9th European Conference on Software
Maintenance and Reengineering
March 21 - 23, 2005
The Manchester Conference Centre
Manchester, UK

CSMR 2005

Travel Information: Manchester

Note: The CSMR organization does not provide any financial support for travel, accomodation and registration.

Some useful directions

  • Step-by-step directions for getting to the conference centre from Manchester Piccadilly Station
    1. At the station
      If you arrive on platforms 1-12 at the station, you can easily make your way to the main concourse with its shops etc at the end of the platform through the glass wall and doors (if you find yourself climbing stairs on to a bridge across all the platforms, you are going the wrong way!). If you arrive on platform 13 or 14, you will need to go up one of the escalators, stairs or lifts on the platform and down the travellator or stairs into the main part of the station (just follow signs for platforms 1-12). You’ll come down on to one of platforms 1-12 (probably platform 10 but it doesn’t matter), then make your way to the main concourse at the other end of the platform as above. There is an escalator on the main concourse near a flower stall, Thorntons, Upper Crust, and Accessorize and by platforms 10-12 (signposted Metrolink, Taxi Rank, and Way Out to Fairfield Street). Go down this escalator and at the bottom, turn right through a doorway. Another escalator will be on your left – go down this into the lower part of the station.
    2. Outside the station
      Exit the lower part of the station, turn right and cross London Road at the traffic lights, then turn left and cross Fairfield Street to the Bulls Head pub. Walk along Fairfield street and take the first left (which isn’t far) into South Pump Street. Continue across Granby Row into Echo Street (passing the Echoes Nursery on your right) and proceed under the railway arch. Turn immediately right onto Altrincham Street (which is part of the campus and may not be signed clearly) and walk along next to the railway arches on your right, passing a large red sculpture and further on, a sculpture of Archimedes. About halfway down you’ll see a sign to the Manchester Conference Centre straight ahead. When you come to Sackville Street at the end (by the security lodge), turn left and the conference centre is on the corner of Charles Street and Sackville Street on the opposite side of the road.
  • Step by step directions to the Tourist Information Office
    1. Turn left out of the conference centre and walk up the road under the railway, crossing Whitworth Street, and continuing straight ahead (passing over the canal and by Canal Street) until you reach Portland Street (on your right will be the Portland Tower which has a bright yellow side) at the end of the road.
    2. Turn left onto Portland Street and cross at the first pedestrian crossing (almost immediately) to continue ahead into Nicholas Street (which has the Natwest Bank on the corner) passing the Chinese arch on your right.
    3. Continue ahead until you reach Mosley Street which has tramlines in it (on your left as you come to the corner of Nicholas St and Mosley St is the Manchester Art Gallery).
    4. Cross Mosley Street to enter Booth Street.
    5. When you reach Cooper Street, turn left (by Oddbins) into it.
    6. Continue ahead crossing Princess Street - the tourist information office is right in front of you.
  • Step by step directions to the Conference Reception at URBIS
    1. Follow the instructions for getting to the Tourist Information Office up to and including step 4.
    2. Having entered Booth Street, continue ahead, crossing Cooper Street, and follow Booth Street around a gentle left-hand bend. Booth Street then becomes Tib Lane (you should see the Wella offices on the right and the Town Hall Tavern on the left).
    3. At the end of Tib Lane, turn right into Cross Street (there is a Café Nero on the corner of Tib Lane and Cross Street).
    4. Follow Cross Street and go forward into Corporation Street passing under the semi-cylindrical footbridge across the road.
    5. Keep going forward, passing on your left the giant BBC screen and outdoor auditorium. Ahead of you will be the Printworks/Filmworks complex.
    6. When you reach Fennel Street on your left (it doubles back) you have arrived at URBIS – a large glass wedge-shaped building with a curved end. The entrance is along the left-hand side.
  • Step by step directions to the Conference Banquet at Heathcote’s
    1. Follow the instructions for getting to the Tourist Information Office in their entirety.
    2. With the Tourist Information Office facing you, turn right into Lloyd Street and pass under the two old footbridges.
    3. When you reach the end of Lloyd Street, cross Mount Street and continue forward towards the Livebait restaurant in front of you (passing Tampopo on the left).
    4. At Livebait, turn left into Southmill Street.
    5. Take the first right into Jackson’s Row.
    6. Heathcote’s is about 2/3 way down the road on the right, past the Nag’s Head pub.

