Why fly to Manchester?
- Manchester Airport is the UK’s Global Gateway for the North. Travellers can find direct connections to over 210 destinations worldwide.
- If you are travelling for football, Old Trafford Stadium is only 15 minutes from the airport.
- The airport runs a scheme for passengers to offset the carbon produced by their flights.
A city built around the symbol of the bumblebee, Manchester is a hive of activity. Buzzing with innovation and a whole lot of creativity, it has been the home of many historic firsts.
One historic first for the city was the formation of the football league in 1888. As the home of football, why not take advantage of all the attractions the sport has inspired?
Learn about the history of football at the National Football Museum. This colourful museum is home to over 140,000 boots, balls, programmes, paintings, and more. And, when you are finished learning about the game, why not visit one of the local stadiums for a tour? At the Old Trafford Stadium or the Etihad Stadium, you won't be far from footballing legends!
For more lessons on history and culture, hop on the tram and head to MediaCityUK. Here you can get behind-the-scenes access to the BBC and ITV studios - you never know who you might meet! MediaCity is also home to the Imperial War Museum North and The Lowry theatre and gallery. In the city centre, why not visit the Science and Industry Museum? Here you can discover why Manchester was known as the world's first industrial city.
If it is fun, games and good food that you seek, then take a trip to the Printworks. With restaurants to suit all tastes and plenty to keep you entertained, you will never want to leave. The venue lies in the heart of the city and is home to a cinema, adventure golf, ten pin bowling and much more.
If you are happy to explore beyond the city, then treat everyone to a day at Chester Zoo. Here you can meet some of the mischievous residents that roam the park and learn about their homes. Or, for a more relaxed outing, why not take a trip to Heaton Park? The park is home to lots of activities, including the tram museum, golf course, boating lake and much more. It also plays host to many outdoor concerts and plays each year.
With great shops, tasty restaurants, and friendly locals, explore VisitManchester for more information.