Discover Manchester

Rejuvenated by significant investment in the area's economy, Manchester is leading the formation of a Northern Powerhouse to rival London.

As well as a dynamic local economy, Manchester offers a constant, varied stream of daytime and night-time entertainment through its passion for the arts, food and music which tempts young professionals and businesses to make the move up north. The abundance of pubs, clubs, marvellous restaurants, sports arenas and fabulous shopping districts means that there is something for everyone here in Manchester.

Let’s not forget about Manchester’s internationally renowned universities which characterise a large portion of the local community. Students from all backgrounds, from around the world choose Manchester as their home whilst studying.

The diverse nature of the city and its inhabitants means that there is a place for everyone in Manchester. Through word-of-mouth, the Green Quarter has slowly but surely become a refreshingly appealing alternative to the quirky Northern Quarter and pricey Spinningfields. An up-and-coming area in Manchester that revels in its rich industrial heritage; the red brick and rail arches create a unique background for the Green Quarter. It will undoubtedly surprise you. Described as a hotbed of independent food and drink culture in Manchester, the vivacious nature of the Green Quarter pours into the city centre offering young professionals a new perspective of Manchester in all its glory.

City Guide

Renowned for its cultural heritage, this is a city that has always been synonymous with shaping the latest trends.

Retail Therapy

Manchester is a shopper’s paradise. From the fashion boutiques of King Street to the famous brands based around the revamped Exchange Square, there is something to suit every taste.

Right on the threshold of The Hallmark are some of the best small-name stores in town. Whole Saturdays can be spent wandering Affleck’s Palace and the resurgence of vinyl is well represented too, with five of the best record stores in the North West within a twenty minute walk.

Local favourites

When it comes to great restaurants, cafés, bars and clubs, the question is where to start?

Manchester is leading the Northern culinary renaissance. Local bars like Pen & Pencil, PLY and Tariff & Dale do food and drink to perfection. TNQ is rated as one of Britain’s best restaurants and Tattu simply has to be seen to be believed. Kosmonaut is a delightful mash-up of every drink, art form and genre and that’s just a brief selection in easy reach of The Hallmark.

Arts & entertainment

Hardly backwards in coming forwards about its musical pedigree, Manchester boasts an eclectic mix of everything from pub gigs to club nights to stadium shows. The city’s flourishing arts scene is just as enthralling.

From world-renowned galleries to award-winning theatre, there’s no end to the entertainment on offer close to The Hallmark.

Culture Scene

Celebrating the region’s rich history, Manchester’s busy museums are a match for any capital city.

All within easy reach of The Hallmark, these are longstanding tributes to the science, industry and individuals that helped shape Manchester.

First-class education

Manchester’s specialist universities are globally renowned and the city continues to attract the brightest and the best. Around 95,000 students from the UK and overseas choose to study here every year.

The Alliance Manchester Business School is a top choice for future industry leaders. It’s music, ballet and theatre schools lead the way for a flourishing British creative scene.

Discover Manchester

Convenience on your doorstep
Retail Therapy
Local Favourites
Arts & Entertainment
Culture Scene
First-class Education

Retail Therapy

1. Selfridges

2. Harvey Nichols

3. House of Fraser

4. Manchester Arndale

5. Marks & Spencer

6. Afflecks

7. Northern Quarter Market

8. Vinyl Exchange

9. Oklahoma

10. Spinningfields

11. King Street

Local Favourites

12. Hawksmoor Manchester

13. Tattu

14. Australasia

15. Gaucho Manchester

16. James Martin Manchester

17. Albert Square Chop House

18. Artisan Kitchen + Bar

19. TNQ Restaurant & Bar

20 .PLY

21. Yard & Coop

22. Pen & Pencil

23. Kosmonaut

24. Jamie’s Italian

25. Bem Brasil Deansgate

26. Bem Brasil

Arts & Entertainment

27. Band on the Wall

28. Albert Hall Manchester

29. The Printworks

30. Manchester Arena

31. Warehouse Project

32. Manchester Art Gallery

33. Opera House

34. Royal Exchange Theatre

35. The Frog & Bucket Comedy Club

Culture Scene

36. The National Football Museum

37. John Rylands Library

38. Manchester Cathedral

39. People’s History Museum

40. Manchester Central Library

41. Manchester Craft & Design Centre

First-class Education

42. University of Law

43. Chetham’s School of Music

Getting Around

The gateway to the North of England, Manchester is exceptionally well-connected.

Only 800m from The Hallmark is the revamped Victoria Station, with regional connections to Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle. London, Birmingham and Edinburgh are easily accessible from Piccadilly Station – with journey times to the capital just over two hours.

All that before exploring the city by foot or tram, venturing into the stunning local countryside by car, or heading off into the sun from nearby Manchester airport.

By train

(Picadilly Station)

Manchester Airport

18 minutes

Sheffield
49 minutes

Birmingham
1h 26 minutes

London
2h 10 minutes

Edinburgh
3h 11 minutes

By train

(Victoria Station)

Liverpool
34 minutes

Leeds
49 minutes

Blackpool
1h 24 minutes

Newcastle
2h 24 minutes

By air

(Manchester Airport)

Paris
1h 25 minutes

Amsterdam
1h 30 minutes

Rome
2h 55 minutes

Dubai
7 hours

New York
7h 55 minutes

By car

(from The Hallmark)

M60 (Junction 19)
12 minutes

Manchester airport
24 minutes

Liverpool
1 hour

Birmingham
1h 52 minutes

London
4 hours

By foot

(From The Hallmark)

Manchester Victoria Station
4 minutes

Northern Quarter
10 minutes

Spinningfields
10 minutes

Deansgate
12 minutes

Manchester Piccadilly Station
25 minutes

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