibitions as well as operas, musicals and theatre. Manchester arts eventsare popular, so tickets aren't always easy to get hold of, and this is even more true of events at The Lowry . Before you go, be sure to book a ticket online or via the box office.
The Lowry’sgallery section is open from 11:00 to 17:00. To reach the hall, you can take buses 50, 53 or 79 and get off at the Huron Basin stop.
Address: Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ, Manchester
Telephone number: 0161 876 21 83