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This once industrial city has reinvented itself as a truly
contemporary metropolis, with modern landmark buildings such as the
Lowry Centre, a thriving art and culture scene, and world-class
sport. Being home to the world famous Manchester United Football
Club it's no wonder trains to Manchester are so popular.
It's often cited as the world's first industrialised city, and
elements of Manchester's industrial past can be found as you travel
throughout the city.
Manchester is served by the following train stations:
The bold mix of old and new is what gives Manchester its unique
character which is why trains to Manchester are becoming more
popular. You can get cheap train tickets to Manchester if you book
in advance and watch out for best price availability. For more
information see the section below on cheap train tickets to
For ideas on what to do in Manchester and places to visit please
see below our guide of things to do in Manchester.
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If you know that you are travelling to one of Manchester's
stations ahead of time you have a great chance of securing a cheap
ticket because you can plan and book in advance. This type of
ticket is called an Advance ticket. You can book your train
tickets up to 12 weeks in advance of departure.
We understand however, that you don't always know exactly which
train you want so now you can also buy our great value range of
Advance tickets and reserve your seat up to 15 minutes before you
board a CrossCountry service, via our website or our Train
Ticket app, subject to availability.
See our information about how to get cheap train tickets and
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Manchester has something for everyone from museums and
galleries, to sports stadiums and music venues. Plus, most of the
venues are free to visit! Here are some of the top attractions in
Manchester art gallery is a popular cultural destination. The
collection covers over six centuries up to the present day and they
are especially renowned for their collection of 19th century
British paintings. There's a lot on offer for families and best of
all its free. If travelling by train to Manchester, you can reach
the art gallery from Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road
or Manchester Victoria stations by taking the Metrolink from Mosley
Street or St Peter's Square.
This is definitely one for the football fans - visiting Old
Trafford stadium and taking the tour to experience the story of the
club is a trip that many people would never forget. The
'Experience' package that was recently launched combines a day out
at the award-winning museum and tour attractions with a family
dining experience in the Red Cafe. You can travel to Old Trafford
from Piccadilly Gardens by bus. The journey takes approximately 20
A Land Fit For Heroes: War and the Working Class 1914-1918
24 May 2014 - 01 February 2015
History Museum's changing exhibition A Land Fit For Heroes
examines how the war changed society, radically altering the
social, economic, cultural and political outlook of the British
people. It looks at why people supported the war (and those that
didn't), the role that women played in the war effort, how home
life was radically changed, the influence the war had on politics
and the labour movement and life after the war.
For those who are not Manchester United fans and instead support
Manchester City club, special attention has been paid to offering a
fantastic tour of the grounds. The tour includes the box level, the
corporate lounge, the directors' box, dressing room, the walk of
pride / players' tunnel, warm-up room, press facilities, the pitch
side and dugouts. Manchester City is approximately five minutes in
a taxi from Manchester Piccadilly Station.
Situated in the heart of Manchester, the Royal Exchange Theatre
is home to some of the most interesting and unusual spaces in the
North West. The theatre is a great idea if you want to spend an
evening watching a play or concert. They also offer costume hire if
you are feeling adventurous. The Royal exchange theatre is about a
15 minute walk along the river from Manchester Victoria station.
You pass the beautiful cathedral on the way so stop to take a
Home to over 230 shops. Many visitors chose to travel by train
to Manchester so that they can easily bring home all the shopping
bags. Trafford centre is a destination of its own with a cinema,
restaurants, extensive shop portfolio and fully equipped with
family facilities. From Manchester Piccadilly station you can reach
the Trafford Centre by bus. The Trafford Centre often hosts events
such as wedding fairs, charity events and celebrates holidays.
Visit the National Football Museum in its
new home at Urbis and explore the world's
finest collection of football artefacts and
archives. Admission is free and there is plenty
to keep kids of all ages occupied.
Manchester Cathedral, or The Cathedral and Collegiate Church of
St Mary, St Denys and St George in Manchester, is a Medieval church
built in the eighth-century which has survived both the Manchester
Blitz and the 1996 IRA bombing. It and its surrounding buildings
such as Chetham's Hospital School of Music are some of the oldest
buildings in Manchester, the Chetham Library said to be the oldest
public library in Europe. It is an area of Manchester whose
heritage is literally stunning.
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