Hotel Tours: 6 Nights Per Test When:July 18 - 24, 2023 Hotel:Park Inn Manchester Test Match:July 19 - 23, 2023 Twin | Double:A$3100pp (sold out) Single Room: A$3900pp (sold out) Book UK Ashes 2027:HERE
The most parochial crowds in England, a test match at Old Trafford will sort you out; hardened Mancunians never let you forget that you are the visitor. All in good stride though, and that which continues after play along Deansgate, in the old pubs of Cheapside, or on the canals that wend Manchester city centre.
Our deluxe hotel is northern Manchester City Centre, 10mins from the Old Wellington, The Mitre, Crown & Anchor, Corn Exchange, and Deansgate where we have spent many an evening over the years apres-play at Old Trafford.
You need to arrive on July 18 in time for the Cricket Australia Travel Office hosted pre-test match function. Though it is not obligatory, it is included so you might as well reach England's second largest city on time for the transfers which are included from the hotel at 4pm (TBC).
Getting to Old Trafford is reached by tram that stops outside the ground. There is a stop 5mins from the hotel, for the 25mins journey. Otherwise a brisk 45mins stroll is a better way to walk off famous Mancunian pies from the night before, if not avoiding gridlock around the ground if you take a cab.
Getting there is a cinch, but conversely Old Trafford is the most difficult ground to leave in all of England. You can fight for a tram that comes every 15mins for the 15000 that want to get on, you can fight for an Uber stuck in the bedlam navigating the area, or you can walk as there are no convenient pubs in which to inbibe whilst the chaos subsides. This of course is detail for the day, but it remains a sticking point of Ashes Cricket at Old Trafford.
Although there is a shortage of pubs near the ground, there is no shortage of attraction in Manchester to fill your boots if the game ends early. For us, the steam train of East Lancashire Railway and visiting Bury Transport Museum, just 8 miles north, is top pick.
For many though, nearby Peak District National Park and Lake District National Park are destinations that deserve more than a passing glance, so consider these in your 8 days holiday after Leeds. For something closer to home, jump on a train to Liverpool and embrace everything that is Beatles. It is closer than you think.
With the game ending July 23, it is back to London on the 24th for the famed 5th Ashes Test Match at The Oval, where Major Gowan took a lady to see India, and where Australia will be chasing an historic 5-0 series victory! See you there?