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The Top 10 Things To Do and See in Manchester
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The Top 10 Things To Do and See in Manchester

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Updated: 27 July 2017
This major city in the northwest of England attracts numerous tourists, and is home to a large student population. With a rich industrial heritage, a buzzing night life, and fantastic family friendly facilities, Manchester is unsurprisingly a popular city. Read here to discover the most unmissable things to see and do in one of the best cities of the North.
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Museum of Science and Industry

Located on the site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station, the Museum of Science and Industry spreads itself over numerous buildings, and boasts captivating galleries and exhibitions which tell the story of this fantastic city. Learn about Manchester’s best innovations, its Victorian history, and so much more in various interactive and technologically modern forms. One popular feature is the photo opportunity in the entrance – take your picture, and have it appear on the sculpture of TVs which welcome new visitors. Notably, there’s a popular interactive science section which appeals to the child in everyone, and, best of all, entry is free.

Address: Liverpool Road, Manchester, UK, +44 161 832 2244

Museum of science and industry
Museum of science and industry | © no22a/Flickr
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The Manchester Museum

Another of the city’s popular museums is The Manchester Museum which is best known for its resident Egyptology exhibition, which counts among one of the best in the country. Visitors can learn all about the Egyptians, and even see real mummies. Egyptology aside, the Manschester Museum also boasts a large collection of fossils, and interactive displays which teach guests about everything from the human body, to Romans and Greeks. Also with free entry, this museum is a must visit.

Address: The University Of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester, UK, +44 161 275 2634

Manchester Museum | © Gidzy/Flickr
Manchester Museum | © Gidzy/Flickr
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Eat Brunch at The Koffee Pot

A friendly café, popular with the locals, The Koffee Pot serves typical English breakfasts, complete with a traditional English tea and toast. With their filling English fry ups topping the list of popular dishes, The Koffee Pot also serves a Scottish breakfast, Irish breakfast, and vegetarian breakfast to add a bit of variety, as well as a range of hot drinks and fresh fruit juices. For those who seek an alternative to a fatty fry up, The Koffee Pot also has weekly specials, including buttermilk pancakes, and eggs on toast, but their full English is irresistible to most.

Address: 84-86 Oldham St, Manchester, Lancashire M4 1LE, United Kingdom, +44 161 236 8918

The Koffee Pot
The Koffee Pot | © Rachel Docherty/Flickr
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Old Trafford

For football fans, this is a must. Old Trafford has played host to FA semi cup finals, matches at the 1966 World Cup, and even the 2003 Champions League Final. The third largest stadium in the UK invites visitors to explore the rich history of its home team, Manchester United. With an in-stadium museum, tours available, and even a tempting gift shop, guests can have the full football experience. For the most avid United fans, there are unique tours which can include anything from meet and greets to a canal cruise. Check and pre-book if you want a really special experience.

Address: Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, UK

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Trafford Centre

Just 5 miles out of the city centre lies the second biggest indoor shopping centre in the UK, complete with 280 stores and eateries, meaning you can really make a day or two out of a trip there. Just the building itself is beautiful, a fusion between baroque, art deco and Egyptian revival styles. Ivory, jade and caramel coloured marble gives the centre a majestic feel, which is complemented by the grand dining hall with a sky printed ceiling. After a few hours of shopping at so many stores, from designer to high street, visitors can choose from foods from around the world at a fancy restaurant, or some fast food from one of many outlets.

Address: Trafford Centre, Manchester, UK, +44 161 749 1717

Trafford centre
Trafford centre | © Robert Linsdell/Flickr
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Chill Factore is Manchester’s very own indoor skiing facility, which offers a range of other activities on top. A perfect destination for people of all ages, Chill Factore caters to children, beginners, and even the more experienced skier by offering lift passes. No need to take your own equipment, everything can be hired, and even lessons bought for a truly adventurous day out. For the thrill seekers, there’s even airboarding, extreme sledging, and snowscooting.

Address: Trafford Way, Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Manchester, UK, +44 843 596 2233

Salford Quays

Manchester is huge, with various different areas. Salford Quays is Greater Manchester’s unique waterfront destination, almost a little city itself, which compensates for its lack of coastline. Very close to the city centre, it has a multitude of things to see and do. Enjoy one of the country’s finest museums and explore the Imperial War Museum, and following this, enjoy a show at the Lowry or a film at the cinema. Alternatively, take a BBC tour of the MediaCityUK studios if typical museums aren’t your thing. Salford Quays make for a beautiful and relaxing afternoon away from the centre, with plenty to keep visitors entertained.

Salford Quays
Salford Quays | © Chris Jones/Flickr


The second largest Chinatown in the UK, Chinatown Manchester is one of the most colourful and lively areas of the city. Beginning life as one or two eateries in the early 20th century, it is now so much more than a few shops and restaurants. Indeed, there are some enticing shops and tempting eateries, all of which transport you to another world, away from the typical Mancunian streets, but still retaining that Manchester pride.

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Heaton Park

Despite being an industrial city, Manchester has some beautiful green spaces, with Heaton Park being one of the city’s best. A huge and beautiful park which features not only masses of calming scenery serving as a refreshing alternative to the bustling city, but also a historic hall, and even an animal farm which is popular with children. On top of all of that, guests can enjoy the boating lake, tram museum, and eat in one of three cafes. A beautiful and tranquil day out, Heaton Park is a must visit.

Address: The Farm Centre, Manchester, UK,+44 161 773 1085

Heaton Park
Heaton Park | © Julia/flickr

Albert Square Christmas Market

A themed addition to the list, but an unmissable one, Manchester’s enchanting German Christmas market is guarded by the gigantic inflatable Santa Claus which overlooks the market. The market attracts masses of tourists, including people from surrounding towns and cities who flock here for the sites and the smells in the lead up to Christmas. The perfect place to get even Scrooge in a festive mood, the Christmas market sells the most delightful of Christmas souvenirs, from candles to tree decorations, and boasts a popular food section, selling German sausages and Spanish churros, highlighting the markets international ambiance.