1. Brush up your ball skills at the National Football Museum
As home of two of the biggest football teams in the world, Manchester houses a supreme collection of football artefacts. Visit the National Football Museum to encounter the ball from the 1966 World Cup final and many iconic shirts worn by footballing greats. Hands-on activities include games that test penalty-taking prowess and goal-keeping skills, a storytelling corner and a Discovery Zone where you can try out different football kits.
2. Fall in love with art and architecture
Located in beautiful Whitworth Park, the Whitworth Gallery forms part of the largest academic campus in Britain. Its collection includes historic fine art by the likes of William Blake and Rossetti, as well as contemporary art and sculptures. For a feast of architectural geniu head to the John Rylands Library. It is a red brick Victorian neo-Gothic landmark with a collection that includes medieval illuminated manuscripts and a Gutenberg Bible.
3. Learn about the industrial industry in Castlefield
Situated at the south-west end of Deansgate is the industrial and Roman heart of Manchester. You’ll see a Roman fort, old mills, fun new bars and a network of canals. You’ll also want to take a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry to further deepen your experience and knowledge.
4. Take in both the past and the present with a Walking Tour
Download the Official Manchester Walking Tours app, plug in your headphones, and take a self-guided walking tour of the city. There’s an Architectural Highlights tour and a Cultural Tour, voiced by DJ and music journalist Mary Anne Hobbs. If you prefer something a little more personal, a group of official tour guides do daily walking tours which commence at 11am outside the Central Library.
5. Take a tram to Salford Quays
This rejuvenated quayside quarter is home to cultural landmarks The Imperial War Museum North, a striking modern building designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, and The Lowry arts complex – admission to both is free. Also part of the redevelopment is MediaCityUK, home to major BBC and ITV television shows including BBC Breakfast, reality show Dragon’s Den (known as Shark Tank in some countries), and legendary British soap opera Coronation Street.
6. Tour around the Hallowed grounds of Manchester United
Visitors will be able to see the both Old Trafford and the Etihad through the eyes of the players and celebrate 130 years of football on a stadium tour.
Both Manchester United and Manchester City boast a proud history, full of twists, turns and passion. Featuring memorabilia and details from over 130 years of European and domestic football domination this is a must-visit for families.
7. Take to the water and travel on the canal
As you while away the time, travelling along the canal in Manchester’s city centre you’ll gain a unique perspective of this wonderful city. What was one a bustling work way, now offers visitors and locals a soothing way to travel. City Centre Cruises travel to Pomona and the River Irwell as travellers witness an abundance of sights along the way.
8. Fill your boots and tempt your taste buds
Manchester boasts a unique mix of inner city quays, mountain ranges and buildings whose ages span the centuries, best enjoyed paired with a superb dining experience. If you head to the Northern Quarter in the city centre for your supper, you’ll be delighted with the authentic style curry houses and selection of fun themed restaurants. If it’s a fine dining experience you crave, there are plenty of boutique restaurants with top quality chefs on hand.
9. Search for the unique and shop till you drop
Manchester’s Northern Quarter is a hotbed of creativity, fledgling fashion brands and lifestyle emporiums such as Afflecks Palace, a former department store that’s become a multi-storey temple to alternative style. Focused around Oldham Street, other cool shops in this quarter include Pop Boutique and Junk.
10. Feel the effects of The Warehouse Project
The Warehouse Project is a three-month long series of dance music events taking place in iconic venues across Manchester. A cavernous, former Second World War air raid shelter beneath Piccadilly railway station in the city centre is its main venue, but events are also staged at others including the Manchester Academy and the Old Granada Studios. The event is the perfect platform for some of the UK’s emerging DJ talent as well as globally renowned club stars such as Fatboy Slim.