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About Manchester

Manchester is a stunning city in England. It is the second most populated urban area in the United Kingdom, with an intriguing charm many travellers cannot help but fall in love with. Besides being home of two famous football clubs, Manchester has a glorious mix of ancient medieval and modern architecture. Touristic attractions include the John Rylands Library.

Cheap flights to Manchester are now available for a limited period of time, so be prepared to be enchanted by this captivating place. Manchester is home to Manchester International Airport (MAN) which is a 30-minute drive to Manchester city centre. Manchester International Airport serves a multitude of airlines - including Swiss International Air Lines, British Airways and Air France. Popular international flights departure from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Manchester is approximately 13 hours, 40 minutes.

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.


English Culture

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.


English Delights

Traditional English dishes of roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, hearty cottage pie and the local favourite fish and chips are what make Manchester a culinary hub of divine English appeal.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United Kingdom
Currency Pound £
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.05 GBP
Language English
Hub Airport Manchester International Airport
Airline Flybe
Time Zone GMT+1
Travel Adaptor Type G

Best time to visit Manchester

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.

Weather & Climate in Manchester

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 2°C 2°C 4°C 4°C 7°C 10°C 12°C 12°C 10°C 8°C 4°C 3°C
High °C 6°C 6°C 9°C 12°C 15°C 18°C 20°C 20°C 17°C 14°C 9°C 7°C
Rainfall (mm) 80 50 80 50 50 80 60 80 70 90 90 80


Manchester is the birthplace of computers, railways and divided by two legendary football teams Manchester City and Manchester United. Located in the Northwest of England and surrounded by impeccable architecture and stunning landscapes it is not hard to see why it has a reputation for showing-off.

Take part in the strangest activities, from becoming a real-life escape artist at the Breakout Manchester, or visit the magnificent John Rylands Library, while not forgetting the Godlee Observatory where you can explore the galaxies up above.

Manchester 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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Visa & Customs

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 Woodplumpton Preston PR4 0BB United Kingdom

Telephone: (+44) 177 269 11 43

Fax: (+44) 177 269 11 43

Health & Safety

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. It is advised to remain vigilant at all times, and women should not walk around the city alone as they become easy targets.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Manchester
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 227.93
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 72.52
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 52.22
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 38.54
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 188.14

Where to stay?

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. Some of the best hotels to stay in whilst visiting include: * The Principle Manchester (

* Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel (

* Hotel Gotham (

Get Around

Walking through Manchester is the best idea as then you are able to have a front row seat to the beauty of this city. But there are other options that can be used to get around this city including the Metrolink tram, Metroshuttle and the city’s council-regulated taxi’s (although the taxis can be pricey). The main car hire dealerships at the airport include Hertz, Enterprise, Budget, Avis, Central and Alamo.

Main attractions in Manchester

John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library

Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery

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