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Top Things To Do In Manchester

Once celebrated as an industrial powerhouse, these days Manchester is better known for its culture scene. From art galleries and museums to iconic sports venues and Gothic architecture, it's often touted as England's second city, and you certainly won't be short of things to do in Manchester. Just click through our 360° views to make virtual visits to some of the city’s must-see landmarks.

Old Trafford
  • Old Trafford
  • Is there any football team more famous than Manchester United? Regularly ranked among the most valuable and highest-earning teams in the world, Old Trafford is their home ground and, as you'd expect, it's a pretty impressive venue. With a capacity of nearly 80,000, it's the biggest club football stadium in the UK. Only Wembley Stadium is bigger, and with rumours of expansion always simmering in the background, it seems like Old Trafford might have its eye on the top spot. In the past, Old Trafford's hosted other sporting events, including rugby and boxing, and it's sometimes used for big-name music performances.

  • Is there any football team more famous than Manchester United? Regularly ranked among the most valuable and highest-earning teams in the world, Old Trafford is their home ground and, as you'd expect, it's a pretty impressive venue. With a capacity of nearly 80,000, it's the biggest club football stadium in the UK. Only Wembley Stadium is bigger, and with rumours of expansion always simmering in the background, it seems like Old Trafford might have its eye on the top spot. In the past, Old Trafford's hosted other sporting events, including rugby and boxing, and it's sometimes used for big-name music performances.

  • Manchester United Stadium & Museum Tour at Old Trafford
Manchester Cathedral
  • Manchester Cathedral
  • In a dynamic city centre that's continually being redeveloped, Manchester Cathedral is an unchanging constant. Begun in the 1400s on the site of a much older church, this elegant Gothic place of worship is known for its 16th-century misericords (hidden carvings on the undersides of the seats) and its beautiful modern stained glass. It also has a visitor centre, featuring the Hanging Bridge, a medieval construction that was buried for the better part of 400 years. The cathedral has its own choir, and one of the best ways to enjoy the scale and ambience of the surroundings is by attending one of the regular choral services.

  • In a dynamic city centre that's continually being redeveloped, Manchester Cathedral is an unchanging constant. Begun in the 1400s on the site of a much older church, this elegant Gothic place of worship is known for its 16th-century misericords (hidden carvings on the undersides of the seats) and its beautiful modern stained glass. It also has a visitor centre, featuring the Hanging Bridge, a medieval construction that was buried for the better part of 400 years. The cathedral has its own choir, and one of the best ways to enjoy the scale and ambience of the surroundings is by attending one of the regular choral services.

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Manchester Museum
  • Manchester Museum
  • Owned by the University of Manchester, Manchester Museum is the biggest university museum in the UK, and whether you're into Ancient Egyptians, dinosaurs or geology, you can be sure they'll have something to interest you. And you might be surprised to find that some of the most popular exhibits are actually alive. Manchester Museum has its own vivarium, specialising in captive-bred Costa Rican frogs. With more than 4 million objects, the museum's collection is so vast that it can be difficult to know where to start, and if you find yourself in this position, a guided tour might be the answer.

  • Owned by the University of Manchester, Manchester Museum is the biggest university museum in the UK, and whether you're into Ancient Egyptians, dinosaurs or geology, you can be sure they'll have something to interest you. And you might be surprised to find that some of the most popular exhibits are actually alive. Manchester Museum has its own vivarium, specialising in captive-bred Costa Rican frogs. With more than 4 million objects, the museum's collection is so vast that it can be difficult to know where to start, and if you find yourself in this position, a guided tour might be the answer.

  • Guide to Exploring Manchester Museum
Platt Fields Park
  • Platt Fields Park
  • If you want to get a glimpse of Manchester at leisure, look no further than Platt Fields Park. Laid out around a central boating and fishing lake, it's a hub for the local communities of Fallowfield, Rusholme and Moss Side. Platt Fields Park has a variety of green spaces including a 'Shakespearean garden' and a community orchard, plus sports facilities for all ages, from bowling greens and basketball courts to a BMX track and a skate park. The park also includes Platt Hall, a Georgian manor house that's currently home to a costume museum.

  • If you want to get a glimpse of Manchester at leisure, look no further than Platt Fields Park. Laid out around a central boating and fishing lake, it's a hub for the local communities of Fallowfield, Rusholme and Moss Side. Platt Fields Park has a variety of green spaces including a 'Shakespearean garden' and a community orchard, plus sports facilities for all ages, from bowling greens and basketball courts to a BMX track and a skate park. The park also includes Platt Hall, a Georgian manor house that's currently home to a costume museum.

  • Top Trending Hotels Near Platt Fields Park
John Rylands Library
  • John Rylands Library
  • Open to the public since 1900, this ornate neo-Gothic building makes a big statement as you walk down Deansgate. And it's just as impressive inside, with the main reading room featuring high, vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, and marble statues. The John Rylands Library has a vast collection of rare and valuable items, including an ancient papyrus fragment that's believed to be the oldest surviving New Testament text. The library's free to visit, and hosts regular exhibitions and events based around its collection. A good way to get to grips with the place might be through one of the free introductory tours.

