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Things to do in Manchester

Regarded by many as the Capital of the North. Are you looking for things to do in Manchester? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the city.

Manchester has been traditionally known as an industrial city, and for the part it played during the Industrial Revolution, and as home to Manchester United, one of the biggest and most successful football clubs in the world. But now Manchester has a cultural life to rival that of even London. The city boasts some of the most interesting galleries and museums in the UK, such as the Museum of Science and Industry, the Whitworth for modern art, the City Art Gallery, the Lowry and the Imperial War Museum North. It is also home to one of the liveliest music scenes in the world and has been responsible for some of the biggest bands of the last few decades, including internationally lauded acts Oasis, The Stone Roses and The Smiths. If you time your trip just right you may also get to experience one of the many diverse and hugely popular festival's the city hosts throughout the year. This rich cultural heritage gives Manchester a real charm and ensures there will always be something new and exciting for visitors to discover.

Known for...   Manchester Utd FC, Manchester City FC, Renowned music scene, Industrial Revolution, Coronation Street, Beetham Tower, Salford, Trams, Manchester Ship Canal and G-Mex Centre

Did you know...

  • Over twenty of the nobel prize winners have come from Manchester.
  • The atom was first split in Manchester.
  • The first modern computer was built in Manchester.



National Football Museum

Take an amazing journey through football history.
Urbis Building
Cathedral Gardens
M4 3BG


Recommended by Rob Baldry, Manchester


The Printworks

State of the art entertainment complex. Cinema, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and gym.
27 Withy Grove
City Centre
M4 2BS


Manchester Town Hall

Victorian, Neo-gothic building now the ceremonial headquarters of Manchester City Council.
Town Hall
Albert Square
M60 2LA

Recommended by Jane Allen, Bradford


Manchester Rock Climbing

Three-hour group rock climbing and abseiling session for beginners. £27 – 40% off.
M4 2BS


Kayak Manchester

Three-hour group kayaking session for beginners. £27 – 40% off.
M4 2BS


Golf Lessons Manchester

Single 30-minute small group golf class. £8 - 50% off.
M4 2BS


Chinatown, Manchester

Our Chinatown is uniquely ‘Northern’, flying the flag for Manchester, and for independence.
Faulkner Street
M1 4EE

Recommended by Jimmy Lee, Manchester
“Best chinese food anywhere in the north west, great fun for a night out”


Manchester Cathedral

The Cathedral guides are ready to take you on a tour of our magnificent building no matter what the weather.
Victoria Street
M3 1SX


Manchester City FC Experience

Behind the scenes stadium and club tour.
Etihad Stadium
M11 3FF


Recommended by Bobby Harris, Oldham
“Well worth a tour of the Etihad stadium and seeing the history of MC exhibition for all City supporters”



John Rylands Library

The John Rylands Library has made it onto a list of Great British landmarks, published by Visit England.
150 Deansgate
M3 3EH


People's History Museum

National centre for the collection, conservation, interpretation and study of material relating to the history of working people.
Left Bank
M3 3ER

Recommended by Alex Hill, Liverpool
“Great museum to help adults and children understand the struggles of the working class all over the UK”


Manchester Jewish Museum

Manchester Jewish Museum is located in a former Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue on Cheetham Hill Road.
190 Cheetham Hill Road
M8 8LW


Museum Of Science And Industry FREE

Fun and informative museum, exploring the history of the world's first industrial city. A fun packed day out for all the family.
Liverpool Road
M3 4FP



The Manchester Museum FREE

Vast and interesting museum with over six million items. Fun and educational.
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL


Recommended by Jolice McGee, Manchester
“'Great day out -and free!! - Kids loved the large open spaces, variety of exhibitions and the shop. There's quite alot to pack in and some of the egyptian exhibits are mind-blowing. I think we went through every square inch of the place but we were very impressed, Must be one of the best museums in the country. Toilets were very clean (for a change), plenty of lifts and stairs,lots of activities for our young son. Will go again.'”


Museum Of Transport

Fascinating look at transport through the ages with one of the largest collections of its kind in the country.
Boyle Street
M8 8UW




Brookdale Park FREE

Children's play area, Multi use games area (MUGA), Football pitch, BMX track and skate park, Tennis court (courts are free), Bowls.
Droylsden Road
Newton Heath
M40 1PH


Blackley Forest FREE

Woodland walks, Nature trails, Pond for fishing. Blackley Forest is a site of biological importance.
Blackley New Road
M9 8FS


Medlock River Valley FREE

The Medlock Valley runs through the whole of East Manchester and is a major environmental resource for the area.
Philips Park Visitor Centre
Stuart Street
M11 4DQ


Boggart Hole Clough FREE

The largest woodland Clough in Manchester, with its parkland forming a landscape of mature woodland, grasslands and lakes.
Charlestown Road
M9 7DF


