Manchester's climate is mild and often wet. The city is a good gateway to much of the of the Midlands and the north of England.
Many annual events are held in Manchester attracting visitors throughout the year. The most famous are the Jazz Festival at end of July for example. Manchester's Literature Festival is held in September and October and the Food and Drink Festival also takes place in September. Chinese New Year celebrations are celebrated in a big way in the city - this occurs in January or February.
The cost of living in Manchester is average for the UK, but somewhat cheaper than in London.
There is a railway station at Manchester airport making it easy to reach the city centre once your plane has landed. Fares are priced at approx. £4.50 and trains will make the journey in around 15 minutes.
Alternatively, there is also the metrolink, taking 35 minutes and costing about the same. The bus nzumber 43 also goes to the city.
There are taxis outside the terminal 1 building anf these will take on average 25 minutes and cost about £18.
Getting around is also easy using public transport. There is a free metro shuttle with 3 routes in the central Manchester area. Stagecoach buses will charge ca. £1.50 for a single trip.
Tram day tiickets are priced approx. £5. The TfGM has "any bus day ticket" or "system one" tickets for sale - these can be a convenient option and used on all the buses.