City of Manchester

Manchester is a city that has helped shape the world. Whether it is in industry, science or culture Manchester has always pioneered new ways of working and thinking and has, in doing so, transformed itself into a modern cosmopolitan powerhouse.

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The Manchester Experience

Manchester is a city which has grown from the first industrial city, the home of the first computer with memory and the splitting of the atom, to be the central hub of the “Powerhouse of the North” of England – an influential, modern, knowledge-based city amongst the top European locations for science, healthcare, education, business and leisure. Manchester continues to lead in many aspects of science and was designated European City of Science 2016.

Manchester city is a thriving hub for culture, sport and music, offering entertainment for all tastes with numerous art galleries & museums, its own music scene and two of the most renowned football teams in the world. Compact, it allows easy access to the conference venue, hotels, bars, restaurants and other attractions on foot. The city's trams and free Metroshuttle bus system also offer a fast and efficient way to navigate around.

Located in the centre of the UK, Manchester benefits from excellent road, rail and air links, which allow easy access for delegates from all over the world. Manchester will provide the ideal backdrop for the 14th ESA Conference 2019.

How to get here


With three terminals handling over 22 million passengers each year, Manchester Airport is the global gateway to the North of England, and the largest UK airport outside of London. More than 70 airlines ensure Manchester is connected to over 200 destinations around the world. It offers direct flights from nearly every major European city including Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, as well as global destinations including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and a new routes from San Francisco and Boston.

Airport to city centre: Train: 15 minutes | £5.00, Taxi: 20-25 minutes | £25.00


With direct rail services from across the country, getting to Manchester by train couldn’t be easier. Manchester Piccadilly is one of three main stations in Manchester and offers direct services to other major UK cities. There are 60 direct trains a day from London (every 20 minutes), with a journey time of just over two hours.