Free things to do in Manchester

Get your football fix

The National football Museum in Manchester is a great free spot and is perfect for football fanatics. The museum celebrates the beautiful game via exhibitions that showcases the 1966 World Cup final ball and shirts worn by Bobby Moore, Maradona and Pele.


Explore a magnificent Victorian library

The John Rylands Library in Deansgate is undoubtedly a Victorian architectural masterpiece. Rather than looking like a traditional library it looks more like an ornate cathedral! With free events and talks often hosted there, it’s we’’ worth checking out the library schedule before you visit.


Meander through top exhibitions

Manchester Art Gallery

Offering an oasis of calm in the bustling Manchester city centre, the Manchester Art Gallery houses an intriguing permanent collection alongside many visiting exhibitions.


Get a taste of Manchester's industrial past

Towards the south-west of the city centre, visitors will discover the Castlefield Heritage Park, which features a host of canals and railway viaducts. You can also stumble across the Museum of Science and History.


Explore the works of an iconic local artist

The Lowry resembles a huge steel and glass ship rising from the Salford Quays docks. It’s also home to the largest collection of paintings and drawings by Lowry. This site sparked an artistic regeneration in Manchester and The Lowry’s influence can be felt in many art houses around the city


Meet the machines that drove the industrial boom

Manchester undoubtedly has a renowned industrial legacy and the Museum of Science and Industry showcases the details of this from inside the world’s oldest train station. Visitors are able to discover how steam, oil, gas and diesel have kept a variety of industries running and they can peep at an impressively large collection of working steam mills.

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