Module 5: Transport

One of the great things about Manchester is that is has a compact city centre, making it perfect for walking and taking in the sights and the sounds, and different environments like canal towpaths.

Visitors might want to walk with an official Tour Guide (or even tour taxi) – and there are a number of fantastic, well informed and entertaining guides leading walking tours most days on different themes – music, architecture, literature, radical politics and more –  find out more at If they prefer to self-guide, visitors can download free manchester-walking-tours from the i-tunes app store and take a guided culture tour in the company of DJ Mary Anne Hobbs.

At the moment we know the city is a bit of a building site with cranes on the skyline and hoardings around some of our loveliest buildings. This is because we are one of the fastest growing cities in Europe and, amongst other things, are investing heavily in improvements to the transport infrastructure and general built environment.

During summer 2016 there will be no trams crossing the city (to allow for work on the new Second City Crossing) so be prepared to help visitors get around. During these times visitors should be directed to Deansgate/Castlefield to pick up trams to MediaCityUK, The Lowry and Imperial War Museum North. And don’t forget Bury, Oldham and Tameside, all within easy striking distance thanks to the extended tram system.

Visitors might be interested to know that there are also canal boats going from Castlefield Basin for daytrips down to Quays – and beyond – along the Irwell, Ship Canal and Bridgewater Canals. Try City Centre Cruises or Mersey Ferries. And we hear the long anticipated water taxis are coming soon.


There are plans to make the city more cycling friendly. Did you know visitors can hireBrompton Bikes at Piccadilly Station if they want to cycle around? Well, they can.

The free hop-on, hop-off shuttle bus is also a good way of getting around the centre and makes it easy for people to drop in on a number of the cultural attractions. Metroshuttle operates 7am-7pm and there are three different routes.

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