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Hire a campervan in Manchester

If you’re looking for the perfect place to start a road trip close to some of the best landscape the north of England has to offer, you should definitely hire a campervan in Manchester! The city itself is a joy to explore, with a rich industrial heritage and modern multicultural vibe coming together in a mix of gorgeous historic architecture, incredible music, and delicious food. Enjoy one of the many arts and culture events put on by the city, tour the homes of two of the biggest football clubs in the UK, and don’t miss the iconic Levenshulme Market for everything vintage, homewares, plants, and street food. Hire a motorhome in Manchester, and once you’ve had your fill of the city you can head out in almost any direction to the great English countryside and immerse yourself in mountains, lakes, and scenic villages.

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Manchester is well-connected by public transport, whether you’re travelling by place, train, or bus.

  • Manchester airport welcomes flights from all over Europe, the middle east, and America, so you’re sure to be able to find a flight that suits you. The airport is around 40 minutes from Manchester city centre.
  • Manchester’s main train station, Manchester Piccadilly, connects the city by rail to much of the rest of Great Britain.
  • Travel by National Express to Manchester coach station if you’re looking for a budget way to arrive in the city from another destination in England, Wales or Scotland.

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roadsurfer campers in Manchester

  • 4
  • 4

Surfer Suite VW T6.1 California Ocean campervan

  • 150 hp diesel
  • Integrated kitchenette
  • Outdoor shower (cold)
  • Automatic pop-up roof
  • Park-assist and rear camera
  • Cruise and distance control ACC, GPS
  • 4
  • 2

Couple Cottage Motorhome without a pop-up roof (600)

  • 130 hp diesel
  • spacious kitchen area
  • Indoor shower/wet room (warm)
  • WC
  • without pop-up roof
  • Parking assistance & tempomat
  • 4
  • 4

Road House Motorhome with pop-up roof (540)

  • 140 hp diesel
  • spacious kitchen area
  • Indoor shower/wet room (warm)
  • WC
  • Manual pop-up roof
  • Parking assistance, rear camera, Tempomat, etc.

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Free camping equipment and kitchen utensils included


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Motorhome hire in Manchester

Whether you’re wanting to explore the northern delights of Manchester, or immediately head off into the hills of the Peak District, Lake District, or Yorkshire Dales to name just a few of the national parks in easy driving distance from the city, we’ve got you covered: read on for our top tips on how to get started on your road trip adventure with your campervan rental in Manchester.


Campervans: Equipped and ready for adventure

When you hire a campervan in Manchester you can be on the road right away, trusting that your roadsurfer home on wheels is fully stocked. Your campervan comes with an awning, camping table and two chairs to enjoy the space outside of your vehicle. The kitchen box allows you to save money on eating out: you’ve got all the pots, pans, and utensils to cook up your own meals. There’s even a corkscrew and bottle opener, and a cafetière plus mugs for your morning coffee or tea, although you’ll want to bring dish towels, sponges, and eco-friendly dish soap. When you rent a small motorhome from Manchester you will need to bring your own bedding, or you can hire what you need from the station. Full details of what’s included and our suggestions on what to bring along to your campervan holiday can be found in the equipment list.

Best time to hire a campervan in Manchester

As always when visiting the UK, having the right clothes and equipment for any weather will mean that you’re never here at the wrong time! When you hire a campervan in Manchester, here are a few things to consider when deciding on the best time of year for your trip.

  • Spring is a lovely time to explore Manchester and the surrounding areas in a campervan. The weather is generally mild, and nature starts to come alive with blooming flowers and lush greenery. This season is ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing. If you’re here in March, why not visit the Manchester Film Festival?
  • Summer is a popular time for campervan adventures in Manchester due to the warm weather and longer daylight hours. Just be aware that campsites may be busier and more expensive during this peak travel season. In June, get tickets to Parklife Festival, Manchester’s biggest music festival, or take the kids to the Manchester Festival of Nature.
  • Autumn is the best time to see the turning leaves in the countryside surrounding Manchester. In September you still have a good chance of warm weather, but without the crowds on their summer holidays. Planning to be in Manchester in October? Both the Manchester Literature Festival and Manchester Folk Festival take place in this autumnal month.
  • Winter in Manchester can be chilly and damp, but it can also be a unique time to visit if you don’t mind wrapping up against the weather. The city often has festive markets and events during the holiday season, and a rainy day is the perfect excuse to cosy up in the evening in your campervan with a mug of hot chocolate and a film. If you’re planning on an outdoors adventure somewhere near Manchester, make sure to take the necessary equipment, pack extra clothing, and make sure someone knows where you’re going.

