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Area Guide - The Midland -QHotels

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16 Peter Street , Manchester, M60 2DS
The Midland in Manchester is an iconic landmark in the heart of this cosmopolitan, vibrant city. Whether you are visiting the city on business or pleasure, The Midland has a reputation for outstanding, friendly service and an array of delightful stories stretching back over its 106 year history, not to mention a guest list that is the envy of the rest of the city. Your reservation includes free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel including in all guest bedrooms, plus complimentary use of the health club which includes a gym, squash court, sauna, Jacuzzi and swimming pool in which to relax or work off the days events.

The Midland provides some of the finest dining experiences in Manchester. With a host of dining options, the team of chefs work constantly to ensure every dish, be it our traditional afternoon tea to the award winning cuisine in The French by Simon Rogan, is prepared with love and passion and full of amazing flavours and tastes. Where possible, we strive to use locally sourced produce to enhance the offerings on our bespoke menus.

Simon Rogan's second restaurant at The Midland Hotel in Manchester is now open, entitled Mr Cooper's House & Garden.

Combining modern touches with the history and heritage of Mr Cooper himself, whose house and famous gardens sat on the site back in 1819, Mr Cooper's House & Garden is set to offer a multitude of different dining settings under one roof.

At Mr Cooper's we believe life is delicious and all food is cooked with flair and imagination served in unique surroundings. Our menus have been carefully constructed and change with the seasons meaning you will never get tired of visiting us and will discover something new everytime!

Please note: The Midland Hotel only serves continental breakfast.

We know how to treat our guests. That’s why they voted us the Which? UK Hotel Chain of the Year.
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A Guide to Manchester

Manchester is a vibrant and exciting city with something for everyone, whether you are travelling with friends and family, or just staying for business. In the past decade, Manchester has seen massive regeneration and modernisation, and hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Today, Manchester continues to develop with new hotels, apartments and businesses constantly springing up all over the city, leaving the old image of cobbled streets and industrialism behind. Manchester is firmly establishing itself as one of the UK's leading cities, so if you are looking for a short break then it is the ideal destination, with plenty to see and do.

Getting There and Away

By Air

Manchester Airport is located 10 miles / 16 km south of central Manchester.

To and from Manchester Airport:

Train:

  • Departs every 10 to 20 minutes from the train station (four trains run in total overnight).
  • Tickets can be purchased in advance.
  • Journey time: 20 minutes.
  • Cost: from £2.65 single.

Bus no. 43

  • Operates from 05:06 to 23:25.
  • Departs every 10 minutes between and 09:30 and 18:13, then every 30 minutes outside of these times.
  • Journey time: 45-60 minutes.
  • Cost: single fares are available from the driver, while a Day Saver ticket is available for £3.30 and is valid until midnight on any bus. Single tickets are the best value for one journey.

Taxi

  • Readily available from all terminals, and from the bus/train station.
  • Journey time: 20-40 minutes.
  • Cost: £15.00-£20.00.
By Train

Manchester has four main train stations:

  • Piccadilly: Manchester's main station, with arrivals from London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and many other destinations.
  • Victoria: Located to the North of the city centre by the MEN Arena, serves routes mainly to the North and East of the city.
  • Oxford Road: Located near the Town Hall and BBC building, this station serves destinations in South Manchester, as well as regions in North England such as Blackpool, Preston and Leeds.
  • Deansgate: Most trains from Oxford Road will pass through this station. Deansgate also links with the conference centres G-Mex and the Manchester International Convention Centre (MICC) via a foot bridge.
By Coach
  • The main coach station is located centrally on Chorlton Street.
  • Most national arrivals will terminate here.
  • There is also a ticket office, where you can purchase tickets to any destination in the UK.

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Getting Around

Walking

Manchester's city centre is easy to navigate on foot, though if you are planning a full day of sightseeing and shopping, followed by a night on the town, you may wish to take advatange of the city's extensive public transport.

