What to do and see in Manchester, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

July 18, 2017 Brain Ambrose

Famed for its soccer team and music scene, which has produced the likes of the Smiths and Oasis, this center for sports and the arts is a down-to-earth and friendly city. The so-called Capital of the North has overcome industrial decline, bombing (in WWII and by the IRA) to become a confident and cosmopolitan city of well over two million. It is well served by a bus and light rail network. Top attractions include the Lowry art complex, arcade Affleck's Palace and Canal Street gay village.
Restaurants in Manchester

1. Manchester Three Rivers

21 Red Bank | Green Quarter, Manchester M4 4HF, England +44 161 839 2667
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Manchester Three Rivers

The City of Manchester Distillery, home to the brand new super premium Manchester Three Rivers Gin, is Manchester city centre's first ever dedicated Gin distillery in modern times! A new cultural visitor attraction for Manchester city centre, offering visitors a fun and interactive Gin Experience and a unique opportunity to appreciate and participate in the Gin Renaissance. As a visitor you can expect to tour the distillery and learn about the often illustrious, sometimes dark and unquestionably intriguing history of gin. As well as gaining an understanding of how gin's diverse flavours are concocted, throughout the tour we offer you four complimentary drinks, from our perfect serve G&T's to classic cocktails, before finally giving you the chance to create your very own bottle of gin, using our mini copper pot stills! We have over 50 botanicals for you to chose from, whether its madagascan vanilla, liquorice root or elderflower, let your tastebuds and imagination run wild! Our gin host will guide you through the subtleties of flavour combination and help you create a full 700ml bottle of gin for you to take home. Naturally the tour finishes at our bar!

Reviewed By annemarieparr

What a fab day with Joe!!... we were bought this experience for Christmas and it went beyond our expectations. Joe was our guide/excellent bar man/comedian and made the whole day.. we learnt the history of gin and three rivers and then went on to create our own gin. I would absolutely do this again

2. The John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England +44 161 306 0555
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

The John Rylands Library

Welcome to The John Rylands Library, one of the world's finest collections of rare books and manuscripts. The John Rylands Library is part of The University of Manchester. Please note that we open at 12noon on Mondays and Sundays

Reviewed By Michael T - Leeds, United Kingdom

The architecture of the library dates back to the 1890s and is really fascinating offering many interesting vistas for photography. There is obviously a vast collection of books too that are beautifully housed. The library also has Exhibitions from time to time on various subjects and I was lucky enough to see one on colour, illustrated with some wonderful books.
It's a gem of a place, but it isn't for everybody; certainly, young children would not be interested.
As a bonus, it's free too.

3. Greater Manchester Police Museum

57A Newton Street, Manchester M1 1ET, England +44 161 856 4500
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4.5 based on 498 reviews

Greater Manchester Police Museum

Come and explore our 1879 Police Station! Inside we have Uniform, Crime and Transport displays as well as the station itself in which you can see the original Charge Office, Cells and an 1895 Magistrates Courtroom from Denton. Our volunteers, many of whom are retired officers will be on hand to chat to and answer any of your questions about life on the beat. The museum is open to the public on Tuesdays, but tours by appointment can be made on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. Free entry!

Reviewed By pompey7111 - Manchester, United Kingdom

tucked away in a side street this is an impressive museum, it was an old police station from the victorian era, real cells, charge office, court room which is a great piece of social history. Open Tuesdays to the public.

4. Chetham's Library

Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB, England +44 161 834 7961
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4.5 based on 257 reviews

Chetham's Library

Reviewed By Madalyn H - Huddersfield, United Kingdom

We went on a guided tour of the old buildings are on this site. Whilst the tour guide was not a strong architectural historian, (more a historian), the buildings are fantastic and well worth seeing, particularly the library with wonderful artefacts on display. Very peaceful, what would be expected at a site so close to central Manchester

5. Etihad Stadium

Ashton New Road | Etihad Campus, Manchester M11 3FF, England +44 161 444 1894
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Etihad Stadium

Come and visit the home of the Manchester City Football Club and explore the heritage through the unique memorabilia and interactive displays, reliving the greatest moments and discovering what makes City the Club that it is today. Take in the view of the Etihad from the Tunnel Club Seating area and visit one of the Club's superb hospitality areas. Take your seat in the press room, sit behind the press desk and through your own eyes, experience the feelings and emotions Pep Guardiola and the first team players feel when conducting a press conference. Get warmed up in the players warm up room and then venture into the inner sanctum of the dressing room. Sit in your favourite player’s seat before heading to tunnel. Stand in the tunnel and experience the roar of 55,000 supporters, then walk pitch side and take in the panoramic view of the Etihad Stadium. Sit in Pep Guardiola’s seat in the dugout and feel the big match excitement.

