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Destination guide

Endless entertainment in Manchester

Packed with cultural attractions, sports and all the stores and restaurants you could ever need, Manchester's big-city vibes in northwestern England mean endless fun, whether you prefer exploring historic sites, hiking in local parks or attending concerts and festivals. Days here are spent hopping between museums themed around science and the arts, floating down the River Irwell on sightseeing cruises and heading to one of the stadiums for a big soccer match. Along with endless activities to pursue, you'll find a wide range of Manchester vacation rentals await, from convenient apartments in the center of the city to cozy cottages with gardens.

Things to do

Museum-hopping in Manchester

With more than a dozen museums in the area highlighting everything from transportation to art and design, you'll never be short of something to do. The Museum of Science and Industry is a great place to take kids, with interactive exhibits housed in an old railroad station. The Manchester Museum covers anthropology, archeology and natural history, with tours available and plenty of family-friendly activities and events. Sports fans should head to the National Football Museum, where you'll find a hall of fame for the beautiful game, high-tech exhibits and chances to test your own soccer skills.

Activities

Take a tour in Manchester

With so much to do in Manchester, taking a city tour is a great way to get an overview of the big attractions and must-see spots, and you can opt to sightsee by bus, boat or foot on guided walking tours. Hop-on, hop-off bus tours take you to spots like Manchester Town Hall and the National Football Museum, allowing you to get off where you like to see the sights or snap some photos, while river cruises float along the Irwell and the Manchester Ship Canal, a relaxing way to take in the city skyline.

Weather

Summer vacations in Manchester

Summertime in Manchester means bustling streets and tons of events, as visitors enjoy a vacation in the city while the weather is warm. Between June and September, afternoons average in the 60s, perfect for playing a round of golf, picnicking under shady trees in city parks or heading outside the central hub for hiking adventures in the gorgeous surrounding landscape. Since summer is a popular time to visit this area, you'll want to reserve your Manchester vacation rental early to ensure you snag your ideal dates. If you prefer to visit when it's less busy, there are plenty of indoor attractions to enjoy when the weather cools.

Natural features

Out and about near Manchester

Riverfront Manchester offers plenty of parks, but for a real nature-filled adventure, head just east to the moorlands of the Kinder Scout National Nature Reserve and Peak District National Park. Grab a bike and hit some of the countryside trails in the area or take to the hiking paths and explore the scenic landscape. Pack a picnic lunch at your Manchester vacation rental to make a day of it. With lots of hills to climb, you're sure to find the perfect spot to watch the sunset as evening falls.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Manchester

Fly into Manchester (MAN), the closest airport, located 8.1 mi (13.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Liverpool (LPL-John Lennon), which is 27 mi (43.4 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Manchester Oxford Road Station, Manchester Manchester Oxford Road Station and Manchester Deansgate Station are the main stations in the city. It's easy to get around Manchester by catching a ride on the metro at St Peters Square Station, Mosley Street Station or Market Street Station.

How many vacation rentals are available around Manchester, GB?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 617 vacation rentals around Manchester. From 277 condo and apartment rentals to 197 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a rural property in Manchester?

If you are searching for a little break from city life, you're in luck! Leave the noisy traffic behind and wake up to the gentle sounds of the countryside. Vrbo has 68 rural getaway properties in this destination. On the hunt for something a little different? See if any of our other properties stand out. Our options for this destination include:

  • 42 village vacation rentals.
  • 38 town vacation rentals.
  • 30 city-center vacation rentals.

Can I rent an apartment in Manchester?

Forget about bland hotel rooms. Experience this destination from the comfort of your own apartment. Vrbo has 443 for you to browse through here. If you get in early, you could be spending as little as $61 per night. If that doesn't match your posse's taste, we've got a number of different property types available, such as:

  • House: 209 vacation homes. Prices start from $27 per night.
  • Hotel: 160 vacation homes. Prices start from $40 per night.
  • Cottage: 98 vacation homes. Prices start from $59 per night.

Can I stay in Manchester in a large group?

The recipe for a wonderful getaway is chilling out with friends and relatives in a fantastic new place. If you'll be traveling with a big group, Vrbo can help out. Apartment vacation homes are the favorite option for larger sized groups, with 54 listed here. If you're planning on traveling in a larger group, the vacation rental options that can meet your needs include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we've got 146 vacation homes just right for that size. Book a night from just $59.
  • Looking for a rental property for 5 people? We have 76 that will work well. Prices begin at just $51 per night.
  • Looking for places for rent catering to 8 people? You'll be delighted to know we have 54 that'll be ideal. You can book one for as little as $85 per night.

So don't fret! When you book with us you'll be able to bring your aunt, your sister and all your pals to Manchester.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Manchester?

Vrbo is here to help you get together with your nearest and dearest. Providing a great selection of affordable rentals, you're sure to discover a cozy lodging that pleases everyone. Spinningfields is a great area to take a look at if you want to keep an eye on your budget. Vrbo has 73 rentals, and the average price is a very agreeable $127 per night. Another 75 Vrbo rentals are available in or around Northern Quarter. With an average price of $129 per night, you're sure to get a deal worth bragging about.

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