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A proud industrial past, art and music that shaped British culture, amazing architecture, and the world’s biggest football teams are some of the things that make this city unforgettable. By renting a car in Manchester, you will be free to weave your way through one of the most vibrant cities in the United Kingdom. By travelling fast and independently in your car, you can make the most of the art galleries, concert gigs, as well as the areas surrounding Manchester

It's your choice: Where to go in Manchester

Manchester Airport is one of the UK’s biggest and busiest airports outside of London. It is about 9mi. away from the city centre. There is plenty of car parking at Manchester Airport as well as car rental facilities for visitors wanting to visit Manchester by car. The journey from the airport to the city is straightforward and Manchester is an excellent city to explore by car. To start off, park your car nearby the Northern Quarter, where you will find a range of quirky bars, cafes, and restaurants, as well as impressive street art. Take a drive to South Manchester, where you will find the charming areas of Chorlton-cum-Hardy and Didsbury, with their quaint pubs and boutique shops. Then, head out to Salford Quays to see award-winning architecture, art galleries, and museums.

Things to do in Manchester

You are spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do in Manchester. Stop by Manchester Art Gallery, a free-entry gallery that showcases works by renowned artists and photographers from Leonardo da Vinci to contemporary photographer Martin Parr. Head to the Museum of Science and Industry to learn about Manchester’s role in the Industrial Revolution and to admire huge steam trains and air crafts. The Northern Quarter is a city institution. You will find many hip areas here with independent cafes, bars, and record shops. One of the most recognisable sights is Affleck’s Indoor Market, an emporium for the alternative crowd filled with vintage shops, evocative clothing, and DIY jewellery. Sport fans will be eager to take a tour of Old Trafford Stadium, home to Manchester United, England’s most celebrated football team. Nearby, the National Football Museum covers every aspect of the game. And when winter comes to Manchester, the Christmas markets are an absolute must.

Important info about Manchester

Once you rent a car in Manchester and tour its streets, you understand why so many people fall in love with this city. Manchester has made indelible contributions to British culture, as the backbone of the Industrial Revolution, but also as the home town of famous bands that became the soundtrack of a generation in the 1960s and 1970s. If you are visiting the UK, Manchester should be at the top of your bucket list, as it offers a unique atmosphere. The welcoming locals will happily tell you the entire history of any building you happen to be standing in front of, as well as recommending a series of pubs you need to visit or, most probably, recounting the time they saw The Smiths play at the Apollo Theatre.

Weather in Manchester
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Currency pound
Time-Zones Greenwich Mean Time
Country Code +44

Good to know

Manchester is an easy city to drive through. The city is currently working to reduce carbon emissions and recommends motorists use a number of fuel saving techniques. These include ensuring your tyres are inflated correctly, turning off the engine while stationary, and shifting to high gear to cut down on fuel consumption. You drive on the left in the United Kingdom and the minimum driving age is 17 – for car rentals usually it is higher. You must have your passport and driving licence with you at all times, as well as your vehicle’s documents. Drivers are also required to carry a warning triangle, reflective jacket, first-aid kit, fire extinguisher, and spare light bulbs in the car. The speed limit in the UK is 30mph in built-up areas, 60mph on single carriageways, and 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways.

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What to taste in Manchester

You can find pretty much every cuisine you like in the numerous Manchester restaurants. However, there are a couple of local delicacies you need to try to get a proper taste of Mancunian life. Often a crucial component of a full English breakfast, black pudding originated in the nearby town of Bury. While the thought of eating fried pig’s blood and oats may not seem too appealing, you will be pleasantly surprised by the pudding's delicious, full-bodied flavour. For a real treat, try the local Manchester Egg, which is a pickled egg coated with black pudding and wrapped in breadcrumbs. Pair it with a pint of Boddington’s Bitter, a signature Manchester drink since the 1800s. For those with a sweeter tooth, treat yourself to a Manchester Tart, a traditional English tart covered in raspberry jam, filled with custard, and topped with coconut flakes.

What to bring your friends from Manchester

Manchester has a lively arts scene and the works of one of the city’s favourite artists, L.S. Lowry are omnipresent in the city's museums and galleries. Lowry created some of the most iconic imagery in the UK art scene. There are prints of his famous works available for sale at the Lowry Centre, perfect for a gift or souvenir. Another Manchester arts child is Kathryn Edwards who has created a series of illustrations of the city’s iconic buildings. Prints or postcards of these beautiful images of Victoria Baths or the Central Library are also great surprises to bring back to your friends. In recent years, Manchester has adopted the worker bee as its city emblem. Pick up everything from tote bags to t-shirts emblazoned with this worker bee logo. Alternatively, challenge your friends' culinary tastes by bringing them a black pudding, fresh from one of Manchester's markets.