Your go-to Manchester City Guide

If you’re anything like us, we love reading travel advice and guides to places when we’re planning any trip, whether it’s business or personal! So we thought we’d round-up some of the best in Manchester, the home of Old Trafford and the birthplace of the industrial revolution. Manchester city centre is jam-packed with unique and eclectic restaurants, bars, shops, museums, galleries, hotels and places to stay. Whilst the surrounding Greater Manchester boroughs, offer a patch-work of visitor experiences including quaint market towns, traditional pubs and beautiful green spaces.


First up we have INNSIDE by Melia, this contemporary hotel is located right in the city centre and within five minutes’ walk of the train stations at Deansgate and Oxford Road.  With a resident DJ in its restaurant and bar, dressed-down staff and minimalist décor, it aims to create an informal atmosphere for business and leisure travellers alike.

If hotels aren’t your style or you’re staying for a while longer, then stay at Staycity Aparthotels Manchester Piccadilly. These bright and shiny apartments offer style on a budget, right by Manchester Piccadilly train station. Think funky beanbags and bright splashes of colour against a minimalist backdrop. The welcoming round-the-clock café serves breakfast and more. Every apartment has a seating and dining area and a kitchen, equipped with a dishwasher.

If you’re visiting MediaCity, then the Holiday Inn MediaCity is by far best location to stay! This hotel is situated within ‘The Studios’ complex and home of the BBC and ITV studios. You’re also just a two-minute walk from the MediaCityUK tram stop, from which services to central Manchester’s St Peter’s Square take 18 minutes. If you don’t fancy dining out, there’s always the hotel restaurant, Marco Pierre White’s New York Italian, which celebrates the joy of eating, be it lunch, dinner or Afternoon Tea!

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If you’re staying in and around MediaCity, then The Dockyard is the place to eat! The Dockyard is a 21st century local for the workers and residents of Salford Quays and surrounding areas. With a beer terrace and views of Media city, the waterfront and the quirky architecture of the Lowry theatre, really offers one of the most unique outdoor drinking experiences in Salford and Manchester. The food offering is an eclectic menu with homemade dishes, featuring great burgers, sandwiches, salads, wings and ribs rubbing shoulders with the most classic of British pub staples; the homemade pie.

Located in the majestic former Corn Exchange in the heart of Manchester’s city centre is Cosy Club, providing a little something for everyone, serving breakfast in the morning and staying open late for drinks in the evening. It’s the perfect venue for your dress-down Sundays or your glad-rag Friday nights, your lunchtime getaways or your family fun Saturday afternoons. The building oozes grandeur with dressed stone walls, reclaimed wooden floors, mahogany panelling and richly decorated ‘nooks and crannies’ that will be sure to keep you amused.

Alternatively, if you’re into something real fancy, why not try the award winning, Adam Reid at The French. The French strikes the perfect balance between heritage and progressive cuisine. While the restaurant is steeped in history, the current menu offers modern British food that delivers consistently excellent flavours, by using the best seasonal produce and the very latest technological advances.

night cap

With three bars in Manchester alone, you can’t miss having a night cap in The Alchemist. The latest bar from The Alchemist offers up a ‘golden spaceship’ right in MediaCity; transforming the landscape by creating a unique and futuristic venue, featuring a spectacular golden roof and walls and a stunning terrace that cantilevers out over the canal. The skilled bartenders at The Alchemist are masters in the dark arts of molecular mixing, creating every cocktail with an obsessive eye for detail, presented in vessels orchestrated to add a devilish dash of theatre, they bedazzle, bewitch and set the scene for everything they stand for.

Known for their spirited sophistication, Dirty Martini brings beautiful, handcrafted cocktails, glamorous interiors, and a spirited atmosphere that makes for an unforgettable night. Dirty Martini is the perfect place for a celebration or after work drinks.

Finally, renowned for the Pornstar Martini Tree, The Living Room promises one of the best Happy Hour’s in the city. A firm favourite with footballers, celebrities and professionals alike, during its rich 18 year history on Deansgate.  With 4 bars and function rooms set across 3 floors, all styled in dazzling art deco and colonial décor; the Living Room has the versatility to cater for any event or occasion.

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must see sights

Be absorbed by the beautiful attractions such as the gothic architecture at John Rylands Library and Manchester Cathedral; take in fine art at Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth; discover history, old and new, at the Museum of Science and Industry and the Imperial War Museum North; see contemporary arts redifined at HOME; or even learn to ski at Chill Factore.

Of course Manchester is synonymous with football. So make some time to tour the grounds of Manchester United and Manchester City.

If you are travelling with children then make sure to visit the LegoLand Discovery centre and SeaLife Manchester – their Combi tickets make it the perfect day out for both big and little kids!

Now, as for how to end your trip with a bang? Well, that’s another blog post for another time!

Remember! Our dedicated team work with a range of clients in the media industry and with over 30 years experience we provide the winning solution for all your travel needs.

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