MANCHESTER: Cheap Hotels in Manchester
Manchester’s rise to fame as a massive mill town came about in the early years of the Industrial Revolution, with its boom in factory building transforming the former township into the world’s first industrial city. Nowadays, it’s reinvented itself as the Northwest’s most lively conurbation for entertainment and shopping without losing its grand old Victorian architectural heritage.
Low Season: Winter months is the low season because of the low temperatures, November to February. Average Daily Rates of:
- 2 Star: $50 - $200
- 3 Star: $40 - $300
- 4 Star: $70 - $350
- 2 Star: $50 - $200
- 3 Star: $55- $250
- 4 Star: $85 - $355
Sights you mustn't missNow known as a beta-world city, Manchester is the third-most visited of all UK tourist destinations, beaten only by Edinburgh and London. Deansgate is its centre, with soaring Beetham Tower lording it over 19th century red-brick shop fronts.
The Albert Square and Piccadilly Gardens monumental bronze statues pay tribute to Victorian royalty and the great and good of the city, and neon-lit Chinatown is an atmospheric reminder of Manchester’s multi-ethnicity.
Chetham’s Library, the English-speaking world’s oldest public library, is famous as the birthplace of Communism due to Friedrich Engels writing his ‘Conditions of the Working Class in England’ precursor to the Communist Manifesto within its walls.
Fun things to doManchester is a young person’s city for its student-led nightlife, music pubs, dance clubs and alternative venues serving up comedy as well as straight theatre performances.
Sport is huge in the city, with its two rival football clubs, Manchester City and Manchester United as well as the famed Old Trafford cricket grounds.
Didsbury district is a popular suburban hub for trending nightlife, somewhat resembling London’s Hampstead and Islington boroughs.
Wining and diningThere’s a huge choice of international eateries here as well as great pub grub and the inevitable fish and chip shops found on every street corner.
Chinatown’s ethnic eateries are totally authentic, and Rusholm district’s famous Curry Mile is crammed with Indian and Middle Eastern restaurants.
The Arndale shopping centre is a hub for fast foods and steak houses, and the fine dining Second Floor restaurant at Harvey Nichols gives great views as well as gourmet delights.
Day tripsA half-hour away via the M66 is the Rossendale Valley. Set on the moors below the historic Peel Tower, Rossendale town and the surrounding quaint villages boast tiny 19th century terraces and views across the valley.
Heading west from the city centre brings you to scenic drives around charming Cheshire villages ending in a visit to the Roman town of Chester.
The glorious Derbyshire Peak District, with its remote moorlands and historic hillside town of Buxton, is a 45 minute drive from Manchester.
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