Fly To Manchester, England
Manchester is the birthplace of computers, railways and divided by two legendary football teams Man City and Man United. Located in the Northwest of England and surrounded by the glorious mix of ancient medieval and modern architecture the city has a reputation for showing-off.
Take part in the strangest activities, from becoming a real-life escape artist at the Breakout Manchester, or travelling back in time at the Whim Wham Café, while not forgetting the Godlee Observatory where you can explore the galaxies up above.
Manchester, simply put is a passionate, vibrant city filled with its own unique quirks that offer experiences that are unmatched and makes it a city of full of wonder and charm.
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Why visit Manchester?
- Enjoy an underwater experience like no other at the Manchester Sea Life Centre, with over 500 creatures, underwater tunnels, feeding shows and Europe's first seabed walk!
- You cannot travel to Manchester without a visit to Rusholme's curry mile, immerse yourself in the culture and indulge in over 70 tantalising restaurants!
- Embark on a historic journey of this city-the birthplace of the industrial revolution by visiting Clayton Hall Living History Museum and experience what it was like to live in Victorian times!
The best time to visit Manchester is between June and August. During this time the weather is warm and the city's events calendar is filled with so many things to do especially for soccer fans as the new season of the premier league kicks off.
The shoulder seasons occur between September till December and March through till May when temperatures are relatively high.
- The Chetham's Library in Manchester is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world.
- Manchester was the first industrialised city in the world.
- Manchester’s Bridgewater Canal was the first canal built entirely independent of rivers.
Manchester offers beautiful architecture, with an array of attractions with such diversity no matter what you might feel like doing, you will be entertained. Sip high-tea at the Alice in Wonderland inspired Richmond Tearooms.
If sipping tea is not your thing then head down to Chinatown where you will find a variety of shops and restaurants offering culinary delicacies from Hong Kong and Beijing, this colourful place is definitely not for the faint hearted.
If you’re an explorer perhaps a leisurely stroll through Manchester is the best idea as then you are able to have a front row seat to the beauty of this city from the architectural wonder of Manchester Cathedrals which dates back to 1422, to the Jubilee Park and the Adlington Hall which is one of the most beautiful country homes in the United Kingdom.
Whether you are a sport fan or not, it would not be right to visit this city without seeing Manchester's famous Old Trafford and City of Manchester stadiums is definitely something to consider if you want to get a feel for life in a city divided by red and blue football jerseys.
This friendly city has been considered the party city of England, it offers the best nights out in the country from Spinningfields where the best cocktails can be found to Band on the Wall and Ruby Lounge where you can experience the best live music.
Manchester with all its charm is a place that cannot be described but only experienced, other attractions to add onto your list of must-do's include:
- The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
- Manchester Art Gallery
- Manchester Museum
- Heaton Park
- Royal Exchange
- Palace Theatre
- Hidden Gem
- The Wheel of Manchester
- Contact Theatre
Food is an important element of Manchester's diverse culture. With a myriad of influneces from far and wide, apart from the black pudding, you can find dishes ranging from Mexican, Lebanese, Turkish, Russian and even Ethiopian food, Manchester will have something to tantalise any taste buds.
Famous dishes in the area are the Manchester Tart, Eccles Cakes and Bury Black Pudding, which all hail from the religious influences and traditions.
If you’re set on a more traditional English cuisine treat yourself to a spot of Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, the famous Toad-in-the-hole, fish and chips and the absolutely filling cottage pie.
There are many restaurants that are in Manchester which serve the most delectable English cuisine like:
- San Carlo
- Spice Lounge
- Moose Coffee
- Lust Luck Liquor and Burn
- The Northern Quarter Restaurant
Manchester is a metropolis known for its diversity thus city instead embraces individuals from all backgrounds and faiths and part of the reason why it is so unique and culturally rich.
The majority of individuals consider themselves to be Catholic, the remaining few follow a Jewish or Islamic belief system.
Popular sub cultures that coexist in Manchester manifest in many ways whether it be artistically, architecturally, theatrically or even musically. Places like the Manchester Art Gallery and the many Cathedrals that are located throughout depict the culture found here.
Manchester is claimed to have the largest gay population in the UK, this city is the birthplace of several gay rights organisations, and is an indication of how everyone is embraced in this city.
Manchester is a very safe city, although there are the odd occurrences of individuals becoming out of hand, but that is usually alcohol related incidents or hooliganism which are few and far between. It is advised to remain vigilant at all times, and women should not walk around the city alone as they become easy targets.
South African Passport holders do need a visa to visit Manchester, or anywhere else in the United Kingdom.
The visa takes at least 10 days to process, so make sure you apply in time. Contact the British consulate (Telephone: 012 421 7500 )
The nearest South African Consulate to Manchester is the Honorary Consulate situated in Preston.
Address: Newsham Lodge Barn
Newsham Lodge Lane
Preston PR4 0BB
Phone:(+44) 177 269 11 43
Fax:(+44) 177 269 11 43
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|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22.00||R 20.00||R 72.52|
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|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10.00||R 12.00||R 38.54|
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Manchester International Airport is an international airport in Ringway, Manchester, England. It was the third busiest airport in the United Kingdom with regards to passenger numbers in 2015.
Coffee: Starbucks, Broderick’s, Soho Coffee Co. or Caffé Ritazza.
Exchange currency: Travelex is the official forex partner of Manchester Airport and has ATMs and stores in all the terminals.
Lost luggage: Lost luggage claims should be handled at your individual airline’s lost and found desk. Alternatively check the Lost /Delayed Luggage page on Manchester Airport’s website. Contact airport security for items lost in the airport itself.
Airport hotel: None on site. Nearby: Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Radisson Blu, Hilton, Bewleys Hotel, Premier Inn and Marriott.
Car hire: The main car hire dealerships at the airport include Hertz, Enterprise, Budget, Avis, Central and Alamo.
Airport hub: Budget, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, National, Europcar and Sixt.
Manchester International Airport (code:MAN) is a hub for local domestic airline, Flybe.
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