Manchester has some of the finest contemporary dining and shopping to be found anywhere. It also has a rich and fascinating history and culture, coexisting alongside modern design. Low-cost flights to Manchester are available from Dublin and several other cities throughout the year. Book in advance online and you’ll soon be experiencing the vibrancy and style of its northern soul. Manchester has been funding daring and new buildings as centres for arts, crafts, music, learning and ideas. It’s done it all with a confidence and finesse that has allowed it to rise from its industrial roots to the tune of innovation and variety.
For the cheapest flights to Manchester, look to travel after New Year until the spring. You can also find great deals in the autumn, while the Christmas period tends to be the most popular for flights.
Aer Lingus, Flybe and Ryanair offer cheap tickets to Manchester from a whole host of locations, including Cork, Dublin, Knock and Shannon. Flights to Manchester last just 60 to 80 minutes, depending on which airport you’re travelling from. Aer Lingus and Ryanair offer cheap flights to Manchester from Shannon Airport, as well as cheap Manchester flights from Cork, while Flybe operates return flights to Manchester from Knock Airport. Getting to any of these airports is also a breeze, thanks to the convenient public transport options available.
Manchester Airport train station operates trains directly to the city centre, but there’s also a handy tram service running every 12 minutes. National Express coaches make stops in the city centre and, as with flights, booking in advance online will save you money. You can also rent a car or jump in a taxi. Of course, these options are a bit pricier, but might appeal if you’re feeling impatient with so much to see and do, or if you’re looking to travel around the wider area.
Marble and granite boulevards and more than 200 shops and boutiques await you at the Trafford Centre – Manchester’s world-class shopping paradise. There are plenty of places in the centre offering quality and ambience, where you can enjoy real ale or sample an à la carte menu. You’ll also find a bohemian vibe in the groovy Northern Quarter. Enjoy international events such as the Great Manchester Run and the Manchester Literature Festival, and stunning modern architecture such as The Lowry theatre and art gallery and the Imperial War Museum North, separated by a footbridge over the Manchester Ship Canal. There are plenty of other eye-opening buildings to discover, including the First Church of Christ Scientist in an Art Nouveau style in Victoria Park, and Manchester Town Hall which contains murals by Ford Madox Brown that capture the city’s early history. And fans of the beautiful game shouldn't miss out on the chance to take in a top-flight match at Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium. There’s a real zest here, with depth to match its personality.
Ryanair, Aer Lingus, British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Air France
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