Manchester will seduce you with its neo gothic architecture, football spirit and a vibrant nightlife. A car hire at Manchester Airport will give you the freedom to move around at your own pace and visit all the city’s attractions as well as its surroundings.
Manchester city is especially famous for the Manchester CIty Football club, but if you are familiar with the music band Oasis, you should know that it’s their home city. The music scene here is vibrant, with the world leading dance music festival Creamfields taking place in Manchester. If you’re into a fun night out, head towards the Gay Village – a canal street lined with bars and restaurants. It doesn’t matter if you’re part of the community, Gay Village is where all the fun is! But, if a more relaxed vacation is what you’re looking for, this cosmopolitan city deserves all your attention; green city parks and beautiful fairy tale gardens, vivid street markets and tasty food offer are everything that you can find here, combined with a lot less rain then you’d guess!
Basic info and car hire in Manchester
Location: England, United Kingdom
Population: 541,300 people living in the city and 2,553,379 people living in the urban Manchester
Official language: English
Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP).
Weather: Manchester has Oceanic climate with mild summers and cool winters. The ocean proximity results in high humidity and regular rainfall, although with 806.6 mm per year, rainfall is below the UK average (1125.0 mm) – Manchester is not at all a typical rainy British city. July and August are the warmest months, with temperatures reaching above 30°C. During winter, freezing is quite uncommon and snowfall is very rare in the city.
Public holidays in Manchester: Check when are the public holidays in Manchester
Internet coverage: Manchester is a modern city with free Wi-Fi on offer in most bars, cafes and restaurants. Just ask the staff for the password and get yourself in touch with the world!
Road conditions: Car hire in Manchester is a smooth way of moving around in Manchester. The city has good road connections with just occasional potholes. Before taking a ride into the city centre, check for the live traffic report in Manchester.
Driving in Manchester
A car hire in Manchester and driving in Manchester are as easy as in any other British city – just don’t forget that the correct driving side is on the left lane. That, and the occasional potholes that can surprise you in the middle of the road might be your only concern. Manchester has a Ring Road connecting the city roads with the highway. It is also very common to park your car on the city edges and taking a bus to the city centre. That might be a very good choice as traffic in the centre can get pretty dense. Roundabouts are common in the UK, so if you’re not that familiar with roundabouts, learn how to use them before entering into one.
- Age limits: the general age limit for a driving license is 18 years of age, however the majority of car hire agencies will limit only to drivers older than 21 years and will frequently apply a young driver’s fee.
- International Driving Permit: For EU citizens, an international driving permit is not obligatory. If, however your driver’s license is written in a non-Latin alphabet, you should bring an international driving permit.
- Additional papers: Always bring your credit card when hiring a car, your passport and your driver’s license.
- Additional requirements: A car hire insurance and your travel insurance are a very convenient documentation for having a relaxed vacation.
- Children in the car: An appropriate child and baby seat are obligatory to carry small children in the car. A child seat can be hired at your car hire agency; however, you can always bring your child seat on the plane to be sure of the seat’s quality and your child’s safety.
- Driving side of the road: Left hand lane
- General speed limits: 60mph on single carriageway roads and 70mph on two carriageway roads and motorways. Near schools and where indicated speed is limited up to 20mph, and in built-up areas you shouldn’t exceed the 30mph limit.
What to see in Manchester
Our favourite spots
The John Rylands Library
A beautiful neo gothic architecture with stained glass windows, vaulted ceilings and a modern glassy extension. The library is famous for claiming to own the world’s finest collection of rare manuscripts and books. It is part of the University of Manchester and do not forget it closes at 5 PM.
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Manchester Town Hall
Located on the Albert Square, this masterpiece will impress you with its neo gothic architecture seen from the outside featuring the clock tower rising to 280 feet. You can also visit the interior of the Town Hall, where you’ll see beautiful flooring and statues of famous people.
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Visit the home stadium of the Football Club Manchester City and feel the enthusiasm of a football match in the city where the fans are living and breathing the wins and the loses of their home team.
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The Manchester Museum
This museum of natural science has something for every taste – the T.rex is certainly the most impressive creature found in the museum, however the list continues with ancient Egyptian artefacts and mummies, live animals and craft activities to entertain you. If you’re surprised with a rainy day on your vacation in Manchester, this is definitely the place to see.
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Hotels in Manchester
Motel One Manchester-Royal Exchange
A stylish hotel right in the centre of Manchester, with a convenient garage on site for your car. A continental breakfast to start your days and a roomy and comfortable lounge room in the hotel’s reception.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester
This award winning posh hotel with an excellent indoor pool to keep you fit during your stay, is a great choice for everyone looking for a high-quality service, centric location and a modern ambient.
Luther King House
Premier Inn Manchester - Prestwich
Not far from the city centre, this accommodation is distinguished for its wonderful staff and great menu options in the pub. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and the prices are reasonable.
Drive your rental car around Manchester
Take all the advantages of a car hire in Manchester and visit spots and attractions outside of the city. From Manchester to Liverpool you have a 1 hour drive (35 miles) and 2 hours drive to Birmingham. You can visit Snowdania National Park on the west coast of the island, where you can hike the Snowdon mountain, the tallest moutain in Wales and Englend and enjoy in the intensive green colour of the vegetation.
If you're travelling with your family, your kids will love to go to Guliver's World Theme Park, which is a 20 minutes' drive from Manchester city. Another great spot to visit is the Heaton park, just 20 minutes away from the city. The park offers plenty activities for children, from the little squirrels walking along the roads to the playground and a small farm. The park also includes a golf camp and a nice cafe and a restaurant with pleasent staff. It is also a frequent host of many events and fairs throughout the year.
There's a yearround indoor skiing and snowboarding at Chill Factore which is a 30 minutes' drive to the west of the city. On your way back to Manchester, stop at Old Trafford, a museum and home stadium of Manchester city Football Team. If beautiful gardens, parks and nature is what you'd prefer to see, drive to the south of Manchester and visit the Fletcher Moss Gardens, a fairytale park which in summer often surprises with music and theater in open space. Well worth a visit, specially if you have the freedom of a car hire in Manchester.
Where to eat, drink and party in Manchester
The Canal street - also called the Gay Village - is a pedestrian district of bars and restaurants for gay, bi, trans and heterosexual people. Everyone is welcome!
Book a table in this fabulous London chain, where the staff is very professional and the food is delicious, especially if you’re a meat lover.
If you’re up for some fine Asian food, this is the place to visit. The food is tasty and the dishes are very aesthetic, the atmosphere is great and the staff very attentive! Suitable for vegetarians as well!
A small place which gets very busy offering a wide range of dishes. For vegetarians and meat eaters, this Asian restaurant will suit everyone’s needs.
Major events and festivals in Manchester
Manchester is a cosmopolitan city with lots of music concerts, theatre and other events going on throughout the whole year. We gathered some of the most typical, but for a more detailed and up to date list go to Visit Manchester.
A treat for all book worms, this festival brings many famous authors presenting and discussing their new work. Join the listening crowd!
The world’s number number 1 dance music festival is, yes, in Manchester! With two stages and a number of arenas, this mucsic festival attracts people from all over the globe, and if you’re there, prepare for some good rhythms and beats.
A festival dedicated to foodies – with food market and star chefs on stage presenting their work, this festival is a treat for your eyes and taste buds. Numeropus activities for families as well...