Selina NQ1 Manchester

M1 1JJ, Manchester, 15 Hilton Street

Located in the heart of Manchester's lively Northern Quarter and offering free WiFi in all rooms and communal areas. Selina NQ1 Manchester offers 3-star budget rooms and dormitories, a shared kitchen and a central location... read more

521 reviews 8

£ 17.64

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DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Piccadilly

M1 3DG, Manchester, One Piccadilly Place

Situated 35 metres from Manchester’s Piccadilly Train Station, this stylish hotel boasts a fitness suite and air-conditioned rooms with free high-speed WiFi. The modern and spacious rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Piccadilly are... read more

2351 reviews 8.8

£ 75.65

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Hilton Manchester Airport Hotel

M90 4WP, Hale, Outwood Lane

Set in the heart of the Manchester Airport complex, Hilton Manchester Airport hotel offers a free shuttle to Manchester International Airport and Train Station, just 5 minutes’ drive away. The stylish, modern rooms each have... read more

2552 reviews 8.1

£ 84.15

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Macdonald Manchester Hotel

M1 2PG, Manchester, London Road

Just 150 metres from Manchester Piccadilly Station, the Macdonald Manchester Hotel has an award-winning restaurant, which serves seasonal produce. The property was awarded Best Luxury Hotel in Manchester from the Eat Drink and Awards 2015.... read more

8207 reviews 8.3

£ 67.50

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Highgrove Guest House

BL2 1ES, Bolton, 63 Manchester Road

Whether your stay is brief or extended, you will instantly feel welcomed and at home. Our Ten bedroomed guesthouse has a great service and our own high standards to ensure your stay is an enjoyable... read more

335 reviews 8.6

£ 33.00

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The Rams Lodge

M20 4WA, Manchester, 393 Wilmslow Rd

Set in popular Fallowfield, The Rams Lodge offers en suite accommodation with free Wi-Fi and free on-site parking just 3 miles from Manchester City Centre. Rooms at the property feature modest, functional decor and all... read more

998 reviews 5.1

£ 30.00

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Moss Lodge

OL16 5HW, Rochdale, Kings Road

The sophisticated and elegant Moss Lodge is minutes from the centre of Rochdale and junctions 20 and 21 of the M62. The hotel has a relaxed country-house atmosphere. Built in 1848, the restored building has... read more

169 reviews 9.2

£ 79.00

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Radisson Blu Manchester Airport

M90 3RA, Hale, Chicago Ave

Offering access to all 3 of Manchester Airport’s terminals via the Skylink walkway, this stylish hotel offers chic rooms, free WiFi, and health club with a pool. The rooms at the Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester... read more

10047 reviews 9

£ 112.20

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Hilton Manchester Deansgate

M3 4LQ, Manchester, 303 Deansgate

Set in the iconic Beetham Tower, Hilton Manchester Deansgate features a luxury spa and a chic restaurant. The spacious rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and impressive city views. The sumptuous spa has an elegant indoor swimming... read more

3118 reviews 8.3

£ 103.20

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Village Hotel Manchester Ashton

OL7 0PG, Ashton under Lyne, Pamir Drive

Located just 20 minutes' drive from the vibrant city of Manchester, Village Hotel Manchester Ashton provides an extensive leisure club, on-site parking and stylish accommodation. The contemporary designed rooms boast an en suite bathroom, a... read more

1206 reviews 8.6

£ 58.50

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Luther King House

M14 5JP, Manchester, Brighton Grove Off Wilmslow Road

In a tree-lined suburb, this college and conference venue has free WiFi in public areas, good breakfasts and free parking. The property is set in 2 acres of landscaped gardens yet Manchester city centre is... read more

4703 reviews 8.5

£ 28.05

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AC Hotel by Marriott Manchester Salford Quays

M5 3AW, Manchester, 17-19 Trafford Road, Salford Quays

Overlooking Salford Quays, AC Hotel by Marriott Manchester Salford Quays, A Marriott Lifestyle hotel is just 1 mile from the recently developed Media City UK. This 4-star hotel offers 24-hour room service and complimentary WiFi... read more

2292 reviews 9

£ 55.00

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Great John Street Hotel

M3 4FD, Manchester, Great John Street

This Victorian school has been transformed into a chic town house with roof garden. It is next to Granada Studios and close to the shopping and theatre districts. Great John Street Hotel has stylish bedrooms... read more

818 reviews 9.4

£ 101.50

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Didsbury House Hotel

M20 5LJ, Manchester, Didsbury Park

In the heart of Didsbury, this Victorian villa has a spa treatment room, and boutique-style rooms. Didsbury House is 500 metres from East Didsbury Station. All of the modern rooms at Didsbury House Hotel have... read more

464 reviews 9.4

£ 90.00

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Eleven Didsbury Park Hotel

M20 5LJ, Manchester, Didsbury Park, Didsbury Village

In the heart of leafy Didsbury and with easy access to Manchester's city centre, this Victorian villa offers boutique-style rooms with satellite TV and free private parking. All of the elegant en suite rooms at... read more