Irk River Valley FREE

The Irk Valley stretches from Collyhurst to Higher Blackley, and across the City from Crumpsall to Moston.
off Hazelbottom Road
M8 5UX


Philips Park FREE

Philips Park is one of Manchester's finest parks. Opened on 22nd August 1846, after Queens and Peel Park.
Stuart Street
M11 4DQ


Clayton Vale FREE

Children's play area, visitors centre with toilets, pond, conservation area with dipping platform, angling.
Edge Lane
M11 4BR


Openshaw Park FREE

Children's play area, Multi use sports area (MUGA), 5 a side football, Football pitch, Tennis courts (courts are free).
Parkhouse Street
M11 2FT


Manley Park FREE

Children's play area, Multi use sports area (MUGA).
Clarendon Road
Whalley Range
M16 0AB


Gorton Park FREE

Children's play area, multi use games area (MUGA), football pitches.
Hyde Road
M12 5PS


Barrack Park (aka St George's Park) FREE

Children's play area, Multi use games area (MUGA), Football pitch.
Barrack Street
M15 4ER


Alexandra Park FREE

Children's play area, Multi use games area (MUGA), Football & cricket pitch, Tennis court (courts are free), Fishing lake.
180 Russell Street
Moss Side
M16 7JL


Clayton Park FREE

Children's play area, Multi use games area (MUGA), bowling green, pavilion, war memorial,12th Century Hall including Living Museum.
Ashton New Road
M11 4PX


Queens Park FREE

Children's play area, 5 a-side football pitches.
Rochdale Road
M9 5SH


Platts Field FREE

Popular 90 acre park. Skate park, boating lake, play areas and much more.
51 Mabfield Road
M14 6LW




Cube Gallery

CUBE Gallery is one of Europe's most exciting art, architecture and design centres.
113-115 Portland Street
M1 6DW



Cornerhouse is Manchester's international centre for contemporary visual arts and independent film.
70 Oxford St
M1 5NH



Manchester Art Gallery FREE

Popular city centre gallery.
Moseley Street
M2 3JL


Recommended by Jess, Manchester
“'Amazing art, fantastic building, lovely cafe, free talks...it's all good. '”


Whitworth Art Gallery FREE

Critically acclaimed art and design gallery.
Oxford Road
M15 6ER




Dog Bowl

Food, drink and family bowling at Black Dog Ballroom.
57 Whitworth Street West
M1 5WW




Odeon Manchester Great Northern

Multi-screen cinema.
235 Deansgate
M3 4EN



Vue Cinema Manchester Printworks

Multi-screen cinema.
27 Withy Grove
M4 2BS




Palace Theatre

One of the main theatres in Manchester.
97 Oxford Street
M1 6FT


The Royal Exchange Theatre

Visually arresting and hugely popular theatre.
St Annes Square
M2 7DH



Manchester Opera House

Popular entertainment venue.
The Opera House
Quay Street
M3 3HP



Contact Theatre

Multi-disciplinary arts venue.
Oxford Road
M15 6JA



  Live Music

Band On The Wall

Welcome to Band on the Wall, the home of real music.
25 Swan Street
M4 5JZ


The Ritz

1500 capacity Ritz has been an integral part of the city's unparalleled music scene for decades.
Whitworth Street West
M1 5NQ


Manchester Evening News Arena

Officially the world’s busiest venue from 2001-2007, Manchester Evening News Arena hosts over 250 events a year.
M3 1AR



The Comedy Store

Award winning comedy club.
Deansgate Locks
Whitworth Street West
M1 5LH



  Leisure centres

The Gym

Health and fitness. No contract required.
City Tower
New York Street
M1 4HJ



Fitness First

Friendly health and fitness club.
7-11 Lower Mosley Street
M2 3DW



LA Fitness

Health and fitness centre.
55 King Street
M2 4LQ



Manchester Aquatic Centre

Purpose-built, state of the art swimming complex.
2 Booth Street East
M13 9SS




State of the art health and fitness club.
38 Whitworth Street
M1 3NR




Manchester Velodrome

The National Cycling Centre was Britain's first indoor Olympic cycling track. 2011 saw the launch of the new £19M indoor BMX track.
Stuart Street
Greater Manchester
M11 4DQ

Recommended by Billy Harris, Stockport
“Awesome BMX centre”


Belle Vue Stadium

Come greyhound racing at Belle Vue Stadium, Manchester. Get a great night out at the Dogs with options to dine at the stadium.
Kirkmanshulme Lane
M18 7BA



Rock Over Climbing

World class bouldering centre for all ages.
45 Julia Street
M3 1LN



Vertical Chill

Real indoor ice climbing experience.
130 Deansgate
M3 2QS



Manchester Climbing Centre

Award winning climbing experience.
St Benedicts Street
Bennett Street
M12 5ND



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