Bus
  • The main bus station is located on Piccadilly Gardens (not to be confused with Piccadilly train station, which is a short distance away).
  • Manchester's bus network is run by a variety of operators, the main ones being Arriva, Stagecoach, and First. GMPTE provides information on all services.
  • Tickets vary in price due to the varying operators.
  • Single tickets: Purchased on the bus. Prices vary depending on destination. Best value if you are only making one journey.
  • Day Saver: Can be purchased on the bus (except First, however they are still valid on these buses). They are valid for all services in Greater Manchester until midnight on day of purchase. Adult £3.50 (off-peak after 09:30 £3.30).
  • Weekly tickets: each operator offers their own weekly tickets costing around £10.00 (although prices vary).
Metro Shuttle Bus
  • Free bus operating 3 services around the city centre.
  • Service 1 (Orange): Monday to Saturday 07:00-19:00, Sunday 10:00-18:00. Runs every 5 minutes.
  • Service 2 (Green): Monday to Saturday 07:00-19:00, Sunday 10:00-18:00. Runs every 10 minutes.
  • Service 3 (Purple): Monday to Saturday 07:00-19:00, Sunday no service. Runs every 10 minutes.
Tram
  • Metrolink operates trams via Manchester city centre to Bury (North Manchester), Altrincham (South Manchester) and Eccles via Salford Quays.
  • Trams operates, Monday to Thursday: 06:00-23:15 Friday and Saturday: 06:00-23:30, Sunday: 07:00-22:00.
  • Trams run every 6 minutes at peak times, and every 12 minutes off-peak.
  • Tickets can be purchased from machines located on the platforms.
  • Single tickets must be used within 90 minutes of purchase.
  • Failure to produce a valid ticket when requested will result in a standard fine of up to £80.00.

Operates a zone system (A-H) which determines the cost of your journey:

  • A: Bury to Whitefield
  • B: Besses o'th Barn to Heaton Park
  • C: Bowker Vale to Woodlands Road
  • D Victoria to Cornbrook (City Zone)
  • E: Trafford Bar to Stretford (including Old Trafford and Trafford Centre shuttle)
  • F: Dane Road to Brooklands
  • G: Timperley to Altrincham
  • H: Pomona to Eccles (including Salford Quays and the Lowry Centre)

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Must Sees

Imperial War Museum in the North

The Quays, Trafford Wharf, Manchester M17 1TZ

  • See the 'Big Picture' which uses audio visual techniques to bring the realities of war home to visitors.
  • See large exhibits, including a genuine tank.
  • Has interactive opportunities, such as finding out what your family were doing during war time.

Opening Times:

March to October 10:00-18:00
November to February 10:00-17:00

Prices:

FREE

Museum of Science and Industry

Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP

  • A massive museum which spans Manchester's industrial development.
  • Visit the real Liverpool Road train station (the oldest surviving station in the world) and take a walk through an authentic Manchester sewer.
  • There are also many interactive and hands-on exhibits as well as special exhibitions.

Opening Times:

Daily 10:00-17:00
Special collections: daily 10:30-16:30

Prices:

FREE
Special collections and exhibitions may be charged

Old Trafford

Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, M16 0RA

  • Take a trip around the world famous Theatre of Dreams, home of Manchester United.
  • Tour around the stadium and re-live the glory of the famous 1998-99 'treble' season as well as visiting the Museum and discovering more about United's history.

Opening Times:

Museum: 09:30-17:30 daily and up to 30 minutes before kick off.
No tours available on match days.

Prices:

Museum only: Adult £5.50; Child £3.75
Museum and Tour: Adult £9.00, Child £6.00

Manchester Art Gallery

Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL

  • With over 2000 exhibits from the gallery's personal collection on display at any one time, there is plenty to see based around British and European art.
  • The gallery also has many feature exhibitions.

Opening Times:

Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-17:00

Prices:

FREE

Manchester Museum

Oxford Road, Manchester, M12 9PL

  • 4 floors of exhibitions incorporating 15 galleries.
  • Known for its Egyptology collection, and Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton.
  • Also has some hands-on exhibits.

Opening Times:

Monday 11:00-16:00
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-17:00
Sunday 11:00-16:00

Prices:

FREE
Charges may apply for temporary exhibitions.

People's History Museum

The Pump House, Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3ER

  • The galleries present an insight into the working lives of everyday British people.
  • Housed in a former Edwardian pumping house, its exhibitions also provide information on events such as Peterloo, and the history of trade unions.

