Greater Manchester Things to Do

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Greater Manchester Things to Do

  • Granada Studios

    Manchester Things to Do

    The former studios of the Granada were home to the world famous soap show Coronation street, now moved to media city 2 miles away. This set for the tv show is open to visits until October 2014,filming here stopped at Christmas 2013 and was the 2nd set in its history. There is a great amount to see around the studios not just the rovers return.

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  • Chinatown

    4 out of 5 stars

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 Arch that welcomes you into Britain's second-largest Chinatown. I enjoyed walking the surrounding streets and taking a look through some of the windows...

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  • Museum of Science and Industry

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 original sources of power including one of the largest collections of working steam mill engines in the world. It also contains working examples of gas,...

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  • Old Trafford

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Manchester Things to Do

    A visit to Old Trafford would not be complete without taking a look at the statue of Sir Alex Ferguson Statue. Sir Alex Ferguson was the most successful manager in Manchester United’s history. The bronze statue, by sculpture Philip Jackson, was unveiled on 23rd November 2012 by Sir Alex's greatest supporter ... his wife Lady Catherine Ferguson.

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  • Wheel

    Manchester Things to Do

    *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 ride on it. However, on a recent trip, I've decided to take a ride where I was rewarded with amazing views of the city 60m above the ground! I do...

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  • Salford Quays Lowry

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 Gulf War, and unfortunately, it looks like more wars will be added. The exhibits are in one huge room that is separated by "silos" throughout which...

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  • Castlefield

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 Irwell and served as a key defence position for Gnaeus Julius Agricola during his military campaigns. Settlement began to grow around the Fort over...

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  • Urbis

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 museum, something that is constantly on my to-do list but keeps getting over-shadowed by other things, definitely intend to check it out...

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  • Christmas Market

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 particularly special as there is a main market in Albert Square and also several smaller markets nearby, each with a different theme with diverse products...

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  • Town Hall

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 city. The Spinkwell stone faced exterior is dominated by the 87 metre high clock tower that houses Great Abel, the clock bell, whilst the clock face...

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  • Imperial War Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 a season and I'm always glad I made the time to visit.

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  • Cathedral

    4 out of 5 stars

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 with minor damage. It looked a bit like a bomb-site when we visited though as scaffolding, because of continuous maintenance, hid part of the...

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  • Natural History Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 science of the human body and zoology, as well as Roman and Greek relics. In the 'Science for Life' exhibition, you can walk through a human cell...

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  • Canal Street - Gay Village

    4 out of 5 stars

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 was built in 1804 where the canal would transport goods for import and export during cotton trade. The cotton trade declined and the area went into...

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  • City Centre

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 Albert, with its 'wig' of green algae. There are dragons and lions, mock-Medieval window frames, columns and decorated capitals... and more heads of...

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  • John Rylands Library

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 gem for books worms like myself. The guardians are very helpful and passionate about their work, if you have any question feel free to ask them, they...

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  • Arena

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 being called the Manchester Arena it was called the Manchester Evening News Arena or the MEN Arena. The most popular musicans, singers or shows will...

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  • Trafford Centre

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 no independents which is what this country lacks. It is easy to naviagate as is just one long strip with an upper and lower level so not too...

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  • Art Gallery

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Manchester Things to Do

    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, opened (as home to the Royal Manchester Institution) in 1835 and is now grade 1 listed. A further building...the Manchester Athaneum, built in...

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  • Piccadilly Gardens

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 what you see now with fountains and seating areas. There is a tram (metrolink) station right at the side of the gardens and there are lots of coffee...

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  • St Ann's Church and Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 Manchester German Christmas Market), festivals and other events are often held in the square. The square is named after St Ann's Church, which stands at its...

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  • Printworks - Filmworks

    Manchester Things to Do

    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. Wagamama's Japanese style noodle bar. Hard Rock Cafe, Lucid, Nandos. Chiquito. New Orleons bar, and more, it was Europe's first urban entertainment...

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  • St Mary's Catholic Church- Hidden Gem

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 mother-church of the whole of Greater Manchester. Dedicated in 1794 it served, what was, the poorest quarter of Manchester. It is easily missed due to...

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  • Central Library

    4 out of 5 stars

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 the building such as the column portico, colonnades and rotunda domed structure. The library opened in 1934 by King George V which boasted a reading...

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  • Ordsall Hall

    Manchester Things to Do

    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 been home to medieval gentry, Tudor nobility, Catholics loyal to the crown, butchers, farmers, an Earl, an artist, priests, scout troops, mill...

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  • Victoria Station

    Manchester Things to Do

    I went to see Victoria Station because of a tip on Ben-UK's fantastic Manchester page. As I said before, the information about Manchester in my guidebook was absolutely not sufficient, and I discovered so much more because of VT!!! Victoria Station was built from 1838 to 1844, it was enlarged in 1909. Originally it was constructed by the...

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  • People's History Museum

    Manchester Things to Do

    I must admit that I found the People's History Museum a little disappointing. The idea is great: A museum that is devoted to the social history of Great Britain, involving for example human rights, the labour reform, the fight for the environment, women's rights and so on. It shows the development of social history over the centuries, taking in...

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  • Albert Memorial

    Manchester Things to Do

    The Albert Memorial, dedicated to Queen Victoria's dear Prince Consort, is located in Albert Square in front of the town hall. Somehow it looks like a small version of London's famous Albert Memorial. I found it interesting to learn that Manchester's Albert Memorial was the first one to be build, though, seven years before the construction of the...

