Conferences and Venues

What makes Manchester a great conference destination?

It’s easy to see why Manchester attracts visitors from all over the world. The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester has always felt like a place where innovation and new ideas have flourished whether that is in art, science or new political movements. Manchester is a place that uniquely embraces and nourishes new developments and it is easy to see how this has helped it to develop into today’s thriving city with a vibrant culture renowned for its music, sport and top class events. For this and many other reasons, Manchester delivers an amazing delegate experience and, despite its success and growth in recent years, Manchester still offers exceptional value for any large event or conference.


The birthplace of the computer, the city where Rutherford spit the atom, the birthplace of the Suffragette movement, the football league, the place were vegetarianism began, where tomorrow’s wonder material graphene was discovered, and world leading materials research takes place, there is so much to talk about and inspiration links to make to Manchester for any conference. It was no surprise therefore that Manchester is European City of Science in 2016.

There are many heritage attractions in Manchester, one of the most famous being the Museum of Science and Industry, housed in the world’s first purpose-built railway station which now houses lots of exciting interactive exhibits and changing exhibitions.

Travel Links

Over 60 airlines fly from Manchester Airport directly to around 200 destinations, handling 19 million passengers per year. Train travel is easy from all major UK cities and direct services to London run conveniently every 20 minutes. Local train services connect the Airport with the city centre. With a superb public transport system including a tram network and easily available taxis getting about in Manchester is convenient and inexpensive.

Sport & Culture

With sporting legends Manchester City and Manchester United delegates can enjoy stadium tours even when the teams are not playing. The National Cycling Centre is based in Manchester and it is possible for budding racers to hire a bike and helmet and practice on the track. At the heart of the University the Olympic sized Aquatics Centre offers the opportunity to swim like an Olympic champion or, if motor sport is more your thing why not head to the National Speedway Stadium?

To soak up some culture visit the Whitworth Art Gallery, recently re-opened and expanded in February 2015 with world class collections which are constantly changing. For provocative film and theatre visit HOME a new and impressive £25m development.


For under cover shopping you’ll find all the big high street names in Manchester’s City Centre Arndale Centre or alternatively The Trafford Centre, which offers a huge variety of shops, restaurants and attractions all under cover. In Exchange Square Selfridges and Harvey Nichols offer designer outfits whilst the Northern Quarter by contrast offers vintage boutiques including the famous Afflecks.


Manchester’s famous curry mile is an attraction for many visitors in its own right with its highly competitive mix of neon lit Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi restaurants but within the wider city you will discover a wider mix of cuisine from virtually every nation and fitting every pocket. Manchester’s Chinatown is the second largest in the UK and offers many well established. It’s famous Faulkner Street archway provides a focal point and as well as Chinese cuisine, there are also Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Malaysian and Nepali restaurants.

The latest food trends from the capital have now ventured to Manchester, which embraces new start up food concepts. Why not visit the Northern Quarter to see some of the up and coming food trends and pop-up restaurants? The new Corn Exchange houses a variety of restaurants from around the globe in a splendid Edwardian building and is a relaxing place to watch the sunset whilst enjoying a meal or drink.


Think of popular bands and its hard not to think of Manchester with Oasis, The Smiths, Take That, the Bee Gees, Joy Division, Morrissey, Inspiral Carpets and New Order. In addition to its rock and pop heritage Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall is home to an international renowned orchestra and Manchester Arena hosts some of the world’s biggest names in entertainment.


Whilst the iconic Hacienda is no longer part of the Manchester scene it has been replaced by vibrant and exciting selection of bars and clubs that attracts students and many others from all over the world, making Manchester one of the most popular and exciting cities in the world. Manchester’s famous public houses include Sinclair’s Oyster Bar housed in a well preserved Tudor building in the centre of Manchester with the largest beer garden you will find in the city and the Marble Arch with its famous selection of real ales and excellent food. For those looking for glamour and cocktails Cloud 23 allows guests to enjoy their drinks with some of the best views of the city. Whether it’s a quiet evening in a traditional pub, some lively bars or a full night of clubbing there is something for everyone in Manchester.


For events at The University of Manchester our team of dedicated events professionals are on hand to support with your event. Additional services can include a package on conference support including registration, accommodation booking, assistance with social events and much more. The city, as you would expect, has its own Convention Bureau team, with a proven record of staging and supporting world-class conferences and events with a range of free services. For more information about bringing a conference to Manchester email our team.

Layton Quinton - Marketing Manager

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