    Some interesting facts about Manchester

  • The first machine that had all the components now classically regarded as characteristic of the basic computer was designed and built here
  • It has the oldest public library in the English-speaking world
  • The first modern artificial waterway links Manchester to Worsley
  • It was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution
  • The world’s first passenger railway ran from here
  • Dalton formulated his atomic theory here and 100 years later Rutherford split them for him
  • It is home to the Hallé Orchestra , Britain’s longest-established professional symphony orchestra
  • 2.5 million people live here, with near 11 million people living within 50 miles
  • Over 85000 students study at its colleges and universities
  • There are over 500 licensed premises in the city centre
  • Tourist Information

    Whatever you want to do during your visit to Manchester (for a map of the city centre click here) the following sites should help you find the information you are looking for:

  • http://www.manchester.gov.uk/visitorcentre
  • http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk
  • http://www.manchesterguide.com
  • http://www.manchester.com
  • http://www.liveherenw.co.uk/living/man/
  • http://www.destinationmanchester.com
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/manchester
  • Virtual Tour of Manchester City Centre
  • However for a few suggestions, why not explore the many free museums and art galleries situated in and around the city centre.

    A modern view of the city can be found at the Urbis , the venue of the conference’s reception. This is in contrast with the nearby Cathedral , Royal Exchange and Manchester’s oldest pubs, The Wellington Inn and Sinclairs Oyster Bar - which despite having been bombed and moved at least twice still serves a good pint! Of course whilst you are exploring the Millennium Quarter of the city you could fit in some shopping, as you will undoubtedly discover.

    To explore the history of Manchester you can visit The Museum of Science and Industry, situated in the oldest passenger railway buildings in the world. The Museum tells the story of the history, science and industry of Manchester - the world's first industrial city. Whilst over that part of the city you could explore Castlefield and the Roman origins of the city of Manchester (Mamuciam). And if all this exploring has given you a thirst, then Duke’s 92 is worth finding, situated as it is, next to the 92nd and final lock of the Rochdale Canal where it joins the Bridgewater Canal (the first modern artificial waterway).

    The libraries of Manchester are also worth visiting to continue your exploration of the history of Manchester. Firstly Chetham's Library, as it is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world and includes a particularly rich collection of sixteenth and seventeenth-century printed works. The Portico Library on Mosley Street has been used by the great and good of Manchester since 1806. Alternatively, the landmark Central Library on St. Peter’s Square is worth a visit, even if it just to view its magnificent domed ceiling - and just over the road is the The Midland Hotel, where Mr. Rolls first met Mr. Royce.

    Manchester can also boast a number of Art Galleries, including the Whitworth and Manchester galleries. If Egyptology (and Natural History) is more up your street then you will find that the Manchester Museum possesses a wealth of material from “living sites” in ancient Egypt as well as from tombs.

    Less than two miles or 15 minutes Metrolink journey from Manchester city centre is Salford Quays. The Quays is home to The Lowry that houses the biggest public collection of works by the local artist L.S. Lowry, in addition to two theatres. Just over the Manchester Ship Canal from The Lowry you will find the Imperial War Museum North.

    Just around the corner from the Imperial War Museum North is Old Trafford, home to Manchester United football club. Fans of the club might be interested to know that they will be playing at home against Fulham of 19th March - tickets can be purchased from their website. However if you are unable to catch a match, then you can always visit their Museum and take a tour of Old Trafford (but not on match days). On the opposite side of the city stands the City of Manchester Stadium, home to Manchester City football club. At present no home matches are scheduled around the conference dates, but you can still indulge in the Manchester City Experience (pre-booking required) to explore the history of the club and take a tour of the stadium. (For other sports events in the area click here).

