Getting The Best Deal On Your City Break In Manchester

Manchester buildings

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Manchester is a vibrant city, with so much to offer and what’s even better is that there is a lot to do for free or at a small cost. There are also accommodation and food and drink options for a whole range of budgets. Whether you choose to stay in a hostel or Manchester apartments, there are many great deals to be found (discover more…)

Manchester is a thriving location and the perfect place for a city break. No matter what you love to do, there is something for everyone. With a bit of research, there is the opportunity to find the best deals on a city break in Manchester, so you’ll not only have a great trip, you’ll also save some money.

Tall modern apartment buildings with balconies on either side of a river
Modern architecture in Manchester (photo copyright barnyz via Flickr)

Amazing Accommodation

When it comes to accommodation, there are many budget-friendly options in the city to choose from. From hostels to hotels and AirBNBs, whether you are visiting with friends or travelling solo, there will always be something to suit your requirements – just don’t forget to do your research before booking your accommodation.

For the best public transport links, staying directly in the city would be wise; however, staying a little further out of the city centre may give you more budget friendly options.  

Arial view of Manchester showing the railway and several high rise buildings
Aerial view of city buildings (photo copyright Mylo Kaye via Pexels)

The most popular area to stay in is Manchester City Centre, placing you in the perfect central location with great access to a range of food options, activities, museums, pubs and entertainment. Other popular areas in Manchester include:

  • Chinatown
  • Northern Quarter
  • Salford Quays
  • Castlefield
  • Didsbury
  • Chorlton

There are many sites that you can sift through to find fantastic deals on your city break in Manchester. Whether you book last minute or in advance, there are many great deals. Some even offer added extras, such as spa use, a meal voucher or gym use. Why not take a look at sites like for suggestions.

Fantastic Food And Drink

When it comes to food and drink, you really will be spoilt for choice. No matter what you’re craving, there will always be something to satisfy your needs at a price point to suit you. Especially if you are visiting the city during the week there will be many deals on offer at a range of restaurants, cafés and pubs.

Happy Hour

If you fancy going out for a drink or two, but don’t want to break the bank, then there are many amazing bars across Manchester offering happy hour deals, such as 2 for 1 on selected cocktails and reduced prices. These often run at set times and often exclude Saturdays. Some of our favourites include:

  • Crazy Pedros, 2 cocktails for £10
  • Lost Cat, spritz cocktail and a slide for £5
  • El Capo, £1 tequila
  • Turtle Bay, 2-4-1 cocktails
  • Revolution de Cuba, 2-4-1 cocktails
  • Flight Club, £5 prosecco
Bartender mixing a variety of drinks of different colours
Assorted liquors (photo copyright via Pexels)

Student Discount

If you are a student, making your money go that little bit further is crucial. When on a city break in Manchester, there are many opportunities to get great deals by using student discounts. Although there are many places that offer cheaper food, if you want to try somewhere a little more expensive then student discount is your friend.

Kids Eat Free

For family city breaks to Manchester, the cost of food can add up, so getting a great deal can do wonders. There are many restaurants that offer “kids eat free” options when an adult orders a meal.

Dining Clubs

Joining dining clubs such as Tastecard or Gourmet Society is a great way to save on your favourite restaurants. They have fantastic discounts and deals on restaurants such as Bella Italia, Prezzo and Cibo. With discounts ranging from 25% to 2 for 1 on main courses, this helps to save on meals if you choose to eat out.

White plate with a fork lifting up strands of spaghetti. The pasta is topped with tomatoes and basil leaves
Pasta with tomato and basil (photo copyright Lisa via Pexels)

Awesome Activities

Visiting Manchester for a city break doesn’t mean it has to be expensive, as the city is bursting with fun activities you can do for free. Museums are a popular attraction, with most not even costing a penny. And you’re in luck because Manchester has many museums to choose from, including the Science and Industry Museum and the Greater Manchester Police Museum.

Other activities include:

  • Free comedy show at Frog and Bucket on Mondays
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • A range of libraries
  • Walks around the city and parks
  • Free gigs
  • Take a walk around the markets
  • The Donkey Sanctuary
  • Manchester Cathedral
  • Window shopping

Read more about Exploring The History And Heritage Of Manchester.

No matter what you love to do on a city break, Manchester has it all, and there are many ways to get the best deal during your stay. For accommodation, activities and food and drink, you don’t always have to splash the cash, as there are some fantastic deals to be found, if you’re willing to do a little research. From last-minute websites, free activities and discount codes, get the best deals on your city break in Manchester.


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