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With cheap weekend breaks to Manchester from Ireland you can spend a day exploring the Manchester Art Gallery and the Imperial War Museum, catch a play at the Palace Theatre, visit Chinatown, the second largest Chinatown in the UK and the third largest in Europe, enjoy a wild day out at the Knowsley Safari or if you are a diehard football supporter take in a trip to the National Football Museum.
Exchange Street is where you will discover some of Manchester’s best stores before socialising and enjoying a tasty meal in the city’s Northern Quarter. Discover all that this charming city has to offer.
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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 (15°C).
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 additional charges.
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).