Manchester’s museums enjoy a reputation as some of the finest in the UK. From modern art to historic classics, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.
Fresh from a £35m makeover, Manchester Art Gallery is well worth a visit. Collections span more than six centuries of artwork, but the museum is best known for its 19th century British paintings.
Nearby The Lowry offers you work by local artists, a theatre showcasing West End musicals and comedy shows, and the work of one of the nation’s favourite artists, LS Lowry. All offer family fun throughout the venues.
Granada Studios is home to many of the UK’s most popular shows, such as Coronation Street. This family-friendly tour takes you down The Street’s famous cobbles, and the sets of many other world-famous ITV shows. Explore at your leisure, or take one of the entertaining guided tours.
Football fans around the world know the name Manchester United, and their famous football ground, Old Trafford, is a must-visit for anyone who loves the sport. A tour of the historic grounds lets you really soak in the atmosphere, as well as seeing many rare and unique artifacts from English football's long history - and you might even meet the players!
A short stroll across the city centre lies the world-famous Chinatown area, where you can absorb the finest in eastern culture as you take in the regular festivals, fantastic foods and great oriental art.
Round off your day with a visit to Manchester Art Gallery; where you can explore over 25,000 works of art spanning millenia of British and international culture.
Dining & Shopping
For shopping, visit Market Street – a pedestrian zone bustling with shoppers and street traders and entertainers.
There's also the legendary Arndale Centre, a shopping centre located in the heart of Manchester City Centre. With over 200 shops, cafes and bars. The Centre is home to many high street names, alongside a host of unique independent stores.
For a great dining experience, visit Cask Bar. Located in the heart of Castlefield, opposite the Science & Industry Museum on Liverpool Road.
For a more family-friendly dining experience, visit one of the many town centre cafes, serving everything from local delicacies to international cuisine.
Did you know?
The English Football League was created in Manchester; at a meeting between football execs at the Royal Hotel on 17 April 1888.
The world’s first stored-program computer was built and ran its first program at University of Manchester on 21st June 1948.