The Palace Hotel

The Palace Hotel, Manchester

For 2014, QED is moving to a brand new venue - the Palace Hotel in Central Manchester. The Piccadilly were excellent hosts for the past three years but the popularity of our event means we need a little more space in 2014.

Our discounted room reservations for QED attendees at the Palace Hotel are now sold out, but other rooms may still be available online, so it's worth shopping around for the best deal. You can find more details below, together with other accommodation options.

Tel: 0161 288 1111
Web: www.palacehotelmanchestercity.co.uk

Travel Tips

Manchester enjoys excellent transport links: the north west of England has the highest density of motorways in the UK, and the city is ringed by the only truly orbital motorway. The beneficent government provides a useful transport direct journey planner, which can provide train and bus alternatives. For sat nav purposes you need to go to:

Palace Hotel Manchester
Oxford Street
Manchester
M60 7HA

Should you find yourself in the Manchester area, you can route-plan with the traveline journey planner. A bus ride from the south of the city may carry you along what is often claimed to be Europe's busiest bus route. There is room for skepticism over this claim.

The hotel is on Oxford Street, facing the entrance to Oxford Road Railway Station. There are also bus stops right outside and the tram is five minutes walk away (the nearest stop is St Peter's Square).

Accommodation

Although we have moved to a new venue this year, we’re keen to do as much as possible to help keep your accommodation costs reasonable.

Alongside the rooms we have reserved at The Palace, we agreed deals with alternative nearby hotels, giving a range of pricing options for QED attendees - although our agreed deals expired on January 31st, you may still find affordable rooms at one of these hotels, all within close walking distance to the conference.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

QED is happening during the football season in Manchester, so hotel rooms can sell out quickly as travelling fans book up hotel rooms, especially on Saturday night. We strongly advise you to book early, whichever accommodation choice you make.

Palace Hotel (QED Venue)

Tel: 0161 288 1111
Web: www.palacehotelmanchestercity.co.uk

Note: Our agreed room allocation deal with the hotel expired on January 31st, and our QED rate can no longer be guaranteed.


Ibis Manchester - Princess Street (~4 minute walk)

Tel: 0161 234 0600
Web: www.ibis.com

Note: Our agreed room allocation deal with the hotel expired on January 31st, and our QED rate can no longer be guaranteed.


Ibis Manchester - Portland Street (~6 minute walk)

Tel: 0161 234 0600
Web: www.ibis.com

Note: Our agreed room allocation deal with the hotel expired on January 31st, and our QED rate can no longer be guaranteed.


Days Inn Manchester (~7 minute walk)

Tel: 0161 955 8000
Web: www.dayshotelmanchester.co.uk

Note: Our agreed room allocation deal with the hotel expired on January 31st, and our QED rate can no longer be guaranteed.


Other Accommodation Options

Outside of our agreed deals, there are many reasonable accommodation options in Manchester. QED veterans will have fond memories of the ever popular Hatters Hostel on Newton Street, which is often overrun with QED attendees. Other hostels, hotels, and even apartments could prove cost effective if shared with a group. Laterooms.com is handy, as is Hostelbookers.com.


Parking

The Palace encourages you to leave your car at home, largely as there is no parking on-site. If you book your accommodation at the Palace Hotel they do have a special 24 hour rate with Euro Car Park. However, potentially cheaper may be the Total on Store Street (by Piccadilly Station). The hotel is directly opposite major rail route Oxford Road Station (download direct train routes into Oxford Road Station) station - just a short journey from Manchester International Airport.

The hotel stands directly opposite the Palace Theatre and is a few minutes from the Opera House and Bridgewater Hall, home of the famous Halle Orchestra. With its excellent transport links, it is also an ideal base for touring Greater Manchester and the surrounding countryside.

Airports

Manchester Airport is less than ten miles away, and regular trains will whisk you to Oxford Road station. Liverpool “John Lennon” Airport is only thirty miles away, about forty-five minutes transit time. These two airports are well served by budget airlines such as Easyjet, Flybe and bmibaby. Kayak can be useful for booking cheap flights.

Final Tips

While the hotel will provide reasonably priced sandwiches and tea/coffee throughout each day, immediately opposite the hotel is a Sainsburys Local for a wider selection of cheap food. Plus, there are many convenient and delicious food options are just a few steps away.

New York Deli just up Oxford Road sells delicious fare at an average of £2.40 per sandwich.

The venue hotel is right opposite The Cornerhouse, where you could bury yourself in culture for hours, possibly days. From their website “Cornerhouse is Manchester’s international centre for contemporary visual arts and independent film.”

You might want to take a walking tour, such as those given by New Manchester Walks. You could explore the museums, the Museum of Science and Industry the site of the world's first railway station, or The Manchester Museum, or many others. Or investigate the numerous space invaders parasitising buildings and structures all over the city, or locate the statue of Alan Turing, or maybe the monument to Vimto.

If your time is quite literally no concern, it is theoretically possible (but as yet unproven) to travel to the conference by canal. We’d welcome tales of a QED first, should any stupid brave QED attendee find their sea legs. Routes on British waterways can be planned on this Canal Plan AC journey planner. The closest canal is Oxford Street Bridge on the Rochdale Canal. Although the journey may take days or weeks, if you travel by narrowboat you will at least have accommodation in a city centre location.

If you have any experiences with travel or accommodation in Manchester, we would welcome your comments and tips for other delegates.