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  • Jewish Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Manchester Things to Do

    Manchester’s Jewish Museum is just outside the City Centre in the Cheetham Hill area, The museum is located in an old Synagogue founded in 1874, the former Ladies gallery now houses a display that catalogues the history of Manchester’s large Jewish community and helpful guides explain the rituals and history. Downstairs is a fully restored former...

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  • Whitworth Gallery

    4 out of 5 stars

    Manchester Things to Do

    I only did a quick visit here because it was late and I was very tired. Whitworth Art Gallery belongs to the university of Manchester and is located in a very fine building from 1908. Its main highlight, and the area I concentrated on, is a collection of watercolour paintings from the 18th and 19th century, including more than fifty paintings by...

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  • Cornerhouse Cinema

    Manchester Things to Do

    If you are sick of going to the cinema - and sick of all these blockbuster releases that may have little in the way of plot/ story or acting - and you don't mind reading subtitles - then you could do nothing wrong by having a look at the Cornerhouse - served by public transport it is literally outside of Oxford Rd station. A very studenty arty kind...

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  • Wheel of Manchester

    So it's a tourist attraction. But I did like the view from up high. It goes much faster than the London Eye, so they have to stop it, but then we were able to go for four rotations, smaller pods, and bought the nice photo package which I think was 12 pounds.

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  • Manchester Museum

    This is a natural history museum in the University Center. It was quite large, may favorite displays were the fossil, mineral, bird, and insect displays. There wasn't much there that I hadn't seen at other natural history mseums. The museum was a full days outing and it was easy to get to on public transport. I think children would reall like this...

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  • Awesome shopping centre

    The Trafford centre near eccles in Trafford,Located on a industrial estate, this huge monstrosity of a shopping complex has its own bus station, so public transport is qutie frequent,Opened in 1998, It is made up of four main areas: Peel Avenue, Regent Crescent, The Dome, and The Orient.The stores are open Monday–Friday from 10 am – 10 pm, Saturday...

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  • Nice interactive displays

    The Museum is located at The Quays - Greater Manchester's waterfront destination. As a second thought after seeing the quays, It was free entry, and a charge for the viewing platform,, worth a quick look I suppose.But the Museum itself, was split into two main areas on the 1st floor, which had a exhbition on captivity and prison camps, complete...

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  • Little historical gem of a library

    The Victorian Gothic architecture looks more like a castle or cathedral. Even so, this was a last minute addition to my trip and I was glad I took the time. After a £16 million redevelopment, The Library has pink Cumbrian sandstone, 1890s architectural features.A collection includes the oldest known piece of the New Testament, the St John Fragment....

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  • Huge museum with nice interactive...

    First visit here, its split into 6 sections, I went into the space/flight building first, given its all now free, but wasn't a free years ago.There was a nice selection of aircraft, bike's, cars, and even a helicopter,, unique points were the historical ties to Manchester, and very knowledgable staff on hand for questions, cafes and toilets in most...

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  • Middleton

    Middleton in the second largest settlement in the Borough of Rochdale in Greater Manchester. People born and brought up in Middleton can claim the traditional title of "Moonraker". This refers to the legendary poachers who, at the approach of the local Constabulary, threw their booty in a pond and began raking the reflection of the moon in water,...

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  • Shaw

    About three miles north of Oldham town centre, two miles from junction 21 of the M62.A handy rail link to Manchester. Oldham and Rochdale easily accessible by road. A winding road also leads up to West Yorkshire, putting Halifax and Huddersfield in easy reach.Wealthy cotton industry magnates used to frequent the town. And 100 years ago it was said...

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  • Royton

    The first written record of the name Ryeton (or Ryton) was in a survey of 1212.Evidence of Stone Age dwellers exists, as does evidence of Romans and later Norsemen, some of whom settled at ThorpIt has been remarked that Royton has the distinction of being the world's first town where a cotton mill was built; at Thorp in 1764. It was also the town...

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  • Rochdale

    Rochdale is situated in a river valley with the Pennine Hills to the east and the Rossendale hills to the north. The valley was created by the River Roch (pronounced Roach) which flows off the Pennines and through the town centre. This is the only downhill route out of the town.There are a couple of reasons why this area was good to establish a...

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  • Ashton Under Lyne

    There was a settlement of some kind at Ashton long before the Norman Conquest of 1066. A small hillock on the north bank of the River Tame, overlooking a good crossing-point on the river, became a fortified position guarding the boundary between the ancient kingdoms of Northumbria and and Mercia. A village developed just to the north of this,...

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  • Wigan

    Wigan is Famous for it's Uncle Joes Mint Balls and for having a Pier even though it is nowhere near the sea.See my Wigan page with some tips

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  • Oldham

    After recently celebrating 150 years of municipal status, Oldham is experiencing a period of renewal and economic regeneration that has parallels with the way the Borough developed during the latter half of the 19th century, when it enjoyed a phase of remarkable growth.Achieving this mantle was by no means straightforward - Oldham was blessed with...

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  • Manchester Museums

    someone recently posted that the Museum of Science and Industry was the only free Museum in Manchester. this is RUBBISH!!! THEY BASICALLY ALL ARE.The City Art Gallery, The Whitworth, the Manchester Museum, The Cornerhouse, Urbis, The Peoples History Museum, The Castlefield Gallery and many many more are all free!!so get involved everybody!

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