A city rich in Industrial Revolution history, Manchester is also a great base from which to explore the north of England given its easy access into the Peak District National Park. Here are a few ways to see the best in and around England’s second city from London.
Take a stadium tour of Old Trafford, home of Manchester United Football Club—one of the United Kingdom’s most famous soccer teams.
Step back in time to the days of World War II and learn how Manchester’s residents survived the Blitz, at the Imperial War Museum North.
Stroll through the Manchester Museum, home to valuable treasures from the natural world spanning thousands of years.
Explore one of the largest collections of rare books and manuscripts in the United Kingdom at the John Rylands Library.
Wander among ancient trees and see the changing of the seasons in Didsbury Park, Fletcher Moss Park & Botanical Gardens, Parsonage Gardens, or St. John's Gardens.
Admire top attractions and landmarks such as Albert Square, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, and Manchester Cathedral on a city walking tour.
Things to Know
Manchester lies 200 miles (322 kilometers) northwest of London, a journey of about 4.5 hours by road.
For a quicker trip of about two hours, many travelers visit Manchester by train from London to Manchester Piccadilly station. Once you’ve arrived, there’s an extensive bus network.
Manchester is a large city, but the majority of the top attractions are within walking distance—good walking shoes are recommended.
The weather in the north of England is notoriously changeable, even in summer, so packing a waterproof layer is recommended.