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Energetic, diverse and individual, Manchester is a city with true character



Manchester is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a wealth of culture, history and heritage and a lively events programme. The warmth of a Manchester welcome is evident in the hotels, in the fantastic independent shops and high-street boutiques, at the entertaining attractions and in the fine restaurants, cafes clubs and bars.

Exploring Manchester city centre you’ll find it packed with remnants of this history but also unique and independent restaurants, bars, shops, museums, galleries, and hotels, all gathered in districts with their own distinct personalities.

Further out from the city, the surrounding boroughs of Greater Manchester offer some entirely different experiences including charming market towns, traditional country pubs and beautiful green spaces and waterways. All this doesn’t scratch the surface of the modern Manchester experience. This city is what you make of it, so get out there, explore, and find the Manchester that speaks for you.

Check out the full Insiders Guide to Manchester to discover more about the city and all it has to offer!

Visit Manchester Travel to Congress

Traveling to BSAVA Congress

Thanks to an integrated transport network, Manchester is one of the most accessible cities in the UK for both national and international visitors


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Traveling by road, air & rail

Traveling by road, air & rail

Manchester is one of the best-connected and accessible cities in the UK, and because of its central location, it can provide a superb hub for your travels.

By Rail

There are three main inter-city stations in the city centre: Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. With direct rail services from across the country getting here is easy. Operators include: TransPennine Express , CrossCountry Trains , East Midlands Railway , Northern Rail and Avanti West Coast

By Road

Manchester is well connected to the rest of the UK via excellent motorway links. The M60 ring road connects the city to motorways north, south, east and west. With London and Edinburgh a four hour drive, and under two from the West Midlands.

By Air

Manchester Airport is the third-largest airport in the UK. It is connected to the wider transport network via its own train and Metrolink tram stations as well as excellent road infrastructure. Check for the latest information at or on the Manchester Airport app.

Getting around the city

Getting around the city

Getting around the city and surrounding area is easy once you're here thanks to the fleet of buses, trains and trams. The compact nature of the city centre also makes walking easy!

Transport for Greater Manchester offers a wealth of information and planning tools, to help you take the stress out of planning your journey.

By Bus

Within the city centre, Free Bus provides a free ‘hop on, hop off’ service linking all of the main rail stations, shopping districts and business areas. There are three Free Bus services which operate on circular routes

By Metrolink or Train

Metrolink is Greater Manchester’s tram network that can be used to travel across the city-region. There are 99 stops on the network and lines connecting north, south, east, and west. Purchase a ticket from the on-stop ticket machines before boarding a tram or tap in using contactless payment on your mobile device.

Parking information

Parking information

Onsite Parking

Due to the City Centre location we highly recommend using public transport to get to the event! However if you are travelling by car, there are various NCP run car parks you can use.

Manchester Central NCP car park is located below the venue; with 643 spaces including 15 disabled bays. 

Booking Online & ParkPass App

Pre-book via the NCP website and pay only £14 for 24/hrs parking, with discount code MCEXHIB14

Have the NCP ParkPass App? Whilst you cannot pre-book via the App, you can still benefit from the discounted rates when you register before you travel to the venue! Download the ParkPass User Guide for further details


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