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Manchester Evening News Arena

Looking for an exciting an different short break? Choose a Manchester Evening News Arena hotel (MEN) to have easy access to one of the country's top hotspots for roof-lifting concerts and mega-gigs; you are guaranteed a stay you will remember! The arena, opened in 1995, is managed and operated by SMG Europe and is one of the busiest entertainment venues in the world and the largest indoor arena in Europe.

Things to do at the MEN Arena

The arena has witnessed a wide spectrum of musical acts from Kylie Monogue to Westlife to Take That and is constantly hosting crowd-pleasing shows like X-Factor and Britain's Got Talent. However, a stay in an MEN hotel will give you access to far more than popular music performances and reality TV shows, the stage has supported his Holiness, the Dalai Lamarr, as he held a series of conferences and public events. It has been the backdrop for family-favourite live performances of Walking with Dinosaurs as well as ever-popular comedians Lee Evans and Peter Kay.

MEN Arena visitor tips

The best advice to give, although somewhat obvious, is to plan your short break to the Arena carefully, paying particular attention to the times. It isn't always musical acts. A Manchester Arena hotel is certainly worth looking into if you're a sports fan! In addition to live music and performances, the Manchester Arena has also played host to some of the largest events in the UK sporting calendar, even including some of the 2002 Commonwealth Games' events, many high-profile, international boxing brawls (Joe Calzaghe, Mike Tyson and David Haye are just a few names to have fought here), as well as the 2008 FINA World Swimming Championships to name but a few. If there's a gig you fancy in a rash last-minute decision, the MEN Arena ticket office is open for impromptu sales just 15 minutes before the stars hit the stage. The Arena is an easy journey from Manchester, and easy to reach from the city's Victoria Station.

Things to do around the MEN Arena

Why not admire a bit of history and awe-inspiring architecture after taking in an ultra-modern pop concert of flashing lights and gyrating dance troops. The Arena is only a short walk away from the impressive, medieval Manchester Cathedral, located on Victoria Street, or why not visit the nearby 15th-century Hanging Bridge, which once connected the impressive religious structure to the city. There is plenty to do in this magnificent northern cosmopolitan sprawl. Your Best Western hotel near the MEN Arena is close to the Victorian edifice of Parliament's doppelganger, the Town Hall, on Albert Square.


The arena itself is full of a variety of eateries and diners. Many are aimed specifically at late-running and hungry audience hopefuls who want to quickly grab a fistful of quickly-prepared and warming food before taking their seats. There is a Hard Rock Café, a Nandos and plenty of other fast-food names very close to hand. Around the centre itself, plenty can be found for those with a more sophisticated palate who would like to take their time and enjoy some probing conversation. Anyone looking for a fun-packed weekend break should really look into booking a MEN arena hotel with Best Western. Its accolades and reputation are impressive. In 2002, during the famous Commonwealth Games, the venue was named 'International Venue of the Year,' by industry publication Pollstar and has been nominated an unrivalled ten times in a row - the perfect UK city break.


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