From high-end stores and shops in Manchester to Christmas markets: shopping in Manchester gets the festive season off to a flying start. And with TransPennine Express offering great deals on trains to Manchester, it's never been easier.
Best for unhurried shopping
The Craft & Design Centre is delightfully relaxed and full of independent makers selling clothing, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and accessories.
Best for unique gifts
For something different, try MOSI for gadgets; Manchester Art Gallery for prints; Cornerhouse for achingly cool books; and the Richard Goodall Gallery for artist-designed gig posters.
Best place to get it all done in one go
House of Fraser (known locally as Kendals) sells everything for the time-poor shopper. Manchester Arndale is the UK's largest inner-city shopping centre, located in the heart of Manchester City Centre. It has everything your need under one roof - plus its only a ten minute walk from Piccadilly Station.