Manchester is Britain’s third largest city, so it’s no surprise that it is bombarded with tourists year after year! From the famous Manchester United FC taking root within the city, to the Manchester Arena being home to some of the most legendary gigs, there’s a lot to see. With so much to see and do, it can be easy to rack up quite the extortionate bill by the end of your trip, and while there are short term loans available to offer you aid in a financial emergency, there are several ways you can easily save money on your trip to Manchester.
Booking The Main Attractions…
When booking a trip to Manchester, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the most famous tourist attractions. However, it’s no secret that with the hype being so high, these can be expensive to book and visit. If you’re a football fiend, a trip to the National Football Museum or Manchester United football grounds is a must, but how can you save money on these excursions? Well, when purchasing tickets for a tour of the Manchester City grounds, you can receive a cheaper price when booking further in advance, or if you’re a bigger fan of Man United, the tour generously offers free entry to the club museum, but we recommend arriving 90 minutes earlier if you want the best experience.
…Yet Going Off The Beaten Track
Having said that, one of the best ways to save money when visiting Manchester is to head off of the beaten track for a little while. In a city as expansive as Manchester, there are hundreds of hidden gems dotted around, perfect for those extra special memories. Our advice would be to download the free Manchester Walking Tours app, as this way you can be guided via an audio recording around the city, enabling you to explore the city at your own pace while also uncovering some of the hidden beauties within the city. While guided tours via bus are favoured by many, an individual tour is not only free, but allows you to marvel at the attractions for much longer.
Similar to London, there are many ways to travel around Manchester – in fact, Manchester might even offer more modes of transport than London itself! The railway is an excellent way to get to and from destinations within the city, and will naturally be cheaper when purchasing tickets off peak. Additionally though, if you book up to 12 weeks in advance using The Trainline, you’ll be able to receive the very best deal for your rail tickets. However, if you’d like to navigate yourself around the city in a healthier and even cheaper way, the MoBike scheme is even better. Here, you simply download the app and lay down a deposit on a bike, allowing you to pay a small fee when using a bike to get yourself around the city!
Know Where To Eat
Food bills can be a killer, especially as a tourist in a city with no knowledge about cheap restaurants to eat at! By conducting your research though, you should be able to find cafes and restaurants offering money-saving deals and discounts! For breakfast, for example, you can visit the Atlas Bar and enjoy a premium coffee and bacon butty for just £3! And at dinner time? Head to the Black Dog Ballroom, where every Monday you can receive 50% off all food!
Saving money in Manchester is easy when you know how, and the above points are definitely a good place to start! Whether you’re there visiting family or you’re enjoying a city break, exploring Manchester on a budget has never been easier.