high season: December, June to July
low season: January to February, August
shoulder season: March to May, September to November
Weather InformationSurrounded by the Pennine Moors, Manchester experiences overcast skies and drizzly weather year-round. Summers are mild, with average highs in the 60s. Winters can be chilly, with average high temperatures dropping into the 40s. Spring and fall bring average highs ranging from the high 40s to the high 50s.
Crowd InformationChristmas is a popular time for Manchester. Festivals and events throughout the year also attract crowds, including the Manchester International Festival in summer every two years and Manchester Pride in August. Football season (August through May) is a busy time for the city.
Closure InformationAlmost all hotels, shops, and restaurants remain open year-round. However, most stores close for Christmas and offer limited hours on bank holidays.
When to SaveThe least expensive time to visit is January and February. Specials are offered in August, but it's still a popular time for international visitors, so prices will be a bit more expensive overall than during the other low season. The most expensive time to go is right before and during Christmas, when hotels across the region are completely booked.
Information provided by the Official Tourism Site for Greater Manchester