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A cultural play-land, this blossoming city is host to a vibrant music and art scene, fascinating historical sites and a number of exciting sporting events. Additionally, Manchester is thought to have some of the best shopping in England. Although this bustling city is still finding its own way in terms of tourism, it will not be long until it does. In the meantime, the relative quiet means that finding cheap tickets to Manchester is generally easy.
Best time to go to Manchester
Manchester's peak season falls in December, then again in June and July. Although this city is rainy throughout the year, the summer months are drier than usual and are generally warm and pleasant. December is one of the wettest months of the year; however, tourists still flock to the city in order to take part in the many celebrations and festivities.
From March to May and September to November, Manchester has its shoulder season. These months are typically temperate, but still see a slight lull in tourism and because of this, flights to Manchester are usually inexpensive. Visitors who come to this city during the shoulder season will be pleased to find that there is still plenty to do and see, such as the Manchester Irish Festival, Old Trafford Stadium tours, and the Hulme Arch Bridge.
January, February and August make up the off season in Manchester. These months, though mild in temperature, can be rather humid. Tourism drastically decreases during the off season months, leaving the more adventurous visitors to explore the city and mingle with the locals in relative peace.
Manchester Airports and transfer information
Although there are several coach services available from this airport, one of the most inexpensive and quickest methods of ground transport is the train service, which takes around 20 minutes to arrive. Alternatively, you can take a taxi; however, taxis can take up to 45 minutes to get to central Manchester and are more expensive.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL)Distance: 44km west from Manchester
This airport provides several options for ground transport, but the cheapest and most convenient methods are by train or by coach. Both can take up to 45 minutes to arrive in Manchester; however, you will have to plan ahead if you intend to take the train, as there are only two departures per hour.
Online resources for your travel to Manchester
The Smartraveller website gives information on current security issues, entry and exit requirements, and important nearby contact details. The Met Office provides current weather and climate information, as well as a five-day forecast.