Plan your trip to Dig the City.
Dig the City blooms over Manchester’s city centre shopping district – the main streets are Market Street, New Cathedral Street, St Ann’s Square, King Street and Greengate Square.
Dig the City takes place all in just a few minutes walking distance.
See the festival site map here.
Dig the City sponsor NCP has a number of car parks in the city centre and is offering visitors to the festival 25% off pre-booked parking.
Go to ncp.co.uk/dig15 for more information and to book.
Metrolink is a great way to visit Dig the City, with many of the city centre stops within easy walking distance.
During the event some exciting improvement works will be taking place on Manchester’s transport network. This means that St Peter’s Square Metrolink stop will be closed with no trams running through the stop until late August 2015
To help you plan ahead we’ve put together some suggestions to help you get around.
South of Deansgate-Castlefield
For those travelling to the event by Metrolink from the south of the city Deansgate-Castlefield is the stop you need to use for the city centre. From here there are a number of options. You can either;
- Follow the yellow walking route signage which clearly signposts the way towards Piccadilly Gardens and Market Street.
- Use the free Metroshuttle bus service to get around the city centre.
Or if you are travelling via Cornbrook a shuttle bus service to Piccadilly is available there for Metrolink passengers.
Rest of the network, Piccadilly and Victoria rail stations
All other Metrolink passengers, including those using Piccadilly and Victoria rail stations, will likely be within walking distance of Dig the City. Piccadilly Gardens, Market Street and Shudehill Metrolink stops are all a short walk away or alternatively you can catch a Metroshuttle bus from outside Piccadilly Station.
Please be aware that to use Metrolink you need to buy a ticket before boarding the tram, as tickets cannot be bought on-board. Ticket machines can be found on all stops.
Manchester is at the heart of the region’s bus services providing an effective means of getting to the heart of the city. For bus service and timetable information visit, tfgm.com.
The Metroshuttle is a free bus service linking the main transport interchanges with the shopping and business areas. There are three circular routes making it an easy service to use, just hop on and off as often as needed.
For the latest information on Metroshuttle routes and times visit tfgm.com/metroshuttle to find out more.
If you have a bike, cycling is a low cost and healthy way to get around the city. Transport for Greater Manchester can help you plan your route, including options using cycle lanes and quieter roads.
Visit tfgm.com/cycling to start planning your route.
Transport for Greater Manchester can help you plan your journey online but also provide you with up-to-date travel information about local public transport and ticketing.
Visit tfgm.com or phone Traveline 0871 200 22 33
General Travel Information
Manchester city centre is currently undergoing large scale infrastructure works, expanding the Metrolink tram and transport network, and delivering new public space projects and developments.
For more information about how Manchester city centre is changing and growing, go to manchester.gov.uk/grow
It is very much business as usual, but you may wish to check your journey in advance. Go to tfgm.com or phone Traveline 0871 200 22 33.