LGBT+ / Gay Manchester travel guide

Gay Manchester guide

Gay Manchester guide

After London and Edinburgh, Manchester is the 3rd largest destination for UK tourists. The gay scene is very large, there are many big gay bars, most of them located on Canal Street and it's side streets.

Hotels and B&B in Manchester

Hotels and B&B in Manchester

If you are visiting Manchester make sure you book a hotel in the center, close to Canal Street (map). Then you are close to all the gay bars and the shopping street is just around the corner.

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Drink bars and cafes

There are many big gay bars around Canal Street. In the weekend they are usually full with people. The crowds are usually quite mixed. Especially the young gay guys are always accompanied by some girls, and they sometimes bring in some shy boyfriend.

Gay bars

Dance Clubs and parties

The gay bars are so big that there is not really a difference between bar and clubs. In many of the bars there is a dance floor. Some of the well known gay clubs have closed down.

Clubs and parties

Gay saunas and cruise clubs

Cruise gay saunas and cruise clubs

Cruise gay saunas and cruise clubs

Manchester had 2 gay saunas, the large Basement Complex close to the railway station, and the smaller H2O gay sauna right in the middle of the gay village.

Hotels near the Gay Village

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DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester
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One Piccadilly Place, Manchester
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Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester
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Piccadilly Plaza, Portland Street, Manchester
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Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre Arena, Manchester
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Goadsby Road off Swan Street , Manchester
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ABode Manchester, Manchester
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107 Piccadilly, Manchester
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