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    There are 16 locations where you can hire a car in Manchester, and the most popular is Manchester Airport.

  • Best time to visit

    June and August see the best weather and have the most densely packed events schedule.

  • Not to be missed

    Seek out a quirky coffee shop.

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    Hottest month: July (16°C)

    Coldest month: January (4°C)

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Hire a car in Manchester

One of the most popular cities to visit in the UK, Manchester is a city full of character.

With its worker bee symbol proudly representing the city's past, there is a strong sense of unity between the people here. Like its people, Manchester's districts also have distinctive personalities. The Northern Quarter, perhaps the most renowned neighbourhood, is a mecca for hipsters. Head here for vintage trinkets and street art.

There's a fantastic music, shopping and football scene here, and the city is well located in the centre of England – perfect for a road trip in whichever direction your wheels want to take you.

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Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the most popular rental length in Manchester?
A. Seven to eight days.

Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Manchester?
A. July.

Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Manchester?
A. Interrent is the cheapest car rental brand in Manchester, offering cars from just £3 per day.

*Based on easyCar real booking data.

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Exploring Manchester

Wandering the city

  • Watch out for trams if you're walking around the city, they are a hazard that you don't come across in every destination so they can take people by surprise.
  • The Arndale is a huge shopping centre in the middle of the city. It's a great place to seek shelter from the rain, and treat yourself to some much deserved retail therapy.
  • Market Street is a popular place to roam, so best to be avoided if you aren't keen on the crowds.
  • There are many cobbled streets in the city, so sensible shoes are a must.
  • If you're a culture vulture, you'll find many of the city's museums are close to one another, so you can walk from one to the next.
  • Most museums have somewhere to rest and buy a snack. If entry to the museum is free, consider eating inside as profits will go to the upkeep of the building.
  • Queue etiquette is pretty important in the UK. If you end up in a line, take care to stick to your position. Queue jumpers are not really tolerated.

Foodie top tips

Whether you want freshly made pasta produced in front of your eyes at Vapiano, or have a craving for a sugary cereal cocktail (don't worry, you can get one at Black Milk), there are so many exciting food options in Manchester. Here are some tips to help you on your way:

  • Don't settle on the first restaurant you see. If you shop around, you can find a great deal. On weeknights, many eateries offer deals such as 50% off or a main meal for a pound. Hunt around on the internet for a voucher before you commit.
  • Some restaurants will add on a discretionary 10% tip. If the service was good, then it's customary to pay this – but watch out that you don't tip twice!
  • Altrincham Market is a little out of the city centre, but worth a trip if you've got a car. The atmosphere is great, the food sensational and – the best bit – it's undercover so you can't get rained on!
  • You'd walk past El Rincon de Rafa if you didn't know about it. Authentic Mediterranean tapas are served up at reasonable prices – get here early if you want a table.
  • The Oast House is the kind of place you want an invite to on a cold winter's day, but it's just as fun to hang out inside their fantastic teepee in the summer.
  • Just outside Manchester Piccadilly Station is a bakery called Pollen. You can't leave the city without trying one of their famed cruffins (the tasty cross between a croissant and a muffin).

Exploring Manchester

Hot spots to visit

The John Rylands Library

A book-lovers must see, this exquisite library is the perfect home to its 1.4 million items. The building alone is astonishing – the neo-gothic elaborate, high ceilings are breathtaking.

On top of this, John Rylands is a total treasure trove for literary enthusiasts. From rare first editions to fragments of ancient papyrus (the most notable being St Johns fragment – thought to be the oldest existing piece of New Testament text).

The Peeps

Look out for strange brass peepholes distributed randomly across the Ancoats district. There are around 15 of them, each glimpsing into a collection of artwork installations set within the buildings.

The Peeps highlight the former industrial city and mysterious scenes await those who find them. No maps will help you locate them, in fact part of the art is discovering these for yourself by stumbling on them during your travels.

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Get to know the city

Not to be missed

The curry mile – a long line of great South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine.
The art scene – there are so many great art galleries in the city, including The Whitworth.
The canal – a lovely place to wander and watch the narrowboats floating by.
The music shops – look out for King Bee Records, a famous record store brimming with history.
The police museum – staffed by ex cops ready to tell you a plethora of interesting stories.

Car hire locations near Manchester

A road trip from Manchester to Stockport