Manchester Airport is located southwest of the Manchester city centre and it is one of the busiest airports in the United Kingdom in terms of passenger traffic. It also has the honour of being the largest airport outside the London region. Comprising of three terminals at present, there are plans to expand and upgrade the airport in accordance to the Manchester Airport City scheme.
Getting from the airport to the city centre is very convenient as the airport offers numerous transport options, such as the Manchester Airport railway station located between Terminals 1 and 2. You can easily get from the airport to Manchester Piccadilly Station and other stations throughout northern England. Otherwise, you can take a bus or coach that ply both local and regional routes daily. The buses serve many locations throughout the city centre, Greater Manchester, and nearby cities. There is also a 24-hour bus service operated by Skyline should you be arriving at the airport at an unearthly hour. For taxi service, you can either get a pre-paid taxi or any black cabs found in abundance outside all three terminals.
You can easily navigate through Manchester’s compact city centre on foot. Otherwise, you could take a taxi, bus, tram or trail to travel within Manchester. If you’re planning to do a lot of travelling in one day or throughout your trip, it would be advisable to purchase suitable tickets from TfGM (AKA Transport for Greater Manchester), a one-stop ticket shop where you can purchase many types of public transport tickets.
Manchester is home to one of the world’s most famous football clubs, Manchester United. The city is known for more than its football team though, so spend some time in one of the most-visited cities in the country to absorb its sights and sounds.
Visiting Manchester Cathedral is a great way to get acquainted with the city’s rich history and culture. The cathedral sits on Victoria Street in the city centre and is built in the Perpendicular Gothic style characterised by an emphasis on vertical lines. Due to its architecture, the medieval cathedral is one of the fifteen Grade I buildings in Manchester, considered to be a building of exceptional interest in the region.
Next on your list should be the Manchester Central Library, also of great cultural and architectural significance. The imposing circular library’s form is loosely inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. It was constructed between 1930 and 1934, but has undergone renovation and refurbishment in recent years. The library is the one of the largest public libraries in Britain and home to many collections, including the Gaskell Collection that consists of works by Elizabeth Gaskell, one of the most important writers to have lived and worked in the city.
A visit to Manchester would be incomplete without taking a tour or watching a Manchester United football game at Old Trafford, nicknamed the Theatre of Dreams. Here, you will learn about the history of the stadium and the club, as well as how Manchester United came to be the most successful football club in England.
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