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Driving to Manchester

A Motorists guide to Manchester - directions, parking and more

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Manchester’s reputation as ‘capital of the North’ is in part due to its famous, vibrant music scene and competitive football clubs. After having suffering damage due to IRA bombings much of the city has been completely re-developed, with the addition of new shopping centres which have made it a retail mecca for many. There is also plenty of Victorian-era architecture to admire, and the city’s industrial past can be seen in the paintings of L.S. Lowry.

Manchester Town Hall with its 300 foot tower dominate the skyline. It’s worth a visit for the neo-Gothic architecture and the 12 Pre-Raphaelite murals inside by artist Ford Maddox Brown. Another interesting landmark is Manchester Cathedral, which dates back to the 8th century, however renovation in the 19th century has given it a much younger appearance.

The Museum of Science and Industry is housed within the former Liverpool Road Station, which used to be one of the first railway stations in the world. The museum features interactive exhibits where visitors can touch and smell different displays relating to the city’s industrial routes.

Football enthusiasts can take a tour of either Manchester United’s stadium at Old Trafford, or arch enemies Manchester City’s grounds at Main Road.

Along the Quays area one can visit The Lowry, which hosts exhibitions by local, national and international artists as well as a selection of Lowry’s own works. Opposite there are numerous shops, restaurants and cafes, as well as a shopping centre.

Map of the area

Speed limits around Manchester

Speed Limits

Motorway: 70 mph
Dual Carriageway: 70 mph
Rural: 60 mph
Urban: 30 mph

Distances from Manchester to...

All of these places are within a few hours drive from Manchester
PlaceDistance km (miles)
(Point to Point)

Alton Towers, England60 km (37 miles)

Centre Parcs Sherwood Forest, England86 km (53 miles)

Birmingham, England113 km (70 miles)

Centre Parcs Whinfell Forest, England132 km (82 miles)

Stratford, England148 km (92 miles)

Silverstone Circuit, England176 km (109 miles)

Centre Parcs Elveden Forest, England228 km (142 miles)

Cardiff, Wales231 km (143 miles)

Bath, England234 km (145 miles)

Centre Parcs Longleat Forest, England255 km (158 miles)

Stonehenge, England257 km (160 miles)

Thorpe Park, England259 km (161 miles)

London, England261 km (162 miles)

Belfast, Northern Ireland270 km (168 miles)

Dublin, Ireland270 km (168 miles)

Edinburgh, Scotland281 km (175 miles)

Glasgow, Scotland295 km (183 miles)

Derry, Northern Ireland361 km (224 miles)

Bruges, Belgium448 km (278 miles)

Centre Parcs Port Zélande, Netherlands454 km (282 miles)

Cork, Ireland457 km (284 miles)

Lille, France480 km (298 miles)

Rotterdam, Netherlands483 km (300 miles)

Amsterdam, Netherlands493 km (306 miles)

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