A significant financial centre in the north of England and a media hub due largely to the presence of the BBC, Manchester is a thriving UK city.
Manchester is the United Kingdom's fifth-largest financial centre outside of London, and it remains one of the best places to conduct business in the UK. Within the north of England, it's especially well-known for its leadership in the media industry—particularly at Salford Quays, where the BBC breakfast programme has been made since 2010 and where the corporation employs in excess of 2000 people. Needless to say, some of the world's leading media professionals regularly seek luxury serviced apartments in Manchester.
But that's only one facet of this reinvented city's business profile. You'll find visiting professionals in Manchester representing a host of different backgrounds and niches. In each case, SITU can provide aparthotels in Manchester and self-catering apartments for short term lets that are ideally located near the city's key business and entertainment districts.
Manchester offers a vast list of things to do. Whether you are interested in history and culture or more frivolous entertainments and a fun nightlife, the city has plenty to offer.
You can discover beautiful gothic architecture such as John Rylands Library, or the Manchester Cathedral. When John Rylands Library died in 1888 he was Manchester's most successful industrialist, with a fortune amounting to almost £3 million – the equivalent of perhaps £250 million or more in today’s money. His wife commissioned the library in 1890 and it houses a world-class collection, including magnificent medieval manuscripts. However, this is not the only notable library in the city, with Chetham’s Library being the oldest surviving public library in the English-speaking world. There is also the Grand Central Library, which was reopened in 2014 after an extensive renovation project.
The cathedral offers guided tours to help visitors get the most out of the gorgeous medieval surroundings with the beautifully carved ceiling overhead. The Cathedral Visitor Centre includes the 1421 Hanging Bridge, for many years a hub of activity and city life.
Manchester’s renowned quaysides offer a number of leisure destinations. Here you can enjoy plenty of restaurants, cinemas, shop or enjoy sports events. Manchester Ship Canal opened in 1894. It was the largest river canal in the world and cost £15 million, almost £1.5 billion in today's money. You can take a cruise on the canal or enjoy a stunning evening walk along the quay.
Another great place to visit in Manchester is the Aquatics Centre. It is open to the public all year round and hosts major water sports competitions. You can enjoy the 50m pool, diving, gym facilities and take various lessons there and then. 30 display tanks are home to more than 5000 sea creatures, so even if you don’t want to swim, it still has plenty to offer.
Of course, it is impossible to talk about Manchester and not to mention sports. Football is in the city’s DNA, with two major teams – Manchester United and Manchester City – consistently high up in the country’s ‘Premier League’, and often competing in European competitions. You can visit both clubs and learn about their long and rich history, while the National Football Museum offers wider information about the history of the ‘beautiful game’.
On this page, you'll find a short-list of top-quality serviced apartments in Manchester. Some of these aparthotels are located in the heart of the city, near to key shopping areas, bars and businesses. Others are found to the south, near Embankment Business Park, or in the lively Piccadilly district.
Whether you are looking for an apartment to accommodate you for several weeks or even months, or simply desire more space and flexibility for a short-term visit to Manchester, let SITU help you find the extended stay accommodation you're looking for. Click below for details on specific properties.
The city centre is served by two major railway stations.
Piccadilly train station is the main destination for trains from around the UK. Trains from Liverpool, Leeds, York, Sheffield and Nottingham also tend to stop at Manchester Oxford Road, which is particularly convenient if you intend to visit the University. A fast train operates from Manchester Piccadilly and connects visitors to London Euston in just two hours.
Local services frequently run from the major stations to areas such as Deansgate and Salford Central.
Chorlton Street Coach station is the main bus station in Manchester, coaches run from here to destinations across the country.
National Express runs a 24 hour service to major cities, including London. Stagecoach runs cheap mega bus services to London, Scotland, South Wales and the West
Travelling around Manchester couldn’t be easier. The city council runs a free service that takes visitors to most areas in the city centre.
There are three major bus routes which can be caught from the major rail stations; Piccadilly, Oxford Road, Deansgate, Salford Central and Victoria.
Manchester Airport is the largest airport outside of London, bringing visitors from far-and-wide to the city.
Located on the south side of the city, it has several transport links and is the airport as accessible for visitors. Direct trains run from the airport station to both the Oxford Road and Piccadilly rail stations every 25 minutes. There are also coaches which regularly run from Chorlton Street Coach station.
John Lennon Airport is located 45 minutes away in Liverpool, and houses a number of budget operators such as Easyjet and Ryanair. Coaches run from Manchester Coach station on an hourly basis.