Manchester is one of the largest and busiest cities in the Uk. Home to a diverse population and many cultures, there is no shortage of friendly people and lively things to see and do. This is the ideal place to go for a city break.
Although any time during the year is a great time to travel to Manchester as there are lots of things to see and do any time, there are some key events during the year that may be of interest to you. There is a superb Jazz festival where you can enjoy a wide range of musical delights towards the end of July. If you are a fan of great literature then you may be interested to join in on the Book Festival in September. For food and drink lovers there is a food and drink festival in September too. The Chinese New Year celebrations are a great thing to be involved in during January and February.
If you are familiar with the general cost of living in London, you will find that prices are mostly lower in Manchester. Pricing is in line with that of the rest of the UK, so you can plan your finances for your trip quite easily.
If you are looking to travel to Manchester city centre from the airport, you have a number of options. The airport railway will take you there for just over £4 and you will be there in 15 minutes. There is the Metro link bus which takes a little longer and costs around the same and taxis will be considerably more pricey.
Accommodation can be obtained for as little as £15 if you are willing to use shared accommodation. If you would prefer a real hotel room, prices start from around £60 and rise up for more premium rooms in more central locations.
A good way to get around is the MetroShuttle which is a free service that runs 3 routes to many of the most popular central locations in Manchester. You can also get a tram day ticket for £5 which is another economical way to get out and about in the city. Taxis are quite expensive and should only be used when needed.