    Further a field, but still easily accessible by public transport (see Arriving section for details), you can visit the birthplace of the worldwide Co-operative movement in Rochdale. Or you could walk in the footsteps of George Orwell and follow the road to Wigan Pier.

    Finally, after all that, do not forget that Manchester is home to 3 orchestras, numerous theatres and concert venues, and a plethora of cinemas, with much more besides to keep you entertained.


    The following, mainly three star hotels are no-more than a 15 minute walk (about half a mile) to the conference venue (* indicates can be booked, by February, via registration form):

  • *On site hotel
  • Ibis, Charles Street - just around the corner
  • Britannia Hotel35 Portland Street
  • Best Western Princess on Portland, Portland Street
  • Ibis, Portland Street
  • *Novotel , Dickinson Street
  • Malmaison Hotel , Piccadilly
  • *Thistle Hotel, Portland Street (4*)
  • Alias Hotel Rossetti, Piccadilly (4*) - The Manchester Tourism Awards Winner
  • Palace Hotel, Oxford Road (4*)
  • Jarvis Hotel, Piccadilly
  • The Gardens Hotel, Piccadilly
  • Arora International, Princess Street (4*) - The Manchester Tourism Awards Commended
  • Travel Inn, Portland Street
  • The Midland Hotel, Peter Street (4*)
  • Radisson Edwardian, Peter Street (5*)
  • Eating and Drinking

    There are a number of fine restaurants in the city centre, including the Banquet venue Simply Heathcotes. Depending on your taste, just south of the city, is the famous Curry Mile where you can feast amongst the numerous curry houses. Whilst in the city centre, just a short walk from the conference venue, is Manchester’s own Chinatown with its many restaurants.

    Manchester boasts numerous pubs, so most tastes are accommodated for. They range from the small Circus Tavern on Portand Street, the big The Moon Under Water on Deansgate, to the award winning Rain Bar on Great Bridgewater Street. Alternatively try Sinclairs Oyster Bar, situated next to the Triangle, this serves good food and one of the cheapest pints in town. The City Arms, on Kennedy Street (close to the Art Gallery and Town Hall), is a very traditional pub and worth a visit to sample its ales, and right next door to it is The Waterhouse, named after the architect of the Town Hall (and yet another Wetherspoon’s pub).


    You will find most of the information you require, including various maps, to help you to plan your journey to Manchester by clicking here. However here are a few additional tips to help you on your way.

    Firstly, depending on where you are staying in Manchester you might find the free city centre shuttle bus service useful. Additionally, click here for details of local travel and the various day tickets, including the Rail Ranger ticket (which for £2.60 covers all off-peak rail travel in Greater Manchester and city centre Metrolink).

    …by Plane

    Manchester Airport lies about 10 miles to the south of the city centre. The easiest and cheapest way to travel into the city centre is by train. There is an around the clock and frequent service to Manchester’s Piccadilly Railway Station, (for timetable information click here). A single peak (Monday to Friday, before 9.30am) ticket from the airport costs £3 to Piccadilly Railway Station, and £2.45 off-peak - these can be purchased at the airport’s railway station (using cash or card) and must be retained until you have left your destination station.

    …by Train

    Manchester is served by two main railway stations. Piccadilly is the main station, whilst Victoria is for local services, including some services to Leeds and Liverpool. For detailed timetable information please click here. In addition Manchester can be reached by Eurostar, but you will have to change in London and catch a Virgin Train to Manchester (which offers fares from £22 return if you book early and a journey time of just over 2 hours).


    Click here for a current and a five day forecast of Manchester’s weather. Or if you want to see what the weather is doing right now, click here.

    Finally if there is anything else I can do or provide to make your journey to Manchester easier and your stay more memorable (that is except promise good weather), then please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Looking forward to welcoming you to Manchester,

    Andrew Mohan,

    Local Arrangements Co-Chair, CSMR 2005.

    Last modified on March 10th, 2005
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