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Trains to Manchester

You'll find Manchester Piccadilly station in the very heart of the city. And with a free Metroshuttle bus service, everything else is within easy reach. From music to museums, shopping sprees to sporting legends, you'll find it all when you find yourself in Manchester.

Departures:

Every 20 mins from London

Travel time:

2 hours 8 mins

Price:

London - Manchester £12.50

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Bupa Great Manchester Run

Bupa Great Manchester Run

If you’re looking for a good time, and a quick time, then look no further than Europe’s biggest 10k. Taking place on Sunday 18 May, you'll be joining the world’s finest distance runners, quickes...

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Manchester United Stadium Tour and Museum

Manchester United Stadium Tour and Museum

Re-live the triumphs, tragedies and trophies of of the 20-time league champions in the Old Trafford museum, delving behind the scenes on the stadium tour. Visit the home changing room, sit in the dugo...

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O2 Apollo Theatre

O2 Apollo Theatre

Art Deco in style, the Grade II listed O2 Apollo Theatre has been central to the British touring circuit for decades, attracting Best Venue nominations and patrons from across the globe. The breadth o...

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Manchester City Football Club, Stadium & Club Tour

Manchester City Football Club, Stadium & Club Tour

Manchester City Football Club’s Stadium and Club Tour is a visitor experience not to be missed at the Etihad Stadium. This fascinating ‘peek behind the scenes’ tour captures the very essence of...

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Manchester Football Museum

Manchester Football Museum

Discover four floors packed full of football treasures. The passion, excitement, joys, frustrations and controversies of our national game; the fans, the players and the people who make it all happen....

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Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

Manchester is a city deeply connected with science and industry. From the first steam-powered mill and microcomputer to the pioneering work conducted in its universities today, innovation is the city'...

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Palace Theatre

Palace Theatre

The Grand Old Lady of Oxford Street' has been welcoming world-class shows from all around the globe since 1891. If Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia, Greece and The Sound of Music all sound like your thing, th...

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Parklife Festival, Manchester

Parklife Festival, Manchester

Catch some of the hottest live acts around, from rap legend Snoop Dogg, to indie rock behemoths Foals, at Manchester’s Parklife Festival. This year’s line-up is already shaping up to be a class...

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Royal Exchange Theatre

Royal Exchange Theatre

This former cotton exchange building is now the largest round theatre in the country. Housed within a seven-sided, glass-walled capsule, suspended from marble pillars situated in the Great Hall of the...

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Bupa Great Manchester Run

If you’re looking for a good time, and a quick time, then look no further than Europe’s biggest 10k. Taking place on Sunday 18 May, you'll be joining the world’s finest distance runners, quickest club runners, keenest joggers and plenty of fun stuff from thousands of fundraisers too. As a sporting spectacle there are not many events that can rival the Bupa Great Manchester Run, which rarely has a metre of its city centre course unmanned by cheering spectators. Grab your trainers and start preparing for 10km in the heart of Manchester this May - and don't forget, travel there by Virgin Train to save up to 50% on your tickets!

Closest Virgin Train station: Manchester Piccadilly

  • Transport
  • Time
  • Directions
  1. Take a Virgin Train to Manchester Piccadilly

  2. Walk to Portland Street near the junction with Oxford Street

    20

Manchester United Stadium Tour and Museum

Re-live the triumphs, tragedies and trophies of of the 20-time league champions in the Old Trafford museum, delving behind the scenes on the stadium tour. Visit the home changing room, sit in the dugout and run down the tunnel to the roar of the crowd. With a 2FOR1 voucher available for download, everyone's a winner.

Closest Virgin Train station: Manchester Piccadilly

  • Transport
  • Time
  • Directions
  1. Take a Virgin Train to Manchester Piccadilly

  2. Take the train to Deansgate

    5 mins

  3. Take the train from Deansgate to Trafford Park

    5 mins

  4. Walk to Old Trafford stadium

    21 mins

O2 Apollo Theatre

Art Deco in style, the Grade II listed O2 Apollo Theatre has been central to the British touring circuit for decades, attracting Best Venue nominations and patrons from across the globe. The breadth of events at the Apollo covers every market - from the cutting edge of modern British music, through some of the biggest artists from overseas, popular comedy, and music for older generations. It's a cosy venue with excellent stage views from all seats - ideal for date night!
O2 Apollo Theatre
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Closest Virgin Train station: Manchester Piccadilly

