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 Known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester is one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in the UK, with a unique character all of its own. Manchester welcomes visitors with its fine traditions of culture, music, sport and top class events. Its vitality is expressed through its fascinating history, interactive attractions, magnificent architecture and most of all, the spirit of its people - ensuring that there’s always something to do in the Greater Manchester region.

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British Pound, £1 = 100 pence

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The Guardian
Manchester Evening News
Manchester Metro News (free)

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Shops are usually open Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm.

population

2.8 million

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Visit Manchester
Manchester Visitor Information Center, Manchester
+44 871 222 8223
Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun 10:30am-4:30pm

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https://www.visitmanchester.com

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The City

Manchester is one of the UK’s most dynamic, cosmopolitan and welcoming cities. With its fine traditions of culture, music, sport and top class events, there’s something for everyone across the whole Greater Manchester region.

SPORT
From football, to cricket, to cycling as well as a year-round programme of sports events, Manchester is packed with activities and entertainment to keep sports fans amused even when the games finish.

CULTURE
From music and art to theatre and architecture, Manchester’s culture is known for its energy and excellence. Both the Whitworth and HOME are settling in since opening in the last few years and we await the arrival of The Factory, due in 2020.

HERITAGE
Birthplace of the computer, the football league and Top of the Pops, Manchester’s heritage is rich and diverse. Take in the history at SIM, housed in the world’s first passenger railway station, or at Chethams Library, the oldest public library in the English-speaking world.

SHOPPING
Manchester is the shopping capital of the North, offering a range of shopping experiences from high end to high street, from local to independents. Stores available include Patagonia, Fjall Raven, French Connection, Watches of Switzerland, Paul Smith, Colette, Victoria’s Secret, Timberland, Chisholm Hunter, Victoria’s Secret & Victoria PINK and Chopstix.

FOOD & DRINK
From high-end restaurants and renowned chefs setting up camp here, to independent good value eateries, global cuisine and also locally produced grub on offer, Manchester has cemented itself as a culinary city.

NIGHTLIFE
A visit to Manchester would not be complete without a night out exploring the city’s bars, pubs and clubs. Each area of the city boasts its own unique style and collection of places to choose from.

MUSIC
Manchester has music in its soul. Mancunian exports include The Smiths, Take That and Oasis who have contributed some of the most important rock and pop music of all time. Today you can enjoy an array of music from classical to jazz to rock and pop in a wide range of different venues.

COUNTRYSIDE
Greater Manchester has miles of inspiring countryside, crisscrossed by historical waterways and dotted with picturesque towns and fascinating attractions that make for a great day out of the hustle and bustle of the city.

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See & Do

Manchester is perhaps best known internationally for two things: music and football. Huge musical acts, including The Hollies, The Bee Gees, New Order, Oasis, Simply Red and many more, have hailed from Manchester, and the yearly ‘In The City’ music festival has launched many to international stardom. Football fans will want to visit the legendary Old Trafford stadium, museum and megastore. But Manchester has a lot more to offer than just music and sports. It is a young and creative city, with outstanding museums, food and nightlife, crisscrossed by canals which give it a unique atmosphere, and one of the greatest pleasures about visiting Manchester is exploring the various districts on foot.

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National Football Museum

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Play Factore

The Crystal Maze Live Experience

The Crystal Maze Live Experience

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Chinatown

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo

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City Centre Cruises

Ordsall Hall

Ordsall Hall

John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library

Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank

East Lancashire Railway

East Lancashire Railway

Chill Factore

Chill Factore

Robinsons Brewery

Robinsons Brewery Visitor Centre

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Imperial War Museum

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Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre

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Great Northern Warehouse

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Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium

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Stockport Town Hall

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Heaton Park

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City Centre Cruises

Victoria Baths

Victoria Baths

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FC United

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Art & Culture

From music and art to theatre and architecture, Manchester’s culture is known for its energy and excellence. The UNESCO City of Literature is awash with new and refurbished cultural venues and Manchester is preparing for the opening of The Factory, the new permanent home for the Manchester International Festival, in 2020, with high profile Pre-Factory events in 2018 as well as the next MIF in 2019.

