Travel to Manchester - The capital of the north, known for its football, music and nightlife

Get the train to Manchester and discover two of the world’s biggest football teams, some of the most influential bands in music history and the roots of the British suffragette movement. There's plenty of important history to be explored in Manchester.

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Attractions in Manchester


Manchester is packed full of fun activities and if you’re a football fan you probably don’t need much of an introduction here, with stadium tours or match days at Old Trafford or Etihad Stadium being a must. You can uncover even more of the beautiful game at the National Football Museum .

The city has plenty of museums and galleries to explore, from the Museum of Science and Industry , where you can discover 250 years of innovations and ideas, to contemporary works at Manchester Art Gallery and much more in between.

A short tram ride from the centre and you can discover the stories behind life on the nation’s favourite street. Get behind the scenes access to those famous cobbles at Coronation Street: The Tour . Go on an adventure and put your physical and mental skills to the test at I’m A Celebrity... Jungle Challenge and see who would win in this thrilling race to collect stars.

Visit the unique waterfront destination of The Quays. Here you’ll find the Imperial War Museum North which delves into powerful stories of over a century of war. You’ll also be able to enjoy a range of water-based and sporting activities.

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Food and drink

Food lovers will be spoilt for choice on a trip to Manchester. A visit wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Rusholme’s Curry Mile , which is home to around 70 different restaurants.

If you’re looking for a restaurant with a view, 20 Stories will not disappoint and offers panoramic views of the city unlike anywhere else. This stunning restaurant not only offers great views but also boasts a menu that showcases the best of the Northwest.

The Ivy is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Manchester with three floors all offering something a bit different. The ground floor offers a gorgeous floral brasserie, the second floor is an oriental-inspired Asian restaurant, and the rooftop offers a summery terrace.

The Lowry

Music and nightlife

You’ll find plenty of tributes to some of the city’s most famous musical exports including Oasis, Joy Division and The Smiths but there is still a vibrant music scene in the city, with gigs every night at venues large and small. You might glimpse the big stars of tomorrow.

Watch live music at the Albert Hall , a former Wesleyan Chapel and a truly unique event venue, or visit Band on the Wall which has a great reputation in the city for shows and club nights. Catch a show at The Palace Theatre , Opera House and The Lowry .

Manchester is known for its nightlife with popular nights out at The Warehouse Project , bars in converted railway arches at Deansgate Locks and independent bars in The Northern Quarter.

Places to stay

Looking for somewhere to stay in Manchester? You’ll find somewhere to suit every budget. If you’re looking for a trendy hotel look no further than ABode Manchester , offering luxury in a striking 19th century former textile warehouse. Or visit the Dakota Manchester a sleek, modern boutique hotel, located a 7-minute walk from Manchester Picadilly Train Station.

At just a 6-minute walk from Manchester Picadilly station is Native Manchester , an apartment hotel in a Grade II listed red brick warehouse.

Etihad Stadium

Sports and outdoor

The city is well-known for its world-famous football clubs. Watch a slice of the action yourself or go on a stadium tour at Manchester United or Manchester City . The city is also home to several lower league professional teams including Bolton, Wigan and Bury.

Watch world-class cricket at Emirates Old Trafford , see the Manchester Giants basketball team at the Lucozade Power league Sportsdome, or enjoy a spot of ice hockey with Manchester Storm playing at the Altrincham Ice Dome.

Northern Quarter


Manchester is a great choice for avid shoppers. Choose from the designer stores of Spinningfields and the independent boutiques in the Northern Quarter . You’ll find all your high street favourites at Manchester Arndale and luxury premium retailers at The Royal Exchange Manchester .

Catch a connecting bus or tram from the city centre to The Trafford Centre . Here you’ll find all your favourite brands as well as fun family activities to explore, including LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre and SEA LIFE .

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Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)

Manchester Piccadilly station
Piccadilly Station Approach
Greater Manchester
M60 7RA
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How to find cheap train tickets to Manchester?

Are you planning your travel in advance? You can buy Advance fares  up to 12 weeks before you travel to save more on your train tickets. Travelling as a group of three or more? There are group discounts  available too.

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Which services run directly to Manchester?

Getting to Manchester by train is easy and convenient with EMR. Our Sheffield to Liverpool Lime Street services stop at Manchester Piccadilly station, just a few minutes' walk from the centre of the city and the vibrant Northern Quarter.

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What facilities are at Manchester Piccadilly station?

Manchester Piccadilly train station has all the facilities you need for a simple, stress-free journey. ​

  • Fully accessible – wheelchair access, assistance to and from platforms, and hearing loops available
  • Food and drinks – there are plenty of places to refuel with coffee shops, bars and shops in the station
  • Parking – you’ll find a 24 hour car park at the station
  • WiFi access – free WiFi access available throughout the station

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