Manchester is the UK’s second largest city offering an excellent blend of cultural attractions, modern amenities and world-class performing arts and sporting events to keep visitors of all ages thoroughly absorbed. Manchester is known for its thriving music scene and has bred some of the country’s finest musical acts, while it still retains much of its quirky charm with its trendy cafes, alternative bars and shops. The city center is filled with architectural landmarks, making it an ideal place to enjoy a pleasant sightseeing stroll during the day. Manchester is also a great place for those interested in exploring new cultures as it boasts many interesting museums and art galleries such as the Manchester Museum or the Museum of Science and Industry. Food lovers won’t want to miss out on venturing out to the famous Curry Mile, a huge stretch of Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants just outside the city.
When to Visit Manchester
Manchester enjoys excellent weather during the summer, although those used to the heat may find winters to be very cold and wet. The busiest period in the city is between June and August when the weather is at its finest, although it is enjoyable all year round as the city hosts many cultural events over the winter. Other than during the summer, Manchester is known for its rainfall so make sure you come prepared. Cheap flights to Manchester tend to be available all year round as long as you get in early enough and book.
Flights to Manchester
The main airport serving the city is Manchester Airport, situated 14km from the city. There are direct flights from the UAE to Manchester - from Dubai International Airport you can fly with Emirates as well as Thomson Airways seasonally, while Etihad Airways operates flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport. Getting from the airport into central Manchester is made easy with the Metrolink network, although taxis and buses are also readily available.
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Manchester Travel Information
Nationals from many countries are able to enter the UK without a visa, although nationals from the UAE will first needs to obtain an electronic visa waiver online. This is a fairly quick process and can be done from the comfort of your own home. The currency used in the UK is the British Pound, while the country is 3 hours behind the UAE so make sure you wind back your clocks when arriving. Manchester itself has an excellent public transportation network consisting of the Metrolink system as well as buses and train to help visitors get around easily.
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