Although rainfall may occur at any point during the year, the summer months of July and August are usually warmest and driest, and the winter months of December, January and February the coolest and wettest.
When to fly to Manchester
The summer months, from June to September, are the most popular time to visit Manchester, as this is when weather is most favourable and most festivals and other outdoor events take place.
The colder and wetter months of winter are Manchester’s least busy in terms of tourism, which is reflected in travel and accommodation prices and availability. Early autumn and late spring are good off peak periods to visit, as the weather is relatively pleasant and peak season crowds have either yet to arrive or have already left.
Getting around Manchester
Manchester’s city centre is compact enough to mean that most of its attractions are reachable on foot without difficulty. However, the city has an excellent public transport system managed by the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE), which includes buses, trams and trains.
The city’s centre is served by a free bus service called Metroshuttle which links major rail stations, car parks, shopping centres and businesses, and proves extremely useful for visitors and locals alike. You can get on these buses at transport terminals at Piccadilly, Oxford Road, Deansgate, Salford Central and Victoria among other places. Relatively cheap paid bus services in North and South Manchester are operated by First and Stagecoach for those wishing to travel further out.
Manchester’s mass transit tram system is known as Metrolink and covers much of the metropolitan area, including Harbour City, Victoria, Market Street, Piccadilly, Old Trafford and St Peter’s Square.
The Greater Manchester rail network offers services from Manchester Airport to the city centre as well as between locations within the city and from the city to other parts of the country.