Those who come simply expecting the home of the industrial age will find there is much more to see and do. And car hire makes it that much easier.
Hiring a car is a good way of getting in and out of the city and accessing some of the beautiful scenery just a short drive away.
Car hire in Manchester can be arranged at a selection of rental locations in town and in Greater Manchester, including Manchester Airport (MAN). If you are staying in the city centre it can be easier to leave the car at your accommodation and explore around Market Street and Albert Square on foot. The grand façades of the Town Hall and Manchester Cathedral are worth a look, as is the John Rylands Library. Grab some lunch in Chinatown, off Portland Street, or survey the views from chic eatery Cloud 23 at the Beetham Tower, the tallest building in the UK outside London.
There's plenty more to see while you're in the city. Both the Museum of Science and Industry and the People's History Museum are housed in examples of fine architecture and their interactive displays offer a glimpse into Manchester's social and technological heritage. Hop on a tram or bus to the famed MEN Arena, where local stars such as Oasis and New Order have played, or go for stadium tours of rival football clubs Manchester City and Manchester United.
A ten-minute drive will take you to the streets of Salford, where there's a wealth of cultural interest. The famous Salford Quays are home to the Lowry Centre, which showcases not only great works by the local-born artist, but also contemporary exhibitions and theatre. You can also take a cruise along the historic Manchester Ship Canal, or just enjoy the waterside restaurants and shopping. For fans of retail therapy, take the car to the vast mall at the Trafford Centre, just outside of Manchester.