Manchester is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with masses to offer but, like most cities in the UK, it can be expensive for visitors. Luckily though, Manchester is an easy city to visit on a budget if you know how. Just a few top tips can help you see the best of this remarkable destination without breaking the bank. From free attractions and low-cost eateries to reasonably-priced rooms at some of the city’s most characterful low-cost hotels and B&Bs, read on to find out how to get the most out of your holiday, long weekend or business trip to Manchester.
1. How to Get Here
It’s no secret that travel can be expensive—and budget options often leave travelers stranded at an airport or coach station miles away from the city centre. Manchester is one of the best-connected cities in the north of England, and offers budget travel right into the heart of the city.
If you’re traveling by train, book online and early for the best fares. A great alternative is to travel by coach, as several coaches from companies including National Express and Megabus leave London Victoria every hour. With journey times as quick as 4 hours and prices as low as £1, the coach can be a great option, and gets passengers to the city centre quickly and comfortable.
If you are driving to Manchester, parking can be an extra expense. Dodge this cost by ensuring that your hotel or B&B offers free parking for guests.
2. Where to Stay
In Manchester you don’t have to compromise on quality to find an affordable night’s sleep. Choosing to stay in one of the areas surrounding the city centre gives you some great options, and thanks to Manchester’s extensive Metrolink system the businesses, shops and sights of the city centre are never far away. There are many great options for the budget bed-seeker, from self-catering apartments and hostels to small hotels and some of the best budget B&Bs in the country.
New Central Guest House is the perfect base for holidays or business trips to Manchester. Located just 1.5 miles from Manchester city centre, this family-run bed and breakfast offers quality accommodation at a great price. We have excellent connections with Manchester city centre by Metrolink or road, friendly staff and comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi/
3. Where to Eat and Drink
Like all of the UK’s great cities, Manchester has its share of high-end eateries and world-class destination restaurants… but there are some true hidden gems for budget travelers too. As well as a lively, varied selection of traditional pubs and modern bars, Manchester’s vibrant, diverse population offers food from around the world at great prices—if you know where to look. From curries, noodles and soups, to salads, pita and burgers, it’s all out there. Favourites include Arndale Market’s street food, Rudy’s for delicious bargain pizza and This & That’s ‘rice and three’ curry portions, but there are literally hundreds of great options.
4. What to See
Manchester city centre and the surrounding areas have a huge range of free attractions for all ages. Many people visiting Manchester for work explore the National Football Museum or the city’s industrial heritage on their days off, while families often prefer the Museum of Science and Industry or the Manchester Museum—all of which offer free entry. For culture vultures, the list of free museums and galleries is extensive, and includes the Imperial War Museum North, the People’s History Museum, the Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth Art Gallery.
If you’re looking to unwind after a long day at work or a late night out, head for some of the city’s green spaces—Wythenshawe Park, Prestwich Forest and Queen’s Park are great for rest and revitalisation, or head to Piccadilly Gardens to people watch in the heart of the city.
Still want to dig a little deeper into Manchester’s history? Head online for maps of great historical walks along the canals or through their industrial buildings. More interested in Manchester’s cutting edge? There’s some incredible modern architecture in the city too—start with Calatrava’s Trinity Bridge and go from there.
If you’re heading to Manchester soon and looking to get the most out of your time here without stretching your budget, get in touch now using our Contact Page. We look forward to giving you a warm welcome to New Central Guest House!