Venue, Travel and To Do

Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel

Blackfriars St, Manchester M3 2EQ
+44 161 831 6000
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Things To Do

Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and IndustryManchester is a city deeply connected with science and industry.

Based on the site of the oldest passenger railway station in the world, the Museum of Science and Industry truly is a museum for everyone.

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CastlefieldA walkable area filled with canals, casual waterfront bars and green spaces. It is home to the Castlefield Bowl, a canal-side outdoor venue that hosts rock and classical concerts. Other attractions include the ruined Roman fort of Mamucium, from which the city takes its name, and HOME, an arts centre with film screenings, exhibits and live theatre.

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National Football Museum

National Football Museumbased in the city centre in one of the most visually striking buildings in Manchester. Called Urbis, our home is a unique building designed by Ian Simpson Architects. The glass building has six storeys and a distinctive sloping form..


Manchester Cathedral

Manchester CathedralThe gateway to the medieval quarter, the 1421 Hanging Bridge was always the hub of mancunian life. Today it is the showpiece of Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre, a remnant of ancient origins amidst a bustling, modern metropolis.


The Whitworth

The WhitworthThe gallery is fully integrated into the park it calls home. An art garden by Sarah Price, sculpture terrace and orchard garden, alongside new spaces that embrace the park, such as a landscape gallery and a café in the trees, all reflect its beautiful setting.


Sightseeing Manchester

Sightseeing ManchesterKnown throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport. Discover the city’s heritage and how it has grown to be the progressive hub it is today with a 90 minute bus tour.



HomeFrom gallery to screen via café bar and bookshop, HOME redefines the contemporary arts centre, creating a space where ideas, hopes and moments of wonder ricochet off walls and lodge themselves in the headspace of audiences old and new.


The John Rylands Library

John Rylands LibraryFor those who set eyes on The John Rylands Library for the first time, 'library' might not be the first word that comes to mind. This masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture looks more like a castle or cathedral.

The John Rylands Library is a place of wonder; a glorious, unrepentant celebration of imagination and learning.


Hollingworth Lake

Hollingworth LakeHollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre has been leading the way in the provision of water activities in the Northwest of England since 1989. The centre itself is situated on the edge of Hollingworth Lake with the dramatic, jagged skyline of Blackstone Edge providing a stunning back drop for all the activities.


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By Car

From Liverpool:

Take the M62 towards Leeds; follow on to the M602; Exit the M602 via Junction 3 and continue on to Albion Way. This will then lead you on to The Crescent, A6 which will lead you straight on to Blackfriars Street. As you pass the Renault Dealership on the left, continue straight over the traffic lights and pass the Travelodge on the left. Keep left and pull up outside the hotel just past the entrance to the NCP car park.

From Leeds:

Take the M621 towards Manchester and follow on to the M62 Junction 27; Continue to the M60 and exit at Junction 17 on to the A56 Deansgate. Pass Waterstones on your right and House of Fraser on your left; continue straight on until you reach The Slug and Lettuce pub and Trail Finders on your left and take the next left on to Blackfriars Street. Renaissance Manchester Hotel is on your right as you turn the corner.

From Birmingham:

Follow the M6 North, Exit the M6 via Junction 19 and lead onto the A556 towards the M56; Continue onto the M56 towards Manchester Airport and continue onto Princess Parkway A5103. On leaving the Parkway, continue onto Whitworth Street and then the Bridgewater viaduct, continue straight onto the A56 Deansgate and turn right at the traffic lights onto Blackfriars Street. The hotel is on your right.

By Train

There are frequent rail services from the South and West into Manchester Piccadilly Station and from the North East into Manchester Victoria station. The Renaissance Hotel is a 20 minute walk from Piccadilly station or an 18 minute ride on Metroshuttle 2 and an 8 minute walk from Victoria stattion or a five-minute ride on the number 8 or 67 bus.

By Bus

The Renaissance Hotel is 14 minutes’ walk from the main coach and bus station in Manchester.

By Air

The The Renaissance Hotel is 9 miles from Manchester airport. It takes around 50 min from Manchester Airport, Manchester to Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel using Train - NORTHERN, Bus - 2.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is 33 miles away. It takes aroun 90 min from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) to Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel using Bus - 86A, Train - TRANSPENNINE EXPRESS, Bus - 2

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