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Nowhere in England is the contrast of Victorian Industrial past and affluent modern present clearer than in Manchester. Cotton mills and canals sit alongside the shiny complexes of multinational business, restaurants and bars. Manchester is a thriving centre for culture and music, it boasts a multitude of music venues, museums and shops. With it's feet in an impressive musical history Manchester is home to New Order, The Smiths, Oasis, The Verve, Spiral carpets, Mr Scruff, Lamb, Elbow and the scene that grew up around the Hacienda among a million others including the bubbling and very current music scene. Manchester is the not to be missed, laid back and cool capital of the north.
For a brief period in the later 20th century there was a Metropolitan County Council for Greater Manchester. The City of Manchester was the largest of the Metropolitan Districts in this area. All these are now unitary authorities and the City of Manchester has no local government control over the others. However it is quite common to find the term 'Manchester' used to cover some areas outside of the city - such as Salford and Trafford in this article.
Manchester is composed of many districts. Those of the most noteworthy:
Manchester boasts a thriving club scene as well as many fantastic venues for live music. Indie and Rock as well as dance are all the main big time players in Manchester and you will never be short of somewhere to go.
Smaller venues for live music include:
Many and varied! For more main stream evenings try the Deansgate and Printwork areas of the city centre.
South has a reputation for a crackin Indie friday night.
The warehouse project and Sankeys both run notorious dance nights. For student type evenings with Indie/rock you won't find better than 42nd Street or 5th Avenue.
See the Theatre calender for what's on.
As with anywhere in Northern England, don't be surprised if there's a little rain. Summers are around 20 °C lasting from June to early September. Winters are mild with occasional frost or snow possible during the December to February period.
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Manchester Airport (MAN), located about 14 kilometres from the centre of Manchester, is well served, including many intercontinental routes. Quite a few budget airlines use Manchester Airport as well.
Some of the main destinations served include Ljubljana, Cork, Dublin, Paris, Antwerp, Malta, Toronto, Chicago, New York, Cyprus, Tenerife, London, Lyon, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Belfast, Geneva, Mallorca, Brussels, Gothenburg, Prague, Atlanta, Copenhagen, Corfu, Crete, Helsinki, Marrakech, Munich, Zürich, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Milan, Glasgow, Düsseldorf, Reykjavik, Budapest, Dubrovnik, Rome, Venice, Cancun, Orlando, Luxor, Mombasa, Doha, Karachi, Oslo, Stockholm, Riyadh, Singapore, Istanbul, Philadelphia, Athens, Barbados, Las Vegas and dozens of destinations around the Mediterranean.
To/from the airport
Trains in and out of Manchester run frequently. There are three main city centre stations, Picadilly for main access, entry straight to the city centre, Victoria also in the centre and Oxford road which is closest for University access.
See National Rail for more information about schedules and prices.
Manchester has an outer ring road the M60 which is heavily congested at rush hour (4:00-6:00pm) but is useful for quick access. From the South use the M6 or M6 toll. From Leeds M62.
Driving into the centre is tricky and it is advisable to use the frequent and reliable bus services available. There are 'Park and Ride services' around the city. Check the TFGM Busses website for more information.
Manchester Piccadilly is the main station, with regular links to Manchester Airport. Manchester Victoria is the second biggest station, serving mainly local routes.
The Metrolink, the light rail system in Manchester, runs from Bury in the North right through to Altrincham in the South, passing through the city centre and Manchester Piccadilly. There is also a line running to Eccles from the city centre. Services on the Bury and Altrincham lines run from around 6:00am to 12:30am weekdays and to around 1:00am at weekends.
The free Metroshuttle bus leaves Manchester Piccadilly every few minutes and takes a route through the city centre and past the other major railway stations and tram stops along the way.
The city centre is compact enough to access most places on foot.
For the best curries, head to Curry Mile, a short taxi ride or bus journey to Rusholme, just out of the centre.
