Manchester is one of six UK ‘sciencecities’. The capital of the Northwest has transformed itself from an industrial city dependant on manufacturing to a thriving, modern, knowledge-based city amongst the top ten of European locations for education, business and leisure.
Located in the Northwest of England and with a city region population of 2.6 million, Manchester houses many of the UK’s top companies and is an international destination with a visitor infrastructure to rival many others across Europe and over the world.
Manchester is regarded internationally as a hugely popular conference destination and was awarded 2010 with the 'Best UK Destination' by a panel of industry experts at International Confex – a leading industry exhibition.
The Renaissance Manchester Hotel - Manchester’s best address in the heart of the city on the intersection of Blackfriars and Deansgate. The modern dedicated conference, exhibition and banqueting floor, all located in one area, provides one of the largest and most flexible venues in central Manchester.
There are four key train stations in Manchester city centre - Deansgate, Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. Of these, Piccadilly attracts the most visitors' and is the main arrival point into the city centre.
Over 85 airlines offer direct flights to over 180 destinations worldwide, connecting over 22 million passengers to more places than any other airport in the UK. The airport is ideally placed to become your gateway to England's Northwest. You can visit Manchester Airport's website to find out more about flights to Manchester or click on one of our airline partners below to search for flights to Manchester.
Wherever you're arriving from, the airport can provide you with personalised information about your onward journey with its My Airport Guide service.
From the airport, trains to the city centre run every 15 minutes into Piccadilly train station; the average journey time is 20 minutes. Alternatively you can jump into a taxi to the city centre.
A comprehensive network of buses offer frequent services to many destinations.
When in the city centre, you can hop on one of the Metroshuttle buses. These are free and link to all the main rail stations, shopping districts and businesses in the city centre. Metroshuttle operates from 7am - 7pm Monday to Saturday and 10am - 6pm on Sundays and runs approximately every 10 minutes. The Metroshuttle can take you from car parks, stations and tram stops around the city centre's main attractions.
Manchester's ring road connects Manchester to motorways north, south, east and west. You can download maps to help find your way around the city centre and beyond.
Manchester City Council has compiled a map of city centre car parks. For a wider choice of car parks across the region, car park operator NCP has a car park finder tool. You can download the Nosey Parker iPhone App to locate your nearest car park.
National Express run coaches from major cities in the UK to Manchester. Visit the National Express website for full details.
Manchester's Metrolink tram system has been developed to encourage easier and faster travel in the city centre and beyond. Connecting all major railway stations and tourist attractions, the Metrolink runs every five minutes, making it the perfect mode of transport for those who don't require a strict timetable. Trams run from the early morning until late in the evening; don't forget to purchase your ticket from the machine at the platform before you board.
Walking is the easiest way to get around. Manchester is easily explored on foot, with plenty of pedestrian-only zones. It is possible to traverse the main central locations within around 20-minutes, end-to-end.
To explore the city on foot, you could map your route using the interactive Manchester Walking Routes Planner or download maps to help find your way around the city centre and beyond.
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City centre maps can be downloaded from the following link