Manchester, a city with a proud history in art, innovation, music and sport is an ideal base for day trips or excursions out to the north of England. But before heading north to the stunning countryside and cities beyond, don’t miss these must-see Manchester attractions. It’s easier than ever to pack everything into a 90-minute, 15 stop hop-on hop-off Sightseeing Manchester tour.
National Football Museum
Whether you’re the world’s biggest football (or soccer) fanatic or just a casual fan, the National Football Museum is the place to visit to see the world’s greatest football collection of over 140,000 items, including the FIFA Collection - known as the finest single collection of football memorabilia in the world. Opened in 2012, the museum tells the story and heritage of football in 6 floors containing a cafe, shop, hall of fame, interactive exhibitions, and collections of artwork, medals, trophies, toys, equipment, and kits.
An essential when visiting Manchester, this cathedral has been part of the city’s history for more than 600 years. Manchester Cathedral was built in 1421 and showcases an interior with late medieval woodwork and modern glass windows.
Home to the BBC, ITV studios and other large to start-up sized media companies, as well as a variety of restaurants and shops, MediaCityUK is an international hub for technology, innovation and creativity. A visit to this media hub can include a tour of the BBC offices.
On the waterfront of MediaCityUK is The Lowry, a magnificent building that houses three theatres and art galleries showcasing work by local and international artists. For a meal with a waterfront view, The Lowry is home to the Pier Eight Restaurant and also offers pre-theatre dining, a bar, coffee shop and afternoon tea on Saturdays.
Old Trafford is the home of world-renowned soccer club, Manchester United. If you can’t get tickets on game days, the stadium is open for behind the scenes stadium tours and entrance to their museum and club shop.
Manchester Town Hall
An icon of Manchester, the Town Hall in Albert Square showcases Victorian Gothic style architecture and opened in 1877. Don’t miss the mosaic pattern of bees outside the Great Hall - an important symbol of the city.
Imperial War Museum North
The Imperial War Museum North tells the stories of more than a century of war through exhibits and galleries from World War I to the present day. The collection, set inside an architectural wonder, has more than 2,000 historical objects, including a Harrier Jump Jet, clothes, art and diaries.
Manchester Museum of Science and Industry
Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry documents 250 years of discoveries and innovations that began in Manchester and went on to influence the world. The museum also houses the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station and first railway warehouse.