Opening Times:

Tuesday to Sunday 11:00-16:30

Prices:

FREE

Castlefield Gallery

2 Hewitt Street, Manchester M15 4GB

  • This gallery was founded by Manchester's Artists Studio Association, and contains contemporary works from Mancunian and other British artists.

Opening Times:

Wednesday to Sunday 13:00-18:00

Prices:

FREE
Some exhibitions may require advance booking. Please refer to www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk for more details.

The Hidden Gem

St. Mary's Catholic Church Mulberry Street, M2 6LN

  • Founded in 1794, it was Manchester's first Catholic Church built after the Reformation.
  • Featured in the church are Norman Adams' artworks, entitled 'Fourteen Stations of The Cross', considered to be major 20th century works of art.

Opening Times:

Monday to Friday 08:00-16:00
Saturdays 10:00-18:00
Sunday 10:00-14:00
Check for specific service times by calling +44 (0)161 234 3457.

Prices:

FREE (donations welcome)

The Lowry

Pier Eight, Salford Quays M50 3AZ

  • Displays the collected works of L.S. Lowry, one of Manchester's most famous artists.
  • Also shows feature exhibitions.

Opening Times:

Sunday to Thursday 11:00-17:00
Saturday 10:00-17:00

Prices:

FREE

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Where to Stay

Manchester is a vibrant, up-and-coming city, making it an ideal destination for business or leisure. Offering many of the benefits of London, but with less hassle and less cost, it is definitely the place to head for at any time of year. From luxurious five star hotels to family-orientated apartments and budget beds, you will be spoilt for choice.

LateRooms Tip
  • Manchester accommodation is normally cheaper on Friday and Sunday, making it an excellent destination for single night stays.
  • If you want to travel to Manchester but the centre is looking full, why not consider staying at the Airport? It offers excellent 24 hour rail links to the centre, and is a great base from which to explore the picturesque Cheshire countryside.
  • If you are travelling as a group of friends or with family, Manchester offers an abundance of apartments in central locations which can prove more cost effective.
  • With Manchester being home to two premiership football teams it can mean that the city gets very busy for home matches, so expect to pay slightly more at these times. Availability will also be limited, so you may want to consider staying in the suburban areas such as Fallowfield, Didsbury, Bramhall, or Stockport.

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Where to Eat

Manchester's restaurant scene sees influences from all over the world, especially with the world famous 'curry mile' in Rusholme and China Town in the centre. Many top chefs have also chosen Manchester as home for their exclusive restaurants. Whatever you fancy, Manchester has something to offer everyone on any budget.

Hard Rock Cafe

The Print Works, Exchange Square, Manchester, M4 2BS, +44 (0)161 831 6700

  • Hard Rock Cafe Manchester is the UK's largest Hard Rock, which will rock your senses serving what can only be described as "The Official Food of Rock", generous drinks and an awe-inspiring collection of rock memorabilia. Priceless pieces from legends The Beatles, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Oasis, and Elvis Presley grace the cafe walls along with more contemporary items including stage costumes worn by Natasha Bedingfield and the Arctic Monkeys.
  • An average main course costs between £8.25 and £12.45.
  • Food is served Monday to Friday 12:00-00:00 and Saturday and Sunday 11:30-00:00.
EastzEast

Princess Street, Manchester, M1 7DG, +44 (0)161 244 5353

  • Family-run Indian restaurant specialising in Punjabi cuisine.
  • Good quality food served in modern, contemporary surroundings with a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.
  • A curry costs around £7.00 with appetizers and rice/naans extra.
  • Open 7 nights a week 17:00-00:00 (01:00 on Saturdays).
Choice Bar and Restaurant

Castle Quay, Manchester, M15 4NT +44 (0)161 833 3400

  • An independent, AA rosette restaurant serving modern British cuisine in crisp, contemporary surroundings with live piano music.
  • An average main course costs around £15.00 from the evening menu.
  • A set 2 course set menu (available 12:00-19:00 Monday to Friday, until 18:00 on Sunday) can be enjoyed for £12.95.
El Rincon de Rafa

Longworth Street (off Deansgate), Manchester, M3 4BQ, +44 (0)161 839 8819

  • Popular tapas bar serving good quality, varied tapas.
  • Tapas costs between £3.00 and £5.00.
  • Open Monday to Saturday 12:00-00:00 (23:00 on Sunday).
The Gaucho Grill

