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Manchester is a fantastic city for anyone with mobility requirements to visit. Easily accessible transport, shopping, restaurants, and bars make for a stress-free and fun day trip or weekend stay.

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Trendsetter

6 Places

3 City Tips

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6 Places

Market Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Afflecks

Gift & Speciality Shops

La Vina Manchester

Restaurants

New Emperor

Restaurants

Slug & Lettuce

Restaurants

The Birdcage Nightclub

Bars & Clubs

CarrieAnnLightley's City Tips

  • Metrolink Tram is an easily accessible system, completely level with the platform with no gap at all; inside there are wheelchair spaces, similar to those provided on buses.
  • Take a black taxi tour around Manchester; it's a unique way of sightseeing in a vehicle with easy access!
  • Like most cities, Manchester can be very good value or very expensive. Shop around, check out the back streets, and explore before deciding where to eat or drink.
  • Market Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    Market Street is one of the busiest shopping streets in Manchester, and the access is a breeze. Since much of central Manchester was rebuilt in the late 1990s, smooth, wide, step-free pavements are the norm here. There are often street performers to entertain shoppers – and with huge department stores and the Arndale centre close by, it's easy to spend a full day shopping!

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Crowds are not everyone's cup of tea. To avoid them, arrive around 9am when the shops are just opening.
    • In large, busy shops, always ask if there is an accessible changing room and priority queuing for customers with disabilities.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 159 things to do in Manchester
    • Heart of the City 28/09/2018
    • First and last time in Manchester... 23/09/2018
    • Market Street
  • Afflecks
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    Afflecks is an amazing alternative shopping experience. Here you can browse vintage clothing, skate shops, fancy dress, gifts, natural remedies, and loads of other quirky goods. There's also a cafe on the top floor, and the lift ride up is entertaining in itself – with surprising sound effects on each floor, including screaming witches and barking dogs!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • If you're worried about crowds, avoid Afflecks on the weekend.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 64 Shopping in Manchester
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • My fave place in Manchester 03/11/2018
    • Disappointed 02/11/2018
    • Afflecks
    Address:
    52 Church St..
    Manchester M4 1PW
    England
    Phone:
    +44 161 839 0718
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Mon - Fri
    10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • La Vina Manchester
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Spanish)
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    Authenticity and accessibility can be difficult to find together, but La Vina really gets it right without feeling like a high street chain. Amazing tapas, beautiful wines, and a buzzing happy atmosphere make for a wonderful lunch or dinner. An accessible toilet is available on the ground floor, and the staff are attentive and helpful.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Be sure to book a table in advance, mentioning any access requirements.
    • Go to La Vina hungry – the tapas are so good that you'll want to try the whole menu!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #159 of 1,894 restaurants in Manchester
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Tapas! 18/11/2018
    • Teachers' meeting 16/11/2018
    • La Vina Manchester
    Address:
    105-107 Deansgate
    Manchester M3 2BQ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 161 835 3144
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$50
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Sat
    12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • New Emperor
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian)
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    A quick walk/wheel around Manchester's Chinatown might leave you despairing that none of its restaurants are accessible, since most of them are located at basement or first-floor level. The New Emperor, however, has a step-free entrance and an accessible toilet – a real rarity in this area! Plus, the food is fresh, hot and authentic; and while the restaurant is certainly no frills, you often see many of the Chinatown locals eating here – which is never a bad sign!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • With large portions, the set menus offer real value for your money.
    • The accessible toilet is smaller than most, but it's acceptable for a manual wheelchair user.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,771 of 1,894 restaurants in Manchester
    • Chinese Fawlty towers 10/11/2018
    • Unbelievably terrible !! Do not ever come to this restaurant 28/10/2018
    • New Emperor
    Address:
    52-56 George Street
    Amadeus House
    Manchester M1 4HF
    England
    Phone:
    +44 161 228 2883
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Slug & Lettuce
    Restaurants (Bar, British, Pub, Brew Pub)
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    Located in the heart of Deansgate, the Slug and Lettuce has a relaxed, funky atmosphere. Fresh, affordable food and all-day, two-for-one cocktail specials make this spot especially busy at peak times – and it's easy to join the crowd since the restaurant is step-free throughout and equipped with fully accessible toilets.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The prosecco mojitos are especially yummy.
    • During busy times, if you have access needs and a table is unavailable in the bar area, the staff will seat you in the restaurant.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #560 of 1,894 restaurants in Manchester
    • Liked this place 12/11/2018
    • Nice place 01/11/2018
    • Slug & Lettuce
    Address:
    Montpelier House 64-66 Deansgate
    Manchester M3 2EN
    England
    Phone:
    +44 161 839 0985
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$19
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Fri
    10:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
    Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • The Birdcage Nightclub
    Bars & Clubs
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    Attracting hordes of hen parties with its flamboyant cabaret shows (which are a giggle to watch), The Birdcage is a great place for a fun night out with a twist. The bouncers are super helpful, the crowd always friendly, and the bar staff quick to serve drinks. Accessible toilets are available.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • LGBT
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Pre-booking is essential to have reserved seating and queue jump.
    • Don't be afraid to don fancy dress! Many groups here dress up, which makes for great people-watching.
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 228 Nightlife in Manchester
    • Fabulous hen party at The Birdcage!! 06/11/2018
    • interesting 19/10/2018
    • The Birdcage Nightclub
    Address:
    Withy Grove
    Manchester M4 3AQ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 845 603 6950
    Hours:
    Wed
    10:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
    Fri
    10:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
    Sat
    7:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m.
    Other:
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