How Safe Is Manchester for Travel?

Manchester, United Kingdom
Safety Index:
44

Manchester is located at the heart of Greater Manchester, in the northwest of England.

Manchester is often called “The Capital of the North”, and is known for the role it had in the histories of the English industry and music, as well as its world-known sports teams.

The UK’s largest airport outside of London is located in Manchester, and it’s also the most visited city in England by overseas visitors aside from the capital.

To the youngsters as well as the older and experienced travelers, it offers unique charm, a multitude of shopping, cultural and entertainment opportunities, and edifices.

Warnings & Dangers in Manchester

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Manchester isn't the safest city to visit in the UK, but if you apply all the basic precaution measures, and move around areas that are frequented by tourists, you won't have any problems.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Transportation and traffic, in general, is dangerous in Manchester. Watch out when crossing the roads, since every year tourists suffer from traffic accidents because the people here drive on the left side of the road which is highly confusing for people from around the world.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Pickpockets represent the most common form of street crime in Manchester. They are common and there are even some locations known for pickpockets operating in and around them. Take basic precaution measures.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

You can relax when it comes to natural disasters, because, apart from the common bad weather, there are no threats in Manchester.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

When it comes to mugging and kidnapping, Manchester is relatively safe. However, you should be careful and avoid dangerous areas where you could get attacked.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

The entire United Kingdom, and with it Manchester too, has recently been targeted by several terrorist attacks and it is now publicly announced that the threat to the UK is severe.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Manchester is relatively visited by tourists, and it only makes sense that there will always be people trying to scam them. Always be cautious with people trying to distract you, help you with your luggage, or groups of people acting strange. Always check your change twice and negotiate everything in advance.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Manchester is mostly very safe for women to travel to, or as safe as it can get for a tourist, meaning you won't get into any specific trouble just because you're a woman. Just follow your basic common sense and general rules of things to avoid, and you should be fine.

So... How Safe Is Manchester Really?

Manchester is mostly safe for tourists in the sense that most of the areas in Manchester where tourists venture are very safe.

Some areas are secluded and not recommended for tourists, like Longsight, Levenshulme, and Gorton, Moss Side, Withington and Fallowfield, parts of Hulme, Cheetham Hill, Wythenshawe, Ordsall, and Ancoats.

Unfortunately, however, Manchester is known for having the highest car crime rate in the UK, as well as the highest rates of car theft and break-ins in all of Europe!

Avoid bringing your car to Manchester, and if you do, be careful to park it in a well-lit area – and never leave anything of value inside!

You should avoid wearing football shirts or showing any kind of support for any football team because such shows of support might end violently since some rivalries are taken very seriously in Manchester.

Violent crime is rare and there is a very low probability that, as a tourist, you will experience anything more than petty crime.

All in all, be wary of pickpockets and know that some parts of Manchester can be dangerous in some areas at night as you can run into groups of drunken people acting strange.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Member countries of the EU do not need visas to enter Manchester, as well as some other countries, but there is a considerable number of countries that do. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the United Kingdom. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local British embassy for further information.
  • Currency - The British pound is the currency in Manchester. Keep in mind that this is one of the most expensive countries in Europe and the prices of accommodation in such a famous English city are skyrocketing.
  • Weather - Manchester has a mild climate, generally warm and temperate. It also has a significant amount of rainfall during the year. Summer (Jun-Sep) is very warm and the best time to visit this city.
  • Airports - The UK's largest airport outside of London is located in Manchester. It is called the Manchester Airport and is an international airport located at Ringway, some 13km south-west of Manchester city centre.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Manchester, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Manchester Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 5° C
Feb 4° C
Mar 6° C
Apr 9° C
May 12° C
Jun 15° C
Jul 16° C
Aug 16° C
Sep 14° C
Oct 11° C
Nov 7° C
Dec 5° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
7791216192020171497
Low
°C
2135810121210842
High
°F
454548546166686863574845
Low
°F
363437414650545450463936

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1 Review on Manchester

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    Welsh Dan says:

    Safer than London!

    I’ve lived in Manchester for 11 years, including Hulme, Cheetnam Hill, moss side, ordsall and Wythenshawe and I’ve never heard or seen any issues for people travelling in these areas unless you are part of a gang then you could run into issues in moss side. I found it comical to see these are areas to avoid. All my female friends travel around the city and suburbs (one lives in Cheetnam Hill) at all times of the night with no issues. There are apparently pick pockets in the busy areas, although I’ve not known anyone that’s ever been targeted. Violent crime towards tourists is unheard of. If you’re female and travelling around after a few drinks avoid the gay village late at night, there are gangs of young men that will pester/follow you and it’s not unheard of that women have had their drinks spiked. That is the only real no go area for single women especially if you’re intoxicated.

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