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Destination guide

Manchester – a city of reinventions

Football mad and set to the soundtrack of Oasis, Manchester has come a long way since it was the industrial powerhouse of the North. In place of Victorian mills and smoke-belching factories, this great city nurses creative design studios and jazz bars. Along the canals, where trading barges of coal once drifted, shiny exhibition centres, like the Imperial War Museum North, now stand tall on the quays. Sport is massive, with historic footballing sides cranking up the volume at the stadiums. And there's hip and happening areas like the Northern Quarter, riddled with boho bars and eateries and characterful Manchester holiday rentals.

Things to do

Manchester – a place to understand the North

Manchester is a fine place to start unravelling the fascinating story of Northern England. Tales of industry, strife, sporting successes and more pile up. Start at the Imperial War Museum North, where the collections showcase WWII weaponry, propaganda, uniforms and photography. Manchester Museum is a fine all-rounder, complete with Egyptian mummy masks and some Roman relics. Then there's the Museum of Science and Industry, which picks up from the city's merchant-manufacturing past to talk of robots and futuristic tech.

Activities

Get sporty in Manchester

If it's the rush of a goal and the tactical passing of the English Premier League that floats your boat, then Manchester holiday rentals in Old Trafford could just be the perfect choice. They'll not only be a stone's throw from the legendary home of the Red Devils, Manchester United, but also promise a gateway to one of England's most acclaimed cricket pitches. The Etihad Stadium – where Man City play – is on the other side of town, while the acclaimed National Football Museum sits in the heart of the city.

Weather

Seasonal ups and downs in Manchester

Manchester locals will wax lyrical about just how awesome their city can be in the summertime. Months like June, July and August coax the pub-goers of the Northern Quarter out into beer gardens and patios, adding good vibes to both the days and evenings. They might not be so enthusiastic about the winter, which sees oodles of rain, occasional snow and low temperatures descend across the North. That said, those booking Manchester holiday rentals between December and March will get loads of football matches to watch, and the museums to enjoy – without the crowds.

Natural features

Manchester – just a hop into nature

Manchester is often seen as one of the gateways to the great national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Northern England. Basing yourself in the city means staying just an hour's drive from the Peak District, for example. That's got access to the long-distance Pennine Way hiking route, which weaves between rock-spotted tors and river-slashed valleys. The Forest of Bowland is to the north, its naked moors and heaths flown over by rare hen harriers.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Manchester

Fly into Manchester (MAN), the closest airport, located 8.1 mi (13.1 km) from the city centre. 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 travelling 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 holiday rentals are available around Manchester?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 630 holiday lettings around Manchester. From 291 flats & apartments to 111 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Manchester?

If you are longing for some time away from city life, listen up! Leave the traffic and commotion behind and drink in the gentle sounds of the countryside. HomeAway has 68 countryside rental properties in this destination. Of course, that might not be everyone's style. Luckily, HomeAway has plenty more options, including:

  • 42 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 38 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 30 city-centre holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Manchester?

If you're looking for space to spread out, chill out and maybe even cook up a dinner or two, you're going to love having your very own apartment. You'll be able to choose from 443 different options via HomeAway. How does £47 a night sound? That's what you're looking at paying if you don't put it off for too long! If that doesn't fit with your posse's style, we have a range of different self-catering accommodation options to select from, such as:

  • House: 209 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £21 per night.
  • Hotel: 160 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.
  • Cottage: 98 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £45 per night.

Can I stay in Manchester in a large group?

The recipe for an unforgettable escape is catching up with your friends and loved ones in an exciting new place. If you'll be travelling with a big group, HomeAway has options. 54 apartment holiday rentals are ready to be booked. Presently, they're the leading choice here for large groups. If you're travelling with a large group, the property options that are suitable for you include:

  • Are you searching for places that can fit 6 people? We have 146 that will suit. Prices begin from just £45 per night.
  • Looking for a holiday property for 5 guests? We have 76 that will be perfect. You can get one for as low as £39 per night.
  • Arranging a trip away with 8 guests? We offer 54 accommodation for rent that fit the bill. Prices start from £65 per night.

You and all your mates will be in good hands when you plan your Manchester adventure through us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Manchester?

Cut down on those hefty accommodation expenses by organising your stay with HomeAway. You'll find a range of fabulous holiday rentals and save loads! Spinningfields has bargain written all over it. And with 73 HomeAway holiday rentals at an average price of £97 a night, it isn't difficult to see why. Northern Quarter is another place to check out. HomeAway has 75 and the average price is around £99 a night.