Winter Breaks

Whisk yourself away for a city break in the UK this winter and enjoy the sights and sounds of Manchester. Snuggle up in cosy layers and breathe in that crisp city air as you explore our favourite things to do this winter.

Winter Breaks

Christmas Markets

Explore our Christmas Markets

There is so much to explore in Manchester at Christmas time! There is family fun, delicious food, refreshing drinks and brilliant entertainment awaiting you at every turn, with hot spots including Piccadilly Gardens, St Ann’s Square, Exchange Square, New Cathedral Street, King Street, Market Street and Cathedral Street.

Our recommendations for your Christmas Market adventure:

  • Family fun: The Winter Gardens (Piccadilly)
  • Street food: St Ann’s Square and Exchange Square
  • High-end shopping: Cathedral Street
  • International cuisine: King Street
  • Christmas shopping from local sellers: Market Street
  • Ice-skating and entertainment: Cathedral Gardens (not to mention the famous giant Santa!)
Christmas market stall

John Rylands Library

Discover Manchester’s historical treasures

This mesmerising neo-gothic building is one of the most historically and culturally significant places in the whole of Manchester. It is certainly a key stop for visitors of the city looking to explore.  

The famous library is home to a passionate community of world-leading researchers, conservators, curators and specialists who all work towards a mission of discovering the intricacies of the human experience over thousands of years. 

The library can be found in the city centre, on the bustling Deansgate, only an 11-minute walk from Hotel Indigo Manchester. 

See what’s on, explore the building and discover fascinating collections when you next come to Manchester. 



Indoor Shopping

Where to shop in Manchester on a rainy day? 

Manchester is famed for many amazing things, and shopping is high on the list! With several indoor shopping malls, it is the perfect place for some winter retail therapy, so you can spend those cold, rainy days in a shopper’s paradise! 

Quayside MediaUK Shopping Centre: formerly The Lowry Outlet Mall, this is Manchester’s outlet mall with an immense 85 stores across two floors, and up to 60% off designer shopping for those label lovers! 

The Trafford Shopping Centre: this well-known retail paradise also offers several entertainment centres including a Sealife Centre, Odean IMAX and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, and not to mention over 60 restaurants. This makes it the perfect place for a full day out in Manchester, without worrying about the weather! 

Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre: the 240 shops in the UK’s biggest shopping centre should be enough to keep you busy when you come and visit our amazing city. 

Afflecks: venture to Manchester’s quirky side, the Northern Quarter, to shop for eclectic fashion pieces. From indie to heavy metal styles, people who don’t conform to mainstream tastes will relish this unconventional paradise! 

Book a room with us 

If you’re visiting Manchester for some retail therapy, be sure to book a room at Hotel Indigo Manchester. We are located in the heart of the city, in the middle of all things shopping. 


Manchester skyline reflection