Manchester has reinvented itself as a contemporary metropolis with modern landmark buildings, a vibrant source of art and culture, great bars and amazing hospitality. It has every experience imaginable, from fine dining and top class theatre, to major sporting events and year-round festivals. As the gateway to the North West of England, it’s also just a short trip from some of the World’s most beautiful countryside and historic towns. The Lake District, with its 16 Lakes, the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales are all easy day trips from the city.
When I visited recently, I went to the Lowry, home to the largest collection by LS Lowry, a year round exhibition programme, two theatres and a restaurant. It’s a stunning building and contains some amazing artwork. However, if shopping is more your thing, you can always try the Manchester Arndale, officially the busiest shopping centre outside of London or the Trafford Centre, which has over 10,000 free parking spaces.
First class chefs, fresh local produce and great service combine to make eating out in Manchester an experience in itself. Ultra-chic restaurants include Stock, The Restaurant Bar and Grill and The River Restaurant within the fabulous 5 star Lowry Hotel.
When you decide to visit, Avis has offices at all three terminals at Manchester Airport. They are located in the arrivals hall in Terminal 1, and across the road from the arrivals hall in Terminals 2 and 3. Once your paperwork is completed, your car will be waiting in the adjacent car park for you. Our top tip from Nick, the Manchester Airport station manager is to provide us with a flight number on your reservation, which will let us know at which terminal you are arriving. This is especially important for Avis Preferred members and reservations with child safety seats.
To return your car at terminal 1, follow the signs for Departures and then follow Car Hire Return signs to level 11 of the car park. For Terminal 2, follow signs for Departures, then Car Hire Return signs and leave your keys at the Avis office on the bottom floor of the car park. For Terminal 3, you can return your car to level 5 of the car park. If you return during office hours, our Rapid Return agents will check the car and give you a receipt, after which we guarantee there’ll be no further charges!
Have you been to Manchester recently? If you have any recommendations, post a comment and let us know.