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)
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’.
From Fight Night to Jesse J to Micky Flannigan, the Phones4u arena (formerly known as Manchester Arena or MEN Arena) showcases the hottest events touring the country. If you are catching a show during your stay or visiting Manchester for a specific event, Jurys Inn is perfectly placed just a 20 minute walk from the venue.
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.
There are a number of guided tours around the city, with various points on interest. Some examples of tours you might find interesting are: Strangeways Prison, The Manchester Music Tour, The Football History Tour, Manchester Architecture, and the Alan Turing tour. In fact, Alan Turing is such a local hero (and a global one) that the Manchester Jurys Inn Hotel created an Alan Turing Tribute.
Located in the heart of Manchester (just a 20 minute walk from Jurys Inn), The Printworks offers a “state of the art” entertainment centre bursting with restaurants, clubs, bars, and a cinema. Whether grabbing a bite to eat, enjoying live music or heading to the cinema with the kids, The Printworks has plenty to keep you entertained – we recommend ‘The Hard Rock Café’ for a fun/unique dining experience for all the family.
Tatton Park offers a great day out for all with a stunning neo-classical mansion, beautiful gardens, working farm, an old Tudor Hall, a deer park, and stables! With a plethora of exciting activities to explore and interesting heritage to discover, Tatton Park is the ultimate day out for those visiting Manchester!
Located a short 25 minute drive outside Manchester city centre, Tatton Park is open all year round from 10am-5/7pm, depending on low/high season. The mansion is only open between March and October. Admission for the mansion, gardens and farm costs £11 for adults and £5.50 for children (4-15 years), with £5.00 for parking.
Dunham Massey Hall
Dunham Massey Hall is a beautiful Georgian house with Edwardian additions, located in a stunning 250 acre deer park with a charming Winter Garden. The house and mill are closed during the winter months but the garden, park and restaurant remain open daily between 9/10am and 4/5pm. The house re-opens in March until October with entry open roughly between 11am and 5pm. Admission for the whole property costs £11.20 for adults and £5.60 for children- the car park costs £6.
Dunham Massey is a short 25 minute drive from Manchester City Centre.
Named after the early 20th century painter L.S Lowry, this fantastic theatre and gallery complex is located in Salford Quays, just a 10 minute drive away from our Manchester hotel. With an ever-changing schedule of artistic offerings, The Lowry is a must-visit for visitors who love their culture!
This venue offers a versatile mix of museums, exhibitions, galleries, shopping and a range of theatre shows, ensuring that there is something for everyone! The Lowry is open daily 11-5pm and admission is free for the exhibitions.
Imperial War Museum
Promising a free day out like no other, the award-winning Imperial War Museum North is located just 10 minute drive from Jurys Inn Manchester. This fantastic museum offers a glimpse into our history as well as exploring current conflicts, and providing thought-provoking displays and exhibitions centred around the effect war has on the world in which we live. Admission to the museum is free and open daily from 10am-5pm.
This independent gallery offers a great Manchester city attraction for the books. With a range of interesting and unique collections and artists, the Artzu Gallery is perfect for those interested in soaking up some culture. The gallery is located just a ten-minute walk from our Manchester hotel and is open all year round.
Museum of Science and Industry
This internationally recognised museum offers an interesting and creative exploration of “how science, innovation and industry created and sustain modern society”. Along with exhibitions and collections, MOSI also offers workshops and activities for children from ‘Pablo Fanque’s Circus of Dreams’ to ‘Steam, Sweat and Sewers’.
The museum is open daily from 10am-5pm with free entry but voluntary donations are welcome. Located in the city centre, MOSI is just a 7 minute walk from Jurys Inn Manchester.
Just a 15 minute walk from our hotel is Manchester Arndale shopping centre ready to serve all your retail needs! Whether you just need to pop in for something or want to indulge in a day of retail therapy, Manchester Arndale is the place for you.
Next door to The Lowry sits the fabulous Lowry Outlet bursting with fantastic brands at 70% discount! With stores covering fashion, accessories, beauty, and sports, you will not leave this outlet disappointed. The Lowry Outlet is a less than a ten minute drive from our Manchester hotel.
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!