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Things to do in Manchester

The city centre is dotted with attractions like Manchester Art Gallery. Enjoy city views from the Wheel of Manchester or walk around Castlefield and the city canals. The Lowry cultural complex around Salford Quays is a Manchester must. South of the centre, the university district is home to Manchester Museum and its award-winning Vivarium. Experience Old Trafford with Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour. Many museums are free.

The Lowry, Manchester. © Marketing Manchester

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Manchester Art Gallery - Museums and Galleries

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    Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester. Courtesy of Manchester Art Gallery

    The refurbished city centre Manchester Art Gallery houses thousands of exhibits from 17th-century European art and Pre-Raphaelite paintings to Victorian dolls' houses and a Levi jeans chair. Enjoy the special exhibitions or take a break in the café.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

    Address

    Mosley St, Manchester M2 3JL

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 161 235 8888

    Transport

    St Peter's Square or Mosley Street Metrolink tram stop.

    Website

    Manchester Galleries Website

  2. 2. Whitworth Art Gallery - Museums and Galleries

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    The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. © Marketing Manchester

    Renowned for its British watercolours and JMW Turner works, the Whitworth Art Gallery, in the central university district, houses themed exhibitions, modern and historic fine art prints, sculpture, textiles and rare wallpapers. Don't forget to try the gallery's award-winning café.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12-4pm

    Address

    University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 161 275 7450

    Transport

    Oxford Road bus

    Website

    Whitworth Art Gallery Website

  3. 3. Manchester Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    The Manchester Museum, Manchester. Courtesy of The Manchester Museum

    Ancient history and world cultures are explored in the university-owned Manchester Museum's galleries in the city centre. Displays include dinosaurs, Egyptology and Mediterranean archaeology. Discover monitor lizards and Amazonian habitats in the award-winning Vivarium.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun & Mon 11am-4pm

    Address

    University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 161 275 2634

    Transport

    Oxford Road bus

    Website

    Manchester Museum Website

  4. 4. Museum of Science & Industry - Museums and Galleries

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    Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester. © Marketing Manchester

    The Air & Space Centre and Electricity Gallery are among the entertaining galleries at the Museum of Science & Industry, in the world's oldest railway station in Manchester's regenerated canal district. Get hands-on in Xperiment or crawl through Underground Manchester.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-5pm

    Address

    Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 161 832 2244

    Transport

    G-Mex Metrolink tram

    Website

    Museum of Science & Industry Website

Attractions

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  1. 5. The John Rylands Library Deansgate - Attractions

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    The John Rylands Library Deansgate, Manchester. © Marketing Manchester

    A beautiful 1890s Victorian, neo-Gothic building with a vaulted roof, the refurbished John Rylands Library on central Deansgate houses the oldest-known New Testament piece and an early edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun-Mon 12pm-5pm

    Address

    150, Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 161 275 3764

    Transport

    St Peter's Square Metrolink tram

    Website

    The John Rylands Library Deansgate Website

  2. 6. Chill Factore - Attractions

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    Chill Factore, Manchester. Courtesy of Chill Factore

    Chill Factore at Trafford Quays Leisure Village has a 180-metre real snow indoor ski slope. Ski equipment is available for hire and qualified instructors offer lessons. A special play area, inflatable tube rides and a luge slide cater to non-skiers.Show this on map

    Cost

    1-hour lift pass £15-£25; lessons from £22; fun activities £13-£16

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-10pm (from 7.30am Wed)

    Address

    Trafford Way, Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Manchester M41 7JA

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 161 749 2222

    Transport

    Trafford Centre bus

    Website

    Chill Factore Website

Special things to do

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  1. 7. The Lowry - Special things to do

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    The Lowry, Manchester. © Marketing Manchester

    On Salford Quays in revamped docklands, The Lowry's glass-and-metallic structure houses an eclectic blend of galleries and visual art including LS Lowry's urban cityscapes. The complex offers waterside dining, gift shops and theatres; opposite is the Imperial War Museum North.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Sun-Fri 11am-5pm; Sat 10am-5pm

    Address

    Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford M50 3AZ

    Telephone

    0870 787 5780 (Box Office, from UK only)

    Transport

    Harbour City Metrolink tram

    Website

    The Lowry Website

  2. 8. Wheel of Manchester - Special things to do

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    The Wheel of Manchester, Manchester. © Marketing Manchester

    The 60-metre-high Wheel of Manchester in Exchange Square offers 360-degree views of Manchester's ever-changing cityscape from its 42 pods, while commentary highlights local landmarks. Enjoy the 13-minute ride in heated, air-conditioned eight-seater capsules or sip champagne in the VIP gondola.Show this on map

    Cost

    £6.50; 4-16 yrs £4.50; under-4s £1

    Opening hours

    Sun-Thu 10am-11pm; Fri 10am-12am; Sat 9am-12am

    Address

    Exchange Square, Manchester M3 1BD

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 161 831 9918

    Transport

    Metrolink tram/train to Victoria or Shudehill

    Website

    Wheel of Manchester Website

  3. 9. Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour - Special things to do

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    Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour, Manchester. © Marketing Manchester

    The Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour goes behind the scenes of the world-famous Old Trafford football club. Stops include the Hall of Fame, Trophy Room, player's tunnel and even manager Alex Ferguson's spot in the dug-out. Pre-booking is recommended.Show this on map

    Cost

    £12.50; concessions £8.50

    Opening hours

    Daily 9.40am-4.30pm (not match days or days before Champions League home games)

    Address

    Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 0RA

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 161 868 8000

    Transport

    Old Trafford Metrolink tram

    Website

    Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour Website

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