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Things to do in Manchester

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Welcome to Manchester

Affectionately known as the Venice of the North, Manchester is a thriving metropolis famed for its nightlife, sporting culture, and historic canal network. Sports fans are enticed by Old Trafford, the colossal stadium home to Manchester United FC; a plethora of gig venues and concert halls are evidence of the northern England city’s illustrious music scene; and the close proximity of the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales means travelers looking to get in touch with nature don’t have far to go. Ideal for families, Manchester offers an abundance of museums, parks, and restaurants to entertain children and adults alike.

Top 10 attractions in Manchester

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Etihad Stadium (City of Manchester Stadium)

Etihad Stadium (City of Manchester Stadium)

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The mighty Etihad, also known as the City of Manchester Stadium, is the home of Manchester City Football Club. Built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the award-winning venue is among the UK’s largest with seating for more than 55,000. In addition to football games, the stadium hosts live concerts, other sports matches, and stadium tours.More
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John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library

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Also known as the University of Manchester Library, the John Rylands Library is widely considered one of the world’s most beautiful libraries. Built in 1900 and celebrated for its Victorian, neo-Gothic architecture—which includes a soaring, vaulted entryway and ornamental carvings—the landmark houses a vast collection of rare books.More
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Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral

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The Grade I listed Manchester Cathedral is one of the city’s oldest and most important religious landmarks. With origins dating back to 1421, the soaring cathedral was constructed in the English Gothic style, and later renovated during the Victorian period, and following World War II. Today, the landmark is celebrated for its striking interior.More
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Old Trafford

Old Trafford

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With a capacity of nearly 75,000, Old Trafford is the UK’s second-largest football (soccer) stadium and home of Manchester United since 1910. Beside Premier League fixtures, the venue has hosted Olympic games, rugby league finals, and several international cup matches. The on-site museum houses the team’s famous continental treble trophy.More
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Peak District National Park

Peak District National Park

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The Peak District became Britain’s first national park in 1951 and remains one of its most popular outdoor destinations. From fertile farmland and stately homes to towering peaks and underground caves, there’s much to explore across the 143,700-hectare park, including the beginning of Britain’s best-known trail, the Pennine Way.More
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Science and Industry Museum

Science and Industry Museum

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Delve into Manchester’s inventive and industrial heritage at the Science and Industry Museum. Housed in a building that served as the world’s first passenger railway station, the museum includes a wide collection of vintage vehicles, historical machinery, hands-on exhibitions, and other engaging offerings.More
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Imperial War Museum North

Imperial War Museum North

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The Imperial War Museum North—one of five branches of the Imperial War Museum throughout England—is housed in a Daniel Libeskind–designed building meant to resemble a globe split into shards. The museum houses a collection of more than 2,000 objects that relate to global conflict and show how the specter of war changes lives forever.More
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Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery

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One of Manchester’s premier museums, the Manchester Art Gallery was founded in the early 19th century and boasts a collection of more than 25,000 objects. It’s particularly renowned for its Victorian-era artworks (including multiple Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces) and places a strong focus on the decorative arts.More
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People's History Museum

People's History Museum

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The People’s History Museum tells the story of democracy in the U.K., and collects, studies, and displays materials related to the lives of working people. Housed in a Grade II listed former hydraulic pumping station that has since been given a striking architectural makeover, the museum underwent a major renovation in 2010.More
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Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum

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Owned by the University of Manchester and housed in a striking, neo-Gothic building, the Manchester Museum has a vast collection that spans natural history, anthropology, and archaeology. Collection highlights include everything from a fossilized Tyrannosaurus Rex (nicknamed "Stan") to ancient Egyptian artifacts.More

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How to Spend 1 Day in Manchester

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Top activities in Manchester

Windermere, Lancaster & the Lake District Small-Group Day Tour from Manchester
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City River Tour - City Centre Departure
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Snowdonia, North Wales and Chester Small-Group Day Tour from Manchester
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3-Day Snowdonia, North Wales and Chester Small-Group Tour from Manchester
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Manchester's Music Scene

Manchester's Music Scene

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A Silent Disco Adventure in Manchester
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Manchester iFLY Indoor Skydiving Experience - 2 Flights & Certificate
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Derbyshire, the Peak District & Poole’s Cavern Small-Group Tour from Manchester
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Recent reviews from experiences in Manchester

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Enjoying delicious cheese...
Anthony_S, Apr 2022
The Manchester Cheese Crawl
The guide gave recommendations of places to visit in Manchester which was very helpful to me.
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Fantastic day trip if you want an overview of North Wales!
Madison_S, Dec 2021
Snowdonia, North Wales and Chester Small-Group Day Tour from Manchester
You get to see a lot!
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Short cruise in Manchester
Vania, Aug 2021
City River Tour - City Centre Departure
It was really nice to see the city by the river while listening to comments about Manchester history.
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Great trip!
Jaclyn_W, Oct 2019
Full-Day North Wales Sightseeing Adventure from Manchester
So much fun, great tour guide, very cool way to see Wales!!
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Excellent, Enjoyable & Entertaining
Sophie_v, Oct 2021
Manchester Afternoon Walking Tour
You could really tell that the tour guide Gareth was passionate about the town and its history and gave additional useful tips on what to do in Manchester.
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We did this tour one afternoon after...
Nick, Mar 2015
The Manchester City Stadium Tour
The staff were very welcoming, and it is great to see the pride that people have working at this club.

All about Manchester

When to visit

Summer in Manchester was made for music lovers, with open-air concerts and festivals almost every weekend, as well as one of the UK’s biggest Pride parades and the biennial Manchester International Festival. Whenever you decide to visit, don’t forget your umbrella—Manchester’s drizzly weather is notorious and even the sunniest days can start off with grey skies and showers.

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