Manchester is one of the busiest cities in England, with a dense population of people and with this comes all the things to see and do that you could want from a city break. You will find a wonderful shopping experience here along with a large selection of lovely places to eat and drink.
Although Manchester has so much to offer at just about any time of the year, there are a number of events that may interest you which are held at specific times. At the end of July you could attend the very famous Jazz Festival and enjoy some musical delights. If a good book is more to your liking then you may enjoy the Literature festival that occurs in September and October. There is also a food and drink festival in September which will allow you to experience cuisines from all over the globe. For a New Years celebration not to be missed, the Chinese New Year celebrations happen during January and February.
If you have experienced the cost of living in London, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that costs in Manchester are generally much cheaper. That said, although they are cheaper than London, they are much in line with the average in the UK. So, when planning your break, be sure to have enough cash to get you by.
When you arrive in Manchester airport and are looking to get into the centre, you can get the airport train to Picadilly in 15 minutes for as little as £4.50. You can also take the Metrolink, the bus or get a taxi for a reasonable price.
If you are happy in shared accommodation then you can get a budget room for as little as £15. There are 3-star hotel rooms starting at £60 with significant price increases for anything higher rated.
When getting around, try and walk where possible. Although cheaper than London, taxis can still be a costly way to get around and even if travelling by bus, you may find the traffic does slow you down.
If you are looking for the busy city experience then Manchester is certainly the place to be. You'll never get bored of what Manchester has to offer.