Campervan hire Manchester
Buzzing with everything fun from concerts to soccer matches, festivals, and a progressive assortment of restaurants, the city of music has got it going on year round
Manchester turns up the volume when it comes to amazing music and enthusiastic soccer chants, putting fun on repeat. The city rarely leaves a moment to catch one’s breath, but boy, what an awesome rush! Every day, Manchester lures you out with the promise of high-profile musicians performing at one of the various concert venues. Or, if you’re a fan of the ball, with the excitement of some of the most heated soccer matches. But cheering, jumping, and singing along aren’t only reserved for stadiums and stages. Once you grab a bite of the world’s cuisine, all bundled up in the bubbly restaurant scene of Manchester, you’ll be humming with pleasure. From Chinatown to Curry Mile and the Gay Village, Manchester is full of surprises for tourists of all sorts, campervanners included. The city’s upbeat pace is also reflected in its creative arts and ultra-modern architecture, neatly balanced by neo-Gothic structures. Hire a campervan or a motorhome in Manchester and bounce into a contagiously entertaining vibe that will tune you into the world’s best beats and feats.
Depot + Transfer
We’re right there for the start and finish of your motorhome hire experience in Manchester. We’ll meet you at Manchester Airport (MAN), where you can pick up and drop off your Indie campervan – free of charge in regular hours, of course!
Parking in the city
If you want to park your campervan or motorhome close to Manchester’s centre, your best bet is the secure car park near Strangeways, at the Great Ducie Street intersection with Trinity Way. Easily accessible, the car park venue here is campervan and motorhome-friendly and offers quite a few spots that will be a perfect resting spot for your Indie motorhome while you get to know all the wonders Manchester has to offer you..
Camping grounds nearby
Located at only a 30-min ride from the city’s centre, Burrs Country Park Caravan Club Site is a neat, very green camping site. If you want to spend the night in your rental motorhome in Manchester, this might very well be your pit stop. The camping site has all the facilities needed for a comfortable stay and offers, in addition, some lovely sights of the English countryside. What more could you ask for?
Manchester’s history is full of grit and industrial sweat. Swinging between glory and struggle, the city went through a series of challenges that make for an award-winning TV drama. First a Roman castrum, Manchester evolved into the steam engine of England, accommodating Victorian England with one of the world’s first passenger railway stations. And that was just the beginning of the efforts that transformed Manchester into the key driver of the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain and the world. In the 19th century, the city burst with scientific achievements that amounted to political, economic and industrial reforms, making free trade the norm. But the streak of luck and great accomplishments came to an abrupt ending in the 20th century. As the glow of the industrial age dimmed, Manchester was hit by a great depression.
As it recovered from the blow of the depression, Manchester built its new glory on amazing musical tunes, strong soccer teams, and a dash of worldwide cuisine and entertainment. Today, few things in Manchester give away its past. Shiny, ultra-modern architecture blends with classical lines that remind of the Roman and neo-Gothic period. Of course, the city still pays homage to the past by putting its heritage in museums and memorials. Thanks to homages like these, you can walk among the wonders of the 19th century and sit next to the famous inventors that changed our world — quite literally, in the case of the Alan Turing Memorial. Manchester presents itself as the perfect blend between historical and modern, ready to inspire the remainder of your campervan road trip around England like no other.
What to discover
In and around the city
Bring your dirty clothes elsewhere and ignore its seemingly dull facade, because this funky venue is not what it seems. Hidden behind a washing machine, a trendy bar with delicious and daring cocktails awaits. Make sure to make reservations in advance and ring the mystery phone upon arrival to be allowed in. Once inside the washer, have fun and enjoy the cocktails. Just be careful not to get your head spinning too fast.
The oldest public collection library in England has hosted Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels as they developed their economic theories. While the books they studied are now displayed out-of-touch, you might still be able to read some of the same texts they laid eyes upon. Even if you don’t, Chetham’s Library has a lot more to offer. With 60,000 book titles (some dating back to the 1800s), the library oozes a quaint, historical feel that will put you in the right mood for reading.
If you’re the curious kind, Manchester Museum is the kind of quirky place that satisfies your craving for oddities. To give you a sense of how bizarre this place is, we’ll tell you this: its collection includes the skull of the world’s oldest horse. Should we say more? Maybe we shouldn’t, but there’s more to see and don’t worry, some of the objects are not as off-the-wall. The Manchester Museum also displays various items related to natural history, ancient Egypt, archery, archaeology, earth sciences, and other miscellaneous domains.
With a DIY art scene that incites and inspires, Leeds is a city that reinvented itself as swanky urban. Until not long ago, Leeds was more of a shop-and-eat destination, but today, the city’s no longer shy to embrace its trendy and creative side. If you want to hire a campervan or motorhome in Leeds, we won’t discourage you. At all! Rather, we simply recommend you to hire a campervan in Manchester instead and pack thoroughly for a bunch of diverse activities along the ride. Also, leave some room for the great stuff you’ll buy here. Once you get to Leeds, start by visiting the old Victorian mill district and make your way towards the present by shopping at the hip malls in the city centre. Then, explore Leeds’ underground scene and dance the night away in one of its many party venues. If you care for a more adventurous trip, definitely hire a motorhome or campervan in Manchester with Indie Campers and, in just an hour time, get to Leeds in the most fun way available on wheels.
Put on your best pair of tights and head for a night out in Nottingham. The city of Robin Hood, famous for its righteous spirit and mischievous parties, says a warm ‘hello’ to all those willing to embrace the fashion of free rebel spirits. Combining culture with high arts and down-to-earth daily happenings, Nottingham is historic, dynamic, and buzzing. Confused? Then hire a campervan in Manchester and drive to Nottingham to clarify what this city is really like. Why not just go to Nottingham directly? Well, because a road trip is always more entertaining than no road trip. And because England deserves more than just a fugitive glance from your side.
Pledging allegiance to great music, from classics like Roisin Murphy to rascals like Arctic Monkeys, Sheffield is guaranteed to make your heart sing. But awesome tunes and trendy beats aren’t the only activities in this very English city. Complementing the harmonious vibe of Sheffield, an innovative scene of restaurants, bars, clubs, movie houses, and cultural venues is slowly revealing itself to travellers. Refreshing in more than one way, Sheffield is successfully reinventing itself after the hardships of the 80s, making an effort that’s not only visible, but fun. While you could probably hire a motorhome in Sheffield directly, a much better and easier option is to hire a campervan or motorhome in Manchester and do a grand English tour that will leave you satisfied, yet wanting more.