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Things to do when you visit Manchester

Here's a really good starter, that will enable you to tour whole of the city for nothing.

Of course there are there lots of things to do when you visit Manchester as there is with any major cosmopolitan city, however, this little trip will show you where those things are and save you both time and money in the long run.


The city centre has a free bus service, consisting of three routes, that covers the whole of the city. They link up with all the main rail stations, car parks, and shopping areas.


Route 1 is a Orange bus,

Route 2 is Green , and;

Route 3 is a Purple bus.


The colours may change a little or they may have to put on a totally different colour bus because of breakdowns or maintenance; not to worry each bus has a really big route number on the front and on both sides.




Here's the exciting part

In certain parts of the city the routes interlock crossing over each other, however, there is only one place where you can access all three routes, Deansgate (A56 ).



Each route is a ring route. If you get on any of the free buses, and stay on, you just end up back where you started.

So you get on the red bus at Deansgate, go round the route without getting off, you end up back at Deansgate. You can then get off and on to the Yellow bus and do the same. Route 3 the Green bus starts a little later in the day, just make sure you get your timing right, or catch it a little later. Once completed you will have been on thee best tour of Manchester without paying the £24.00, the official tours charge for two people, If you see something you like, you can hope off the bus, then jump on the next one along to complete the route .


On your way round make a note of all the places you want to explore as you pass by and which colour bus your on, then when you finished just head back to those places. The whole tour takes around 90 minutes. It just has to be one of the things to do when you visit Manchester.




Route 1

Runs every 10 minutes from 07:00 -19:15 Monday to Friday,

Saturday 08:20 – 19:15 and every 12 minutes on a

Sundays from 11:00 – 6pm.


Route 2

Runs every 10 minutes from 06:30 -19:10 and very 20 minutes from 19:10 – 23:30 Monday to Friday, Saturday every 10 minutes 08:30 – 19:30 and every 15 minutes from 19:30 – 23:30, and;

Sundays and public holidays every 12 minutes from 10:00 – 19:00.


Route 3

Runs every 20 minutes from 19:30 -23:30 Monday to Friday,

Saturday 19:30 -23:30 every 15 minutes.


It's time to blow my trumpet, you'll need to stay somewhere, and; staying in the centre centre of Manchester can be a little expensive, so why not join us at the Cornerstones Guest House. We're always on call if you need any information on things to do when you visit Manchester, and it can't be easier to get into the city, you jump on the tram at Brooklands station, just round the corner, and; get off at Deasgate Station, just a 15 minute run.

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