Mumbai: Youthful, diverse, energetic and bursting with character, Manchester is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK right now where everybody and anybody is very warmly welcomed. A city alive with character, Manchester is rich in art and heritage, and as proud of its music scene as it is of its world-famous football teams.

Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport. And today the city combines this heritage with a progressive vision to be a destination that delivers surprise and delight in equal measures.

Manchester city centre is jam-packed with unique and eclectic restaurants, bars, shops, museums, galleries, hotels and places to stay whilst the surrounding Greater Manchester boroughs offer a patch-work of visitor experiences including quaint market towns, traditional pubs and beautiful green spaces and waterways to be explored on foot or bike. The city region is easily navigated, with great transport links both in and around Greater Manchester.

Furthermore, a packed calendar of world-class events and festivals – from the landmark Manchester International Festival to the enchanting Manchester Christmas Markets – mean there’s always another reason to visit Manchester.

Football Stadium Tours

Planning a trip to Britain when your favorite team is playing an away match? Well, you could always hop on a train and catch the beautiful game in a different city, but there are plenty of ways to experience the Premier League when a match isn’t on the cards. You can still tour Britain’s best football stadiums and see the amazing arenas from the view of your favorite player when you stand on the field, tour the changing rooms, and walk down the team’s tunnel. Finally, don’t miss the remarkable cities that are home to these amazing teams and their fans!

Etihad Stadium

Even expert fans will learn something on this tour, and fans of other clubs and sports will be captivated by Manchester City’s fascinating story! A professional and passionate tour guide will take you around the areas that are normally off-limits, including the press conference room, the warm up area, the dressing room, the players’ tunnel and the pitch side dug-out. You might even get a photo opportunity in the manager’s chair!

A packed calendar of world-class events – from the landmark Manchester International Festival to the Manchester Christmas Markets – there’s always a reason to visit Manchester

Old Trafford Stadium

A tour of spectacular Old Trafford is a unique opportunity to see Manchester United FC from all the people who make the club so successful – the players, the management, staff and, of course, the fans. Your passion and love for the club will be matched by your tour guide, who will give guests exclusive access to parts of the stadium usually off-limits. Tour tickets also include access to the Old Trafford museum, where you’ll get even closer to the world, the history and the legend of Manchester United.

National Football Museum

As home of two of the biggest football teams in the world, Manchester houses a supreme collection of football artefacts. Visit the National Football Museum to encounter the ball from the 1966 World Cup final and many iconic shirts worn by footballing greats. Hands-on activities include games that test penalty-taking prowess and goal-keeping skills, a storytelling corner and a Discovery Zone.

The Warehouse Project

The Warehouse Project is a three-month long series of dance music events taking place in iconic venues across Manchester. A cavernous, former Second World War air raid shelter beneath Piccadilly railway station in the city centre is its main venue, but events are also staged at others including the Manchester Academy and the Old Granada Studios. The event is the perfect platform for some of the world’s emerging DJ talent such as Fatboy Slim.

Industrial Town in Castlefield

Situated at the south-west end of Deansgate is the industrial and Roman heart of Manchester. You’ll see a Roman fort, old mills, fun new bars and a network of canals. You’ll also want to take a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry to further deepen your experience and knowledge.

Art & Architecture

Located in beautiful Whitworth Park, the Whitworth Gallery forms part of the largest academic campus in Britain. Its collection includes historic fine art by the likes of William Blake and Rossetti, as well as contemporary art and sculptures. For a feast of architectural genius head to the John Rylands Library. It is a red brick Victorian neo-Gothic landmark with a collection that includes medieval illuminated manuscripts and a Gutenberg Bible.

Tempt Your Palate

Manchester boasts a unique mix of inner city quays, mountain ranges and buildings, best enjoyed paired with a superb dining experience. If you head to the Northern Quarter in the city centre for your supper, you’ll be delighted with the authentic style curry houses

Shop Till You Drop

Manchester’s Northern Quarter is a hotbed of creativity, fledgling fashion brands and lifestyle emporiums such as Afflecks Palace, Pop Boutique and Junk

Take a Tram to Salford Quays

This rejuvenated quayside quarter is home to cultural landmarks like the Imperial War Museum North and The Lowry arts complex. Also part of the redevelopment is Media City UK, home to major BBC and ITV television shows including BBC Breakfast and reality show Shark Tank

Take to the Water

What was once a bustling work way, now offers visitors and locals a soothing way to travel. City Centre Cruises travel to Pomona and the River Irwell as travellers witness an abundance of sights along the canal

Cafe Football

If you’re a foodie with a football crush, head to Cafe Football for gourmet grub influenced by the beautiful game. More than just a typical sports bar, Cafe Football handcrafts its dishes from start to finish, taking inspiration from the sport’s illustrious past and present. They also screen live sport every day and night, with an array of plasma screens available to ensure you get the best possible view of the action from wherever you sit in the restaurant or bar. Cafe Football Old Trafford is located on the ground floor of Hotel Football and next to Manchester United’s ‘Theatre of Dreams’ and Cafe Football at National Football Museum is on the ground floor of the iconic Urbis building in the heart of Manchester city centre.

Reaching There

Jet Airways will introduce its first ever non-stop service between Mumbai and Manchester starting Nov 5, 2018. This new service, in addition to its existing 3 daily, non-stop flights from Mumbai to London Heathrow and 1 daily, non-stop flight from Delhi to London Heathrow, enhances the connectivity and makes it the largest carrier between India and the UK. Manchester is the third largest city in the UK and the fastest growing city outside of London.

Jet Airways will deploy its modern Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 18 seats in Première and 236 seats in Economy for the new Manchester service. Manchester has the largest airport outside London, flying to around 225 destinations worldwide. You can also fly from London in 1 hour or travel by train in 2 hours to this great city.

Manchester at a Glance

  • Home to two of England’s most popular football teams – Manchester United and Manchester City – don’t miss the chance to get closer to the history and the legend of these iconic clubs with a stadium tour
  • Experience the atmosphere of Canal Street – one of Britain’s most famous gay villages
  • Art lover? Head straight to The Lowry. The gallery is home to the world’s largest collection by LS Lowry, one of the best British artists of the 20th century
  • Spend the day rummaging through the record shops and vintage stores of the bohemian Northern Quarter
  • Did you know? On Curry Mile, you’ll have the pick of more than 70 restaurants serving South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines