One of the most popular cities in the North of England, Manchester has so much to offer. Architecture or art? Shops or sports? Cafes or bars? What ever it is you’re into, Culture Trip takes you through the 25 must-see attractions in Manchester.
Whether you’re a fan of Manchester United or you just want to visit one of the most famous football stadiums in the world, it’s always worth hopping on a tram to visit Old Trafford. Take a tour of the stadium, pop into the gift shop to buy a memento of your visit or simply admire the Theatre of Dreams from the outside.
Manchester’s new centre of culture, HOME, is the place to head to if you’re interested in cinema, theatre or art. As well as a variety of independent films, performances and exhibitions, you’ll find an impressive restaurant and cocktail bar.
In the heart of the Northern Quarter, you’ll find this hub of creativity inside a former Victorian fish market. Local artists and creatives have set up studios inside, creating and selling art, prints, sculptures, jewellery and ceramics from their own unique spaces. There’s also a cute little cafe and occasional musical performances and exhibitions.
Located by Shudehill Bus Station, you’ll likely hear the classical music blaring from its outdoor speaker before you actually see Paramount Bookshop. Inside, this haphazard second-hand store in a melting pot of literature with a particular focus on comics and sci-fi. If you see something you like, settle down on one of the sofas and get stuck into a good book.
Soak in the best views of the city from the 23rd floor of the Hilton Hotel on Deansgate. The floor-to-ceiling windows of the city’s most luxurious bar aren’t the only pull. The inventive cocktails here are exceptional and you may even catch a glimpse of a local celebrity or footballer.
Manchester may be currently lacking a Michelin-star eatery, but Manchester House certainly comes close with its impressive surroundings and delectable tasting menu. After dinner, take a gin and tonic out onto the glamorous balcony to admire the views of the city.
An important chapter in our shared history, the Pankhurst Centre is the only museum in the country to highlight the struggle for the women’s vote. Housed in the ancestral home of the Pankhurst Family, the museum has a number of exhibits showcasing the fight for the right to vote and holds a number of fascinating workshops throughout the year.
Additional reporting by Nicholas Grantham