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Whitworth Art Gallery

Manchester Regiment

Museum of the Manchester Regiment

Science and Industry Museum

Science and Industry Museum

The Stoller Hall

The Stoller Hall

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HOME

Royal Exchange Theatre

Royal Exchange Theatre

Castlefield Gallery

Castlefield Gallery

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Central Library

Portland Basin Museum

Portland Basin Museum

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Working Class Museum

Working Class Movement Library

Contact Theatre

Contact Theatre

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Gallery Oldham

Elizabeth Gaskell's House

Elizabeth Gaskell's House

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The Lowry

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People’s History Museum

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Accommodation

Greater Manchester offers a wide range of accommodation, from unique boutique hotels and luxury pads to beautiful countryside settings and cosy family hideaways, there’s something to suit every need and taste.

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The Principal

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The Lowry Hotel

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The Midland Hotel

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Quays apartments

Quay apartments

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Macdonald Manchester Hotel

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Renaissance Hotel

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ABode Manchester

Campanile Hotel

Campanile Hotel

Castlerose Boat Stay

Castlerose Boat Stay

Stay Deansgate Apartments

Stay Deansgate Apartments

Cheadle House

De Vere Cheadle House

Hallmark Inn

Hallmark Inn Manchester South

Hatters

Hatters Hostel

Hilton Chambers

Hilton Chambers

Hotel Gotham

Hotel Gotham

La Reserve

La Reserve Aparthotel

Lennox Lea

Lennox Lea Hotel

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Shopping

Manchester has become northern England's shopping capital, offering variety, quality and bargains. From large shopping centres like Manchester Arndale and the Trafford Centre to the pedestrian boutique districts and markets dotting the city, to the unique items found at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre, shoppers will be spoilt for choice with everything from designer fashion to local handicrafts on offer.

Manchester Arndale

Manchester Arndale

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Spinningfields

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

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Harvey Nichols

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Bali Health Lounge

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Stockport Market

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DKNY

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Events and Festivals

As one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the UK, there’s always something on in Manchester. With a rolling calendar of events, festivals, exhibitions, concerts and theatre you’ll never be stuck for world-class entertainment.

Manchester Beer Week

Manchester Beer Week

Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival

Manchester Film Festival

Manchester Film Festival

Manchester Jazz Festival

Manchester Jazz Festival

Manchester Pride

Manchester Pride

Parklife Festival

Parklife Festival

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Just So Festival

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The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

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Activities

Manchester is bursting with activities for families and adults. From walking trails to urban crazy golf and escape rooms through to adventure courses, there's plenty to keep you entertained in Manchester.

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Manchester River Cruises

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Scranchester Food Tours

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Skyliner Tour

Skyliner Street Art Tour

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Breakout

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Vegetarian Society Cookery School

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Clue HQ

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Dining

The dining scene in Manchester is more interesting and varied by the day. All manner of new restaurants, gastropubs and bars keep popping up around the city, which now ranks among the country’s best and most diverse culinary destinations. A local speciality is the Manchester Egg, the city’s take on the Scotch egg, which is wrapped in black pudding and sausage, then breaded and deep fried, and should not be missed.

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Yang Sing

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Umezushi

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Sapporo Teppanyaki

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Lunya

Corn Exchange

Corn Exchange

TNQ

TNQ Restaurant And Bar

Randall & Aubin

Randall & Aubin

Alston Bar & Beef

Alston Bar & Beef

Australasia

Australasia

Shorya Ramen

Shoryu Ramen

Banyan

Banyan Bar & Kitchen

Tattu

Tattu

The Anthologist

The Anthologist

Vermilion Restaurant

Vermilion Restaurant and Cinnaba

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Wood Restaurant

Zouk Tea Bar & Gril

Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni

Grafene

Grafene

Hard Rock

Hard Rock Cafe

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Al Bacio

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Tampopo

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Cafes

Manchester has historically been overrun with big chain coffee shops (49 Costa Coffees and 17 Starbucks), but a new wave of independent, high-quality, and often quirky cafes and tea houses has been taking over the city, offering more diverse alternatives and more original products. Give these cafes a try, support local entrepreneurs, and while you're at it, enjoy a truly delicious cup of coffee.

