Luxury holidays in Manchester

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When to go

Summer means long, laidback evenings on bar terraces. There’s fun to be had all year round, though.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Manchester Airport (+44 (0)161 489 3000) is a 15–20-minute train trip from Piccadilly station; a cab from the city centre should cost £20.
  • Trains

    Trains to and from London Euston run as frequently as every half hour, with the journey on the Virgin Pendolinos taking just two hours and 20 minutes.
  • Automobiles

    The M56 leads to the joys of the M6 | and London in about four hours | if you’re lucky with the traffic around Birmingham. Be warned when parking in town: wardens hover like vultures.
  • Taxis

    Black hackney cabs can be hailed from the street; for a dependable private firm, try Radio Cars (+44 (0)161 236 8033).