Reviewed By Catherine5494 - Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Visited the city store with my children before a match and was blown away by the friendliness of all the staff, especially a young man named Dave - he couldn’t have been more helpful in finding us the items we were looking for! Thanks Dave!

6. Manchester United football stadium

Old Trafford Sir Matt Busby Way | Old Trafford, Manchester M16 0RA, England +44 161 868 8000
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4.5 based on 228 reviews

Manchester United football stadium

Reviewed By 2monaghanoose - County Cavan, Ireland

A waste of money, very disappointed in the game, poor display by Utd, even poorer by Morineo, not a Utd style Manager, beautiful Stadium deserves better than Morineo is giving the Club
Bed and breakfast where we stayed (Bamford Lodge) top class, very friendly, I recommend it strongly if you want to stay B & B

7. Royal Exchange Theatre

St. Anns Square, Manchester M2 7DH, England +44 161 833 9833
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Royal Exchange Theatre

We're an award-winning producing Theatre in the centre of Manchester. As well as classics from William Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward, and Anton Chekhov, we're also one of the country's leading theatres for new writing, with over 125 premieres in the theatre history! The unique design means that none of the 760 seats are more than nine metres from the circular stage, with seats placed all around the auditorium, giving views from all angles.The Great Hall surrounds the Theatre, and this houses The Round restaurant, Bar Exchange, the Craft Shop and Exhibitions, the Education Lounge and workshops, the Information Point, the Mezzanine Gallery Exhibitions, as well as Friday evenings' FREE entertainment SPECIAL FX.And we're open on a Sunday too! With brunch served in our Great Hall cafe and free entertainment during the day.

Reviewed By PhilBarker - Manchester, United Kingdom

On Friday night I went to see the preview of ‘Frankenstein’. The play is very faithful to the original book whilst interjecting some very humorous one liners, the atmosphere was literally ‘electric’. The play contained some wonderful special effects and real scare moments, it was a visually stunning performance. Most of the acting was wonderful, the captain played by Ryan Gage was superb, however for me by far the strongest performance though was the actual creature played by Harry Atwell, he commanded the stage and played a larger than life monster, he was truly brilliant. The only weak performance in my opinion was unfortunately the lead role of Victor Frankenstein played by Shane Zaza. Although he played the tortured soul part well he seemed to rush through and mumble quite a few of the more important lines. One can only hope he slows down the Delivery and increases the volume on the finished production. The other supporting actors were all very good, many playing multiple roles. Shanaya Rafaat and Colin Ryan were both extremely good, a real joy to watch.
The play was one of the better productions I’ve seen at the Royal Exchange, a visual feast and I would heartily recommend it. Please note though there are some gory bits and the play comes with a 14 plus age advisory.

8. Manchester Central Library

Library St. Peters Square, Manchester M2 5PD, England +44 161 234 1983
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4.5 based on 897 reviews

Manchester Central Library

Reviewed By chessu - Tallinn, Estonia

It's really just a functioning library in a really pretty old building. We only checked out the music floor, which was impressive enough with its collection of books and sheets as well as the pianos to practice on, but the through gem is the Reading room directly under the dome, which is definitely worth a sneak peek!

9. Granada Studios

Quay Street, Manchester M60 9EA, England
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4.5 based on 395 reviews

Granada Studios

Reviewed By caz_stu - Manchester, United Kingdom

We really enjoyed this attraction, although I personally don't watch Coronation Street Carol my wife does it is still a good insight to what goes on behind the cameras and you actually get to walk on the street inself

10. The Manchester Museum

Oxford Road | The University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, England +44 161 275 2648
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The Manchester Museum

The Manchester Museum is home to an array of treasures from the natural world and the many cultures it is home to. Highlights include a T.rex and fossils of other pre-historic creatures, ancient Egyptian artefacts and live amphibians and reptiles. You can handle objects from the collection, take part in hands-on activities or enjoy a glass of wine of cup of coffee whilst exploring the latest ideas in science, culture and the arts.

Reviewed By mrlukenik - Southampton, United Kingdom

I recently visited the Manchester Museum and found it a very enjoyable experience. There were a number of Exhibitions available including: Ancient Egypt, Manchester's archaeology and Pre-history (of which Stan the T-Rex was a natural highlight!). If you enjoy taxidermy animals then this is the place for you! A particular favourite of mine was the exhibition on Egyptian Mummies, including those from the Ptolemaic and Roman period. Displays on the use of fakes/copies/reproductions was also an interesting view and why these are used.
Overall, I spent a couple of hours taking in the museum, which was free to enter, and would recommend a visit there whilst in Manchester.

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