Numerous options for Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi cuisine.
|Amblehurst Hotel||44 Washway Road Sale, Cheshire||Hotel||-|
|Elton Bank Hotel||62 Platt Lane Rusholme||Hotel||75|
|Hatters on Newton Street||50 Newton Street||Hostel||79|
|Hawthorn Hotel||137-143 Stand Lane Radcliffe, Manchester||Hotel||78|
|Hatters at Hilton Chambers||15 Hilton Street||Hostel||83|
|Monton House Hotel||116 -118 Monton Road Monton||Hotel||-|
|New Central Guest House||144 Heywood Street||Guesthouse||-|
|Deansgate Apartment||74 Bridge Street||Apartment||-|
|Pymgate Lodge Airport Hotel||147 Styal Road Heald Green||Hotel||-|
|Stay Inn Manchester||55 Blackfriars Road Salford||Hotel||75|
|The Grapes||47 Market Street||Guesthouse||73|
|Trafford Hall Hotel||23 Talbot Road Old Trafford||Hotel||-|
|Victoria Hall II||281 Upper Brook Street||Hostel||74|
|YHA Manchester||Potato Wharf Castlefield||Hostel||78|
|Fairways Lodge and Leisure Club||George Street Prestwich||Hotel||86|
|Sandown Hotel||745 Rochdale Road Manchester||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Inn Manchester||187-189 Chapel Street||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|The Handforth Lodge||188 Wilmslow Road Handforth||Guesthouse||76|
|My-Places Piccadilly City Centre Apartments Manche||107 Chatsworth House 19 Lever Street||Apartment||-|
|Willow Bank Hotel||340 Wilmslow Road Fallowfield||Hotel||71|
|The Bowdon Hotel and Leisure Club||Langham Road||Hotel||-|
|Weston Hall||Sackville Street Manchester||Hotel||83|
|My-Places Worsley Apartment||Chatsworth Road Worsley||Apartment||-|
|My-Places Elizabeth Street Townhouse Manchester||68 Elizabeth Street||Apartment||-|
|My-Places Abbotsfield Court Townhouses Manchester||3 Abbotsfield Court Lancashire||Apartment||-|
|Campanile Manchester||55 ORDSALL LANE REGENT ROAD SALFORD||Hotel||-|
|Walkabout||13 Quay Street Manchester||HOTEL||65|
|Butterfly Guest House||89 Grove Lane, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport Cheshire||GUESTHOUSE||70|
|Salford Arms Hotel||146 Chapel Street Salford Manchester||HOTEL||71|
|Ashton House Hostel||Ashton House 196 Corporation Street||HOSTEL||71|
|Ram Lodge||393 Wilmslow Road Manchester||HOTEL||-|
|Lansdowne Hotel Manchester||346 Wilmslow Road||HOTEL||-|
|My-Places Skyline Apartments Manchester||Manchester City Centre Green Quarter||Apartment||-|
|My-Places Albion Serviced Apartment||Polland Street||Apartment||-|
|My-Places Vallea Court Serviced Apartment||Manchester City Centre Green Quarter||Apartment||-|
|Castlefield Hotel||Liverpool Road||HOTEL||-|
|Hendham House Hotel||3-4 Beechmount||HOTEL||70|
|Iida Apartments||1 Jordan Street||APARTMENT||-|
|Citi Park Hotel Manchester||882/884 Rochdale Road||HOTEL||70|
|The Ram’s Lodge||393 Wilmslow Road||Hotel||-|
|Belmont Gardens||407 Bury New Road Higher Broughton||HOTEL||-|
|Rotana Apartments||54 Broadway Salford Quays||APARTMENT||-|
|Victoria Warehouse Hotel||Trafford Road||Hotel||-|
|The Ascott||6 Half Edge Lane Eccles||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Moss Wood Country Residence||Knutsford Cheshire||Guesthouse||-|
Internet cafés can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00
In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.
Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.
Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.
The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
For sending packages overseas, it might be a good idea to check prices and services with international companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.
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