Manchester - Do & See
Famous for its music connections, The Hollies, The Bee Gees, New Order, Oasis, Simply Red, Badly Drawn Boy and many more, Manchester’s popular music scene won’t leave anyone disappointed. One of the City’s biggest music event is ’In The City,’ a five-day expo that attracts over 500 unsigned acts. In The City helped launch both Radiohead and Coldplay.
There may be bitter rivalry, but love for the game unite Manchester’s football fans. There is Manchester City, Manchester United, as well as Bolton and Wigan. All teams provide the region with the highest quality football entertainment. Take a tour to The Etihad Stadium and The Old Trafford, or get hold of a ticket and watch one of the games live - you won’t regret it. The excitement is exhilarating, both in the stadium as well as the whole city.
If you have succeeded in getting hold of one of the 74,000 tickets to see Manchester United at Old Trafford, you are guaranteed good entertainment, irrespective of the team that you support. Another alternative is to see Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium, formerly known as The City of Manchester Stadium, and the new national football museum located in the city centre.
Manchester’s Chinese district is one of the largest in Europe. Top-class Chinese restaurants nestle side by side with real third-rate eating establishments. You will also find Korean, Thai and Indonesian shops and restaurants here.
National Football Museum
Manchester being a football city is of course also home to the world´s biggest football museum. Over six floors, drama, history, skill, style and passion is shown, all in the name of the game.
Whitworth Art Gallery
This gallery, located in connection with Manchester University campus, shows a big array of historic and modern art. It hosts temporary exhibitions at regular intervals and keeps the permanent collection alive.
Flecky Bennett's Manchester Ghost Walk
Spice up your city walk and go for a ghost walk. Actors will test your nerves during a 75 minutes promenade in the dark alleys of Manchester.
The area of Castlefield is a historic attraction you shouldn't miss. This is the Roman and industrial heart of the city. There are plenty to see and do here. Visit Castlefield Conservation Area and Roman fort, The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and The Castlefield Gallery. You also find lots of restaurants and bars.
A different way to see Manchester is from the water. Cruise along the Manchester Canals and see the most important sights of the city while eating your dinner or sipping a drink.
For a day outside the council owned Heaton Park is a great option. Here you find plenty of family activities such as an animal centre, tram museum, bowling greens, golf course, boating lake, and horse riding. If you haven't brought your picnic basket there are cafés to solve that problem.
The Lowry is a large cultural centre named after a famous Manchester artist, L. S. Lowry. This architecturally interesting building is in Manchester’s Dockland and houses everything from art galleries to bars.
People’s History Museum
If you want to gain an insight into how Manchester’s population lived and worked during the Industrial Revolution, you should visit the People’s History Museum.
Manchester City Galleries
The Manchester Art Gallery and The Gallery of Costumes are home to the city’s biggest art collection. With over 25,000 objects of fine art, decorative art and costumes, the collection is ever-growing.
Manchester Opera House
The Manchester Opera House features a wide range of theatre and musical shows. Tickets can be bought through the website.
The collections number almost 6 million specimen and objects. The museum is also home to one of the largest and most important collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the United Kingdom. It has a Botany collection, live animals at the Vivarium and an Archaeology collection.
Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum North is about people and how their lives have been, and still are, shaped by war and conflict. The building is by international architect Daniel Libeskind, and is a symbol of our world torn apart by conflict.
Lake District National Park
The great outdoors is just around the corner, and The Lake District National Park in Cumbria is England’s largest national park. The Lake District offers some of the best scenery and outdoor pursuits in one of England’s few mountainous regions. With more than 3,500 kilometres of walking and hiking routes through the lakes, there’s a trail to suit everyone. For the daredevils there is hang gliding, paragliding, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, rock scrambling, abseiling, hot-air ballooning, paintballing and much more.