Manchester Car Hire
A northern metropolis that is so much more with Avis car hire
Manchester is England’s third largest city, often referred to as the ‘London of the north’ with its lively atmosphere and wealth of entertainment. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, it offers the best of both worlds meaning there’s something to suit every taste.
Off the train or plane and straight into your Avis car rental
We have two car hire branches conveniently located at the main Piccadilly train station as well as at the airport. So, however you’re arriving, it couldn’t be easier. Just jump in your car and set off on your northern adventure.
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Where to go and what to do in Manchester
If it’s your first time, what about an open-top bus tour to help you get a feel for the city? Live commentary guides you around the main sights, such as the town hall, Castlefield, the two football grounds, the new home of the BBC, and Chinatown.
There are numerous ways to satisfy your cultural cravings. Embrace the city’s industrial heritage with a visit to the Ancoats cotton mills, the ‘workshop of the world’. Or the fantastic People's History Museum set in a restored Edwardian Pump House. Educational family fun can be had at the Museum of Science and Industry. Stand on the platform of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station or experience the sounds and smells of an authentic Victorian sewer.
Are you a United fan? Find out more about this world-famous team and its players at the Old Trafford Museum and Tour. Whichever team you support, football fans across the world shouldn’t miss the biggest football museum in the world. The National Football Museum is home to an impressive range of football artefacts and archives.
Manchester is also a place of fun and food. The variety of restaurants reflects the diverse make-up of the city’s population. You can enjoy anything from local produce and traditional dishes to Thai, Indian, South American and of course Chinese. After dinner, enjoy a gourmet pint in a real ale pub, soak up some live music, or while away the evening in one of many cutting-edge bars. If you’ve still got energy left, there are nightclubs to suit the most obscure of tastes.
A great autumn event is the Manchester Weekender. This long weekend in October is a celebration of art, culture, music, film and more, with unique events taking place at iconic and historic sites across the city. Whichever time of year you come, there’s bound to be something going on. From literary festivals, science festivals, to Christmas markets.
Explore the surrounding countryside with Avis car hire
The true beauty of the city lies in its location. It’s surrounded by some of the country’s most unspoilt and charming English scenery.
Right your doorstep is the Peak District. The village of Castleton is just an hour’s drive away, and makes a perfect gateway to one of the country’s favourite national parks. It’s also a good place to start your ascent up the rolling slopes of Mam Tor, a popular family walk promising great views from the summit. The more adventurous could even think about hang gliding over the Hope Valley or climbing Stanage Edge. Also within an hour’s drive is the Delamere Forest Park.
Travel slightly further afield, and you can access the traditional seaside resorts of Blackpool and Southport. Order some fish and chips, and experience an English bank holiday of old. You’re also in a perfect position to visit Yorkshire gems such as the quirky market town of Hebden Bridge and the village of Haworth in the heart of Brontë country. From there, your journey north takes you to the gentle landscape of the Yorkshire Dales and the more rugged peaks around Windermere in the Southern Lake District. Bring your hiking boots!
If it’s culture and family fun you’re looking for, head over to the historic estate of Tatton Park for a great day out: just a 30-minute drive from the city centre. The stunning manor house is set in 50 acres of landscaped gardens. There is also a rare-breed farm, an expansive deer park and an adventure playground to keep the kids entertained. They host a range of festivals throughout the year, such as the Tatton Park Biennial over the summer, as well as the Royal Horticultural Society flower show, the Hallé Orchestra, car shows, antiques fairs, and more.