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Endless entertainment in Manchester

Packed with cultural attractions, sports and all the stores and restaurants you could ever need, Manchester's big-city vibes in northwestern England mean endless fun, whether you prefer exploring historic sites, hiking in local parks or attending concerts and festivals. Days here are spent hopping between museums themed around science and the arts, floating down the River Irwell on sightseeing cruises and heading to one of the stadiums for a big soccer match. Along with endless activities to pursue, you'll find a wide range of Manchester vacation rentals await, from convenient apartments in the center of the city to cozy cottages with gardens.

Things to do

Museum-hopping in Manchester

With more than a dozen museums in the area highlighting everything from transportation to art and design, you'll never be short of something to do. The Museum of Science and Industry is a great place to take kids, with interactive exhibits housed in an old railroad station. The Manchester Museum covers anthropology, archeology and natural history, with tours available and plenty of family-friendly activities and events. Sports fans should head to the National Football Museum, where you'll find a hall of fame for the beautiful game, high-tech exhibits and chances to test your own soccer skills.

Activities

Take a tour in Manchester

With so much to do in Manchester, taking a city tour is a great way to get an overview of the big attractions and must-see spots, and you can opt to sightsee by bus, boat or foot on guided walking tours. Hop-on, hop-off bus tours take you to spots like Manchester Town Hall and the National Football Museum, allowing you to get off where you like to see the sights or snap some photos, while river cruises float along the Irwell and the Manchester Ship Canal, a relaxing way to take in the city skyline.

Weather

Summer vacations in Manchester

Summertime in Manchester means bustling streets and tons of events, as visitors enjoy a vacation in the city while the weather is warm. Between June and September, afternoons average in the 60s, perfect for playing a round of golf, picnicking under shady trees in city parks or heading outside the central hub for hiking adventures in the gorgeous surrounding landscape. Since summer is a popular time to visit this area, you'll want to reserve your Manchester vacation rental early to ensure you snag your ideal dates. If you prefer to visit when it's less busy, there are plenty of indoor attractions to enjoy when the weather cools.

Natural features

Out and about near Manchester

Riverfront Manchester offers plenty of parks, but for a real nature-filled adventure, head just east to the moorlands of the Kinder Scout National Nature Reserve and Peak District National Park. Grab a bike and hit some of the countryside trails in the area or take to the hiking paths and explore the scenic landscape. Pack a picnic lunch at your Manchester vacation rental to make a day of it. With lots of hills to climb, you're sure to find the perfect spot to watch the sunset as evening falls.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Manchester

Fly into Manchester (MAN), the closest airport, located 8.1 mi (13.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Liverpool (LPL-John Lennon), which is 27 mi (43.4 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Manchester Oxford Road Station, Manchester Manchester Oxford Road Station and Manchester Deansgate Station are the main stations in the city. It's easy to get around Manchester by catching a ride on the metro at St Peters Square Station, Mosley Street Station or Market Street Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Manchester?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 600 vacation rentals near Manchester. From 287 Condos/Apartments to 189 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Manchester for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Manchester?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Manchester:

  • Northern Quarter: 125 vacation rentals
  • Belle Vue: 67 vacation rentals
  • Castlefield: 51 vacation rentals
  • Central Retail District: 131 vacation rentals
  • New Islington: 91 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Manchester?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Manchester. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Manchester (QQM-Piccadilly Train Station): 698 vacation rentals
  • Old Trafford: 648 vacation rentals
  • Manchester Piccadilly Station: 689 vacation rentals
  • Manchester Central Library: 684 vacation rentals
  • Manchester City Hall: 685 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Manchester listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Manchester?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 287 Condos/Apartments in Manchester. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Manchester include:

  • Houses: 189 rentals available
  • Cabins: 94 rentals available
  • Studios: 286 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Manchester?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3 vacation rentals with pool available in Manchester. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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