Water tank services near Manchester

When you hire a campervan in Manchester we ask you to fill up your fresh water at the beginning of your trip, and empty your grey water at the end. There are no options for emptying waste water in Manchester itself, so you’ll need to do this at your campsite. This is probably the easiest option for filling up your water too, but we’ve rounded up a few spots to do this in Manchester itself, just in case.

  • Morrison’s petrol station, 7 Irwell Pl, Eccles, Manchester M30 0FH has a drinking water tap opposite the jet wash.
  • There is a fresh water tap at the cemetery car park on Nell Lane, Leigh, Manchester, M21 7SL.
  • To the east of the city, you’ll find a fresh water tap at the Sainsbury’s petrol station (2 Lord Sheldon Way, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7UB).

Parking in Manchester

Manchester has an excellent bus and tram system, so where possible we’d recommend finding somewhere on the outskirts of the city near your campsite to park when you hire a campervan in Manchester – you’ll find more availability, and it’ll be cheaper too. Due to height restrictions at many car park, the main central car parks suitable for your campervan rental is:

  • The car park at 25 Addington St, Manchester M4 5EU is convenient for exploring the hip Northern Quarter.

Camping near Manchester

Manchester has little in the way of city centre campsites, so if you want to explore the city when you rent a campervan in Manchester you’ll need to camp a little way out. The upside to this is that the surrounding areas are so beautiful that it’s worth the travel time!

  • Hollingworth Lake Caravan Park sits at the western edge of the Pennines in a gorgeous country park. Under an hour north from Manchester, it’s the ideal camp spot for starting to explore the Pennine hills.
  • Burrs Country Park Club Campsite is an easy 40 minute drive to the north of Manchester, great for anyone wanting to stay closer to the city.
  • The Hawthorn Caravan and Campsite has the bonus of a pub right on site, as well as a laundry room and dish washing room. Another site that’s a quick 40 minutes to the east of Manchester.

Places to eat in Manchester

When you hire a campervan in Manchester make sure you don’t miss out on the incredible food scene in the city. Read on for our short but sweet food and drink guide to Manchester:

  • For street food, check out either GRUB or Hatch for an ever-evolving line-up of food vendors.
  • Our top café picks, for a quick coffee or a longer stop for food, go to Evelyn’s Cafe Bar, Federal Cafe & Bar, Home Sweet Home, Takk, and Fig + Sparrow. Many of these are found in the cool Northern Quarter – think artisan coffee, hearty breakfasts, and charming interiors.
  • If you’d like a fancy spot for a nice meal to celebrate the beginning or end of your adventure, why not try one of Manchester’s fine dining restaurants? Adam Reid at The French is part of the Midland Hotel, where you’ll find modern British cuisine with a twist, and great tasting menus. Mana’s inventive menu is a real standout, where food from the UK is given the gold star treatment.
  • While everyone should head to Affleck’s to experience this independent shopping emporium, their food market is a great spot to head to for a casual bite to eat. Other casual eateries include Rudy’s Pizza, Fat Pat’s, Common Bar, The Sparrows, and 10 Tib Lane.
  • Just after a drink? We’ve got you covered. There are pubs and bars aplenty in Manchester! The Marble Arch is a traditional pub, while Albert’s Schloss serves up a Bavarian theme. In the Northern Quarter, The Whiskey Jar is housed in a former mill and while it specialises in whiskey, you’ll find other drinks here too!

Things to do in Manchester

You’ll find no shortage of things to do when you rent a campervan in Manchester! We’ve rounded up a few places to visit near Manchester to get you started on planning the adventure of a lifetime.

  • Head out of the city to a beautiful village for a long walk before settling in at a cosy pub to refuel. Marsden, Delph, and Hebden Bridge are three fantastic places to set off from, with plenty of choice for a meal afterwards.
  • Southwest of Manchester, Delamere Forest is host to all sorts of activities, including Go Ape, horse riding, and mountain biking. You can also keep it simple and enjoy the forest with a leisurely stroll along its tree-lined paths.
  • A stadium tour and a ticket to a football match is high on a lot of visitors’ lists when they come to Manchester, and well worth it if you’re a big fan of the game! For those a little less obsessed but still interested, head to the National Football Museum for some insight into the way the beautiful game has affected change through the years.
  • Got some adventurous kids in tow? Depot and Parthian are two climbing centres that welcome all skill levels. A 20-minute drive north from the city centre is Heaton Park, which has plenty of space for children to run as well as a boating lake and playgrounds. The Science and Industry Museum is full of interactive exhibitions for children (and adults!) with adventurous brains.

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