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    Why we love Manchester

    Home to world-famous football, renowned art galleries and a music scene that brought Oasis to centre stage – there’s lots to love about Manchester. Once the world’s manufacturing powerhouse, its former industrial buildings now bounce with energy. From the creative to culinary, there’s a wealth of treasures waiting to be discovered.

    Discover hip new restaurants, and diverse food halls and markets. Stay at quirky or indulgent hotels that fill its once dormant factories. Spend a day rummaging through vintage record stores and retro shops, or head to one of Britain’s most famous gay villages. With a cuisine as diverse as its people, an art scene full of creativity and a nightlife that will leave you dancing from dusk ‘til dawn, you’ll find there’s so much to discover.

    Things to do in Manchester

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    Known as the Gay Village, this vibrant district is an LBGTQI+ hotspot – packed with clubs, bars, restaurants and festivals.

    See what’s on at Canal Street
    Two women, linking arms, walking beside a canal in evening
    Canal Street, Manchester

    Looking for something unique? You’ve come to the right place: Afflecks is renowned for its quirky independent boutiques.

    Find shopping heaven at Afflecks
    Couple at 'Ginger's Comfort Emprium' Afflecks Palace
    Afflecks

    Manchester is the world-famous home of football – so why not go behind-the-scenes at its iconic stadiums?

    Book a tour of Old Trafford
    A man and boy in stadium tunnel looking out to pitch
    Football in Manchester

    In a beautiful Gothic building at the heart of the city, this free museum is full of treasures from all over the world.

    Be inspired by Manchester Museum
    Manchester Museum
    Manchester Museum

    Step off the tourist track and into the real Manchester: these tours reveal hidden gems that aren’t in the guidebooks.

    Book a street art tour in Manchester
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    Skyliner Tours

    Known as the Gay Village, this vibrant district is an LBGTQI+ hotspot – packed with clubs, bars, restaurants and festivals.

    See what’s on at Canal Street
    Two women, linking arms, walking beside a canal in evening
    Canal Street, Manchester

    Looking for something unique? You’ve come to the right place: Afflecks is renowned for its quirky independent boutiques.

    Find shopping heaven at Afflecks
    Couple at 'Ginger's Comfort Emprium' Afflecks Palace
    Afflecks

    Manchester is the world-famous home of football – so why not go behind-the-scenes at its iconic stadiums?

    Book a tour of Old Trafford
    A man and boy in stadium tunnel looking out to pitch
    Football in Manchester

    In a beautiful Gothic building at the heart of the city, this free museum is full of treasures from all over the world.

    Be inspired by Manchester Museum
    Manchester Museum
    Manchester Museum

    Step off the tourist track and into the real Manchester: these tours reveal hidden gems that aren’t in the guidebooks.

    Book a street art tour in Manchester
    Awaiting image
    Skyliner Tours

    Places to stay in Manchester

    Northern Quarter

    From dirty street food to hidden bars and shops filled with memorabilia, look no further than a stay in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

    City centre

    For some retail therapy and places to eat around every corner, stay in the heart of Manchester.

    Salford Quays

    With a wealth of world-class entertainment, sporting activities and cultural facilities on offer, stay in this unique waterfront destination.

    Getting around

    You can fly from London in 1 hour, while a train takes just two hours. Manchester is one of north England’s major international airports so you can probably fly direct from your home country. As the largest airport outside London, Manchester flies to around 225 destinations worldwide.

    With fantastic public transport served by bus, tram and rail, it’s super easy to explore Manchester. Plan your journey with Transport for Greater Manchester, jump aboard a free bus or pick up a System One Travelcard for seamless travel via rail, tram and bus.

    By bus

    Manchester is served by an excellent bus network, with hundreds of routes which run throughout the city.

    By train

    With one of the best tram networks in Britain, it’s easy to get around by Metrolink.

    By bike

    A bike-friendly city, there are loads of cycle routes and dedicated lanes, making exploring by bike hassle-free.

    Want to know more?

    Don’t forget to check out Visit Manchester, where you’ll find local celebrity top tips and much more.