Manchester Things to Do

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  • 1. Wheel

    *Please note Manchester Wheel is no more :-( - I didn't see it on my last trip to Manchester in May 2012* On many Manchester trips I always keep seeing the wheel but never took the opportunity to...

  • 2. Chinatown

    Manchester's Chinatown district is very central near Piccadilly Gardens and a short walk from Albert Square. Walking through the area, the most striking feature is the delightfully ornate Imperial...

  • 3. Granada Studios

    This is a time-sensitive tip! Between April 5 and October 4, 2014, you will be able to visit Granada Studios and see backstage and walk on the cobbles of Coronation Street. The working studio has...

  • 4. Old Trafford

    The tour around the stadium took about an hour, and I really enjoyed it. The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable, and it was a fun and interesting tour. I especially liked that, although the...

  • 5. Museum of Science and Industry

    Water-power provided the stimulus to kick-start Manchester’s industrial growth but engine power maintained its momentum. The Power Hall at the Museum of Science and Industry houses many of those...

  • 6. Salford Quays Lowry

    Similar to the Imperial War Museum in London, this museum displays artifacts and exhibits from the various wars that Britain has been involved in, the Boer War, both World Wars right up to the Persian...

  • 7. Castlefield

    This is where Manchester began! It was the site of Mamucium or Mancunium Roman fort which gave the city its name. The fort was established around AD 79 near a crossing point on the Rivers Medlock and...

  • 8. Imperial War Museum

    The Imperial War Museum North is a great alternative to spending a couple of pre-match hours in the pub. I don't get there often as the draw of the pub is strong. I usually only make it in about once...

  • 9. Christmas Market

    In November 2013, I visited Manchester to visit its wonderful Christmas markets. The markets run from mid-November till just before Christmas and operate 7 days a week. Manchester's markets are...

  • 10. Town Hall

    The Town Hall is a Victorian, Neo-gothic building that was constructed between 1868 and 1877; it is the ceremonial headquarters of Manchester City Council and one of the most iconic landmarks in the...

  • 11. Natural History Museum

    The Manchester Museum on Oxford Road offers a chance to visit one of the best Egyptology exhibitions in the country with many mummies on show. Here also a prized exhibitions of fossils, interactive...

  • 12. Urbis

    Formerly URBIS, the now iconic glass structure is now home to The National Football Museum. Despite passing it at least twice a week I have still never been in here since it became the Football...

  • 13. John Rylands Library

    The John Rylands Library was founded in 1900 by his wife Enrietta to celebrate him. It is a beautiful building and the access if free of charge. The library often host interesting exhibits and it is a...

  • 14. Canal Street - Gay Village

    The village on Canal Street is known as "Manchester's world famous Gay Village". This exciting village offers a variety of bars, resturants, and clubs. The village runs along the Rochdale canal which...

  • 15. Cathedral

    Manchester Cathedral near to Harvey Nichols, Urbis and Victoria Station unfortunately was also near to the site of an IRA bomb in 1996. Nearby buildings reduced to rubble but the cathedral escaped...

  • 16. Arena

    Manchester Arena or The Phones 4 u Arena is the main concert arena in Manchester and the largest concert arena in Europe. It has had many names over the years depending on who is the sponsor. Before...

  • 17. City Centre

    Albert Square, home of Manchester's wonderful Town Hall, has several interesting buildings (all of which, I think, date from Victorian times or later). See if you can spot the little head of Prince...

  • 18. Trafford Centre

    it depends on what way you look at the trafford centre it could be either heaven or hell depending on your thoughts about shopping! All the high street stores can be found here - shame that there are...

  • 19. Art Gallery

    Manchester Art Gallery is an imposing pile and well worth a visit just to see the impressive entrance hall in the oldest of its three buildings, which was built in 1824 in Greek Neo-Classical style,...

  • 20. St Ann's Church and Square

    St Ann's Square is one of Manchester's main shopping areas, offering some high class shopping in one the city's oldest and most distinguished squares. Specialist markets (including The Annual...

  • 21. Central Library

    Manchester Central Library was built between 1930 and 1934 in a traditional neoclassical design. E Vincent Harris designed the building and critics suggested classical canon and Italian influences in...

  • 22. Ordsall Hall

    Ordsall Hall is situated in the Salford Area of Manchester, just a short tram ride/drive away from the City Centre. It is a fine Grade 1 listed manor house, first recorded in 1210. Since then, it has...

  • 23. Piccadilly Gardens

    Piccadilly Gardens is located in Central Manchester on Market Street just a few minutes walk from Piccadilly Train Station. Following the IRA bombs in 1997 the gardens were regenerated in 2001 into...

  • 24. Printworks - Filmworks

    The Printworks is one of the most popular venues in Manchester, it houses various establishments including Filmworks IMAX cinema and a further 19 screens. Holmes place total leisure and gym complex....

  • 25. St Mary's Catholic Church- Hidden Gem

    St Mary's Church on Mulberry Street is a true hidden gem. You need to head down Brazenose Street and then turn right after the first section of buildings. Built in 1792, St Mary's is the Catholic...

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