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Teacup Kitchen

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Sugar Junction

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Bonbon Chocolate Workshop

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Earth Cafe

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Tariff & Dale

Tariff & Dale

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Hey Little Cupcake!

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Bars & Nightlife

Manchester boasts one of the UK's strongest and most diverse nightlife scenes, offering plenty of alternatives for drinking, partying and catching world-class concerts and performances. Hacienda was once perhaps Europe's most famous club (back in the 'Madchester' days), and though it is no longer in operation, the adventurous spirit of the city's nightlife remains intact in the numerous venues in the Northern Quarter, Castlefield and Gay Village.

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Dry Bar

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Band on the Wall

Band on the Wall

The Birdcage

The Birdcage

The Deaf Institute

The Deaf Institute

Flight Club

Flight Club

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Junkyard Golf

Junkyard Golf

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Bluu

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Day Trips

With Manchester’s position in the heart of the UK, it’s the perfect gateway to the North of England.

If you’re staying for a little longer than a weekend, there’s stunning national parks, historic cities and more cosmopolitan destinations all within easy reach of the city.
Explore the natural beauty of the Lake District or Peak District National Parks; the charm of Chester or York; or the vibrant Liverpool and Leeds. All can be done in a day from Manchester by rail or road. If you’re planning your visit and want everything taken care of, there are packages available which include rail travel, Meet & Greet, tours and attractions.

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Historic Chester with lunch in the Cathedral Day trip

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Lake District - Cruise, Poetry and Grasmere Gingerbread Day Trip from Manchester

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Historic Chester with River Cruise, Open Top Bus and Walking Tour Day Trip from Manchester

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Chatsworth House and Gardens, National Park and Bakewell Pudding Day Trip from Manchester

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Cadbury World ‘Chocolate Delights’ Day Trip

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Medieval York, the Cathedral and Vikings Day Trip

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World of Wedgwood Day Trip with Luxury Afternoon Tea

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2 Night Luxury Yorkshire Highlights Tour

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Blackpool Seaside Resort Day Trip

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Lake District Cruise, Steam Train and Peter Rabbit Day Trip

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo Day trip

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Bronte Country Tour

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2 Nights Yorkshire TV & Film Location Tour

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park & The Hepworth Museum

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Yorkshire Dales Highlights Tour

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2 Night - The Best of Yorkshire Food & Drink – “Foodie Tour”

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Historic York

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Mountain Goat Lake District Tour from Manchester

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Busy Bus North Wales Adventure Tour

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Tourist Information

Whatever brings you to Manchester, Visit Manchester is here to make sure that you get the most out of your trip.

When you’re in the city, make sure to drop by our Visitor Information Centre. Here you can get tourist information on how to best shape your visit, as well as maps, merchandise and discounted tickets to some of the most popular attractions and tourist spots.

Airport

With three terminals handling over 23 million passengers each year, Manchester Airport is the UK’s Global Gateway for the North. Sixty-five airlines ensure Manchester Airport is directly connected to over 210 destinations including Beijing and Hong Kong, and no more than one-stop away from anywhere in the world.

It has a combined railway and bus station, with departures to Manchester and the rest of the country. The train to Manchester Piccadilly takes about 20 minutes. Airport buses to Manchester depart every half hour. Taxis and car hire companies are also available at the airport.

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Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains will get travellers to Manchester in the quickest, most comfortable and most stylish way possible. With trains every 20 minutes and fares from £20 it couldn't be easier.

Whether its some awesome shopping, or making a weekend out of Manchester, enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Manchester Arndale or a visit to the Trafford Centre. Explore somewhere new this season with Virgin Trains.