  • Open to the public since 1900, this ornate neo-Gothic building makes a big statement as you walk down Deansgate. And it's just as impressive inside, with the main reading room featuring high, vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, and marble statues. The John Rylands Library has a vast collection of rare and valuable items, including an ancient papyrus fragment that's believed to be the oldest surviving New Testament text. The library's free to visit, and hosts regular exhibitions and events based around its collection. A good way to get to grips with the place might be through one of the free introductory tours.

  • Guide to Exploring John Rylands Library
St. Peter's Square
  • St. Peter's Square
  • This city centre square is notorious as the site of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre, when cavalry charged a 70,000-strong crowd of citizens protesting about Parliamentary reform. These days it's a much more laid-back place, with an impressive panorama of grand civic buildings, plus its very own Peace Garden. Among its best-known features is the Manchester Cenotaph, a war memorial that was designed by Sir Edward Lutyens, who also worked on the more famous Cenotaph in London. With its imposing city views and good transport connections, St. Peter's Square is a justifiably popular meeting spot for Mancunians and visitors alike.

  • This city centre square is notorious as the site of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre, when cavalry charged a 70,000-strong crowd of citizens protesting about Parliamentary reform. These days it's a much more laid-back place, with an impressive panorama of grand civic buildings, plus its very own Peace Garden. Among its best-known features is the Manchester Cenotaph, a war memorial that was designed by Sir Edward Lutyens, who also worked on the more famous Cenotaph in London. With its imposing city views and good transport connections, St. Peter's Square is a justifiably popular meeting spot for Mancunians and visitors alike.

  • Guide to Exploring St. Peter's Square
Manchester City Hall
  • Manchester City Hall
  • This wildly ornate Gothic Revival building is remarkable both inside and out. From the outside, you'll be struck by the sight of the lofty clock tower, which houses an 8-ton bell called Great Abel, which can be accessed through one of the regular walking tours. Inside, Manchester Town Hall is so grand that TV programmes sometimes use it as a stunt double for the Houses of Parliament in London. Particular highlights are the sculpture hall, filled with busts of the great and the good, and the great hall, home to the 12 'Manchester Murals' that show scenes from the city's distinguished history.

  • This wildly ornate Gothic Revival building is remarkable both inside and out. From the outside, you'll be struck by the sight of the lofty clock tower, which houses an 8-ton bell called Great Abel, which can be accessed through one of the regular walking tours. Inside, Manchester Town Hall is so grand that TV programmes sometimes use it as a stunt double for the Houses of Parliament in London. Particular highlights are the sculpture hall, filled with busts of the great and the good, and the great hall, home to the 12 'Manchester Murals' that show scenes from the city's distinguished history.

  • Guide to Exploring Manchester City Hall
Imperial War Museum North
  • Imperial War Museum North
  • There's an added poignancy to location of this striking modern building, because the area it's set in was extensively bombed during the Second World War. The Imperial War Museum North is one of five branches of the Imperial War Museum organisation, and the only one in the north of England. The purpose-built architecture takes the form of three elemental 'shards', featuring permanent exhibitions exploring the history of war, plus audiovisual presentations projected onto the walls. There's a full programme of events and temporary exhibitions, and among the highlights of the regular collection are a number of vehicles including tanks, planes and field guns.

  • There's an added poignancy to location of this striking modern building, because the area it's set in was extensively bombed during the Second World War. The Imperial War Museum North is one of five branches of the Imperial War Museum organisation, and the only one in the north of England. The purpose-built architecture takes the form of three elemental 'shards', featuring permanent exhibitions exploring the history of war, plus audiovisual presentations projected onto the walls. There's a full programme of events and temporary exhibitions, and among the highlights of the regular collection are a number of vehicles including tanks, planes and field guns.

  • Guide to Exploring Imperial War Museum North
Manchester Art Gallery
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • The Manchester Art Gallery has been welcoming art lovers since the 1820s. Set across three imposing buildings, the gallery owns a collection of over 25,000 works, including paintings, sculptures and other artistic objects, some of them thousands of years old. Several of the Manchester Art Gallery's collections are particularly well-respected, especially its extensive stock of Victorian paintings. If you're a fan of the Pre-Raphaelites, then you've definitely come to the right place. Apart from its permanent collections, the museum also hosts plenty of temporary exhibitions and events, plus regular guided introductory tours.

  • The Manchester Art Gallery has been welcoming art lovers since the 1820s. Set across three imposing buildings, the gallery owns a collection of over 25,000 works, including paintings, sculptures and other artistic objects, some of them thousands of years old. Several of the Manchester Art Gallery's collections are particularly well-respected, especially its extensive stock of Victorian paintings. If you're a fan of the Pre-Raphaelites, then you've definitely come to the right place. Apart from its permanent collections, the museum also hosts plenty of temporary exhibitions and events, plus regular guided introductory tours.

  • Manchester Art Gallery

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