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Creative, lively, diverse: That is Manchester

In the northwest of England lies Manchester with its 560,000 inhabitants, who are called “Mancunians” or “Mancs” for short. A city trip to Manchester is worthwhile for all those interested in art and architecture, football or music enthusiasts or those who want to discover hip trendy districts and culinary highlights.

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What makes Manchester so special?

Manchester is a city of change and diversity. The northern English city was an important location for the textile industry in the times of the Industrial Revolution and is now one of the most important economic centres in the United Kingdom. Manchester is becoming increasingly popular as a city break destination. The city is known for its two famous football clubs and, as the birthplace of numerous bands, also plays an important role in the music scene. Manchester also boasts architectural highlights and a diverse culinary offering, ranging from street food to haute cuisine. Manchester is also known in the LGBTQ+ scene for its Gay Village, which attracts countless visitors every year during the Pride Festival.

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The top highlights in Manchester: SunExpress tips for a successful city break

From Victorian to modern: Discover the architectural features

Manchester looks back on an eventful past. This is also evident in the cityscape – there are Gothic and Victorian architectural elements, industrial buildings and modern high-rise buildings. The architectural highlights of Manchester are best discovered on a walk. The city’s sights are easy to reach on foot, as most of them are centrally located in the city centre.

One of the most important sights is Manchester Cathedral, which impresses with ornately carved wooden decorations. You can visit the cathedral free of charge or book a guided tour. Events and concerts are regularly held here in a special atmosphere, which are definitely worth a visit.

A visit to John Ryland’s Library should not be missed on a city trip. It was built in neo-Gothic style and is an absolute paradise for book lovers. The interior extends over several rooms with winding corridors and picturesque staircases.

Another architectural highlight is Manchester Town Hall, the city’s landmark. The imposing clock tower immediately catches the eye. If you’re visiting Manchester at Christmas time, it’s worth taking a stroll through the famous Christmas market, which takes place in the square in front of the Town Hall.

Museum highlights in Manchester

Manchester has some world-class museums to offer. Art lovers should check out the Whitworth Art Gallery, a major contemporary art exhibition. Tip: Enjoy the view of the adjacent Whitworth Park from the restaurant.

You can experience science at the Museum of Science and Industry. The People’s History Museum, which is dedicated to the history of democracy, is also interesting. Last but not least, football fans in Manchester can visit the National Football Museum as well as the Old Trafford football stadium, home of Manchester United, which can be visited on a guided tour.

Experience life – the Northern Quarter is the best place to do this.

The Northern Quarter is the city’s hip, trendy neighbourhood. The best way to experience it is to just let yourself drift and take a stroll to discover the great street art highlights and many cafes, restaurants and small shops. This district attracts the creative – more and more independent small artists add to the lively and unique atmosphere. If your stomach is growling, it’s also worth taking a detour to the former Mackie Mayor meat market halls, where you can sample delicious street food. In the evening, numerous bars and clubs invite you to discover the multi-faceted music scene.

Shopping in Manchester – These are the best spots

Manchester also has a lot to offer shopping enthusiasts. The most famous shopping areas are Market Street, King Street and Deansgate. For exploring and browsing, we recommend a visit to the famous Afflecks in the Northern Quarter. This is a historic factory building where you can discover independent shops and stalls over several floors.

Arriving in Manchester at MAN Airport

When travelling to Manchester by air, you will arrive at the third largest airport in the UK, Manchester Airport, with the abbreviation MAN. This is located approximately 14 kilometres southwest of Manchester and has three terminals.

FAQs: Flights to Manchester and arriving at the airport

How many airports are there in Manchester?

There is only one international airport in Manchester. You will arrive at MAN airport.

Which terminal does SunExpress land at?

SunExpress flights depart and arrive at Manchester Airport Terminal 1.

How far is the airport from the city?

MAN Airport is located approximately 14 kilometres from the city. It is accessible via two motorways and well connected to the public transport network.

How do I get from Manchester Airport to the city?

Manchester has buses, trains and trams. The airport has its own train station, so the connection to the city centre is very good. The train takes you to the main station in about 20 minutes. A single ticket costs £3.20. Within the city, you can walk to most of the sights, and there are also the free Metroshuttle buses that connect the main points in the city centre.

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