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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.

Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour, Manchester. © Marketing Manchester
The Manchester Museum, Manchester. Courtesy of The Manchester Museum
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Manchester Museum

Fossils and native art

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.



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

Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester. Courtesy of Manchester Art Gallery
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Manchester Art Gallery

Renowned Pre-Raphaelite collection

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.



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

The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. © Marketing Manchester
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Whitworth Art Gallery

Watercolours to rare wallpapers

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.



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

Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester. © Marketing Manchester
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Museum of Science & Industry

Past and future explored

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.



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

The John Rylands Library Deansgate, Manchester.  © Marketing Manchester
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The John Rylands Library Deansgate

Architecture meets literature

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.



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 Website

Chill Factore, Manchester. Courtesy of Chill Factore
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Chill Factore

Indoor ski slope

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.



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

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

World-class football history

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.



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

Official Manchester United Website

The Lowry, Manchester. © Marketing Manchester
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The Lowry

Waterside art and culture

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.



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

The Wheel of Manchester, Manchester. © Marketing Manchester
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Wheel of Manchester

Sky-high views

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.



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

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