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Trains to Manchester

From its industrial past to a present driven by music, media and sport, Manchester has always been independent and forward-thinking. Today it buzzes with a huge student population, two top-class football teams and a superbly regenerated inner city packed with great shopping, cool microbreweries and buzzing bars. With the arrival of Michelin-starred chefs Simon Rogan and Jason Atherton, its restaurant scene is hitting the next level too. Is there anything this city can't do?

Popular train routes to Manchester

London to Manchester
Birmingham to Manchester
Liverpool to Manchester
Sheffield to Manchester
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Visiting Manchester

Head to the Northern Quarter – just 10 minutes’ walk from Manchester Piccadilly – for a taste of what makes Manchester so special. Visit the Night & Day café-bar, a hub for local music and arts for decades, and discover a thriving food and craft beer scene.

If you’re coming to Manchester to shop, you’re in good company. Few places do city-centre shopping better, and eager browsers travel here from across the region. You’ll find major high-street brands in the Arndale Centre, and designer stores from Armani to Burberry clustered around King Street, St Anne’s Square and Spinningfields. Looking for something more offbeat? Visit the legendary Affleck’s Palace, a former department store now filled with vintage stalls and independent boutiques.

Just off the bustling Deansgate, take a trip into Manchester’s past at The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), a smart, hands-on museum in an early 19th century railway station. It’s packed with interactive exhibits, from working cotton machinery to a walk-through Victorian sewer. 

And what would a visit to Manchester be without football? Whether you’re a United fan, a City fan or a neutral, you can tour Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium and check out a treasure-trove of facts and memorabilia at the National Football Museum.

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