2A Saint Mary's Street, Manchester M3 2LB, +44 (0)161 833 4333

  • Popular Argentinean restaurant.
  • Specialises in Argentinean steaks, but offers a wide alternative menu too.
  • Has live music on Fridays and a DJ on Saturdays.
  • A main course costs around £15.00, while steaks can be more expensive.
  • Open daily from 12:00.
Red Chilli

70-71 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 4GU, +44 (0)161 236 2888

  • Offers Sichuan, Beijing and Guangdong cuisine.
  • Menu is extensive, including some intriguingly-titled dishes such as 'Husband and Wife Lung Slices.'
  • Some of the dishes are not for the squeamish; however there is an extensive mainstream menu for those not wishing to partake.
  • Main courses average around £7.50.
  • As the name suggests, chilli is a regular feature; so choose carefully.
  • Open from 12:00 to 23:00 Sunday to Thursday (00:00 on Friday and Saturday).
Panacea

14 John Dalton Street, Manchester, M2 6JR, +44 (0)161 833 0000

  • Elegant, modern restaurant offering an exclusive dining experience.
  • There is a bar as well for those wanting to sample the extensive cocktail menu.
  • Food is based on small portions and is ideal for a light lunch, or sample a collection for a main course.
  • From pasta, grilled seabass, and salads to mini cheeseburgers, there is something to cater for every taste.
  • A dish costs anything between £5.00 and £10.00.
  • Open for food 12:00-22:30, closed on Mondays and Sundays. Booking is recommended, no matter what time you visit.
The Bridge Pub and Restaurant

58 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 2RJ, +44 (0)161 834 0242

  • Popular 'gastropub' serving up some traditional British dishes.
  • Main courses cost between £8.00 and £12.00.
  • If you just fancy a drink; the pub has a good atmosphere and is popular with the after-work crowd.
Cafés and Delis:
Suburb

63 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BW, +44 (0)161 832 3642

  • Independent café with seating downstairs.
  • Only fair trade coffee is served, and artwork adorns the walls.
Katsouris

113 Deansgate, Manchester, +44 (0)161 819 1260

  • Mediterranean deli offering a variety of sandwiches and rolls.
  • Great range of salads, cheese, sausages, and meats.
  • Sandwiches are priced between £2.50 and £4.00.
Love Saves the Day

345 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LG, +44 (0)161 834 2266

  • Serves some great snacks.
  • Open from 08:00 Monday to Friday with late night opening until 21:00 on Thursday.
Oklahoma Café and Gift Shop

74-76 High Street, Manchester, M4 1ES, +44 (0)161 834 1136

  • This café shop is a bit of an Aladdin's cave of treasure as well as serving up some great veggie snacks and coffee.
Earth Vegetarian Café

16-20 Turner Street Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1DZ, +44 (0) 834 1996

  • Open Tuesday to Friday 12:00-15:00 and 17:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00
  • All food can be eaten in or taken away.
  • Menu changes daily.

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Nightlife

Manchester has a varied and dynamic nightlife, with something to offer everyone. From modern cosmopolitan bars, to bohemian cafés and traditional pubs, you will be spoilt for choice. Manchester may not be 'Madchester' any more, but there are plenty of clubs reminiscent of the old Haçienda days, as well as underground hide-outs for those clubbers wanting to dance 'til dawn. Many more new, trendy clubs are also springing up around the city to complement the vast bar culture which exists.

Pubs and Bars:
Peveril of the Peak

127 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5JQ, +44 (0)161 236 6364

  • A traditional Manchester pub dating from around 1830, still with its authentic interior.
  • Sells food and real ale, and is the perfect watering hole if you are visiting the Bridgewater Hall.
Circus Tavern

86 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 4GX, +44 (0)161 236 5818

  • Smallest pub in Manchester.
  • Grade II listed building with authentic décor and ambience.
Corbieres Wine Cavern

2 Half Moon Street, Manchester, M2 7PS, +44 (0)161 834 3381

  • Bar with a jukebox and a great atmosphere.
  • Attracts a mixed clientele across all ages.
The Temple

Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5JW

  • Formerly a public toilet(!) this small pub now attracts a varied crowd.
  • Good range of beers.
Fab Café

