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Manchester Layover

| April 29, 2012

Manchester skylineStuck on a layover at Manchester Airport (MAN) in England? The airport is the hub for BMI and is located approximately 17km (10 miles) from Manchester’s city center which makes it an accessible destination for those stuck on a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your layover, click here for useful tips.

If you’re stuck in the Manchester Airport during your layover, there’s a number of services available. You can take advantage of tax free shopping at the airport (shops are listed here) and over a dozen food and beverage options (listed here).

The Manchester Airport offers a brand new spa, Be Relax, in terminal one that offers a number of services including massages, facials, and an oxygen bar. No appointments are required, and most treatments take less than half an hour. Click here for a full list of treatments available.

There’s also Escape Lounges in both terminals that offer a number of luxury amenities for travelers waiting to catch their next flight. Currently according to the website, prices are £25.00 per adult and £12.50 per child aged (6 -11 years). For more information, call: +44 (0) 871 200 4450

In addition, the airport has a number of additional services including a private jet hire, luggage tracking, banking and currency exchange, and hotel booking.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, the airport hosts the Radisson Airport Hotel, and there are also many hotels nearby in Manchester. For a comprehensive list of Manchester hotels of varying price points, click here.

If you’re looking to drop off your bags and explore the city on your layover, there are Left Luggage facilities available at the Manchester Airport. A charge of £5 will be made for each item of left luggage for each 24 hour period the item is left. For more information call: 08712 710 711.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Manchester Layover:

The Town Hall
One of Manchester’s top attractions and distinctive architectural buildings, the Town Hall offers tours at 2pm on Saturdays and most Wednesdays.

The Cathedral
Open everyday, the Cathedral in Manchester offers tours of its architecture and history, as well as services and choir sessions.

Market Street
A main street in downtown Manchester, Market Street is a great place to get a bite to eat at a nice restaurant, do some window shopping, and just get a general feel for the city.

Affleck’s Place
Half flea market, half arcade, Affleck’s Place is a fun, eclectic area to find a bar or club, or just hang out and do some indie shopping.

None of these activities interest you? Click here for more options!

Have suggestions or advice for a Manchester layover? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Gareth says:

    I had a layover here which was extended into the following day and subsequently decided to get to a hotel on-site. Just in case anyone else suffers the same fate as me, I’d recommend staying in the Radisson Blu Hotel (see below).