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Location, Travel, Accommodation 

We will be hosting the Vegan an Animal Rights Conference in central Manchester at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel.

How to get there 

By Train:

From Manchester Piccadilly Station: The Mercure Piccadilly Manchester is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station. Exit the station and head right towards Manchester city centre, then left onto Portland Street where the hotel is located. Alternatively you can get the Metrolink tram (included in your ticket if the destination is Manchester) any tram that stops at Piccadilly gardens, these take 5 minutes and stop outside the hotel.

By Car:

- From M56 Motorway: If you're driving from the M56 motorway, follow signs to Manchester city centre. Once you reach the city centre, continue on Portland Street. The Mercure Piccadilly Manchester is located on the left side of the street. The hotel's address is Portland Street, Manchester M1 4PH.


Public Transportation:

- Manchester has an extensive public transportation network, including buses and trams. You can use the city's Metrolink tram system or local buses to reach the hotel. The nearest tram stop is Piccadilly Gardens, which is a short walk from the Mercure Piccadilly.


Taxi Services:

- Taxis are readily available throughout the city. You can catch a taxi from the train station, airport, through uber, local taxi services or by hailing a black cab.

By Plane:

- From Manchester Airport: Manchester Airport is well-connected to the city. You can take a direct train from Manchester Airport railway station to Manchester Piccadilly Station. The journey takes around 20 minutes. Alternatively, taxis are available at the airport for a convenient transfer to the hotel.

Where to stay?

Manchester offers a range of accommodation options, as a busy city that hosts many events it’s best to book as early as possible to get the best prices and availability. 

The venue's central location makes it ideal for both staying centrally in Manchester and finding accommodation a little further away where there may be better prices. Manchester is well connected by transport that runs late into the evening and in some areas through the night, so travelling to and from the venue should be straightforward.

For city centre hotels try or airbnb for good group or room only options.


There are also budget friendly hostels in the city 


Top Tip: Staying further out may be a budget friendly option an example is The Travel Lodge near stockport train station, Regent House, Heaton Lane, Stockport, SK4 1BS, United Kingdom

This is 10 mins to Manchester Piccadilly station and services by most trains travelling north. Price for two people:

Fri 12th Apr 24 - £45.99

Sat 13th Apr 24 - £118.99

Want to stay at the venue? We have a limited number of rooms on hold at a fixed price for attendees, booking information is found on our ticket page, under FAQs!

Where to eat?

All fully Vegan Eateries

Manchester City Center


  • Vegan Shack – Piccadilly Gardens, 19-25 Piccadilly (at Portland St / Aytoun St), Manchester, England, M1 1RG - Offering fast food style breakfast, burgers and sides.

             Serves burgers and delicious vegan junk food.

  • Little Aladdin, 72 High St, Manchester, England, M4 1ES

             Indian Cuisine, noted for its affordable food 

             Vegan Kebabs & sides

             Pizzas and small plates, locally sourced ingredients (Restaurant)

  • Go Falafel - 3 Newton St (Also has a Deansgate store)

            Falafels, salads and juices made fresh, all to go (This is our top pick!)

  • The Allotment 18/22 Lloyd Street, Manchester, M2 5WA, United Kingdom

            Seasonal ingredients, local and sustainable grower ingredient where poss (Restaurant - worth booking in advance)

Outside of Manchester city center

  • Ice Shack, 1c 160-164 Wellington Rd, Manchester, England

            Vegan dessert parlour selling cakes, ice cream, milkshakes, cakes, and hot drinks. 

            Chinese cuisine (Restaurant)​

  • Herbivorous 445 Wilmslow road, Withington, Manchester, M20 4AN

            American Style burgers, subs, and sides

           Burgers, kebabs, hotdogs​

What to do?

Staying an extra day or few, Manchester has lots to offer; famous for its industrial & rebellious past, football and arts.


Architecture & Literature


Discover the John Rylands Library:

  • Step into a neo-Gothic masterpiece housing rare books and manuscripts.

Chetham's Library:

  • Step into Chetham's Library, one of the oldest public libraries in the English-speaking world, dating back to 1653.

Manchester Cathedral:

  • Explore Manchester Cathedral, a stunning architectural gem that has witnessed centuries of history. Its grandeur and historical significance make it a must-visit.

Art & Culture

People's History Museum:

  • Embark on a journey through time at the People's History Museum, a living narrative of democracy and social change. Explore the stories of the working class, echoing struggles and triumphs that have shaped Manchester's history.

Street Art in the Northern Quarter:

  • Immerse yourself in the Northern Quarter's creative spirit, where vibrant street art adorns the city's walls. Each mural tells a story, capturing the ever-evolving essence of Manchester.


Manchester Art Gallery:

  • With an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts.


  • Old Trafford & Ethihad both have tours, or you can visit the National Football museum, Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG

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