Hidden gems in Manchester

Visit one of the world's oldest libraries

Found in the middle of Manchester, Chetham’s Library is the oldest public library in the English speaking world and has been there since 1653. Book-lovers can wander around the building and flick through over 10,000 books – if they’re a fast reader!


Explore the beautiful home of a novelist

With spectacular period rooms, a garden and a quaint tea room, novelist Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester offers a history and literature lesson combined. The Grade II listed property is a perfect example of the Regency-style villas that once populated Manchester.


Taste some proper local ale

If you’re aching to get a taste for Mancunian ale and a local pint, head to The Pevril of the Peak. It’s an unpretentious and traditional pub that stands proud, unspoiled and in the heart of Manchester. You won’t be able to miss its quirky little green exterior either.


Shop for tunes at a music shop with soul

Manchester Northern Quarter

Heralded as one of the founding components of the Manchester music scene, Piccadilly records on Oldham Street is an independent music shop with soul. Find the shop within the vibrant Northern Quarter and browse the vinyl records and broad range of music.


Relax in Walkden Gardens

If you crave a large patch of green space when in Manchester, head south of Chorlton where you’ll find an abundance of outdoor space at Walkden Gardens. It’s a great place to play hide-and-seek with the kids and grab a blast of fresh air.


See exhibitions and gigs at the Nexus Art Cafe

Striving to build a community that is based on an ethos of inclusion, respect and hospitality, the Nexus Art Cafe is an alcohol-free venue that hosts regular events, exhibitions and gigs for guests and locals. Check out the website to check out the listings.

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