Manchester a city of firsts
Lonely Planet called Manchester one of the best places in the world to live in, and George Orwell called it "the belly and guts of the nation". The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester paved the way for much of what is enjoyed in the modern world.
When to visit
You'll always find something to do whenever you decide to visit Manchester. One of the most popular of events is the Manchester Jazz Festival, which starts at the end of July and continues into August. In September and October the Manchester Literature Festival is held, and you can also attend the Manchester Food and Drink Festival in September. In January to February, the Chinese New Year begins, and this is a time of great festivities and celebrations.
Manchester cost of living
The cost of living in Manchester is more or less the same as the rest of the UK, although it's a little bit cheaper than high prices in London, the UK's capital.
Travelling around and hotel rates
A train from the Manchester airport railway station travels to Manchester Piccadilly for around £4.50 and takes about 15 minutes. The Metrolink provides services to central Manchester for £4.50 and the journey is around 35 minutes. You can also catch the 43 bus and taxi ranks are located at Terminal 1, charging around £18 for an approximately 25 minute journey to central Manchester.
If on a budget, you should be able to secure accommodation for around £15, although you'll have to share a room for that price. Three star hotels in Manchester cost around £60 a night, per person.
Taxis are cheaper in Manchester than London, although traffic moves very slowly. If you like travelling on the buses, you can catch the Metroshuttle for free. This bus covers 3 routes and serves all major areas. Stagecoach buses cost approximately £1.50. Trams offer alternative options, and cost approximately £5. You can purchase an "any bus day ticket" or a "system one" ticket at TfGM. These are both valid on all of the buses, regardless of the operator. Most of the city centre sights are easy to explore on foot. To find out more information on sightseeing and tourist attractions, go to the Manchester Visitor Information Centre, based at Piccadilly Plaza.