405 reviews 9.2

£ 90.00

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Next to Manchester Airport, this Premier Inn has a stylish restaurant and modern rooms with Wi-Fi access. The M56 motorway is just 500 metres away, providing easy access to Manchester centre. The bright and airy... read more

4815 reviews 8.5

£ 1.00

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City Stop Manchester

M4 2AD, Manchester, Dantzic Street

Located opposite the Printworks, these stylish apartments in Manchester centre have modern kitchens and free Wi-Fi. The 4-star City Stop Apartment Hotel is 600 metres from the Arndale Shopping Centre. Set in a Grade II... read more

1217 reviews 8.1

£ 65.00

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Oak House BB

OL2 8PB, Shaw, Beal Lane Shaw

Oak House B&B is a small family-run bed and breakfast situated in the centre of Shaw, a town on the outskirts of Oldham. This detached, stone house provides comfortable accommodation within easy reach of all... read more

242 reviews 9

£ 48.00

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Located just off the A580 that links Manchester and Liverpool and 4 miles from the M6 motorway, Holiday Inn Leigh is situated adjacent to the state-of-the-art Leigh Sports Village, with sports facilities and a 10,000-seat... read more

1192 reviews 8.9

£ 50.00

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Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel

WA15 8XW, Hale, Hale Road, Hale Barns

Located just minutes from Manchester Airport, the Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel offers an extensive leisure centre, spa facilities, and a hair salon. Set within 18-acres of private grounds near the Cheshire Countryside, it is close... read more

2047 reviews 8.4

£ 67.00

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Some History

Several properties in the county date back to Roman times or before, and boast numerous listed buildings, but it was the textile works of the industrial age that brought most prosperity, with local variations – Wigan’s coal mines supplied industry’s fuel, and it was also immortalised in George Orwell’s Road to Wigan Pier. That pier is now a heritage and cultural centre, making Wigan a popular stopping-off point, with cheap accommodation available if needed.

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Stockport, on the other hand, grew hemp, made rope, opened one of the UK’s first mechanised silk mills, and became a centre for hat-making (remembered at its Hat Museum today). Its proximity to Manchester, and its range of hotels, including budget options, makes it a sound choice.

Flemish weavers came to Bolton in the fourteenth century, so its later rise in the cotton and wool trade was a natural progression, and the present-day town offers plenty of hotels and b&bs to travellers in Greater Manchester. Oldham also came early to industrialisation, becoming the most prolific cotton-mill town in the world. Find a cheap bed and breakfast place here, and stay overnight to check out the architecture of remaining factories.

Sitting in the foothills of the South Pennines, Rochdale was the birthplace of the Co-operative Movement, and one of the first industrialised centres, with the now-restored Rochdale Canal being essential to its success. Book into one of its hotels to investigate the magnificent Victorian Town Hall, considered one of the UK’s best municipal buildings, or opt for b&b in the glorious countryside. The towns of Tameside also stand close to the side of the Pennines situated within Greater Manchester, with urban hotels for the tightest budgets, and more rural bed and breakfast establishments.

Apart from its role in the textile boom, Bury is originator of the black pudding and birthplace of former British Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, founder of both the Conservative Party and London’s Metropolitan Police. Facilities include a traditional market, a pleasant art gallery and a transport museum linked to the East Lancashire Railway. With a local Metrolink terminus, and budget accommodation readily available, it’s ideal for a short break. Alternatively, an out-of-town b&b would be a good way of exploring the moors that are visible from the town.

Visitors are spoilt for choice in the city of Salford. Stroll around peaceful Salford Quays to the architectural gem that is the Lowry, with its theatre and its art gallery commemorating local artist L. S. Lowry, or make for the spectacular building that houses the Imperial War Museum in the North. Nearby Media City is a thriving complex with tours available. Enjoy a quieter stay here in this beautiful and tranquil setting on Manchester’s outskirts, with a choice ranging from luxury hotel to bed and breakfast.

Trafford covers over forty-one miles, and is home to the huge Trafford Centre retail outlet. Within the conurbation are several interesting towns, like Sale with its Waterside Arts Centre, Stretford, Altrincham and Old Trafford, famous for its cricket and football grounds. Hotels of all grades, down to cheap b&bs, welcome fans and shoppers.

The compact centre of Manchester, affectionately known as Cottonopolis, contains award-winning art galleries and museums like the People’s History Museum, the Whitworth and the Museum of Science and Industry, historic architecture, music venues to please all tastes, and enough retail therapy to satisfy any shopaholic. Industrial heritage is all around, but head to Ancoats, which can truly claim to be the birthplace of the industrial revolution.

Find out about local daughter Emmeline Pankhurst at her old home, now the Pankhurst Centre, or visit the ex-residence and museum dedicated to the author Elizabeth Gaskell. This lively and friendly city has a real buzz about it, and there’s always a festival or celebration in full swing somewhere. Accommodation includes several budget chains, with bed and breakfast options mostly confined to the suburbs, where University vacation lets are another cheap possibility.

Greater Manchester has something for everyone, with accommodation from five-star to b&b. With good rail and road connections, a comprehensive bus service and the Metrolink tram system, touring is no problem, so you can keep accommodation cheap by staying in a less central location.