Manchester

Dynamic and ever-changing, Manchester is seen by many as the UK’s second city, notable in particular for its arts, music and sport, writes Emma Allen. It’s also a major business tourism hub. Nearly five million delegates visit each year, and conferences and events generate £820m annually.

Manchester

WOW FACTOR
Name: Manchester Cathedral
Address: Victoria Street, M3 1SX
Tel: 0161 833 2220
Web: www.manchestercathedral.org

Manchester Cathedral’s medieval interior marks out the venue as one of the city’s most impressive backdrops for events. A popular choice for grand society dinners, conferences and brand launches, it can host up to 1,100 people in the main Nave, while the smaller Rectory Chapel seats up to 190.
PRICE DDR from £30 plus VAT.

QUIRKY VENUE
Name: Museum of Science and Industry
Address: Liverpool Road, M3 4FP
Tel: 0161 832 2244
Web: www.msimanchester.org.uk

Experience life during the Industrial Revolution at the Museum of Science and Industry (pictured above left), where you can hear the roar of mill machines and even crawl through a recreated Victorian sewer. Its largest event space can host up to 300 people theatre-style.
PRICE DDR from £39 plus VAT.

SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: Halle St Peters
Address: 40 Blossom Street, Ancoats, M4 6BF
Tel: 0161 237 7000
Web: www.halle.co.uk/halle-st-peters.aspx

This Grade 2 listed, deconsecrated church in the heart of the historic Ancoats district stood empty for decades, until it was restored as a performance and recording venue for the Halle Orchestra. The light and airy main hall has capacity for up to 100 attendees and can be hired for meetings, workshops, concerts and exhibitions.
PRICE Room hire from £1,500 plus VAT.

ON A SHOESTRING
Name: Mechanics Institute
Address: 103 Princess Street, M1 6DD
Tel: 0161 236 9336
Web: www.mechanicsinstitute.co.uk

This historical building is best known as the birthplace of the TUC union but is also well regarded as a good-value meeting venue. Seven event spaces include the stainedglass windowed Woods Room which can seat 20 boardroom style, and the large Hall, which can seat up to 120.
PRICE Room hire from £88 for a half-day.

WIRED UP
Name: Holiday Inn
Address: 25 Aytoun Street, M1 3DT
Tel: 0161 242 5444
Web: www.himanchestercity.com

Located next to Piccadilly Station, Manchester’s newest Holiday Inn opened in April this year. The 298-bed fourstar hotel has been built with business travellers in mind, with ClickShare wireless presentation hubs and super high-speed wifi throughout the hotel. There are 12 smart meeting rooms for up to 200 delegates.
PRICE DDR from £39 plus VAT.

OUT OF TOWN
Name:The Monastery
Address: Gorton Lane, M12 5WF
Tel: 0161 223 3211
Web: www.themonastery.co.uk

A ten-minute drive from the city centre, the Monastery is known as Manchester’s Taj Mahal due to its impressive architecture. Built in the 1800s, a £6million restoration saved the buildings from ruin. The Great Nave can seat 500 for banquets and parties, and there are several Friary rooms for private dining. The Monastery's gardens can also be hired.
PRICE DDR from £45 inc VAT.

GETTING THERE
Manchester Airport handles flights to over 190 destinations worldwide. Direct train services to the city's Piccadilly station take 20 minutes. By rail, direct services between Manchester and London run every 20 minutes with Virgin Trains. The Orient-Express Northern Belle runs luxury services to Manchester from London Victoria. For further information, contact Visit Manchester on 0161 238 4597 or visit visitmanchester.com/business