About Manchester

You can find lots of information about things to do and see in Manchester on the Visit Manchester website. We have selected a few highlights to share with you.

Things to do

Manchester has something for everyone. Whether you are interested in history, music, sport or the arts, you are sure to find something to do. 

To get a good overview of the city try the Sightseeing Manchester Bus Tour. The tour is in English but other languages are available via the Sightseeing Manchester app. Tickets start at £12 for adults. The tour lasts 90 minutes and includes the National Football Museum, Science and Industry Museum and Manchester United Football Club. Tickets are valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase.

There is also a daily walking tour available with prices starting at £10.  The tour leaves every day at 11am from Manchester Central Library in St Peter’s Square.  The tour covers Manchester’s past, present and future and is hosted by qualified guides. 

Sports fans have many delights in Manchester. The National Football Museum offers insight and practical opportunities to test your skills; tickets for adults start at £10. Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour offers behind-the-scenes access to the iconic Old Trafford stadium.  Tickets start at £25 for adults.  Cricket fans may want to attend a match at the Lancashire club, check their website for match dates and information.

If you are looking to enjoy some cultural events, you may want to visit The Lowry – a hub of theatre and art galleries.  

Places to eat

The Visit Manchester Food and Drink page breaks down the list by bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs so you can easily find the kind of atmosphere and price range you are looking for.

Some businesses around the conference venue offer discounts when they see your conference lanyard/ID so do ask!

Don't forget, you'll be able to purchase your lunch from the catering areas within the Exhibition. You will find a range of hot and cold options and some special deals. We'll also be serving free tea and coffee in the Exhibition throughout the Conference.

Getting around Manchester

Manchester is a compact city that can be crossed on foot in about 20 minutes. There is also a FreeBus which links the train stations to the city centre, shops and local businesses. This is a ‘hop-on, hop-off’ bus which operates on a circular route. Additionally, there is a network of trams in Manchester, please see the Metrolink website for details.

Transport for Greater Manchester helps you plan your internal travel within Manchester, providing information on tickets and prices and information on all forms of transport available from walking, to cycling, to buses, trains and trams.

Visit Manchester have useful downloadable maps available on their website: city centre mapGreater Manchester mapthe FreeBus route map and the Metrolink route map.

If you want to travel a little further afield, you may like to take the train from one of Manchester’s city centre stations. More information about travelling by train can be found here: www.virgintrains.co.ukwww.nationalrail.co.ukwww.tpexpress.co.uk and www.northernrailway.co.uk/stations/MAN.

There are a number of taxi firms within Manchester and whilst we don't have one in particular to recommend, you can ask at the concierge desk or reception at the conference centre for advice or reception at your hotel.   

For information about getting into Manchester from the airport, please see our venue page.