Visiting Manchester on a Budget

Going on holiday to any major UK city can take a toll on your bank balance, but the important thing to remember is that a bit of careful planning and thrifty thinking can stop you from getting hit by sky-high prices. If you’re wanting to trade a package holiday to Spain for an on-the-cheap staycation, Manchester is quickly being established as one of the UK’s top tourist destination. Here’s how you can see the heart of the North without spending mega bucks.


While Manchester has a world class international airport, flying into the city isn’t always the most cost effective way of visiting. Driving gives you a degree of freedom, though city centre parking is extortionate. For those looking to get to the city for less, booking the train has the convenience factor, and using price comparison sites can help you to get a good deal, especially if you’re booking in advance.

The Piccadilly train station can be found in the heart of the city, so there’s no need to travel far once your train gets in. To get a bargain for travelling, the Megabus connects a number of UK cities for very affordable prices.

What See and Do

Manchester is a vibrant and exciting city with a lot going for it. Whether it’s the city’s two internationally renowned football teams, or infamous music scene, there’s activities that can give you a taste of the culture without breaking the bank.

While tickets to see Manchester United or Manchester City can be costly to see a Premier League game, there’s plenty of bars and pubs showing matches that have every bit of atmosphere and excitement as being there. Using maps online of musical highlights, you can visit places that played an important part in the Manchester music scene throughout the 80’s and 90’s.

Beyond this, Manchester has a number of quality museums that are free to enter, as with a lot of UK museums, thanks to the National Trust. The city is proud of its past, and this is celebrated in the likes of the People’s History Museum, the National Football Museum, and the Museum of Science and History.

Where to eat

Like any big city, there’s a great number of places to eat in Manchester. Luckily, the diversity of restaurants on offer means that eating out doesn’t always have to break the bank. Those who are looking for something more on the expensive side might be tempted by the up market, award winning Hawksmoor restaurant.

For the rest of us, using sites like 5pm can help you get a deal in an otherwise pricier restaurant. The city centre has all the usual quality chains such as Nando’s, Bill’s, and the Handmade Burger Company. Be sure to do some online research to see where a bargain can be had.

Where to stay

If you take the train or a bus to the city centre, there’s few hotels that are more convenient for a central location than the Macdonald Manchester Hotel. Found in the refurbished BT office building right next to Piccadilly train station, visitors won’t have to carry their bags too far to get into a quality hotel, right in the heart of the city.

Manchester offers plenty to see and do for visitors, but it can be done on a budget. You just have to do that extra bit of research to find a good deal.

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