Music, comedy and more at Manchester Arena

Manchester is famous for music, comedy and sports, all of which you can see live on stage at Manchester Arena.

Located right in the heart of the city, the arena, which is the second largest in the European Union with 21,000 seats, regularly welcomes some of the biggest and best names in show business and sport.

Hotels Near Manchester Arena

Local heroes and international stars

Local lads Take That hold the record for performing the most dates at the arena – taking to the stage more than 35 times - while international stars Kylie, Britney Spears and Janet Jackson have also performed there.

As you’d expect, plenty of Manchester’s finest musicians have wowed the crowds here, including Oasis, Elbow, New Order, James, Happy Mondays, The Charlatans, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, M People, Doves, Inspiral Carpets, The Verve, Simply Red and The Courteeners.

Former arena steward-turned-comedian Peter Kay is a regular visitor – even performing 20 nights in a row at the venue, while Lee Evans attracted a crowd of 10,000-plus.

Exploring around the arena

As Ian Brown said – Manchester has everything apart from a beach, and there’s certainly plenty to keep you busy before you head to the arena.

Sports lovers can take in a stadium tour at Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium, while culture vultures will love The Imperial War Museum North and Lowry Art Gallery. Plus there’s plenty of opportunities for retail therapy, both in the city itself and at the Trafford Centre.

A thriving foodie scene means you’ll be spoilt for choice for places to grab a bite before you head to the arena.

Where to stay near Manchester Arena

Best Western has a selection of hotels near Manchester Arena, which are perfect if you’re heading to a show.

Best Western Cresta Court Hotel in Altrincham is perfectly placed for all the sights, just a few miles from the city centre, the Trafford Centre (one of the largest shopping centres in the country) and the amazing hills of the Peak District

Best Western Smokies Park Hotel, just 7 miles away from Manchester, offers modern accommodation in a quiet location. It’s great for those who want to find a little tranquillity after a day (and night) of discovery.

Best Western Bolholt Country Park Hotel is our most tranquil place to stay near Manchester. Close to the vibrant hub of the North, you can also enjoy 50 acres of surrounding lakeside gardens and parkland.