Across the city of Manchester, a series of events take place under the umbrella of the Manchester Irish Festival. Join the Irish community and embrace events from sport, film, music, poetry and dance, as well as food and drink in the Irish Festive Market. The market will be held in Albert Square, with everything from an Irish Village Green complete with a Leprechaun house to stalls selling arts and crafts. The 17th March is St Patrick’s Day, celebrated in Manchester with a special parade. First established in 1996 the festival has grown to over 200 events in as many as 100 venues.
You can travel around Manchester by public transport, including the metro link and local bus service. If you are flying into the festivities Manchester Airport is 7.5 miles from the city centre. With so many events celebrating Ireland dates and times will vary, as will prices for any ticketed events. Many bars, restaurants and other venues are run independently so check local listings for further details. Open air attractions such as the Irish Festive Market will be free to visit. St Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Ireland but a normal day in Manchester and the rest of the UK.
Keep checking the official website to find out what’s on and when. If you’re looking to book your visit to Manchester early, then there’s bound to be something to your liking during the festival. If you’re bringing children be mindful some events will be in the evening and many bars will be over 18’s only. Daytime fun is more likely to be family oriented, although many evening shows will appeal to all ages. If you’re looking for a break to truly let your hair down then book around St Patrick’s Day, if you’re not already a Guinness drinker this will be the day to start.
If you are planning to visit the Manchester Irish Festival, choose from a selection of houses, flats, spare rooms, Bed and Breakfasts and other private rentals near city centre. If you are staying on the outskirts of Manchester, you can catch the Metrolink into the city.
Watch a Premiership football match at Old Trafford, home to Manchester United or visit the National Football Museum. Go on a tour of Granada television studios and the set of Coronation Street. Take in a show at the Manchester Arena. Walk along the Manchester Ship Canal.
Find out more about the Manchester Irish Festival, with details on events, past and present, a list of the venues taking part in the Manchester Irish Festival, news, previous festivals, social media links, competitions and more via the official website.
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