Greater Manchester Accommodation Guide

Salford Quays, Manchester
Salford Quays, Manchester (Flickr Commons: Zuzanna Neziri)

Greater Manchester is the second most populated area in the United Kingdom after Greater London. It comprises comprising ten metropolitan / city boroughs: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

In this guide, we will exhibit some of Greater Manchester’s best accommodation choices and explore some of the regions finest attractions. With so much to see and do, Greater Manchester is one of the most visited regions in the UK and attracts tourists from all over the world.

Created in 1974, Greater Manchester shares a border with Lancashire to the north, with Derbyshire to the south-east, with Cheshire to the south-west, with Merseyside to the west and with West Yorkshire (to the north-east).

The Greater Manchester region was once the UK’s industrial powerhouse with many heavy industries based here during the Industrial Revolution. With the decline of primary industries in the UK, the region has evolved into a major cultural hub with a long list of visitor attractions.

Visitors to the Greater Manchester region benefit from this in a number of ways. There is a huge variety of accommodation options on offer, from chic apartments in converted warehouses and factories to holiday homes that were once quaint worker’s cottages.

As England’s ‘second city’ Manchester has become a brand in its own right, helped in part by the city’s proud sporting history. Football teams such as Manchester United and Manchester City have generated much awareness of the region and now Manchester is a global brand in its own right.

Although Greater Manchester is a heavily urbanised area, it is fringed by some of England’s most glorious countryside. Parts of the West Pennine Moors and the also the Peak District fall within the Greater Manchester region and they incorporate many popular attractions such as Dovestone Resevoir and Blackstone Edge.

The Greater Manchester region’s museums rival, if not outshine, many of the museums that you will find in London. Artwork from the likes of Pablo Picasso and LS Lowry can regularly be seen here. Manchester Art Gallery is a world famous art gallery that is famed for its collection of Pre-Raphaelite art.

Many of Greater Manchester’s museums document the county’s industrial and social heritage. For example, the Hat Works in Stockport is the UK’s only museum dedicated to the hatting industry. The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester charts the region’s leading role in industrial innovation and the Pankhurst Museum charts the plight of women to gain the right to vote.

Given the region’s fantastic transport links, wherever you stay in Greater Manchester you will always be no more than an hour away from the places you want to visit. Read on to learn about our ‘must see’ attractions and the best places to stay in this incredible part of England.

Greater Manchester / Tourist Information

County Town: Manchester
Land Area: 1,276 km2 (493 square miles)
Population: 2,812,569 (2019)
Population Density: 2,204/km2 (5,710/square mile)
Average Temperature: (Summer 20 °C)
Days Of Rain: Dry for 200 days a year

Best Attractions In Greater Manchester

Peak District National Park: The Peak District National Park’s boundary crosses into Greater Manchester. It became the first of the national parks of England and Wales in 1951 and attracts millions of visitors every year. Dovestone Reservoir which lies above the village of Greenfield and Blackstone Edge near Littleborough are two of our favourite spots.

Science And Industry Museum: Did you know that the World’s first submarine and the first programmable computer were made in Manchester? This fascinating museum explores 250 years of innovations that started out in Manchester and went on to change the entire world. You will need a full day to properly enjoy this museum – a fantastic café can be found onsite.

Bramall Hall (Stockport): Although a house has stood here since before the Doomsday Book of 1086, most of this incredible timber-framed building mostly dates back to the Tudor period of the 14th century. Bramall Hall has 70 acres of landscaped parkland with lakes and woodland and is open to the public all year round.

Best Accommodation In Greater Manchester

OOne Roof Gardens Apartment, Manchesterne Roof Gardens (Manchester): This fantastic apartment in central Manchester provides an excellent self-catering alternative to a traditional hotel. Superior in every sense to most of the accommodation you will find on Airbnb, this modern apartment sleeps 2 people comfortably. The shared roof terrace is the main draw here.

Blossom Hill Apartment, ManchesterBlossom Hill Apartment (Manchester): Blossom Hill Apartment is a perfect choice for 4 people whether you visiting on business or in the region for a holiday. Recently built, the apartment provides modern accommodation on the outskirts of Manchester but with excellent access to the city centre. Parking is provided for up to 3 cars.

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Stay In Britain is the ultimate guide to places to stay and things to do in Great Britain. Whether you are looking for a luxury self-catering cottage, a cheap B&B for a weekend stay, a short break in a caravan park or a business-friendly hotel in the Greater Manchester area, we have everything you need. Enjoy your stay in Britain!