28 - 31 March
Not Quite Light is a weekend of immersive art, debate, architecture and musical features. Not Quite Light Weekend 2018 included a talk on the theme of ‘Transition’ which featured readings from Julie Hesmondhalgh and music and poetry performances.
Located across the road from the hotel, The Bridgewater Hall is ‘Alive with music’ for guests keen to enjoy more traditional entertainment. From philharmonic orchestra to mid-day concerts, The Bridgewater Hall is one of Manchester’s prime entertainment centres with over 250 performances a year. The hall is open from 10am-8pm Monday to Saturday – take a look at upcoming events today.
Best Bar: MOJO Bar on Back Bridge Street guarantees tasty cocktails, fantastic music, and a memorable night in Manchester’s thriving city centre!
Best Restaurant: Chaophraya on Chapel Walks offers a divine Thai menu accompanied by chic oriental décor. With a string of restaurants popping up in the big cities in the north of the UK, Chaophraya is quickly gaining an excellent reputation for serving the finest Thai cuisine in Britain.
Best Kept Secret: Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art offers a fantastic experience for those wishing to explore Manchester’s diverse cultures. Bursting at the seams with exhibitions, residencies, festivals, symposia and events, this centre is a truly unique attraction of ‘trans-cultural debates’ and Chinese contemporary art that will ‘shape our future’.
Manchester and football can be considered synonymous with the city’s TWO world-famous football teams: Manchester Utd and Manchester City. Along with matches, both clubs offer guided tours of the stadiums, with Old Trafford (the home of Manchester Utd) offering a museum dedicated to its eventful history.
Old Trafford Museum and Tour
Old Trafford Stadium is one of most famous football grounds in the premier league and is home to one of the biggest and most successful clubs in the world. Enjoy a fantastic interactive experience as you discover the ins and outs of Manchester United’s unique story at the museum and immerse yourself in the action with the stadium tour. If you haven’t quite had your fill of the Man Utd journey, head to the Red Café for the ultimate football themed dining experience! The museum costs £11 for adults (£18 with stadium tour) and £8.50 for children (£12 with stadium tour).
Jurys Inn Manchester is ideally located just a 10 minute drive from Old Trafford Stadium, or alternatively, you can get there by tram. The tram stop is just across the road from our Manchester hotel and is also around a 10 minute journey.
Man City FC
Rival football club Man City also offers visitors a chance to explore their stadium grounds with a range of different ‘experiences’ from ‘The Legends’ Tour’ to ‘The Matchday Experience’. Enjoy unforgettable tours of the Man City club from its heritage to the present, and onto its ambitions, offering visitors a fully immersive peek behind the scenes. Booking is recommended – admission prices and tour dates vary between ‘experiences’.
Man City FC is situated approximately 10 minutes from the Manchester city centre.
National Football Museum
Learn about the history of “the people’s game” and its heritage as a key part of England’s “way of life”. With an impressive collection of over 140, 000 items, the National Football Museum is proud to offer extensive collections and exhibitions of all things football. Explore all aspects of the game, discover its power to change and improve people’s lives and learn the stories it has to tell, this museum is open and welcoming to all visitors!
The National Football Museum is open daily, offers free entry, and is just a short 20 minute walk from our Manchester hotel!
Recent research we conducted found that guests who travel for business only get 36 minutes’ free time to explore a city they are visiting for work, despite over 90% saying they wished they knew more about the cities they visit!
Our hotel teams are experts when it comes to their cities and love to give our guests insider tips on their city’s hidden gems and the best things to see and do. So in response to this research, we asked our Manchester team to create a short video on how to see the best of their city in just 36 minutes on foot or just a short car ride from the hotel!
The Gift: King Street is the shopping mecca for a high-end, big-brand experience. (5 min taxi, 11 min walk)
The Caffeine Fix: Visit North Tea Power, the first café in Manchester to offer a 'tea espresso'. (5min taxi, 16 min walk)
The View: Enjoy fantastic views from Harvey Nichols, Manchester’s 2nd floor restaurant and balcony. (8 min taxi, 17 min walk)
The Stroll: Take a walk along the Deansgate Locks, the route is very atmospheric at night and extremely close to Manchester's nightlife. (2 min taxi, 4 min walk)
The Cocktail Bar: Using molecular drink-making techniques, the cocktails at The Alchemist, one of the best bars in the city, are sure to tickle your taste buds. (3 min taxi, 10 min walk)
The Theatre: Situated in the heart of Manchester, the Royal Exchange is an award-winning theatre with a history spanning five decades. (6 min taxi, 14 min walk)
Learn more about booking a city break in Manchester.