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Manchester City FC Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Etihad Stadium
"Head inside Etihad Stadium with your entrance ticket and start with a 20-minute self-guided walk through a series of interactive displays and exhibits. Designed to give you the background on Manchester City FC the exhibition space documents the city’s so-called ‘dream team’ throughout the decades from the club’s early days in the late 1800s to visions for the future.Meet your guide after browsing the exhibition and set out on your behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium to see the places where famous games have been won lost celebrated and commiserated. Visit the home dressing rooms
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Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour at Old Trafford
"Blending historical exhibits with state-of-the-art interactive experiences the Manchester United Museum & Tour Centre brings the remarkable legend to life like never before.The MuseumIn over 130 years of football the club that humbly started life as Newton Heath has lifted silverware on a global stage time and time again. A visit to the sacred trophy room lets you share in every timeless victory – from the European conquests of the Busby Babes to the unforgettabl Charlton Law Best Ferguson
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Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour at Old Trafford
"Blending historical exhibits with state-of-the-art interactive experiences the Manchester United Museum & Tour Centre brings the remarkable legend to life like never before.The MuseumIn over 130 years of football the club that humbly started life as Newton Heath has lifted silverware on a global stage time and time again. A visit to the sacred trophy room lets you share in every timeless victory – from the European conquests of the Busby Babes to the unforgettabl Charlton Law Best Ferguson
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Canal Street - Gay Village Tips (6)

The Village & Canal Street

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 derilict but regenerated and today this is the heart of Manchester's gay community.

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spidermiss
Apr 14, 2011

The Pink quarter.

I would not normally start a VT tip by stating that I am a heterosexual male because, frankly, it is irrelevant to a travel related site. However, I mention it here as it has a bearing on the tip. Manchester has a thriving gay quarter centred on Canal Street and it is certainly not shy about advertising it as it features quite prominently in the city's tourist literature. Cliched as it sounds, I have many gay friends and frankly, visiting gay establishments has never bothered me. On the contrary, I have had some great times in gay bars, clubs and restaurants. I do realise, however, that some people are uncomfortable with the idea of overt homosexuality and I offer this tip as a gentle guide to them where to avoid and a recommendation for those who don't mind.

I do hope I have couched that diplomatically enough!

In fairness and in contrast to some places in the world, it would be difficult not to notice that the area was a gay quarter, the rainbow flag and stickers are much in evidence. I will provide seperate tips on a couple of the establishments in due course, but offer this as a generic tip. As the area was just up the road from my hotel, I visited a couple of successive evenings, both by myself and with a straight female friend and I / we had a wonderful time.

If it is your scene you will enjoy it and if not, well, a vibrant city like Manchester has plenty of other places to go.

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planxty
Jan 10, 2011

Manchesters Party Zone

Manchesters Gay Village nis deffinatly the Party area of Manchester, There are some great Clubs and Pubs that welcome anybody, You don't have to be gay to Party in the Village.
When we used to go to Rock world a lot we always went to the Village first, great atmosphere and no trouble.

The pics i have put on have been taken in the day when it is quiet, at night the whole area is really buzzing, many of the clubs have balconeys and the party's go on outside as well as inside.

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Balam
Jun 30, 2009

Manchester Pride Big Weekend - Saturday Parade

Every year on August Bank Holiday weekend is Manchester's Gay Pride Big Weekend. There are all sorts of events going on with music and various local and international acts.
The best bit though is the parade through the city centre on Saturday afternoon, starting at 2pm, where the young and old, gay and straight, friends and family come down to see the glamorous and the outrageously fabulous people who take part. The costumes and floats give Rio a run for thier money and as this goes right through the city centre it is free to watch.

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Aug 26, 2007
 
 
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Gay Village

Manchester is proud of its status as the leading gay and lesbo capital of the north...duh! The Gay Village(or simply the village)is right in the heart of the city...just 30 seconds from home! Theres a wide range of gay and lesbo owned business mainly pubs, cafe bars, night clubs and restaurants but also gay taxi companies, solicitors, shops and doctors. Yes..i know...tell me about it. But wait, I'm not finished yet. Theres also the very famous CloneZone sex shop selling all you pre-bedtime needs...haha. The Rembrant and the Union pubs are the oldest around. The Rembrant having the oldest gayboys on earth and the Union with a really friendly old lady calling everyone love. The very infamous Canal Street sign has it's C scrapped off changing it to A.nal Street, in case you think you've lost your way. I've heard many horrible stories about the village too...like drunk people being push into the canal and drown and muggings happening all the time. The canal is also where all the rent boys are...just for your info!

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M.E.R.V
Mar 27, 2003

Beacon Of Hope

On Canal Street (on the opposite side of the canal from the bars) is The Beacon Of Hope. A modern art monument to the fight against aids, it's poignantly set in the heart of Manchester's "Gay Village".

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Nov 20, 2002

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