England’s de facto northern capital, an edgy city that's home to music legends, lively culture and art and the world-famous Manchester United...
- England’s de facto northern capital, Manchester, is an edgy modern city. Home to music legends, innovative architecture, world-famous shopping arcades, a lively culture and arts scene and the world-famous Manchester United Football Club. The club’s Old Trafford stadium is a highly-popular venue for business events and experiences of all kinds.
- In the heart of the city, just 20 minutes from Manchester airport, is Manchester Central, a world-class convention centre, with 23,000sqm of versatile space and an 804-seat auditorium. This impressive building is the largest purpose-built banqueting space in central Manchester, seating up to 1,200 guests.
- Manchester is an academic powerhouse, with two universities - University of Manchester (ranked in the UK top 30) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) – both providing quality meeting space in buildings located across the city. University of Manchester offers more than 20 well-equipped event venues, including University Place, with its 1,000-seat auditorium, seminar rooms, and exhibition spaces. MMU’s Geoffrey Manton Building offers a choice of seven-tiered lecture theatres, each fitted with advanced AV technology.
Manchester International Airport provides direct daily flights between over 200 UK and European destinations, plus North American and other international cities. The city is just two hours from London by train, an hour and a half from Birmingham, an hour from Leeds and 45 minutes from Liverpool.
For high quality affordable hotels, Manchester is an excellent choice. On offer are 23,000 excellent value hotel bedrooms in Greater Manchester, with 10,000 in the city centre, many with meeting and hospitality rooms on site. University accommodation makes several thousand more rooms available in the city.
To marvel at Manchester’s architectural heritage, such as the cathedral-like John Rylands Library, the breathtaking Victorian Baths or the magnificently-grand Former Bank of England on King Street, is an inspiring delight, but it’s just half the picture. Manchester is a blend of old meets new - meets awe-inspiring! Stunning modern structures encase these beautiful memorials to the city’s prosperous past, reminding us that Manchester’s prosperity continues.
There are enticing shopping centres, markets, arcades and boutiques across the city. Manchester Arndale has over 200 stylish stores and The Trafford Centre features world famous brands, alongside excellent food and drink establishments. The Avenue in Spinningfields, showcases some of the best international fashion collections, including Armani, Mulberry and Oliver Sweeney.
The choice of entertainment, activity and food options in Manchester is substantial. See exceptional exhibitions of art, photography and design or choose a play at one of the city’s many theatres. Alternatively, enjoy live classical music from the BBC Philharmonic at the purpose-built studio in the futuristic MediaCityUK.
No matter what your preference or budget, this diverse city will feed you well. Great quality restaurants of all kinds can be found across Manchester, from fine dining with a European influence, to aromatic Asian and Asian fusion, gastro pubs and street food.
Manchester should make your event destinations shortlist. It’s bright, dynamic and happening – this city takes care of business, and it’s got your back.
For expert help organising your event in Manchester, contact Manchester Convention Bureau