If you've never been to Manchester, you don't know what you're missing. The city is now widely recognized as the coolest in Britain. Manchester has thrown off its grimy industrial image for good and reinvented itself as a truly contemporary metropolis, with modern landmark buildings, a brilliant source of art and culture, great bars and world-class hospitality.

The Merchants Hotel is 2 minutes away from Manchester's Andale Centre and Market Street were 5 minutes walking distance to Deansgate or even a taxi ride away and within walking distance to Manchester Town Hall.

Local attractions To the Merchants Hotel:

M.E.N Arena - 0.7 miles
Piccadilly Station - 0.5 miles
Victoria Station - 0.9 miles
Apollo Theatre - 1.2 miles
GMEX/Manchester Central - 1.0 miles
Curry Mile - 3.1 miles
Old Trafford - 2.8 miles
City of Manchester Stadium- 1.9 miles

Manchester�s Big Wheel 0.25 miles from The Merchants Hotel.

Manchesters Big Wheel

A ride on the wheel lasts ten minutes. There will be a commentary pointing out local landmarks including Urbis, Manchester Town Hall, the CIS tower, No.1 Deansgate, Old Trafford and farther afield, the hills in the Peak district.

China Town � 0.2 Miles from Merchants Hotel.
China Town

Famous for all your Chinese restaurants and shops. Chinatown is one of the busiest and most colourful areas of city centre Manchester.

Situated just behind Piccadilly Plaza, around George Street and Charlotte Street, off Mosley Street behind the City Art Gallery, the area bustles with life - tradesmen and tourists alike, and is particularly well worth seeing on Sundays, when ethnic Chinese traders from all over the county descend on the area to buy in food supplies from the proliferation of superstores, the herbalists, gift shops, restaurants and markets.

Canal Street : 0.25 Miles from The Merchants Hotel.

Canal Street is the main focus of Manchester's gay community and is lined with gay bars, clubs, caf�s and shops. At night time (and in the daytime during the warmer months) the street is filled with partygoers, many of whom are gay and lesbian tourists from all over the world. The Manchester Gay Pride festival, formerly known as Mardi Gras and Gay fest, is held in this street and the surrounding area during the second half of August each year. The event culminates with a three day festival known as the 'Big Weekend', which is held over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Old Trafford-Take a tour of Manchester United�s stadium
Re-live the clubs triumphs, tragedies and trophies at the Manchester United Museum. Follow the history of the club from 1878 to the present day, including the Hall of Fame and dazzling Trophy Room. Delve behind the scenes at the Theatre of Dreams by taking the Stadium Tour. Stand in Sir Alex Ferguson's spot in the dug out, sit in the home changing room at your favourite players peg and emerge from the player's tunnel to the roar of the crowd. Not what you would expect from a museum and tour. Everything you would expect from Manchester United.

Trafford Centre-famous or all your top brand shopping outlets.
Situated just 5 miles outside Manchester city centre visitors have the choice of 230 stores along 3 miles of granite and marble boulevards. Stores range from designer and high fashion outlets along Regent Crescent including the first Selfridges outside London to favourite high street names. The Centre's leisure and dining area - The Orient hosts 36 restaurants and fast food eateries. It is also home to the Odeon 20 screen cinema - one of the largest in the UK.

City of Manchester StadiumCity of Manchester Stadium � Approx 1.5 Miles From The Merchants Hotel.

Tour Britain's stunning new stadium and experience the atmosphere of one of the country's most passionate clubs, Manchester City. Your experience will begin at our fabulous museum, which encapsulates the club's 130 year history and the fanaticism that it has inspired.

Lowry Outlet Mall- Approx 0.5 miles From The Merchants Hotel

The Lowry is a spectacular home to the arts and entertainment with a wealth of activity under one roof! Inside this magnificent building you will find two stunning theatres, The Lyric (the largest stage in England outside London) and the more intimate Quays, offering a variety of performance from ballet, drama, opera, comedy music and family entertainment. The Lowry Galleries showcase changing exhibitions by one of Britain's best loved artists, LS Lowry, as well as paintings, sculpture and photography by artists of local, national and international renown. With cafe's, a restaurant and gift shops all set against spectacular waterside views, there is something for everyone at The Lowry.

Deansgate Locks Deansgate Locks : Approximately 0.5 Miles from the Merchants Hotel, all your pubs clubs great nights out

The converted arches on Whitworth Street West, at the bottom end of Deansgate house some of the most popular bars in the city centre. Not to be mistaken with the Deansgate area of town (a mile walk away), 'The Locks', as they are better known locally, are famous for their trendy yet somewhat pretentious bars and clubs, most being owned by Manchester-based companies.

The ten railway arches are now home to only four bars, and a comedy club, all with a walkway and bridge hanging over the canal below. The tram station at the G-Mex sits proudly above, whilst Deansgate train station is just across the road. There's a handful of other bars here well worth exploring, many dating back to the vibrant times of the Hacienda, which once sat on the corner overlooking this spot. Castlefield, long since the most popular area of town, is next door whilst Oxford Road Station is only a 5 minute walk away.

Piccadilly Gardens: Outside The Merchants Hotel

Piccadilly GardensPiccadilly gardens a stone throw away from the hotel has been recently renovated is good for relaxing in the summer and sitting watching the water fountains. Piccadilly gardens often have events being carried out there.