Information & Facts
As with the rest of the United Kingdom, Manchester's climate is
highly changeable and unpredictable. In general, however, the
weather in Manchester is mild, with sunny summers and cold, wet
winters. Snowfall is infrequent, but winter days can be frosty and
clear. High-pressure systems can sometimes cause very hot summer
temperatures or very cold winter temperatures, but these tend to
pass quickly. The average temperature in January is around 39°F
(4°C), while the average temperature in July is about 59°F
Manchester is an easy city to negotiate with a substantial
public transport system. The Metrolink Rapid Transit system trams
are fast and efficient, while the Metroshuttle City Centre buses
are free and run on two circular routes, including all major rail
stations, bus stops and Metrolink stops. System One Travelcards
offer a variety of options for discounted, unlimited use of public
transport. There are plenty of car hire companies and taxis
available and the Manchester Airport is only 15 minutes away from
the city centre. Manchester also has a system of cycling paths,
although these can be a bit risky during times of heavy
English is the official language, though visitors will be
astonished by the variety of regional accents.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100
pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards
should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign
currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels,
however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks.
Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by
tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid
The city's facelift and subsequent urban revival have
invigorated it, ensuring there are always plenty of things to see
and do in Manchester. Chinatown, centred around George and Faulkner
streets, provides a heady array of sights, sounds, and smells, as
does the 'Curry Mile' concentration of sari shops, jewellery stores
and Indian restaurants in Rusholme. For a truly modern experience,
check out the slick Urbis shopping centre.
There are many historical attractions in Manchester as well.
Manchester Cathedral and the town hall are both examples of
beautiful Gothic architecture, and the ruins at Castlefield date
back to the medieval period.
Manchester provides many incentives for culture buffs, including
many theatres, libraries, art galleries, and museums. For the best
view of the whole city, take a spin on the Manchester Wheel,
located in the Millennium Quarter.
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last
Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).