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Flights to Manchester

Youthful, diverse Manchester is giving London a run for its money as the hippest UK city break. There are many reasons to book flights to Manchester, whether you're interested in sport, art, music, or history. This Northern capital has shed its industrial image to emerge as a leading destination for those in the know.

General Overview

Historically linked with the bustle of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester has long been a centre of innovation and industry. The city has boldly taken a leap into the 21st century, having completely reinvented itself over the past two decades. Although you can see relics of the city's past in its numerous museums, the ultra-modern architecture of areas like the Millennium Quarter and liberal attitude of its residents have brought it into the future. Historic buildings rub shoulders with glass for a unique lesson in urban design. Visitors can enjoy the thriving contemporary art scene, visible in galleries like the Lowry and Whitworth. Music lovers can revel in the bohemian pubs and warehouse venues that spawned legendary acts from Joy Division to Oasis. Shopaholics will have little to complain about when hunting for bargains in the city's slick boutiques in Deansgate and the Millennium Quarter.

Getting In to Manchester

Flights to Manchester land at Manchester Airport, which is the largest in the UK outside of London. The airport is served by over 60 airlines, including Virgin Atlantic, Ryanair, and American Airlines. Train and bus links provide swift access to the city centre, with a light rail tram station due to be completed by 2016.

What to Budget?

Comparable to other northern cities, Manchester caters to all types of visitors and budgets. Budget travellers will find hostels in the city centre, starting at £18 for a dorm bed in the YHA. With a high student population, there's no shortage of inexpensive bars and eateries in areas like Fallowfield and Rusholme. On the other hand, visitors who are looking for a more luxurious experience can choose from a range of 3-4 star hotels ranging from £75-150 a night. Visit our hotels section for deals on Manchester hotels. Its diverse nature makes Manchester a suitable destination for students, backpackers, families, and couples alike. (Prices correct as of June 2013 - guide only)

Can't Miss Attractions

Manchester is something of a mecca for football fans, who won't want to miss seeing a match in the home of Manchester United. The National Football Museum is also located here, filled to the brim with interactive displays and memorabilia. Get a birds-eye view of the refurbished city from the top of the Manchester Wheel, or explore the melting pot of its neighbourhoods on foot. Chinatown provides an experience for all senses, with its tantalizing eateries, neon lights, and evening street markets. Curry Mile is another epicurean destination that serves as a testament to the city's diversity. Manchester boasts one of the UK's largest gay and lesbian populations, and you can experience its liberal welcoming attitude on a night out in The Village. This gay friendly district around Canal Street is home to some of the city's hottest nightlife. And history buffs won't want to miss sights like the Manchester Cathedral, ancient Roman Castlefield site, and Alfred Waterhouse designed neo-gothic Town Hall.

Travel Tips

1) Although it's often thought of as an industrial city, Manchester boasts over 150 parks and playgrounds. Don't miss a peaceful day out in Heaton Park. It has everything from a vintage tram museum to a boating lake, and even donkey rides in the summer.

2) Manchester music tours will help you win future pub quizzes by steeping you in local music lore. Specific tours are available for Joy Division and Smiths fans, and there are also general tours for those dying to see the Hacienda and Noel Gallagher's old house.

3) One of Manchester's largest museums, the Museum of Science and Industry provides a look at the city's past and is also free of charge. 

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