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  1. Take a Virgin Train to Manchester Piccadilly

  2. Head down London Road and continue for 17 minutes to the theatre

    17 mins

Manchester City Football Club, Stadium & Club Tour

Manchester City Football Club’s Stadium and Club Tour is a visitor experience not to be missed at the Etihad Stadium. This fascinating ‘peek behind the scenes’ tour captures the very essence of MCFC, comprising a 70-minute journey in to the inner sanctum of the stadium with one of our professional guides including: Press Conference Area; Warm Up Area; Home Team Changing Rooms; Players' Tunnel; Manager’s Dug Out & Pitch-side. Then take a 20-minute self-guided tour, exploring MCFC’s history and future plans through the interactive and memorabilia displays. For a real one-off experience, why not take the tour on a match day? They run up to 3.5 hours prior to kick off, so you can really soak up the pre-match atmosphere.
Manchester City Football Club, Stadium & Club Tour
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Closest Virgin Train station: Manchester Piccadilly

  • Transport
  • Time
  • Directions
  1. Take a Virgin Train to Manchester Piccadilly

  2. The easiest way to the club is to take a taxi

    5 mins

Manchester Football Museum

Discover four floors packed full of football treasures. The passion, excitement, joys, frustrations and controversies of our national game; the fans, the players and the people who make it all happen. Enough objects to fill a football pitch, from the surviving 1966 world cup trophy to Maradona's 'Hand of God' shirt. Test your knowledge, try out your skills and discover what the off side rule is really all about!
Manchester Football Museum
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Closest Virgin Train station: Manchester Piccadilly

  • Transport
  • Time
  • Directions
  1. Take a Virgin Train to Manchester Piccadilly

  2. Walk through city to museum

    19 mins

Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

Manchester is a city deeply connected with science and industry. From the first steam-powered mill and microcomputer to the pioneering work conducted in its universities today, innovation is the city's lifeblood. Perfectly placed at the home of the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station, the MOSI is an attraction well worth the journey. Amazing galleries and collections await, all telling stories of Manchester's colourful past. So why not make it your next stop?
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
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Closest Virgin Train station: Manchester Piccadilly

  • Transport
  • Time
  • Directions
  1. Take a Virgin Train to Manchester Piccadilly

  2. Take the train to Deansgate

    5 mins

  3. Walk up Liverpool Road to museum

    7 mins

Palace Theatre

The Grand Old Lady of Oxford Street' has been welcoming world-class shows from all around the globe since 1891. If Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia, Greece and The Sound of Music all sound like your thing, then why not give the Grand Old Lady a visit?
Palace Theatre
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Closest Virgin Train station: Manchester Piccadilly

  • Transport
  • Time
  • Directions
  1. Take a Virgin Train to Manchester Piccadilly

  2. Take train to Oxford Road

    2 mins

  3. Walk to theatre

    2 mins

Parklife Festival, Manchester

Catch some of the hottest live acts around, from rap legend Snoop Dogg, to indie rock behemoths Foals, at Manchester’s Parklife Festival. This year’s line-up is already shaping up to be a classic, and includes an exclusive festival appearance from US hip hop sensation Kendrick Lamar.

Whatever your musical tastes you’ll find something to delight at this two day festival (7-8 June) in Heaton Park.

Weekend tickets are now on sale at £79.50 and day tickets are available at £49.50, which can both be bought at Parklife UK.

Parklife Festival, Manchester
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Closest Virgin Train station: Manchester Piccadilly

  • Transport
  • Time
  • Directions
  1. Take a Virgin Train to Manchester Piccadilly

  2. Take the Metrolink tram to Heaton Park

    20 mins

Royal Exchange Theatre

This former cotton exchange building is now the largest round theatre in the country. Housed within a seven-sided, glass-walled capsule, suspended from marble pillars situated in the Great Hall of the Exchange, all seats are less than nine metres from the circular stage, giving second-to-none views from all angles. With a year-round programme showing everything from comedy to classics, the Royal Exchange Theatre is sure to please even the harshest critics.
Royal Exchange Theatre
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Closest Virgin Train station: Manchester Piccadilly

  • Transport
  • Time
  • Directions
  1. Take a Virgin Train to Manchester Piccadilly

  2. Walk along Piccadilly to theatre

    19 mins

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