- Manchester is a vibrant and diverse city in the north of England, with a population of about 2.7 million. The University of Manchester has the biggest student community in the United Kingdom, and the city also has Manchester Metropolitan University, which is why Manchester is considered to have some of the best nightlife in the UK.
- Manchester is known for its music scene, with plenty of famous and successful bands originating in this northern city. From Oasis to The Smiths, Joy Division to The 1975, The Stone Roses to Simply Red, the list is almost endless. Many music fans flock to this city to see up-and-coming acts in one of the many brilliant venues dotted around Manchester, and it is always a thrill to see one of the big names return to their home turf.
- The local airport is Manchester Airport, and it is less than ten miles away from the city centre. One of the busiest UK airports outside of London, it is served by most of the major airlines and a great connection to the North of England.
- Driving in Manchester adheres to the speed limits and general road rules of the United Kingdom; a single carriageway has the speed limit of 60 miles per hour (97 km per hour), and for dual carriageways and motorways this increases to 70 miles per hour (113 km per hour). Residential or more built-up areas tend to have a speed limit of 30 miles per hour (48 km per hour), and any changes will be signposted by round road signs with a red border, so make sure you keep an eye out as you’re driving.
- Drive on the left side of the road
- Right lanes are for overtaking
- Drivers must be 18 years or over
Car Hire in Manchester Airport (MAN)
Manchester Airport is accessible by train, coach, car, bus and tram. It has a Car Rental Village on site with a number of car hire agencies. This village can be reached by taking the free bus offered by the airport, and it departs from each of the three terminals approximately every ten minutes. The agencies on offer include Alamo, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. Prices for car rental start from around £7 per day, depending on your requirements and the time of year you are booking.
Guide to Manchester
One of the best places for some retail therapy, Manchester’s Trafford Centre is home to all of your favourite brands, and some that cannot be found in many other places. The well-loved Primark and Selfridges are neighbours to the Spanish clothes shops Stradivarius and Pull & Bear, two stores that are growing in popularity in England. Alongside its shops, the Trafford Centre has over 60 restaurants ready for when you’ve worked up an appetite, as well as a cinema, laser quest, and a number of other activities to keep the whole family entertained. Situated about five miles west of Manchester city centre, there is plenty of parking ready for you to have a full day out.
Having produced some of the best and most popular bands in the world, Manchester’s music scene continues to thrive with a variety of successful and entertaining music venues ready for you to see the next big thing. Band on the Wall is one such venue in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, offering club nights alongside a roster full of acts like the Renegade Brass Band, demonstrating their commitment to musical excellency in its diversity. The Deaf Institute and Albert Hall are two smaller venues that also offer club nights – this is a student city, after all – and have welcomed artists like Sigrid, Lewis Watson, Peace and Kate Tempest, with both also boasting buildings of gorgeous architecture. It’s always worth looking at what’s on for the time you’re visiting.
Admission to a number of brilliant sites in Manchester is completely free, and they’re all products of a city with a rich cultural history. For example, the Manchester Museum, which is a natural history museum featuring Stan, the fossilised T-Rex, a zoology collection and an exhibition of live frogs and reptiles. As a different index of Manchester’s history, visit the People’s History Museum, a wonderful place for recognising and celebrating the people and movements that have fought for equality and democracy.
Plenty to do
For a group day out, there’s a wide variety of activities on offer. Heaton Park is the largest park in the North-West of England, home to an animal centre, a tramway museum, donkey rides, playgrounds and a place for bowls – families bringing the little ones here will have endless things to do. The Crystal Maze live experience is a brilliant and immersive thing to do, ready for families or friends to work together in challenges that mirror the popular television show, and it can be found by the Museum of Science and Industry. Chester Zoo is the number one charity zoo in the United Kingdom, with almost 2 million visitors a year and an incredible display of thousands of different animals. Perfect for all ages.
What about Manchester nightlife?
With a vibrant and exciting nightlife, Manchester is one of the best places to be for a night out on the town. Another example of a place that fuses music and nightlife, Gorilla has a great collection of tasty cocktails and is guaranteed to have brilliant music playing. Similarly, Mahiki has a drinks menu that will leave you wanting one of each, with attractive tiki inspired décor it becomes a lively party venue at night. Dusk Til Pawn is a hidden gem, disguised as a pawn shop in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, you’ve got to know what you’re looking for. The Alchemist is now a successful cocktail chain, and its flagship store in Spinningfields remains its best. Go for the beautiful interiors, and mesmerising cocktail concoctions, served in test tubes and often separate components ready for you to mix and watch fizz before you.
Eating out in Manchester
Dishoom is a London favourite, and it is just as popular in its Manchester location. It is an Indian restaurant housed in the Grade II-listed Manchester Hall. Marvel at the 1920s architecture while enjoying warming and spicy Indian street food and traditional dishes that are often missing from the Indian around the corner. Experience the classics and find some new favourites, whether that be a Big Bombay at breakfast, a light lunch of Roomali Rolls, or a Chicken Ruby curry at dinner – be sure to call ahead, because this is definitely a well-loved location.
For something different and a brilliant variety, Mackie Mayor is a wonderful food hall in Manchester, home to a number of delicious market traders that will ensure everyone gets something they love. Some great choices in the food hall include Honest Crust, home to some of the best pizza in Manchester, Baohouse, an enticing selection of Taiwanese steamed buns, and the colourful and fresh tacos of Pico’s.
If you’re looking for a special evening and some fine dining, visit Mana, a Michelin star restaurant with an inventive and surprising menu. Eating at Mana will tempt you out of your usual culinary habits and your food comfort zone, and it can offer some welcome rewards for doing so. Try your hand at salt aged duck or sea urchin chawanmushi and you might just find yourself with a brand new favourite.
FAQ’s about car hire in Manchester
How much does it cost to hire a car in Manchester?
Prices can be as low as £7 a day, subject to your requirements and the time of booking.
Which car hire agency in Manchester is cheapest?
The cheapest car hire agency is Easirent.
Which Manchester car hire agency is the most popular?
The most popular agencies in Manchester are Alamo and Europcar.
Which car hire companies are available at Manchester airport?
Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Budget, National Car Rental, and Sixt.
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