Travel to Manchester
ORIENTATION AND PRACTICAL INFORMATION
The city center is an odd polygon formed by Victoria Station to the north, Piccadilly Station to the east, the canals to the south, and the River Irwell to the west. The many byways can be tricky to navigate, but the area is fairly compact, and Mancunians are generally helpful.
Tourist Information Centre: Manchester Visitor Centre, Town Hall Extension, Lloyd St. (234 3157, 24hr. info (0891) 715 533). Staff books accommodations (£2.50 plus 10% deposit) and can sometimes get special rates. Free literature includes the Manchester Pocket Guide, the Greater Manchester Network Map, and What’s On, which lists local events. Open M-Sa 10am-5pm, Su 10:30am-4:30pm.
Financial Services: Thomas Cook, 23 Market St. ( 910 8787). Open M-W and F-Sa 9am-5:30pm, Th 10am-5:30pm, Su llam-5:30pm. American Express, 10-12 St. Mary’s Gate (833 0121). Open M-F 9am-5pm.
Police: Chester House, Bootle St. (872 5050).
Pharmacy: Boots, 32 Market St. (832 6533). Open M-W 8am-6pm, Th 8am-8pm, F 8am-6:30pm, Sa 9am-6m, Su llam-5pm.
Hospital: Manchester Royal Infirmary, 13 Oxford Rd. (276 1234).
Internet Access: Central Library, St. Peter’s Sq. (234 1966). Free for first hr. Open M-Th 10am-8pm, F-Sa 10am-5pm. Internet Exchange, 1-3 Piccadilly Sq. (833 8111), 2nd fl. of Coffee Republic. £1 per 15min. or £1 per hr. with £2 membership. Open M-F 7:30am-6:30pm, Sa 8am-6:30pm, Su 9:30am-5:30pm.
Post Office: 26 Spring Gdns. (839 0687). Open M-F 9am-5:30pm, Sa 8am-6:30pm, Su 9:30am-5:30pm. Poste Restante (834 8605) has a separate entrance. Open M-F 6am-lpm, Sa 6am-12:30pm. Post Code: Ml INS.