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Short guide to areas and some possible places to visit within Manchester

Within the city

The conference itself and hotel accommodation is situated within the city centre making it within a short walking distance of all that the city has to offer. The city centre itself is commonly split into a number of distinct sections and quarters - each with their own character, atmosphere and appeal. Map of the city centre and districts

Slightly further

Directory of links to some attractions:

For general links to events and places to visit in Manchester see: What to See and Do in Manchester

. Below are links to a few attractions within and close to Manchester city centre. This list is far from exhaustive and is only intended to give a flavour of what is available! For Further information can be found at the Manchester tourist information website at www.visitmanchester.com. Also see http://www.prideofmanchester.com/ for a large list of online guides to everthing to do within the City (including everything from restaurants and bars to Art and Architecture).

Further Information

Tourist information office can be found at the Manchester City Town Hall in St Peters Square, next to the Library (both are marked on the map of the city centre). This is open Monday - Saturday 10am - 5:30pm & Sunday 10:30am - 4:30pm.

A large interactive map showing many of Manchesters visitor attractions can be found here.

Tourist information about many attractions and facilities in and around Manchester can be also found at:

  • http://www.manchester.gov.uk/visitorcentre/
  • http://www.manchester.com/
  • http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/tourist/

    Travel information in and around Manchester

    Manchester city centre is just a few minutes walk to North of the hotels.

    Regular bus routes within Manchester and the surrounding areas leave from Piccadilly Bus station, which is a few minutes walk from the accommodation. (Further travel information on Buses, trams and trains within the Greater Manchester area can be found at http://www.gmpte.com/, or via telephone 0161-228-7811 (8am - 8pm).Information and tickets are also available from GMPTE Travel-shops at the bus station)

    Taxis. If you need to use a taxis any black hackney cab can be hailed at the road side or picked up at a taxi rank. Do not attempt to hail a minicab. Mini-cabs will not normally pick you up and if they do they, and you, are not covered by any insurance. Minicab have to be pre-booked via telephone call (phone numbers of a few mini-cabs firms - Taxifone: 0161-236-2322,Village Private Hire: 0161-237-3383, Radio Cars: 0161-236-8033)

    Rail connections to and from Manchester airport, as well as the rest of the UK, can be caught from Manchester Piccadilly train station which is a couple minutes walk from North campus and the accommodation.

    Piccadilly station is open 24 hours a day for travel, although many of the shops and facilities at the station close late in the evening. Tickets and information regarding train times etc can be obtained at the station.

  • Train timetables can be found here or via telephoning 08457 48 49 50 (from within the UK)
  • Train times can also be found in Deutsch, English, Francaise & Italiano here.
  • Train times and advance tickets can also be purchased on-line at Virgin trains.


    In late September the average daytime temperatures in Manchester is around 17 degrees Celsius falling to around 10 degrees Celsius at night. Like the rest of northwest England, Manchester has a generous yearly dose of clouds and drizzle, although the weather is rarely severe. So it would be definitely wise to bring a coat and/or an umbrella! Of course we might be lucky with the weather, but what ever it may be there plenty of interesting places where you can keep dry and well-fed.

    Useful Maps

  • Map of Manchester city centre and the University, All university buildings are coloured in purple.
  • Interactive map showing many of Manchesters visitor attractions.
  • Map of Sackville street campus, showing precise location of the Conference Centre.
  • Map of the main University campus
  • Locations of Taxi ranks within the centre of Manchester