For your next visit to Manchester, find your accommodation through Likibu. As a diverse metropolitan city there is much to discover throughout Manchester. From its rich architecture to its energetic nightlife, Manchester has a dynamic history to be explored by all. To really experience what is to offer, book a city apartment right in the heart of Manchester or perhaps try a holiday rental with Airbnb.
Find and book a b&b or holiday apartment in Manchester
Accommodation is one of the most essential factors in making sure you make the most of your visit. Manchester has a variety of holiday rentals to fit all price points, ranging from luxury apartments across the city centre to more contemporary apartments and holiday homes at a lower budget. Alternatively, why not escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre with a countryside home for a more relaxed visit.
When to visit?
Manchester is a perfect destination to visit all year round, but if you want to make the most of your experience come and visit in December. Manchester offers many Christmas festivities around this time, including the Christmas light switch on, and the city's very own German Markets are a must see for all. If you plan on visiting at this time of year, make sure to bring a coat before embracing the English weather! Alternatively, Manchester is a beautiful place to visit throughout the summer. This is the most popular time for tourists to visit, and whilst there may be some crowding there is a plethora of festivals and activities to enjoy.
How to get to Manchester
Manchester is situated in the North West of England and is easily accessible by numerous methods of transportation. Booking flights is perhaps the most convenient method of travel if coming from abroad, and there are a wide variety of airlines to take you there; globally there are over 55 flights to Manchester Airport on a daily basis. As a major international hub, the airport is located only nine miles from the city centre, just 20 minutes away by the local rail services. Manchester is easily accessible by rail too, with high speed Virgin trains arriving from London Euston to Piccadilly Train Station in merely two hours and CrossCountry services connecting it to many cities in the Midlands and the south. From Manchester Victoria Station the TransPennine and Northern services connect it to Liverpool Lime Street Station at very reasonable prices and to nearby towns and villages west of Manchester as well as to cities further north such as Newcastle.
Travelling in Manchester
Travel throughout Manchester is easily accessible, with many forms of public transport widely available. The Metrolink system runs throughout Greater Manchester and is a great way to access places of interest not only within but also outside of the city centre. There are also many buses to take you from A to B at a reasonably low cost, and they are widely available throughout the city. If you prefer a more environmentally friendly method of travel, cycling is a pastime enjoyed not only by tourists but many locals within the area. With Manchester playing a major role in the British cycling race, cycling is a popular activity for all to enjoy. Perhaps the most common way to travel in Manchester is by foot. As a densely populated area there are sights to see and shops to visit on every corner.
Where to stay in Manchester?
Manchester Piccadilly has a variety of high end city apartments for you to rent throughout your stay, with easy access to the train station and within walking distance from the city's main shopping district. Staying in this area will place you directly in the heart of Manchester and there is much of the city life to be explored. Alternatively, book Airbnbs or cheap holiday homes and b&bs in Manchester are a popular choice of accommodation with many rooms available giving you the opportunity to live like a local. This allows you to be more flexible with your booking arrangements, and you are often provided with more space for less money.
The Millennium Quarter
The Millennium Quarter places you right in the centre of Manchester's nightlife district. As a major hotspot for live music, and with many club establishments within the area, Manchester's nightlife is something that must be experienced. There are many hotels within the area to accommodate your every need and provide you with easy access to the clubbing scene. A holiday apartment is the perfect choice for a short break to visit the city and a variety can be found through our website. If you are looking for accommodation on a lower budget, try one of the many hostels advertised through Likibu to provide you with a cheaper yet just as enjoyable stay.
This is the financial area of Manchester and is very upmarket. If you are looking to stay in a luxury holiday apartment in a classy area, then this is the place for you. There are an abundance of upmarket shops, restaurants and bars in this area as well as it being home to the Opera House, the John Ryland's Library and the People's History Museum, so there is never a shortage of things to do - whether that be debaucherous or cultural.
The Northern Quarter
Booking a holiday apartment in the Northern Quarter will place you right in the centre of the trendiest neighbourhood of the city, with an abundance of vintage shops, independant record stores and street art - it is an indie and vintage fashion lover's dream. It also has a variety of interesting restaurants, quirky cafés and bars which are sure to make a meal, coffee, or drink with friends or family one to remember. It is also the best area for music lovers, with some of the city's best live music venues, hosting both well known and up and coming artists.
Sights to see
Manchester is home to a diverse set of cultures, integrated throughout the city. As the second largest Chinatown throughout the UK, there is much of the culture to explore. February, known for the annual Chinese New Year Festival, is a perfect time to experience the history of this culture. The yearly parade marks the start of the festival, and is welcome to all who wish to partake in the excitement of the festivities.
Albert square offers a perfect demonstration of the rich architecture Manchester has to offer. Overlooked by the town hall, the square has become a site for major public events and festive occasions. The area is most famously known for its featured monuments, in particular its memorial to Prince Albert, an acknowledgement of England's significant political history.
Manchester Opera House
Manchester Opera House is host to numerous pantomimes, ballets, and musicals. As one of the main theatres in Manchester, it has held numerous large scale productions including West Side Story and Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. Built in 1912 the opera house is perhaps one of Manchester's most beloved aspects. As a leading venue for live theatre, there are many high quality productions to see.
John Ryland's Library
Literature lovers cannot miss a visit to this stunning Victorian neo-Gothic library. Founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her late husband, after 10 years of construction the library opened to the public in 1900. It is now part of the University of Manchester and is the third largest academic library in the UK. The Shakespeare collection is one not to miss, upon request it is possible to see the Second Folio and hold and skim through some of the first editions of his poetry books!
Old Trafford Stadium
Fans of the famous football team Manchester United cannot miss a trip to the team's home stadium. Manchester is buzzing on game day. Regardless of whether they're going to Old Trafford or not, people are in their team colours and the excitement spreads hours before the game. The buses and trams are packed with fans from all across the globe, paying hundreds just to see 90 minutes of football. But it's not just an ordinary football match in an ordinary stadium. When you walk down Sir Matt Busby Way and you look up at the stadium, the fans chanting all around you, you know you've come to watch the pinnacle of the sport. The stadium has old red brick walls mixed with new glass corporate offices showcasing both old and new. Statues of legends all around swarm the imposing structure of the stadium with history. But walking out into the stands and looking at that huge green pitch in front of you makes you realise how lucky you are to be there. Seventy-five thousand people create an electric atmosphere which literally sucks the ball into the back of the net when United need to score. Manchester United has seen their 'new money' cross-town rivals be the more successful side over the past five years, but taking the stadium tour at Old Trafford or attending a match if you can, shows you just why it's the most popular football club in the world.