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Many of Manchester’s car rental companies, including Enterprise, Budget and Hertz, can be found at Manchester Airport. These are some of Manchester’s cheapest car rental companies, especially when you book ahead. You’ll also find several car hire firms scattered conveniently across the city.
Car rental in Manchester is cheapest when you book in advance online – you’ll also save time at the rental office if you get everything arranged beforehand. Meanwhile, if you’re after something more specialist, such as one-way car hire or long-term car hire, booking in advance is also recommended. For bigger groups, minibus hire options are also available. Compare the cheapest before you book.
Driving through Manchester city centre is a relatively stress-free affair, but many of the city’s key attractions are close enough to each other to navigate on foot. Take a few snaps of the gothic façade of Manchester Town Hall, discover the hidden treasures of the John Rylands Library and have a nose around Manchester Art Gallery before slurping on noodles in Chinatown.
If you are planning a trip to Old Trafford and want to take things at your own pace, then hiring a car in Manchester is a great shout. Both Old Trafford Cricket Ground and Old Trafford have ample parking facilities; just make sure you allow plenty of time to find a space on match days.
Fans of retail therapy should also take the car to the Trafford Centre, the second biggest shopping centre in the UK. You can keep the kids happy with a short detour to SEA LIFE Manchester too, just a few minutes from the shopping mall.
Manchester is on the doorstep of some of England’s most dramatic countryside, and Castleton, a beautiful village in the Peak District, is just an hour’s drive east via the A57. Chatsworth House, one of the most majestic stately homes in the entire country, is 30 minutes further south.
The historic estate Tatton Park, with its Tudor hall and neo-classical mansion is even closer: just a 30-minute drive from Manchester city centre, or 13 minutes from Manchester Airport.
If you’ve got more time to spare, consider heading north to the Lake District to take in some of England’s biggest lakes and highest peaks. Alternatively, drive to nearby seaside resort Blackpool for white-knuckle roller coasters, fish ‘n’ chips and maybe even some ballroom dancing.