Visiting Manchester

Situated centrally in mainland Britain, Manchester has a population of 2.5 million – a city with roots in ancient history which is now wonderfully cosmopolitan with its own unique character. Victorian architecture dominates the city, although the city’s medieval roots can be seen around the Shambles as well as the 500-year-old Chetham’s School and Library buildings.

Today a new reputation is being built by bold and innovative local architects progressing one of the most ambitious regeneration programmes in Britain.

Before and after the conference we will arrange a choice of tours, keep an eye out for further details including:

  • Manchester history tour
  • Visits to Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium
  • Afternoon cream tea
  • Manchester music tour
  • Canal Street history and culture tour

Art and culture

From artistic masterpieces to the history of football, Manchester offers over 90 museums and galleries – the majority of which are free to enter.

MoSI, the Museum of Science and Industry, brings innovation to life in the world’s oldest railway station, while the Imperial War Museum North demonstrates how war shapes people’s lives. Manchester is also home to the National Football Museum and the People’s History Museum. Important classic and contemporary art is on show at the Manchester Art Gallery, while you can find a plethora of smaller galleries all over the city.

Opportunities to experience live music in Manchester are as varied as they are exciting. The spectacular Bridgewater Hall is home to the Hallé Orchestra and welcomes musical talent from all over the world. Chamber music, folk, jazz, roots and drum and bass all have their place and major international acts perform regularly in the 20,000-seat Manchester Arena. You’ll find everything from opera to comedy to experimental theatre at the Palace Theatre, Royal Exchange, Contact Theatre and The Lowry.

Food and drink

With so many cultures rubbing shoulders with each other, it’s no surprise that Manchester has a great reputation for food and drink. You’ll find cuisine from practically every nation and to suit takeaways.

Restaurants, bars and clubs can be found in most parts of the city centre, from the bustling Corn Exchange and The Printworks to the upmarket Spinningfields and the bohemian Northern Quarter. We have the UK’s second biggest Chinatown, where you’ll find great Asian restaurants, and the neon-lit ‘Curry Mile’ begins just a short walk from the city centre.


There is no doubting Manchester’s global reputation when it comes to sport. Whether visiting delegates want to watch or take part, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy some of the world’s best facilities and great visitor experiences.

Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium both offer unmissable opportunities for visitors to watch world-class sport, alongside Lancashire County Cricket Club at Emirates Old Trafford. The National Cycling Centre, the Regional Tennis Centre, Aquatic Centre and National Centre for Squash at SportCity, all host international championships and are available for public use.

Explore further afield

Greater Manchester’s ten districts each offer a range of experiences including canal cruises, unique events, local food and drink, market shopping and the great outdoors.

The Peak District, the UK’s first National Park, is a short train ride away. From Piccadilly Station two trains per hour take you to Edale at the heart of the park between Kinder Scout (the site of the mass trespass by ramblers in 1932) and Mam Tor with its spectacular landslip and cavern structures overlooking the picture postcard village of Castleton.

The Lake District is also accessible by train with Windermere 1 hour and 30 minutes away, and local bus connections allowing easy travel to more remote sections.