The Surrounding Area at the Manchester Hilton

Recommended places to visit near this airport hotel

Manchester is one of the largest cities in northern England and as you’d expect there’s plenty to keep you busy. To help you decide how you want to spend any free time you have during your stay at a Manchester airport hotel,® have put together some of the favourite sights in the area. So if you're staying at the Hilton Hotel you can easily nip out and about to see any of the great sights the city has to offer.

Restaurant at the Hilton Manchester
  • Great local restaurants
  • Curry Mile
  • Mt Thomas
  • Earth Cabin
  • Hot night life nearby
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Area 51
  • Hot night life nearby
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Area 51

Eating and Drinking

Just 900 yards from the Manchester airport Hilton is the airport itself and it’s packed with places to enjoy food and drink of all kinds. From big name chains like Burger King, Costa and Giraffe, to smaller venues like Bar MCR, Brodericks and Joe’s Kitchen, you’ll be sure to find somewhere that has just what you’re after.

If you venture beyond the airport and into Manchester city, you’ll love the vast array of eateries and bars. If you’re hungry you could head to Rusholme’s famous Curry Mile which boasts more Indian restaurants than anywhere else in the UK. For traditional British food you could head to the famous Mr Thomas’ Chophouse on Cross Street. There’s also Yang Sing on Princess Street which is renowned for its fabulous Dim Sum. If you’re a vegetarian then Earth Café is a real treat in the Northern Quarter. There really is something for everyone in this cosmopolitan city.

As for bars Deansgate Locks is the best place to head towards. It’s populated by trendy bars like Area 51. Alternatively if that doesn’t sound like your thing, then the Printworks Entertainment Centre is home to the Hard Rock Café and other such establishments. Wherever you go you’re sure to find somewhere to have fun.


Manchester airport is overflowing with all the high street names you’d expect, from Accessorize to Fat Face and WHSmith but for some serious retail then you need to head to the Trafford Centre. Home to over 230 shops, 40 restaurants and a cinema, there’s a whole world of shopping to be had under this one roof. Similarly the Arndale Centre hosts 240 shops, so between the two you’re sure to find a place to treat yourself.

If your tastes are a little more vintage or alternative, then the Northern Quarter and Chinatown areas might be better. With their independent shops full of quirky items you’ll certainly be able to make some unique purchases.

For market fare, Piccadilly Gardens has a great deal to offer. Throughout the summer there’s a Farmer’s Market every weekend and in the winter there’s a continental Christmas Market that’s always hugely popular. Over on Tib Street the Manchester Fashion Market is a fantastic place where independent labels and young up and coming designers sell their clothes.

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There’s more to Manchester than two world class football teams, although if there’s a game on it’s definitely something not to be missed. If you’re feeling adventurous you could try your hand at Skiing on the Chill Factore’s indoor slope. It’s the longest slope in the UK, so you’ll have plenty of snow to practice your turns on.

If you’re a little more cultured, then Manchester is home to a wealth of Museums. Our favourites are the Imperial War Museum North and the Manchester Art Gallery. The former is a great place to see an internationally renowned collection of our military history housed in a stunning building. The latter contains British and Continental art spanning six centuries, including Pre-Raphaelite paintings, Victorian dolls houses and even a Levi jeans chair.

Useful Information

If you want some cash, Manchester town centre has all the major banks and the airport, just 900 yards from the Manchester Hilton, has a number of ATM machines in each terminal.

From the airport the town centre is a quick 20 minute train ride, leaving straight from the terminal and arriving at Manchester Piccadilly Station. Getting around Manchester itself couldn’t be easier. You’ve got a choice between the Metroshuttle, a free bus service that runs between the major attractions, and the Metrolink, a regular tram linking the city to the Quays and Bury. Both run very regularly, so you don’t even have to stick to a timetable. Just turn up and travel.

Top tip

Check the proximity to the airport and the road access of all our parking facilities with our map & directions to Manchester car parks. We also have helpful information about Manchester airport including terminal details.