111 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 4RJ, +44 (0)161 236 2019

  • This is a Manchester institution with its sci-fi theme and retro décor.
Cord

8 Dorsey Street (off Tib Street), Manchester, M4 1LU, +44 (0)161 832 9494

  • As its name implies, the interior is kitted out with brown cord furniture.
  • It has great ambience, and attracts a retro crowd.
Centro

74 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LG, +44 (0)161 832 1325

  • Serves a range of European and American draft beers in trendy, cosmopolitan surroundings.
  • A good example of Manchester's café culture.
Zinc Bar & Grill

The Triangle, Manchester M4 3ES, +44 (0)161 827 4200

  • Relaxed bar area with a sophisticated look and feel.
  • Also has a restaurant serving an average priced menu.
Living Room

80 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2ER, 0870 44 22 537

  • This bar and restaurant is ultra chic, with only members being allowed up to its top floor 'Study' area.
  • There is a restaurant and bar serving food and cocktails.
  • If you want to get in here, then dress to impress.
Matt and Phred's Jazz Club

64 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LW +44 (0)161 831 7002

  • Open Monday to Saturday 17:00-02:00 and serves up some of the best jazz in Manchester.
  • Also has a fine food menu based around pizza and tapas, as well as a cocktail list.
  • Great atmosphere prevails here.
Clubs:
Sankey's

Jersey Street (off Great Ancoats), Manchester, M4 6JG, +44 (0)161 661 9668

  • Renowned club for those serious about clubbing.
  • Open 22:00-04:00 every Friday for 'Tribal Sessions' and every Saturday for 'Sankey's Saturdays'. Has an 'all-nighter' on the last Friday of every month.
  • Attracts the big names of the DJ world including Jon Carter, Carl Cox, and the Plump DJ's.
South

4A South King Street, Manchester, M2 6DQ, +44 (0)161 831 7756

  • Hosts the 'Rock n Roll Bar' on Fridays, while Saturday's 'Disco Rescue' is hosted by Clint Boon of Inspiral Carpets fame.
  • Attracts a varied crowd, with Badly Drawn Boy as a regular client, and past clients being Liam Gallagher and Shaun Ryder.
Mint Lounge

46 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE, +44 (0)161 228 1495

  • A relative newcomer to Manchester's clubbing scene.
  • Open from 21:00 all week and until 04:00 on Friday and Saturday.
  • Attracts a very sophisticated crowd, so dress for the occasion.
  • Music ranges from soul and funk to house and reggae.
  • See the Mint Girls in their cabaret show.
  • Also houses the only Vom Fass sweet shop outside of Selfridges.

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Theatre & Entertainment

Manchester has an extensive theatre and entertainment scene. From live music to comedy, musicals to film festivals, there is something to offer everyone. Manchester has produced some of the best musical stars including Oasis, The Bee Gees and the Stone Roses, and has seen the rise of famous comedians like Peter Kay. As well as being steeped in heritage, it is also buzzing with new talent, making it the place to be and be seen.

Theatres:
Palace Theatre

Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 6FT, +44 (0)161 245 6600

  • Hosts a range of touring performances, including West End musicals and productions.
Opera House

Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3HP, +44 (0)161 828 1700

  • Slightly smaller venue than the Palace but hosts many big productions, especially touring theatre and musical productions.
Contact Theatre

Devas Street, Manchester, M15 6JA, +44 (0)161 274 0600

  • Promotes music, dance, and drama to showcase contemporary works.
Lowry Theatre

Salford Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ, 0870 787 5780

  • The Lowry contains two state of the art theatres: the Lyric and the Quays.
  • Hosts a vast genre of material across the fields of dance, drama, and music.
  • Promotes new, innovative and sometimes controversial, but thought provoking productions.
The Green Room

54-56 Whitworth Street, M1 5WW, +44 (0)161 615 0500

  • Small venue hosting modern, avant-garde productions in order to promote the arts.
Live Music:
Manchester Evening News Arena

Victoria Station, Manchester, M3 1AR, +44 (0)161 950 5000

  • Hosts large concerts.
  • After the sport stadiums, this is probably the next largest concert venue in the city.
Bridgewater Hall

Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS, +44 (0)161 907 9000

  • Manchester's newest state-of-the-art concert venue hosting mainly classical and operatic performances.
Academy 1, 2 & 3

Academy 1, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR, +44 (0)161 275 2930

  • The Academy 1 is the largest of the three venues and hosts up-and-coming and alternative artists.
  • Great venue if you like intimate gigs and a good atmosphere.
Carling Apollo

Stockport Road, Manchester, M12 6AP

  • A former theatre and music hall, now hosts concerts from well known and up-and-coming artists.
  • Located just outside the city centre.
Roadhouse

8 Newton Street, Manchester, M1 2AN, +44 (0)161 237 9789

  • Small, intimate venue which attracts many new and unsigned bands.
  • Artists who have played here before they 'made it big' include Coldplay, Stereophonics and the White Stripes.
  • Also hosts regular club night 'Friends and Family' on Saturdays.
Comedy:
Comedy Store

34 Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 5LH, +44 (0)161 839 9595

  • The only Comedy Store outside London.
  • Has shows on virtually every night of the week.
  • Showcases new talent, as well as established performers.
The Frog and Bucket

102 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LJ, +44 (0)161 236 9805

  • One of Manchester's best loved comedy venues which has been around for over 10 years.
  • Peter Kay performed one of his first ever gigs here. Steve Coogan and Johnny Vegas have also appeared here.

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For the Kids

Manchester is a great destination for all the family. It is dynamic an interesting - fantastic for keeping the children constantly amused. There are many free museums which have interactive features and hands-on activities: Museum of Science and Industry, Imperial War Museum in the North, and Manchester Museum. Other things to try are:

Laser Quest

The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8DF

  • Great for the kids to let off steam. The aim is to work as part of a team to keep lives and score points by zapping your opponents with a laser gun.
  • Games last around 20-30 minutes.
  • There are also special features such as the Laser Matrix and the Rock.

Opening Times:

Daily 10:00-23:00

Prices:

1 game £4.50 per person
2 games £7.50 per person

Aquatics Centre

2 Booth St East, Manchester, M13 9SS

  • Built for the Commonwealth Games, this Olympic-sized pool has a small selection of slides (check for opening times) and many family swim sessions.

Opening Times:

Monday to Friday 06:30-22:00
Saturday 07:00-18:00
Sunday 07:00-22:00
Telephone +44 (0)161 275 9450 for specific family swim times.

Prices:

Adult £2.70
Junior £1.65
Family £7.05

Wacky Warehouse

The Bell House, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 5PG

  • Indoor play area for children.
  • Attached to the Bell House pub.

Opening Times:

Daily 09:30-20:30

Prices:

£2.00 for a 1 hour play session

Heaton Park

Middleton Road, Manchester M25 2SW

  • Large park with many attractions for the children including 2 play areas, a farm with a pets' corner, tram rides around the park, and a pitch and putt.
  • During school holidays there are also many activities organised by the park warden.

Opening Times:

Farm 09:00-17:00
Trams run on Sundays and public holidays from Good Friday to October.

Prices:

FREE
Charges may apply for certain activities

IMAX

The Filmworks, Printworks, 68 Dantzic Street, Manchester, M4 2AD

  • Shows films in 3D providing a unique cinema experience.
  • Films are a selected range most suited for the IMAX experience.

Opening Times:

Usually at weekends, but times vary
Check before arriving

Prices:

Adult: £5.00 off-peak, £6.00 peak times
Child: £3.75

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Shopping

Manchester is a shopper's paradise - its centre and surrounding areas boast some of the country's most exclusive stores. There are also many unique boutiques and hidden gems to be discovered, catering for virtually every high street taste. Manchester's main shopping streets are King Street and St Ann's Square, containing mainly designer shops such as Armani and Hugo Boss, whilst Market Street has mainly high street stores such as Littlewoods, Miss Selfridge, and HMV.

