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Frequently asked questions

We've listed some of our more frequently asked questions by visitors below.

I'm in Manchester for the weekend, what can I do?
Read our weekend itinerary, browse the What To Do section for ideas or follow our blog which suggests what to do over the weekend every Friday.

How do I get to Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium?
You can use the Metrolink tram system. From the city centre get an Altrincham tram alighting at Old Trafford or get an East Didsbury tram alighting at Trafford Bar. For more information visit the Metrolink website.

You can use the following bus numbers from the city centre: 79, 250, 255, 256, 263, X50. For more information visit the TFGM website.

You can walk from the city centre which will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Use the directions on

For SatNav use the postcode M16 0RA. There is match day parking at the stadium. For more information visit the MUFC website.

How do I get to Manchester City's Etihad Stadium?
You can walk from Manchester city centre in approximately 40 minutes. Follow the 'City Link' signs from Piccadilly Train Station.

You can use the following bus numbers: 53, 54, 185, 186, 216, 217, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, X36 and X37. For more information visit the TFGM website.

You can use the Metrolink tram system. From the city centre get an Ashton tram alighting at the Etihad Campus. For more information visit the Metrolink website.

For SatNav use the postcode M11 3FF. There is match day parking at the stadium. For more information visit the MCFC website.

What areas of the city centre should I visit?
The Northern Quarter is Manchester's creative, urban heart is home to countless independent fashion stores, record shops, cafés, bars and restaurants.

Spinningfields is home to some of Manchester's most popular bars, restaurants and shops. The award-winning estate recently launched The Lawns in Hardman Square. The revitalised public realm is the focal point for some of Manchester's biggest calendar events.

Canal Street is a beacon of celebration in the city, the Gay Village is a must for any visitor to Manchester. With a combination of bars, clubs, restaurants and green spaces set alongside a long stretch of the Rochdale Canal, making it the perfect setting for alfresco drinking and dining.

Castlefield is the home of industry in Manchester and is located at the south-west end of Deansgate. It is the industrial and Roman heart of Manchester and the place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life with waterside pubs and bars.

Central Retail District Manchester's compact nature makes the city perfect for shopping. Visitors can weave from store to store on foot. The city is bustling with retailers lining streets, hidden round corners and taking over squares and spaces, and nestled in between are award-winning attractions and a diverse range of restaurants and bars.

What attractions are there in the city centre?
Manchester Art Gallery has one of the country's finest art collections in spectacular Victorian and contemporary surroundings. Highlights include outstanding pre-Raphaelite paintings, craft and design and early 20thC British art

MOSI is based on the site of the oldest passenger railway station in the world and truly is a museum for everyone. Kids, big and small will be fascinated by the hands-on exhibitions, while the huge collection of vintage vehicles and historic working machinery is enthralling.  Permanent exhibitions allow you to explore how the Industrial Revolution started in Manchester and transformed Britain's cities as well as the lives of its people.

The People's History Museum is truly unique. A national museum charting the history of the struggle for equality and democracy in the UK, it's perfectly suited to the radical city of Manchester

National Football Museum experience the world's greatest sport and whether you're a die-hard football fan, planning a visit with your family or on a weekend break to the city, you will enjoy your visit to the world's biggest and best football museum.

The John Rylands Library is a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture and looks more like a castle or cathedral.  Both the building and its collections are of outstanding international significance. This world class collection includes the oldest known piece of the New Testament, the St John Fragment.

Manchester Cathedral is an essential visit in the City sporting a gorgeous interior with the best late medieval woodwork in the north - the quire and the ceiling are splendid and full of life in the carved details.

Have a look at our interactive city centre map to see what other attractions there are in the city (and the rest of Greater Manchester).

What events are on tonight?
Use the search on the left hand side of our What's on page to see what events are on and when.

Is there a bus tour of Manchester?
Yes. Manchester Sightseeing Bus Tours provide open top bus tours of the city running Saturdays between April - October.

Are there any guided walks of Manchester?
Yes, there are a range of daily tours delivered across our region by the trusted tour guides at Manchester Guided Tours, New Manchester Walks and Manchester Taxi Tours

There is a Manchester Walking Tour app available through iTunes. This app is an audio visual experience that allows you to explore the city and discover its defining moments and untold stories.

Where can I eat?
Have a look at our Food and Drink section for ideas on restaurants, cafes and bars.

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You can telephone the team on:

0871 222 8223

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