Address: Piccadilly Station, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 7RA

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Sixt Rent a Car

Airport

When you hire a car at our Manchester Airport branch you can enjoy free cancellation and free unlimited mileage with no booking fees. Your hire car will include a full tank of petrol which should be returned full and can be refilled on-site. Sixt offers some of the highest quality car rentals in Manchester Airport.
Piccadilly

The Sixt Piccadilly branch is located on Ducie Street just a short walk away from Piccadilly train station. The branch is open 7 days a week, including bank holidays. We offer a range of vehicle types from this branch, including luxury cars, economy cars, convertibles, sports cars & vans.

Optional extras, such as satellite navigation, child seat or baby seat are also available. We offer brands including Vauxhall, VW, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

Trafford Park

Our Trafford Park branch is situated on Chester Road in walking distance of Old Trafford football stadium, home of Manchester United and Lancashire Emirates cricket which was used for the 2013 summer Ashes series. Sixt Trafford Park has excellent transportation links, with buses from the city centre stopping outside the branch and a Metrolink tram stop just a five minute walk. If you are travelling to us by road, Chester Road connects the M60 with Manchester city centre.

For all you're shopping needs, Manchester city centre has a varied range of shops from well known brands on Market Street and in the Arndale shopping centre to vintage shopping boutiques in the Bohemian Northern Quarter. For convenuent shopping, the Trafford centre, home to over 200 shops and restaurants is a ten minute drive away.

Address: Pasture Field Road, Manchester M22 5JW

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City Spare Space

Need luggage storage in Manchester?

Whether you need a few hours or a few days, City Spare Space makes it easy to book affordable luggage storage in local businesses in Manchester. £6 per bag all day luggage storage and £10 overnight luggage storage.

Address: Manchester

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Stasher

Stasher have locations across Manchester where you can store your bag for only £6 for 24 hours including insurance.

Enjoy the most of your day without having to lug your bags around with you! Book your bag safely into one of their StashPoints.

Their locations are trusted hotels and shops who safely store your bags. The service is fully insured by them - up to £750 per bag.

They are 50% cheaper than station lockers and have locations conveniently placed across the city.

You must book online - hosts cannot accept payment in store.

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Phone: +44 (0)203 355 3544

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Public Transport

Thanks to an integrated transport network Manchester is one of the most accessible cities in the UK for both national and international visitors. As England's Gateway to the North, travel around Northern England is easy too, and Manchester Airport is easily accessible from Manchester city centre.

Getting around the city and surrounding areas is easy once you’re here thanks to the fleet of buses, trams and trains available. The compact nature of the city centre also makes walking a popular choice. If you're driving into the city, there are a number of car parks available, or if you're wanting to explore the wider region, car hire is a popular choice for travellers. And for those on a flying visit, there are a number of secure places to leave your luggage.

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Taxi

Manchester’s largest fleet of iconic black cabs with 300 professional, uniformed drivers and over 50 years’ experience. You can be confident that Mantax will get you from A to B as quickly as possible. Mantax pride themselves on customer service, high standards and safety; all of their journeys are GPS tracked and can even be booked and tracked live on their iPhone or Android App and Web Booker. All of their taxis accept credit and debit card payments (including Amex), are wheelchair accessible and seat 5 or 6 with plenty of room for luggage.

Their rates are set and regulated by Manchester City Council and they now offer 10% student discount with a valid NUS card. Mantax offer black cab quality at private hire rates so call for your personal quote today.

Ways to book:

- Call their dedicated booking team: 0161 230 3333

- Download their free iPhone or Android App

- Book online at their Web Booker

Mantax specialise in corporate & personal accounts and can offer a bespoke service for all your travel needs.

Address: 1-3 West Street, Manchester M11 4EF

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Phone: +44 161 230 3333

Website: https://www.visitmanchester.com/visitor-information/travel-information/mantax-p270811

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Post

Manchester Post Office:

Address: 26 Spring Gardens, Manchester

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Phone: +44 345 611 2970

Website: www.postoffice.co.uk

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Pharmacy

Cameolord Pharmacy:

Address: 7 Oxford St, Manchester

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Phone: +44 161 236 1445

Website: www.nhs.uk/Services/Pharmacies/Overview/DefaultView.aspx?id=7858

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Telephone

Country code: +44

Area code: 0161

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Electricity

240 V, 50 Hz

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