Manchester Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Manchester

The best time to visit Manchester is between June and August when the weather is warm and the city's events calendar is packed. The months between September and December act as a sweet spot before the rather dreary low season of January and February. March through May is another shoulder season, when temperatures begin to rise.  

Weather in Manchester

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Average Temperature (°F)
44.4
33.4
45
33.8
49.5
36.3
54.1
38.5
60.6
44.1
65.1
48.2
68.4
53.1
68.2
52.3
63.3
48.6
56.3
44.1
49.3
37.4
44.8
33.1
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
3.21
2.03
2.31
2.42
2.16
2.54
2.65
3.13
3.13
3.89
3.15
3.54
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

June-August

Summertime is high season in Manchester, with average high temperatures reaching their yearly summit in the mid- and upper 60s. This is when Manchester sees the most tourists — possibly due to the plethora of festivals — so it's best to book your hotel a couple of months in advance to ensure availability. Still, you won't have to compete with football fans until August when the new season begins.

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September-December

Fall is a lovely time to visit Manchester. Although temperatures start to dip (from the lower 60s to the mid-40s), you'll find the city filled with energy fueled by the start of football season. Because of this, you probably won't find a huge break on hotel rates; book your hotel a few months in advance if you hope to have a chance at snagging a deal.

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January-February

After the winter holidays, Manchester experiences a tourism slump: Travelers prefer to avoid the temps in the 30s to 40s that typify this season. In addition to the cold weather, January and February are pretty wet, so don't be surprised if you encounter some drizzle. Still, you might be able to score some good deals on hotel rates this time of year.

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March-May

Springtime sees temperatures on the rise: Average highs range from the upper 40s to the lower 60s, which is a nice change from the 30-degree days during winter. However, you'll find that hotel rates aren't as nice — they tend to fluctuate based on whether or not Manchester's hosting a football match that week.

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Popular Times to Visit Manchester

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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