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Section in Manchester
See & Do
Manchester is perhaps best known internationally for two things: music and football. Huge musical acts, including The Hollies, The Bee Gees, New Order, Oasis, Simply Red and many more, have hailed from Manchester, and the yearly ‘In The City’ music festival has launched many to international stardom. Football fans will want to visit the legendary Old Trafford stadium, museum and megastore. But Manchester has a lot more to offer than just music and sports. It is a young and creative city, with outstanding museums, food and nightlife, crisscrossed by canals which give it a unique atmosphere, and one of the greatest pleasures about visiting Manchester is exploring the various districts on foot.

Manchester United Musuem and Tour Centre

The Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour offers a behind the scenes look at the world’s most iconic stadium; Old Trafford. Come and sit in the managers seat in the dugout, walk through the players’ tunnel towards the hallowed turf and find the seat of your favourite player in the dressing room. Get a feel for life in the Premier League and immerse yourself in an unrivalled story, the greatest football story ever told. Manchester United welcome groups of all sizes, from all over the world every day to the home of Manchester United, from individuals and families to international group tours, providing the same world class experience to all.
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Manchester City Football Club

Go behind the scenes at the world's fastest growing football club. Stadium and Club Tour On the Stadium and Club Tour, a professional guide will navigate an unforgettable and all-encompassing tour of the club and Etihad Stadium, which captures the very essence of Manchester City. The tour will showcase the pride, the passion and the heritage of the football Club. It shows how everything that happens on and off the pitch contributes to making Manchester City the Club that it is today. Visitors can see how it feels to be grilled by the media in the press conference room hot seat, visit the inner sanctum of the City dressing room, and walk down the tunnel imagining the roar of 55,000 supporters cheering on their heroes. Finally, take in the view from new manager Pep Guardiola's seat in the dug-out - there's the opportunity to experience everything. Outside of the football season the stadium hosts major national and international football events as well as summer concerts. Stadium tours are available and the club has an excellent museum packed full of football memorabilia.
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Coronation Street The Tour

ITV have opened their outdoor Coronation Street sets at MediaCityUK to the public, including the world-famous cobbled street. The experience lasts around 80 minutes taking in Coronation Street, Rosamund Street and the newly extended Victoria Street, with plenty of opportunities for photos. Visitors will walk in the footsteps of the famous residents, discover filming secrets and hear stories of their favourite characters. Coronation Street Set Recently relocated from Manchester city centre to MediaCityUK, the Coronation Street set has now expanded dramatically to include Victoria Street – an entirely new location that previously only existed in the viewers’ imaginations. Months of planning and building has resulted in a fantastic new retail area complete with Costa Coffee, the Co-op, an urban garden and Weatherfield North Metrolink tram stop. Visit the Corrie Tour now as there are limited opening dates.
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Sightseeing Manchester

Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport. Discover the city’s heritage and how it has grown to be the progressive hub it is today with a 90 minute bus tour. The 15 stop hop-on hop-off tour has been carefully planned to take you round some of Manchester’s key sights including Town Hall Manchester, National Football Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester United Football Club. English commentary by Lord of the Rings and Lost actor Dominic Monaghan. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours from time of purchase if on the bus or from the date chosen if online and you can board any Sightseeing Manchester branded bus during this time. There is one main tour route with recorded commentary in English. For other languages there is a free app which can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.
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Play Factore

Play Factore is the UK's leading family entertainment centre. With facilities that cater for children from 6 months – 16 years old, Play Factore are the only family entertainment arena in the UK where parents can play with children on age-applicable equipment. Meaning you can join in the fun with your little adventurers too! Play Factore’s state of the art venue houses the largest play frame in the UK along with a host of other unique attractions that are second to none. Based in Manchester next to the intu Trafford Centre, Play Factore provides a complete day out for families shopping in the area and planning to entertain the children.
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The Crystal Maze Live Experience

