Great Britain

Things to do in Manchester

Often referred to as the capital of the North, Manchester was the world’s first industrialised city and is now England’s third biggest metropolis.

Manchester was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the city’s architecture is particularly striking thanks to its many red-brick factories and tall chimneys reminiscent of this defining era. The city has a rich cultural heritage as it was a Northern English industrial powerhouse of the 19th century. 

Today, with its four universities and countless museums, galleries, eateries, and legendary club scene, Manchester is a buzzing cultural hub. Its well-renowned nightlife puts Manchester on the map as a hot-spot for any dedicated music fan.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing things to do in Manchester. There are frequent, reasonably-priced transport links throughout Manchester, including a network of buses, trams, and trains, and the centre is compact enough that you can even explore on foot – the possibilities are endless.

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Saint Peters Square in Manchester, England

About the city

Science and Industry Museum The Science and Industry museum in Castlefield has free entry and lots of interactive displays, perfect for a family visit. The museum shows the city’s achievements in science, technology, and industry. Here you can discover how Manchester became the world’s first industrialised city in 1761 when Bridgewater Canal, the first man-made waterway in Britain, was built, signalling the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

Just a five minute walk from the Museum and Science and Industry, you’ll definitely have time to pay this peaceful waterside spot a visit. You can also head to the Urban Heritage Park to visit the Roman Fort Mamucium, dating back to 79AD, and a remnant of Roman Wall, to discover more about this city’s rich history.
 
Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester, England

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Food

Manchester was the birthplace of vegetarianism over 200 years ago, so you’ll never have to worry about finding something to suit your taste.

If you fancy trying some traditional Mancunian food, why not try a tasty meat and potato pie with chips and gravy, or maybe some blood pudding, which originated in the city. If South Asian cuisine is your thing, check out Curry Mile in Rusholme which is home to the largest concentration of South Asian cuisine outside of India.

For high-end dining, head to the chic and sophisticated Deansgate or Spitalfields areas of the city. The central hub of Piccadilly Gardens is perfect for grabbing a quick bite to eat in one of its many chain and fast-food restaurants.

 

Nightlife

No trip to Manchester would be complete without sampling some of the city’s legendary nightlife – and with the most events on per capita in the UK, you’ll be able to find something to everyone’s taste.

If you’re looking to go to a concert, look no further than Manchester Arena. This venue has the largest audience capacity in the UK, and over the years has housed world-renowned acts such as Elton John and Beyoncé, and comedians such as Chris Rock and Bill Bailey.

Manchester is also home to countless bars and clubs, a lasting influence from the 1960s Northern Soul movement and then later the 1980s-1990s Hacienda legacy, associated with bands such as New Order and the Second Summer of Love in 1988.

 
Nightlife drinks in a bar, Manchester England

Manchester City Football Club

Photo: Manchester City Football Stadium by Marketing Manchester

Football Culture

Manchester is home to the iconic Manchester City and Manchester United football teams. If you’re into sports, a trip to Manchester wouldn’t be complete without a visit to either the Etihad Stadium or Old Trafford, to see where footballing legends such as David Beckham played. Old Trafford also has a museum and tours onsite, so there’s lots to do here.

Manchester is a buzzing cultural hub- you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing things to do