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Trains to Manchester

This vibrant city is a truly contemporary metropolis

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Travelling in the UK doesn’t get much better than a trip to the ‘capital of the north’, the buzzing city of Manchester. Here you can find the culture synonymous with a big city side-by-side with the Lake District’s serene countryside. A truly contemporary city, its modernity is visible in its stylish architecture and world-class sport offering. The city perfectly blends its historical past with a modern outlook. A variety of museums, galleries and art centres dot the city, while the party scene injects a spark of energy after nightfall.  Whether you want a day trip, weekend away or to stay a little longer, you’ll love spending time in Manchester.

How far is the city centre?

Manchester Piccadilly is only a short walk from the Central Retail District as well as the trendy Northern Quarter, meaning there’s plenty to explore near the station.

Water fountains spouting from the ground with buildings in the background in Manchester.


Manchester’s a fab place to shop! From your favourite high street stores, to quirky boutiques or designer shops where you can splash the cash, you can find it all. There are several large shopping malls like Manchester Arndale and intu Trafford Centre, which offer a wide range of shops, cafés and restaurants. For something a little different, head to the Northern Quarter -- a trendy neighbourhood with colourful street art, bohemian bars and a wide variety of independent shops selling everything from vinyl records to sustainable fashion. Wind your way through the streets around King Street, Spinningfields, or New Cathedral Street for cute, independent boutiques.

Food & Drink

Manchester is fast establishing itself as one of the UK’s most exciting food destinations! With so much to explore you’ll wish you were staying longer – and so will your tastebuds. New restaurants, bars, gastropubs, micro-breweries and cafés open weekly, from fine dining to pop-up markets and tasty street food. Whether you’re looking for a proper pint, a family friendly chain restaurant, or a Michelin-starred experience, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The Corn Exchange is home to an exciting and eclectic mix of restaurants, offering a fusion of flavours from around the globe. The city is full of independent and quirky coffee shops, so make sure you visit a few. Head to the Northern Quarter for a night out, you’ll find some of the best independent bars and traditional pubs in the city.


With its industrial roots, impressive music scene and two famous football teams, Manchester is oozing with culture. Discover contemporary art, theatre and film at the HOME arts centre or attend a concert at the Manchester Opera House or Albert Hall. Manchester Cathedral, The Museum of Science and Industry and The John Rylands Library are all well worth including on your itinerary. Music plays a huge part in the culture of Manchester, unsurprisingly when you think that it’s the city that produced The Smiths, the Bee Gees and Joy Division. Discover the next big act at one of the city’s many intimate live music venues, like The Castle Hotel, Gullivers and Gorilla.

The city is also the host of a variety of world-class events and festivals, such as the Manchester International Festival and its famous Christmas Markets.

Does Manchester Piccadilly Station have step-free access?

Manchester Piccadilly is fully accessible to those with a range of mobility needs. Step-free access is available throughout, as are ramps for train access and assistance reaching platforms. Accessible ticket machines and ticket counters are also available.

Onward travel

The Piccadilly Metrolink tram is found on the ground level of the train station. There is also a choice of bus services, including regular buses and a free shuttle service that links the station with the core business districts and shopping centres. A taxi rank can be found at the Fairfield Street entrance of the train station should you want to travel directly to your destination.

More questions?

If you have any further questions about Manchester Piccadilly Station, check out our station guide.

Catching a train to Manchester

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If you want to explore Manchester and all it has to offer, you’ll want to stay longer than a day! So, make sure you book a great value hotel in Manchester before you arrive.

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