In the 90’s, The Crystal Maze was one of the UK’s favourite television shows. Now it’s your turn to be the star of the show. The ultimate team challenge, in which you and your friends face challenges testing your skill, mental and physical ability across four adventure time zones: Aztec, Industrial, Futuristic and Medieval. For each challenge completed your team will earn a Crystal. The more Crystals you earn, the more time you’ll get in the final challenge – The Crystal Dome! Build a team of 8 of your friends with a variety of skills to take on the challenge of the Maze ZONES Guided by your Maze Master you will travel across the 4 zones: Aztec, Industrial, Futuristic and Medieval. Facing a variety of challenges and games along the way. CRYSTALS In each Zone individual members of your team will take on 2-3 minute long games of either the Physical, Mental, Skill or Mystery category. For each game successfully completed your time will earn a Crystal. TICKETS For each Crystal earned your team will get time in the final challenge – The Crystal Dome. In the Dome your team must work together to catch as many gold tickets as possible as the Dome’s fans blow them in the air.
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Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is home to over 21,000 endangered and exotic animals based in beautiful, award-winning gardens and is the nearest large zoo to Manchester. With over 500 different animal species in their 125 acres, visitors are sure to have an adventure discovering and learning about the amazing wildlife. Conservation and education are at the heart of everything at Chester Zoo. They are committed to providing the highest standards of care for their animals, as well as protecting native and international wildlife. Their team of expert and knowledgeable staff work hard to prevent extinction, and are passionate about connecting visitors to the natural world. Chester Zoo has a variety of tours and hands-on experiences, as well as daily animal talks to guarantee a day full of animal adventure. Stop for a snack at one of their many restaurants - including their recently refurbished contemporary British pub The Oakfield - cafes and kiosks located throughout the zoo or let the kids run wild in one of the adventure play areas. It's a huge zoo, but there are plenty of options for getting around including the Zoofari Monorail and the Lazy River Boat Trip on Islands. Don’t forget to stop in at the gift shop on your way out for a souvenir of your trip.
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Ordsall Hall

Ordsall Hall is Salford's 'hidden gem'! Dating back over 600 years, it is one of the region's finest examples of an Elizabethan black and white half-timbered manor-house. Wander back through time soaking up the atmosphere of our fully-furnished Great Hall and Star Chamber Bedroom. Get the low-down on Tudor lifestyles; maybe reminisce in our Victorian showcase and kitchen; or unearth the wealth of new discoveries to be made in our exciting and informative family events and exhibitions programme. It's all happening at Ordsall Hall!
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John Rylands Library

For those who set eyes on Deansgate's The John Rylands Library for the first time, 'library' might not be the first word that comes to mind. This masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture looks more like a castle or cathedral. When John Rylands died in 1888, he was one of Manchester's most successful industrialists with a personal fortune of £2.75million. The library was commissioned in 1890 by his wife Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her late husband. This world class collection includes the oldest known piece of the New Testament, the St John Fragment. Other treasures of the vast, varied collection include magnificent illuminated medieval manuscripts and a 1476 William Caxton edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
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Jodrell Bank

A beloved landmark in the Cheshire countryside south of Manchester, Jodrell Bank is a reminder of just how important the city is to the world of science. The University of Manchester's impressive radio telescope centre is a key part of the UK's astronomy research, scanning the skies to improve our knowledge on the Universe. The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre allows visitors to discover the Universe beside the world famous Lovell Radio Telescope and explore the planet Earth in the beautiful 35 acre tree filled gardens.
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East Lancashire Railway

Make the trip from Grandparent to Grandchild on a journey that spans generations on this heritage railway. With a storied history stretching back to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the East Lancashire Railway is the steam powered heart of the Irwell Valley, pumping goods and people around the region for nearly 200 years! The line runs for 12 miles through scenic Lancastrian Landscapes, from beautiful rural panoramas and postcard pretty villages to bustling Victorian towns and cotton mill dotted horizons. Each station offers something unique, from historical Heywood to relaxing Rawtenstall, scenic Summerseat and bustling Bury.
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Chill Factore

Looking for a family day out in 2019 which is packed with excitement and bursting with fun? Look no further than Manchester's indoor real snow centre, Chill Factore. Guaranteed to get the whole family away from their screens, Snow Park is perfect real snow activity for all the family. Prepare for bumps of the Downhill Donuts, the twists and turns of the Luge Slip ‘n’ Slide and the Snow Luge. What’s a fun day out without a bit of family competition? Choose your favourite sledge and race to see who’s king and queen of the slope! It’s the perfect activity for an after school or weekend treat.
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Robinsons Brewery Visitor Centre

Take a trip to the Centre where visitors can witness the magic of the brewing process, admire new and original brewing equipment, create the own perfect pub guide, find an ideal pub to run, visit the Shire horses, buy beer related gifts and also explore some real vintage gems showcasing just how things have changed since 1838. Round off the visit with a delicious homemade lunch or afternoon tea - freshly prepared, using local ingredients. For more information, visit:
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