London might be the most diverse city in the UK, but Manchester is just as cool and cosmopolitan. A cultural city famed for its music, sport and fashion, it boasts a unique charm, drawing business travellers from all over the world with its friendly, individualistic spirit.
As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester has long remained a hub for business travel and, after London, is home to more multi-millionaires than anywhere else in Britain.
With so much to see and do in Manchester, it can be difficult ticking off everything on a short trip. So, to help you get the most out of the city, we’ve put together this handy article that tells you where to stay and what to do in Manchester. We give you our "Manchester Business Travel Guide."
Conference centres in Manchester
Like many business cities in the UK, Manchester offers a variety of conference and meeting spaces. Its venues range from small-scale halls to purpose-build exhibition centres hosting dozens of events throughout the year. Here are just a few of the main conference centres in Manchester.
This award-winning convention complex is ideal for conferences and large events. Its historic architecture and state-of-the-art facilities provide the perfect balance of new and old, giving this venue a unique appeal. Its facilities include an 804-seat Exchange Auditorium and 1200-capacity dining space.
Emirates Old Trafford
Emirates Old Trafford is a versatile multi-purpose events venue and sporting stadium boasting 43 meeting rooms, 700 parking spaces and 3,600m2 of conference space. It’s also the home of Lancashire Cricket.
Attractions in Manchester
From superb museums to world-famous sporting venues, Manchester has plenty to offer in the way of landmarks. Here are six of our favourite attractions in Manchester.
A leading university museum, open seven days a week, this Manchester attraction offers four floors of displays and exhibitions. Its varied collections hail from all over the world and range from anthropological artefacts to a fossilised Tyrannosaurus Rex. The museum is hugely popular with families and offers both wheelchair access and baby changing. There’s also a gift shop and café on-site.
Manchester Art Gallery
As one of Britain’s finest art museums, the Manchester Art Gallery boasts more than its fair share of treasured works. Its art collections span centuries, running all the way from the Renaissance period right up to the present day. As many as 13,000 decorative art objects are housed inside the Manchester Art Gallery, along with oil paintings, drawings and prints.
Science and Industry Museum
This large museum devotes itself entirely to the evolution of technology, science and industry, with a keen focus on Manchester’s own achievements. On show is the world’s oldest surviving railway station – known originally as Liverpool Road station – along with surgical instruments, printing blocks and orthopaedics. Its varying displays centre on themes of power, transport, computing, textiles and sanitation.
National Football Museum
At the National Football Museum, visitors can soak up the glory of Manchester’s sporting past with memorabilia from the beautiful game. The museum offers an extensive look at the history of football and the players who have made it so incredible to watch. It brings together stories of clubs, fans and stadiums through football-related toys and games, as well as clippings from old matches.
The Lowry is a performing arts centre and gallery complex in Salford Quays which derives its name from the 20th century painter, L.S. Lowry. Its 22,000 square feet of gallery space leaves lots to be explored and includes everything from watercolours to oil paintings. It houses two theatres and a drama studio along with an archive room containing press cuttings, books and photographs. Pop along for a play or musical, or lose yourself in an awe-inspiring painting by L.S. Lowry himself.
Manchester Football Grounds
No trip to Manchester would be complete without a visit to the grounds of football clubs Manchester United and Manchester City. Both clubs offer stadium tours, giving visitors a sneak peek behind all the action. Depending on when you visit either, you may wish to take in a match as well, so check the fixtures ahead of schedule.
Parks and green spaces in Manchester
Lovers of the great outdoors will find no shortage of parks and green spaces in Manchester including Heaton Park, Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden and Platt Fields Park.
This scenic municipal park shares a home with Heaton Hall - a beautiful 18th century country house known for its many stately rooms. The park has undergone a terrific transformation, and, nowadays contains a boating lake, farm and 18-hole golf course.
Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden
Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden enjoys a charming location between Stenner Woods and the River Mersey. It combines a botanical garden and wildlife habitat and features football pitches, tennis courts and a family-run café. Its rock gardens make for a picturesque attraction, with their small waterfalls and ornamental trees.
Restaurants in Manchester
From burger joints to brunch spots, Manchester spoils visitors with all manner of restaurants and eateries.
For a great steak in a sophisticated setting look no further than Hawksmoor Manchester. Ranked one of the best steakhouses in Britain, it serves up a delicious array of prime cuts with cocktails to match. Hawksmoor also does great seafood.
If Asian food is more to your liking, then head to the Japanese restaurant, Umezushi. For a small eatery, it boasts an impressive menu of starters, hot dishes and side plates including tempura and miso soup.
Iberica comes highly recommended for its tapas and Spanish wines. It features a roomy groundfloor bar and two roof terraces, open all year round. Iberica is great for food or drinks and has a distinctly sophisticated air about it with its leather booths and tiled flooring.
Accommodation in Manchester
Need a place to stay in Manchester? These four serviced apartment buildings are smart, affordable and perfect for business travel. Here’s a small selection of our accommodation in Manchester.
At CitySuites Manchester, guests have a choice of studio, one and two bedroom apartments, all wonderfully presented with living areas and fully-equipped kitchens. The apartment building is conveniently located in the centre of Manchester, close to Manchester Cathedral and the Manchester Arndale Shopping Arcade. On-site luxuries include a swimming pool, fitness centre and communal residents lounge.
La Reserve Aparthotel
La Reserve Aparthotel is decidedly modern in feel and combines serviced accommodation with hotel-like amenities. All apartments feature private balconies, inviting guests to unwind outdoors from the comfort of their own terrace. The aparthotel also features on-site parking, should you need to do any driving during the course of your stay.
SACO Manchester Piccadilly
Staying true to its name, this property is situated within a five minute walk of Manchester Piccadilly train station, making it a convenient option for business travellers. It also lies in close proximity to multinational companies and the business park, Media City. Its apartments are bright and well designed with cosy kitchens and spacious living areas.
Staycity Manchester Piccadilly
Wits its quirky reception area and trendy-on-site café, Staycity Manchester Piccadilly keeps things simple but arty. There are one, two and three bedroom apartments available, all of which are clean and contemporary. Additional facilities include a gym and meeting rooms