Manchester embraces its heritage as the birthplace of the industrial revolution and its place today as a diverse, progressive, welcoming city. Here, football and music reign supreme, and Northern England’s magnificent countryside is at your doorstep.
For those looking for cultural pursuits, Manchester is home to a vibrant arts scene and innovative dining experiences abound.
What To Do
Music – Manchester has a major music scene. Whether you want to catch an impressive stadium show or experience an intimate club show, there are several options. The city has birthed a number of well-known bands including Joy Division/New Order, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, and more recently, the 1975.
Manchester United, Manchester City and the National Football Museum – With two clubs and the National Football Museum, the city is a mecca for football fans.
Museums & Culture – Manchester Museum (Natural History), the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, People’s History Museum. Or wander along the streets of the Northern Quarter and take in the street art.
Craft Beer – The craft beer scene in Manchester is growing quickly, and you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to tasting a good local brew.
Food – From Chinatown to Ancoats, the foodie scene in Manchester is exploding. There are several options wherever you look for all discerning tastes.
What To See
Museum of Science and Industry – It seems fitting that one of Manchester’s most impressive attractions memorializes the city’s past as the capital of industry.
National Football Museum – Tracing the history of British football, this is a must-see for fans of the beautiful game.
People’s History Museum – Dedicated to social justice and equality, this museum offers moving exhibits that chronicle the development of democracy
Chetham's Library - the oldest public library in the United Kingdom has been open continuously since 1653
Stockport Air Raid Shelters – Built into sandstone cliffs, this impressive network of underground tunnels extending about a mile accommodated up 6,500 people during the air raids of the Second World War.
Lake District National Park – Just an hour and a half from Manchester, England’s largest National Park offers captivating views of glacial lakes and towering mountains.
Peak District National Park – At Britain’s first National Park, roam the moors and explore the picturesque market towns and villages. The Peak District is home to Chatsworth, the country estate of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.