Within Manchester, it is cheaper to find a train station and continue onto the city centre via train, as car parking within the city, although plentiful at parking garages, can be expensive.

Getting around the city by car is straightforward, even within the city centre, it is quite easy moving around, especially if you are equipped with a SatNav in your rental vehicle; although, it's best to restrict entering the city centre area to off-peak times, as congestion can occur at rush hour.

The city centre is pretty compact and its much easier and cheaper to move around on foot or bike. When major events (in particular football matches) take place at the most streets in the city centre can be congested and the Motorway routes converging on Manchester can become very busy.

Manchester has excellent Motorway networks to transport you to other destinations in England. These are easily accessed from Manchester Airport, using Satnav
Rent a car at Manchester Airport and visit this historic city with its great atmosphere, or use Car Rental from Manchester to drive to the wonderful sights in Lancashire, visit Blackpool, or explore the English Lake District in the comfort of a 7 seater hire, 9 seater hire, luxury car rental, SUV rent or any class of rental car that suits yout purposes for your road trip. Use our search engine on the left above to find the cheapest deals for car rental in Manchester

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Manchester, the capital city of the north-west of England you will find a wonderful variety of things to see, do and experience, whether you are shopping, eating out, enjoying outdoor activities or anything in-between. Manchester has been recently transformed thanks to the investment made for the highly successful hosting of the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Manchester not only gained a brand new stadium, but also plenty of modern architecture, fantastic shopping facilities, some great hotels and a bustling night life including a thriving student and gay scene. All this makes Manchester an exciting city to discover.

Places of interest in Manchester:


Manchester holds galleries, museums, sculpture trails, architecture and glorious countryside to name just a few of the many exciting places to visit. While you are discovering the stories and treasures of all ten districts of Manchester you will enjoy a feast of sightseeing and things to do.

The Lowry:

The Lowrey is undoubtedly one of the most visited galleries in Manchester. The Lowry building has a spectacularly modern design is every bit as fascinating as the varied art collection it holds and hence is a real source of local pride. It is named after the artist LS Lowry and there is a very fine collection of his drawings and paintings on display. The Lowry is also hosts two theatres and various shops, bars and restaurants.

Manchester Art Gallery:

Is a must for art lovers. The gallery has an internationally respected collection of art ranging from the early Dutch and Italian masters, through to the likes of Gainsborough and Constable. There is also a display of decorative art including ancient Roman earthenware to contemporary furniture, providing something for all taste to enjoy.

Manchester United:

One of the most well known football teams in the world. To find out more about this club visit their museum and take part in the guided tour. It is open most days, but there are certain restrictions on match days.

Museum of Science & Industry:

Is where you will discover all the interesting facts about Manchester's role in the industrial revolution and get the chance to see steam engines and locomotives, to modern day aircraft and star gaze in the planetarium.

Urbis is set in a dramatic glass building rising high above the centre of Manchester. An interactive exhibition will lead you on a journey exploring life in different cities around the world. With four cascading exhibition floors to explore you need to allow at least ninety minutes for your visit.

Things to do in Manchester:


In Manchester you will find all the shops you could ever desire and a few more besides. Acting as the Gateway to the North, Manchester also provides a perfect base to explore many of the Northís attractions and is within easy reach of the seaside resort Blackpool, the historic city of Chester and only a few hoursí drive to the Lake District, and the Yorkshire Dales.

Heaton Hall and Park:

This is one of Manchesterís principal parks and is less than four miles from the city centre. Its rolling scenery provides an attractive setting for a wide range of leisure activities which cater for visitors of all ages. It is also plays host to many outdoor events, like summer fun days, theatrical productions, concerts and other major events.

East Lancashire Steam Railway is journey back in time.

Opened in 1846 to link the Manchester to Bolton line with Radcliffe and was a popular passenger and freight route until 1972. The East Lancashire Preservation Society, with assistance from Bury and Rossendale Councils, saw the line reopened in 1991. The traditional station buildings and developments along the tracks have contributed to the Society being presented with a number of environmental awards.

Wigan Pier:

Wigan Pier is situated on the banks of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, and is one of the North Wests favourite visitor attractions. At the heart of the centre is an authentic recreation of life in the 1900s. Here you can witness the Victorian way of life such as life below ground at the coalface and how the famous Lancashire pit brow lasses lived. In the ever-popular Victorian schoolroom you can experience the rigours of a strict Victorian education.

Trafford Centre:

A place where visitors marvel at a whole host of shopping opportunities all conveniently located under one roof, with the added bonus of bar and restaurant facilities and a cinema for relaxation during an exhausting shopping trip.

Food & Drink in Manchester:

Manchester has a global feel and flavours all of its own, and can boast of thirty different nationalities of the finest cuisine. Having restaurants and cafes flying flags from around the world. Manchester offers a mind-boggling range of restaurants, whatever your budget. Ultra-chic or reassuringly traditional, Manchester's restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars offer rest and relaxation for all.

39 Steps:

Is tucked away on South King Street and has quietly been busy making a very successful name for itself over the past 21 years. It specialises in providing an every evolving menu to make the most of the finest seasonal produce.

Le Petit Blanc Brasserie:

Is one of a number of Raymond Blancs popular restaurants and like its sister establishments has a good reputation for serving up quality food in suitably elegant surroundings. The well-priced set menu will not break the bank.

The River Room Marco Pierre White:

Is situated with the very chic and sophisticated Lowry Hotel. Like the hotel the restaurant is highly elegant, as is the food which is widely considered to be some of the very best, if not the best in Manchester, with the added bonus of great views out across the river. This restaurant is both the ideal setting for an important business lunch, or a romantic dinner for two.

The Bulls Head:

Is conveniently located right by the Manchester Piccadilly railway station and describes itself as Your local in the heart of the city. Its a fine example of a good old-fashioned city pub offering an excellent selection of real ales and basic pub food including sandwiches, jacket potatoes and burgers.

Lass O'Gowrie:


Is a particular favourite with real ale fan thanks to a range of ever-changing cask beers on offer as well as boasting its own brewery. It is also a hit with the local student population, who come here to dine on the simple and reasonably priced food such as chilli and lasagne.

Waxy O'Connors:

Is a popular Irish pub and is a labyrinth of different rooms set across four levels. This is not the place for a quiet drink. It is a lively pub with live bands twice a week; as well as showing live sporting events on its big screen. There is a wide choice of both wine and beer and the food comes in the form of dishes as varied as traditional Irish stew, fish and chips and seafood chowder.
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Manchester Airport is located in the south of the city and is the largest airport in the UK outside of London, offering flights to over 200 destinations, split between three terminals. The airport is well-served by public transport and is very easily reached from all parts of Manchester and the Greater Manchester Conurbation.

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