Located in the city centre, Duffy Motors is proud of its location. You will find us in an old railway arch between the Gmex Centre and Beetham Tower, our garage is only a short drive away from major road links like the Mancunian Way, Princess Road and Chester Road.

This convenient location also means that there is a lot to do while you wait for an MOT. If you are coming in over the festive period, make sure you check out some of these things to do.

Camp out at the office

The majority of our customers like to leave their car with us and head to work in the city centre. They drop their car off in the morning, head into work on foot or on public transport, and return later in the afternoon or the evening on their way home. You can leave your car with us all day if you want to. And avoid those expensive city centre car parking fees.

Light rail Metrolink tram in the city center of Manchester, UK. The system has 77 stops along 78.1 km and runs through seven of the ten boroughs

Christmas shopping

Whether you’ve planned well in advance or left it until the last minute, don’t worry. Located just next to Duffy Motors’ garage, is the Great Northern Warehouse which provides a fine array of independent shops to satisfy your friends and family. But it doesn’t stop there. Other great shopping areas are close by, including Spinningfields, King Street and the Manchester Arndale.


Christmas markets

The award winning markets are back again this year, winding through the city centre. There are over 300 free and accessible yuletide stalls and chalets for you to enjoy, offering crafted seasonal gifts, from handmade jewellery to bespoke Christmas products. Manchester’s Christmas Markets are famous for traditional bratwurst, but you can also treat yourself to Hungarian goulash, Spanish paella or a good old-fashioned hog roast.

Ice Village

The Ice Village has returned! Immerse yourself in a unique, frosty and festive atmosphere. The Ice Village offers you the opportunity to see these amazing ice creations up close, this years theme being Beasts and Fairytale Delights. Also, enter Manchester’s first ever Ice Tiki Bar, where you will be able to enjoy delicious cocktails such as: The Manc-ini , Manchester SeaFreeze or Sex on the Snow. A selection of Mocktails are available too. All set in a background of tropical sculptures including Easter Island ‘Moai’ ice statues and giant fruits. A free drink will be included on entrance to the bar – plus if you aren’t wrapped up enough, a thermal cape will be provided.

Hurl Some Axes

Not your typical festive activity, but what an experience. Unleash your inner Viking by throwing axes at wooden targets. Whistle Punks is within a stones throw of the garage in the Great Northern Warehouse. We recommend that you book in advance to secure a spot and prices range from £20 – £34.50 per person (18 or over only)

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Afternoon tea

Treat yourself to afternoon tea in Manchester’s most opulent champagne bar and restaurant; Cloud 23. Indulge in a selection of small sandwiches or satisfy your sweet tooth with handmade cakes and tarts, all whilst looking out to a spectacular view of the city.

Located in the Beetham Tower, just next to Duffy Motors there aren’t many other places better to wait whilst your car gets serviced.

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