Some of you may want to visit Europe after the conference’s close. Whilst there are plenty of flights from Manchester Airport to many European cities you might prefer using the train and make a couple of stop-overs on the way. When you decide to go by train, you will have to go via London St Pancras International where the Eurostar leaves to Brussels or Paris. Train tickets from Manchester to either destination go for about £100. Try Seat 61 for tickets.
London St Pancras is pretty much in the centre of London. A Travelodge nearby is a relatively cheap possibility to spend a night or more and explore London. The Eurostar from St Pancras International will take you to either Brussels or Paris. Whilst those two European Capitals have lots to offer they also are good hubs to other parts of Europe. From Brussels it is easy to take a train to places like Amsterdam, Aachen and Cologne; from Paris you you can go with the fast TGV train to Strasbourg and the South of France.
Whenever you plan to use a train in the UK and Europe book tickets in advance to save a substantial sum.