Manchester Events and Attractions

Events and Attractions in Manchester

 A visit to Manchester will reveal an incredible range of fantastic tourist attractions. This proud northern city is exciting and vibrant with a rich history just waiting for visitors to explore.

 At Thistle Hotels we are also proud; proud of our ability to ensure your trip to Manchester is a comfortable and relaxing experience – and that your accommodation in the city perfectly complements the attractions you see.

 

  1. When the city comes alive

    Manchester always has a unique buzz and its attractions are well worth visiting year round. However, before looking at some of the great venues and sights that you can enjoy during a stay in the city, it is worth looking at a few special events taking place in Manchester that could make your stay even more memorable:

     

    Celebrate Christmas in Manchester

     Get into the festive spirit this Christmas as Manchester gets transformed into a magical winter wonderland.

     Wrap yourself up in your favourite Christmas jumper, warm up with a steaming mug of hot chocolate or mulled wine and explore the city’s best Christmas markets, sampling German sausages and roasted chestnuts as you admire locally made crafts, toys, clothes, soaps and jewellery.

     While you’re at it, why not make use of the late night shopping hours to pick up some presents to put under your Christmas tree or catch a panto at the Manchester Opera House? And don’t miss the city’s Christmas lights switch-on which kicks of the festive period. Merry Christmas! 

  2. Take in some sport

    The legends of Manchester United are in action in June but across the city, in the Etihad Stadium, new legends are being created. Thanks to recent investment Manchester City are on their way to becoming a global force in football, allowing visitors to see two top tier premier league teams in one city.

  3. Hit the shops

    You will find the world class shopping opportunities in Manchester make the city a paradise for all shoppers - from bargain hunters to discerning consumers. Great shopping locations like the Trafford Centre are attractions in themselves, bringing a sense of style to the shopping experience.

  4. Hear great music

    Manchester boasts a famously vibrant musical history which has produced some incredibly popular acts over the years. You'll find the music scene is still alive and catering to all tastes. International superstars pack in crowds at the Manchester Arena, while smaller venues such as the O2 Apollo offer great sounds and an unbeatable atmosphere.

  5. Enjoy a slice of history

    The rich history of Manchester is evident throughout the architectural fabric of the city. The striking red bricks that make up many of the city's attractive buildings give the whole of Manchester a dynamic character. From locations like Manchester University and the Cathedral, you will see there is no shortage of excellent attractions.

  6. Experience exceptional culture and theatre

    Many of Manchester's best attractions are counted among the UK's finest cultural highlights. From the classical music and opera available at the Bridgewater Hall to the dramatic productions and musicals which take place at the Manchester Opera Theatre and the Lowry Theatre, there is an attraction for every cultural taste in Manchester.

  7. Making the most of your stay

    Whatever attraction has brought you to Manchester, you will find here at Thistle Manchester City Centre hotel, The Portland our staff are focussed on providing you with the best trip possible. The professional, friendly service we offer is designed to ensure you have a great stay while visiting the city's many attractions.

 

 

Local Information

Today's Weather

in Manchester °C or °F

19 Dec Fri

Breezy with sun and some clouds
Breezy with sun and some clouds
High Temperature:
8oC
Low Temperature:
5oC

20 Dec Sat

Clouds and sun with a passing shower
Clouds and sun with a passing shower
High Temperature:
7oC
Low Temperature:
4oC

21 Dec Sun

Variable clouds with a passing shower
Variable clouds with a passing shower
High Temperature:
11oC
Low Temperature:
9oC

22 Dec Mon

Cloudy and breezy with a little rain
Cloudy and breezy with a little rain
High Temperature:
11oC
Low Temperature:
8oC

23 Dec Tue

Breezy with periods of rain
Breezy with periods of rain
High Temperature:
11oC
Low Temperature:
6oC