Essentials in Manchester
Transport for Greater Manchester (0161/244–1000. www.tfgm.com.)
Metrolink (0161/205–2000. www.metrolink.co.uk.)
Metroshuttle (0161/244–1000. www.tfgm.com/buses/Pages/metroshuttle.aspx.)
Blue Badge Guides. Expert local guides are a specialty of this respected national organization. They offer dozens of different tours, some of which change by season; call or go online for a full list. 0161/864–2640. www.britainsbestguides.org. From £6.
City Centre Cruises. Take a three-hour round-trip cruise on a barge to the Manchester Ship Canal, all the while enjoying a traditional Sunday lunch. Another of their full-day river tours includes entry to the Manchester United football stadium. Times vary; call or go online for departure schedule. 0161/902–0222. www.citycentrecruises.co.uk. From £25.
Manchester Royal Infirmary (Oxford Rd., University Quarter, Manchester, M13 9WL. 0161/276–1234. www.cmft.nhs.uk/royal-infirmary.)
L2K Internet Gaming Cafe (32 Princess St., City Centre, Manchester, M1 4LB. 0161/244–5566. www.l2k.co.uk.)
Manchester Visitor Information Centre (40–50 Piccadilly Plaza, Portland St., City Centre, Manchester, M1 4AJ. 0871/222–8223. www.visitmanchester.com.)
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