Located in the North-West of England, Manchester is a thriving commercial hub and one of the biggest cities in the country. As a location to attend a project management training course, Manchester has everything that you could possibly need.
Thanks to its substantial transport network, Manchester is easy to get to. It has its own airport which offers excellent transport links to the city centre and a number of venues in the nearby vicinity. There are a number of different railway stations located in the centre of the city, such as Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly. It is also served by some great motorway links, including the M60 ring road, M56, M62, M602, M66, M67 and M6; all of which make it very easy to access no matter where you are travelling from.
Once in Manchester itself, travel is also easy thanks to the great bus, train, and tram network. The Manchester Metrolink is a tram/light rail system with almost 100 stops and is the longest such system in the UK.
Whether you are looking for a city centre hotel or something a short distance away from the location of your training course, Manchester is home to plenty of very good hotels.
Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel
At just 0.3m from the centre of Manchester this 4 star hotel is ideally located for great transport links, and within easy travelling distance of everything that a big city like Manchester has to offer; from restaurants to theatres, arenas to shops. It has all of the modern amenities you would want when attending a training course with its own onsite business centre allowing you to keep in contact with your office.
Hotel Indigo – Victoria Station
Located right in the centre of Manchester, this hotel is perfect if you want somewhere you will also be able to do a little sightseeing from. It is conveniently placed for Manchester Airport and just a 2 minute walk away from Manchester Victoria railway station. With its 24 hour business centre it makes a great base for attending a city centre training course.
For those arriving in Manchester by car then a hotel that is a little way from the centre of the city is more suitable as it will have more parking availability. Hotel Football is a very modern hotel located very close to Old Trafford and a short journey from the city centre. The hotel has its own meeting rooms and is also highly accessible for any guests requiring wheelchair access.
Many of the big hotels in Manchester have meeting rooms that can be hired for training purposes; all of the hotels mentioned above offer a range of different meeting rooms available for different lengths of time. For convenience you may prefer to stay in the hotel where your course is being held.
Training course may also be held in sites like Regus, such as the one at St James Tower, which offer city centre locations as well as those that are within easy travelling distance of the centre. They even have meeting space really near Manchester Airport. All of their spaces are well equipped and thoroughly modern making them a really great place to attend any form of training course.
The Science and Industry Museum
The Manchester Science and Industry Museum has a newly refurbished meeting room with all of the facilities that you should require for a training course. If you are lucky enough to attend a training course here you will find a setting a little more unusual than normal, and it is centrally located in the heart of Manchester. There are plenty of eateries within walking distance but the venue also provides onsite catering.
Located in the Northern Quarter of the city thestudio offers a thoroughly modern selection of meeting rooms with state-of-the-art technology making them a great option if you are attending a training course here. You can find it at 51 Lever St, Manchester M1 1FN.
Things to do in Manchester
While attending a face-to-face classroom course in Manchester, the chances are you’ll have at least a little down time. Why not check out some of what the city has to offer?
One thing that Manchester is not short of is restaurants. In fact, it is a veritable melting pot of just about every cuisine that you could think of. Whether you are looking for an up-market burger restaurant, Japanese food, Indian food, Italian or some of the best curries you will find in the North-west (just a few miles out of the centre is the world famous “Curry Mile” in Rusholme where you will find around 70 different restaurants).
If you want to eat somewhere a little more well-known then head to Rosso, where plenty of the celebrities eat, or Adam Reid at the French – the first Manchester restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star, which it held from 1974-1977. For a restaurant with a current Michelin start (the only one in Manchester) try the avant-garde menu at Mana, which is located at42 Blossom St, Ancoats, M4 6BF.
There are plenty of bars and clubs in the city centre or why not consider visiting one of the many theatres in Manchester centre or checking out what is on at the AO Arena (you may need to book these in advance).
If you are looking for things to do during the daytime after completing your project management course, the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry is full of interesting exhibits. The Manchester Museum, and its famous dinosaur skeleton, is currently closed for a substantial restoration project, so if you want to visit check on the status of these works before heading in that direction.
A short way from the city centre is the Salford Quays complex which is the new home of the BBC in the North-west and there are often outdoor art installations to see in the vicinity.