City Guide: Manchester

Manchester is a great place for those looking for fine traditions of culture, music, sport and top class events. There is always something to do in the Manchester region.

Things to do

  • Manchester United Museum & Tour Centre – Great for those interested in football, as this offers a behind the scenes view of one of the world’s most iconic stadiums, Old Trafford.
  • Coronation Street the Tour – Perfect for fans of the iconic show, which is an 80 minute long tour of the set. Located in the MediaCityUK.
  • Chinatown – Manchester has one of the largest Chinese districts in Europe, filled with top class restaurants including real street food.
  • John Rylands Library – From first glance this Victorian Gothic architecture looks more like a cathedral than a library. This library is full of medieval manuscripts and a 1476 William Caxton edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
  • Chill Factore – Manchester’s indoor real snow centre is the perfect place for a family day out.


  • Manchester Arndale – This is Manchester’s shopping centre, filled with plenty of high street shops and lots of smaller specialist ones. There is also plenty of trams and public transport to get you there and back to where you started.
  • Northern Quarter – If you are looking for all the latest fashion trends then look no further than Oldham Street. It has many niche stores for young designers to exhibit their designs.
  • Intu Trafford Centre – For those looking to make a day out of shopping the Trafford Centre is great for you. With plenty of stores to keep you busy but also an Odeon cinema to keep you busy.
  • Manchester Craft & Design – One of the few places left in the UK open to the public where goods are both individually made and sold on the premises.

Art & Culture

  • Science & Industry Museum – Visiting this museum means you can see the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station and the world’s first railway warehouse, built in 1830.
  • Central Library – This building combines both its historic features with cutting edge design. You will also be able to see previously hidden heritage spaces and the Wolfson Reading Room.
  • Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art – Aims to make Chinese art and visual culture accessible to everyone, with exhibitions, film screenings, talks, performances and workshops.
  • Royal Exchange Theatre – An award-winning cultural charity that produces new theatres in communities, on the road and online.


  • Treetop Manchester – A fantastic day out for all the family, where you can adventure in the high trees in the woodland in Heaton Park.
  • Vegetarian Society Cookery School – They offer a range of unique cookery experiences, great for those who want to try something different.

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