Getting Here

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.

Getting around

On foot

Dig the City takes place all in just a few minutes walking distance.

See the festival site map here.

By Car

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 for more information and to book.

By Metrolink

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.

For more information on the St Peter’s Square improvement works, including alternative transport options, please click here. For more general information on Metrolink visit the website.

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.

By Bus

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,

By Metroshuttle

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 to find out more.

By Bike

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 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.

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

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