Shopping Centres:
Arndale Centre

Manchester M4 3AQ

  • Located in central Manchester with access provided from Market Street and Cross Street.
  • Recently extended and refurbished to contain many large shops, such as Next and Topshop.
  • Dozens of high street stores, as well as two eating areas and a market.
  • Open Monday to Saturday 09:00-20:00 and Sunday 12:00-18:00.
Triangle

37 Exchange Square, Manchester, M4 3TR

  • Formerly the Corn Exchange, the Triangle formed part of the regeneration following the IRA bomb.
  • Contains mainly designer stores, including Molton Brown, Ted Baker, and Muji.
  • Open: Monday to Wednesday 10:00-19:00, Thursday and Friday 10:00-20:00, Saturday 09:00-19:00, Sunday 12:00-18:00.
Trafford Centre

Manchester M17 8DF

  • A complete shopping and entertainment centre.
  • Contains many of the high street and designer shops, including Selfridges.
  • Has a cinema, Laser Quest, many restaurants and other places to eat and drink.
  • Shops open Monday to Friday 10:00-22:00, Saturday 10:00-20:00, Sunday 12:00-18:00.
Lowry Outlet Mall

The Quays, Salford Quays, M50 3AH

  • The outlet mall can offer up to 50% off well known brands including Karen Millen, Nike and Flannels.
  • Also contains a food court.
  • Open: Monday to Friday 10:00-18:00 (Thursday 20:00), Saturday 10:00-19:00, Sunday 11:00-17:00.
Department Stores:
Harvey Nichols

21 New Cathedral Street, Manchester, M1 1AD

  • This exclusive designer store has a bar and brasserie on the second floor.
  • Sells many designer brands and products.
Selfridges

1 Exchange Square, Manchester M3 1BD
Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8DA

  • Contains many designer brands across electrics, clothing and furniture.
  • Serves an extensive range of food in their food court, and has a sushi bar.
House of Fraser

60 Deansgate Manchester M60 3AU

  • One of Manchester's most well loved department stores, formerly known as Kendals.
  • Offers clothing as well as household goods, beauty products and designer items.
  • Open: Monday to Saturday 09:30-19:00 (Thursday 20:00), Sunday 11:00-17:00.

The streets around the Northern Quarter also contain a large number of unique shops which attract a varied, trendy crowd.
As well as independent shops, there are also two independent shopping centres, which house a variety of small, quirky stalls:

Affleck's Palace

52 Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PW

  • Sells a range of unusual products including clothing, jewellery, music and posters.
  • There is much on offer, ranging from the mainstream to the obscure, and plenty of vintage clothing.
  • Open: Monday to Friday 10:30-18:00, Saturday 10:00-18:00.
Manchester Craft and Design Centre

17 Oak Street, Manchester, M4 5JD

  • Located on the site of the old Smithfield Victorian Market, this centre sells a range of handmade jewellery, ceramics, clothing and much more.

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Gay & Lesbian

Manchester's gay and lesbian scene is concentrated around Canal Street in the area known as The Village.
Most of the gay and lesbian friendly bars and pubs are located within a one mile radius of The Village. There are many venues which accommodate the gay and lesbian community, here are a few recommendations:

Via Fossa

28-30 Canal Street, Manchester, M1 3EZ

  • Serves food during the day.
  • In the evening the DJs take over and the place is transformed into a good pre-club venue.
New Union

111 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6JB

  • One of Manchester's oldest gay venues.
Vanilla

39-41 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3WB

  • One of Manchester's leading and most popular lesbian bars.
  • Hosts many club nights and other events, aimed at the lesbian community.
Tribeca

50 Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3WF

  • Funky New York style bar with a sophisticated ambience to match. Houses a small club called 'Bed' which has full size beds for lounging.
  • Range of nights including 'Best of The Eighties' half-price cocktails on Thursdays, R'n'B and dance music on Saturdays.
Velvet

2 Canal Street, Manchester, M1 3HE

  • Bar serving excellent food with a consistently good reputation.
  • Has an extensive cocktail menu.
Essential

8 Minshull Street, Manchester, M1 3EF

  • Has three sections; main bar, the dance arena for hardcore clubbers, and the pop lounge for more eclectic tastes.
Manchester Pride

Sees ten days of activities and events geared towards the gay/lesbian community.
Culminating in the famous parade, there are many events across the range of film, theatre, live entertainment and gay/lesbian awareness.
The festival usually takes place on the August bank holiday weekend.

Queerupnorth

Arts festival which is aimed at the gay/lesbian community. Across the genres of dance, drama, theatre, film and club nights, there is much to choose from.
This festival usually takes place in early May.

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