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13 - 14 September 2018

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Together with AFT Manchester

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

2018 AFT Conference Venue


Portland Street, Manchester,

United Kingdom,  M1 4PH


The four-star Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel is one of the most central hotels in Manchester, just a few minutes’ walk from the train station and overlooking Piccadilly Gardens in the city centre.


The hotel offers 280 comfortable and well appointed bedrooms with stunning city views and secure city centre parking for 80 cars and The Brasserie Restaurant with the most impressive panoramic view from any Manchester restaurant makes it a favourite with both tourists and locals.


The hotel's Feel Good Health Club offers a range of cardiovascular and resistance machines are available, along with free weights for total fitness.


The famous International Suite can accommodate up to 800 people for a variety of events and it is one of Manchester's leading event venues

Travel Information


Train Station

The closest train station is Manchester Piccadilly Station.  It is located approximately 0.3 miles from the hotel.  It is approximately a 7 minute walk.



The closet airport is Manchester International Airport.  It is located approximately 9 miles from the hotel.  It is approximately a 25 minute drive.


The airport has it's own train station with direct services into Manchester Piccadilly.


Car Parking

The hotel offers limited first come first serve car parking.  It is currently charged at the below rates:


Parking rates:


  • Up to 4 hours – £8
  • Up to 10 hours – £15
  • Up to 24 hours – £20


Prices are per vehicle; blue badge holders receive complimentary car parking upon display of a valid blue badge.


Please note that prices were correct at the time of publishing, however the hotel reserves the right to change pricing without notice.


Sat Nav: Use postcode M1 4DY to ensure you arrive at our car park instead of our front door.

Local Guides & Useful Downloads


Visit Manchester - Official tourism website for Manchester.


Manchester City Centre Map


Manchester Metroshuttle - Free city centre shuttle bus


Manchester Metrolink - Greater Manchester's tram network.



Manchester is a fun and engaging city where the warmth of the welcome is apparent throughout the hotels, restaurants, shops and many attractions. As it is a compact city it is simple to navigate and there is a first rate transport system with trams and buses making all areas easily accessible.


The city has always been enterprising, at the centre of industrial heritage, the splitting of the atom and the modern computer, and it continuing to lead in scientific innovation, culture and creativity.

The cultural base is very strong, with a range of events and festivals including the biennial Manchester International Festival which features a variety of arts events, the Manchester Literature Festival, Manchester Pride and the Manchester Science Festival.  HOME is a new centre for contemporary art, theatre, literature and cinema while several theatres which often showcase performances before they go to the London West End. Classical music, rock and pop are heard in several music venues including the renowned Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Arena, the Manchester Academy, O2 Apollo and many other intimate venues situated in the thriving university area.


Visit The Quays waterfront and enjoy a cruise round the canals before visiting the thought-provoking Imperial War Museum, The Lowry art gallery and theatre and Media City for the BBC Tour. The Whitworth is an award-winning art gallery and is situated close to Manchester Museum so both are easy to combine in an afternoon trip. The Whitworth’s café is worth a trip in itself! The Museum of Science and Industry, based at the world’s first passenger railway station is really interesting for all ages, or pop out to East Lancashire Railway, Chester Zoo or Tatton Park for a different view of the area.


You can eat your way around the world, with all varieties of food from fine dining to tasty street food. Manchester attracts top chefs from all over Europe, there are new restaurants opening up on a regular basis, which along with the variety of cocktail bars, craft beer pubs and independent coffee shops allow the visitor to find exactly the type of food they are craving. The nightclubs, jazz clubs and late-night bars allow the more energetic visitors to make the most of all that the city has to offer.


Sport is a massive draw for Manchester, showcasing the friendly rivals Manchester City and Manchester United, as well as the National Football Museum and its interactive exhibits. Other sports feature just as strongly including track cycling, mountain biking and BMX at the National Cycling Centre,  skiing at Chill Factore, cricket at Lancashire County Cricket Club,


..and there is always shopping. With Intu Trafford Centre’s huge array of international stores and high street brands, Spinningfields’ luxury brands, the Northern Quarter’s innovative independent shops and Manchester Arndale Centre’s national shops there are lots of options if you fancy some retail time.

Accommodation Booking

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel (conference hotel)


Accommodation for the conference is based at the conference hotel - the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel - and can be booked via our online booking system by clicking on the 'Register / Log In' option in the top menu.


Accommodation for the Thursday 13 September 2018 is bookable as part of the Residential Conference Package and accommodation for Wednesday 12 September 2018 (the night before the conference) can also be booked as an additional item.


Please note that there is only a limited number of rooms available at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly and demand is expected to be high due to the fact it is the conference hotel.  Please book your residential package early to avoid disappointment.


To view conference price options please click here.

Alternative hotels


If you would prefer to book a different hotel, we have provided a selection of alternatives below.  All are within walking distance of both the Mercure Hotel (the Conference Hotel) and also Manchester Piccadilly Train Station.   Please click on the hotel of your choice or use the hotel search box to book your own accommodation.  You can then book onto the conference on a Day Delegate Package for your preferred days.

Note:  The hotel search box is provided by  All queries regarding bedroom reservations made through the search box should be directed to (not Mint Events).'s contact details will be shown on your booking confirmation.

Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Piccadilly Hotel «««« Click to check prices & availability Distance to Mercure (conference hotel) - approx 4 mins walk Distance to Manchester Piccadilly Train Station - approx 1 mins walk Prices from £159.00 ❊ Links to

❊  Prices shown on this page are a guide price only - based on lowest available rate at the time of publishing.  Prices are per room per night.


To check live rates and availability and book your room, simply click on the hotel of your choice or use the search box.  You will be directed to the relevant page on


Mint Events does not endorse any of the hotels listed.  It is simply a list of hotels near to the conference hotel to assist you in booking accommodation.


Distances listed are approximate, calculated using Google Maps and
Malmaison Hotel Manchester «««« Click to check prices & availability Distance to Mercure (conference hotel) - Approx 5 mins walk Distance to Manchester Piccadilly Train Station - Approx 1 mins walk Prices from £135.00 ❊ Links to
Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre «««« Click to check prices & availability Distance to Mercure (conference hotel) - Approx 3 mins walk Distance to Manchester Piccadilly Train Station - Approx 3 mins walk Prices from £108.00 ❊ Links to
IBIS Styles Hotel Manchester Portland ««« Click to check prices & availability Distance to Mercure (conference hotel) - Approx 2 mins walk. Distance to Manchester Piccadilly Train Station - Approx 5 mins walk Prices from £69.00 ❊ Links to
Britannia Hotel Manchester ««« Click to check prices & availability Distance to Mercure (conference hotel) - Approx 1 mins walk Distance to Manchester Piccadilly Train Station - Approx 7 mins walk Prices from £62.00 ❊ Links to

Any Questions?



Website and online booking provided by Mint Events.  If you have any questions regarding your registration or the conference, please contact:


John Bastock

Mint Events Ltd

T:  +44 (0)1270 750070







This conference is organised by the Association for Family Therapy & Systemic Practice.


The Association for Family Therapy

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