Manchester truly has something for everyone; take your pick from culture, comedy, sport, shopping, cool music scene to a thriving LGBT scene. We warmly welcome guests looking to enjoy a leisurely weekend break or a business trip in our vibrant city, and we're always on hand to provide recommendations. Before you arrive, take a look at our helpful Manchester city guide for tips and advice.
With a range of activities for social groups, couples and families, we've provided links and travel information to help your trip go smoothly. If you're looking to enjoy Manchester on a budget, we've also included links to free attractions (such as the Manchester Museums). Please keep checking back as Manchester also hosts numerous street fairs and festivals throughout the year.
BUNGEE INTO SALFORD QUAYS
Do you fancy bungee jumping over the waters of Manchester’s Salford Quays? At 160ft in the air, this fantastic experience is the main jumping site in the North of England. Those who choose to jump will benefit from the Salford Quays location with stunning views of the Manchester city skyline.
This adrenaline packed experience is conveniently a 2-minute walk away from the Holiday Inn Express Manchester – Salford Quays. If that’s not enough to convince you, guests can enjoy a 10% discount by quoting “Big Bang Promotions”.
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GREAT FREE EVENTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
With so much on offer in Manchester, it is good to know that there are a lot of attractions and activities available for free so you can explore this amazing city without breaking the budget.
Children and adults alike will love exploring the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) located just off Deansgate. With an air and space hall, locomotive hall and comprehensive science and industrial revolution exhibit, you can easily while away a great day with the whole family. If the natural world appeals a little more, head over to the fascinating Natural History Museum on Oxford Road.
If our sporty scene brings you to Manchester, The National Football Museum is a must-visit for any fan. Located in Urbis (just next to Manchester's Printworks), entry is free and yes, non-Manchester City and Manchester United supporters are welcome!
If you're in Manchester for just a brief period, we'd strongly recommend setting aside time to visit John Rylands Library. With spectacular architecture and some truly rare books, this ornate Deansgate building is guaranteed to impress.
A VIBRANT LGBT SCENE
Manchester has a thriving LGBT community and our annual Gay Pride Festival (August) attracts visitors from all over the world.
Canal Street is the main LGBT social hub with numerous bars, restaurants and outside terraces making up this canal side pedestrianised street. From relaxed early evening drinks to late night outs, Canal Street transforms from a picturesque day time setting to a buzzing spot by night.
Please book your stay with us early if you want to attend the Gay Pride Festival. During this period the city gets very busy and accommodation is booked up quickly.
The restaurant scene in Manchester is spectacular.
From no fuss Southern American style delicacies to traditional fine cuisine, native Mancunians will struggle to recommend just one place to eat in the city!
For seriously gourmet burgers and wonderful Tex Mex style cuisine, head to Almost Famous (located in the Great Northern building just off Deansgate), The Splendid Company (John Dalton Street) or Southern 11 (Spinningfields). If you love BBQ flavours and unpretentious settings then you'll love these three gems!
If a more formal setting appeals, Mancunian House offers a truly creative taster menu brimming with locally sourced ingredients. We also have several renowned steakhouses in the city too - try Gauchos or The Grill on the Alley for truly succulent cuts.
For fusion cuisine and international flavours, head to Australasia for a gourmet treat or wander through Chinatown for an authentic, great value Chinese, Thai or Vietnamese meal.
With a huge selection of both high street and designer stores, Manchester is a haven for those who love to shop!
The city centre is home to the likes of the Arndale shopping centre, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, however if you're really serious about hitting the shops, we recommend the Trafford Centre.
Located just outside of Manchester, The Trafford Centre is a grand super-centre with hundreds of well-known shops, a cinema, bowling alley and food court. Please speak to one of our friendly team members and tell them what you're looking for from your shopping experience.
Trust us; you'll be spoilt for choice!
CITY OF SPORT
Manchester is thriving with sporting venues, including both Manchester City and Manchester United's home grounds. The Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford Stadium are a short distance from the hotel. Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground is not only one of the UK's leading cricket venues, but also an award winning conference venue.
MUSIC TO YOUR EARS
Manchester has an array of fantastic music venues including The Deaf Institute, Manchester Arena and the Albert Hall. The Etihad Stadium - a short distance from the hotel - draws in crowds from near and far, playing host to some of the biggest acts in the world.
Parklife takes place in Heaton Park every June, with a capacity of 70,000. The 2 day festival showcases the best acts in indie, electronic, urban and pop music. There is no camping at the event, however our hotel is a short 20 minute's drive from the park.
We're excited that planning permission has been granted for RHS Garden Bridgewater, just 6.5 miles from our hotel. The new 154 acre garden will be the outcome of the largest gardening project in Europe and is slated to open in 2020.