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About Manchester

Manchester, a city in the North West of England, is widely regarded as the business capital of the North and is the second most populous urban area in the UK after London. Manchester has long been regarded as a cultural hub, with an exciting nightlife and genre defining music. This has contributed to Manchester's current status as the third most visited city and third largest economy in the UK.

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival

Running for the fifth year, the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival will have 22 bars participating to serve more than 750 different types of beer! Not only will there be craft beers, but international cask-conditioned beers as well. The festival will be taking place from the 25th - 27th January this year at Manchester Central.

Travelling to Manchester

By Plane: Manchester Airport is the 3rd busiest in the UK, from Manchester Airport you can fly to around 225 destinations both nationally and internationally. Manchester Airport is Located 15km south of the city centre and will take just under 20 minutes by car. Alternatively, from the airport visitors can also get to the city centre by train, which run every 10 minutes. There are also 9 bus services running to and from the city centre to the airport, operating 24 hours a day.

By Train: Manchester Piccadilly is the busiest and biggest train station out of the 4 stations in the city and is the fourth busiest station in the UK. It serves mainly intercity routes to London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Glasgow and Liverpool. Manchester Piccadilly is located very centrally in Manchester, it is therefore within walking distance of the city. If you wish to use public transport, there are Metro Shuttles and trams that leave the station every 7 minutes.

By Bus: Buses to Manchester are frequent from most cities in the UK. The journey from London takes around 4 hours and buses arrive into the bus station near the city centre.

Travelling Around Manchester

The public transport system is extremely expansive and covers the entirety of Greater Manchester. The system encompasses tram, trains and buses and tickets are usually purchased immediately prior to travel. On buses you buy the ticket from the driver upon entering the bus; tram tickets can be purchased via self service ticket machines on the platform and train tickets from self service ticket machines or at a kiosk at the station.

Cycling is popular during the summer months in Manchester and there are numerous bike rental shops littered around the city. There are fairly extensive cycle paths in Manchester, however they can often be slightly unreliable, e.g cutting off at random points.

The central shopping districts in Manchester are predominantly pedestrianised and pavements can be found almost everywhere. It is easy to see the main sites of the city by foot.

This is what travel blogger Jack Edwards had to say about Manchester

Manchester is a city bursting at the seams with vitality and colour on every street corner. From delicious eateries and market stalls to vintage stores and high-street shops, this city has it all, and art fills the gaps (both inside and outside the many galleries!)

Even when the sun begins to fade, the city continues to pulsate with life, filling the sky with symphonies of music and the lights of clubs and bars. The atmosphere is simply electric, in a city charged by culture and history. The uncrowned capital of the North is adored by natives and visitors alike, and its hard not to inherit their admiration.

Jack is from The Jack Experience.

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