A city at the heart of art!
The local arts scene continues to flourish in a city which has played host to the greats, ancient and modern.
Band on The Wall
Band on the Wall has been a cornerstone of Manchester’s thriving music and cultural landscape for the greater part of a century. Enjoy the most inspiring music from a wealth of different cultures at this venue.
The Octagon creates theatrical experiences that inspire, there are annual seasons with a wide range of entertaining and thought-provoking productions that include Shakespeare, drama, European plays and contemporary classics.
Castle Fine Art
Now an established hub of culture within Manchester’s art scene, visitors continue to enjoy the carefully curated exhibitions and exclusive artists appearances throughout the event programme at Castle Fine Art.
Castlefield Artisan Market
Castlefield Artisan Market is Manchester’s biggest fine food, craft and vintage market. It is held every first Saturday of the month and set in Victorian Market Hall on Liverpool Rd/ Deansgate, with lots of amazing stalls.
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art works with a wide array of partners to provide people with a lively and innovative programme of exhibitions, residencies, engagement projects, festivals, symposia and events.
Contact is an award-winning theatre and arts venue, with young people at the heart of everything that they do. The programme is diverse with theatre, dance, spoken word, music, cabaret, live art and comedy.
Dunham Massey has one of the North’s great gardens, with plenty to inspire throughout the year, including a stunning rose garden and one of Britain’s finest winter gardens. The Georgian house was a military hospital in WW1.
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
Step back in time at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House to experience this beautiful Victorian house, where one of the most important writers of the 19th century lived, famous for writing Cranford, North and South, Mary Barton and Ruth.
Fig & Sparrow
The Fig & Sparrow combines a cafe and lifestyle shop that sells an ever-changing stock of independently made gifts, homeware and soaps, as well as artwork created by locally made designers and artists.
Great Northern Warehouse
The Grade II listed Great Northern building, a former railway goods distribution warehouse is now a lively leisure and shopping development with bustling bars, restaurants, shops, cinema and so much more.
Hallé, Manchester award-winning symphony orchestra, ranks among the UK’s top symphonic ensembles, with a distinguished history of acclaimed performances in the UK and around the world. Find them at The Bridgewater Hall.
Hat Works offers two floors of interactive exhibits, the museum is home to a recreated hat factory with some 20 fully restored working Victorian-style machines and a collection of over 400 hats from around the world.
Helmshore Mills Textile Museum
You can soak up the atmosphere of the historic mills and witness original machinery at work and follow a journey to discover how raw wool and cotton were transformed into yarn, ready to be woven into cloth.
Since HOME opened in 2015, 1.8 million people have visited to see thrilling theatre and dance shows. Experience great independent films from across the world, dive into the new art in the galleries and browse the bookshop.
IMAX is an entertainment experience so real you feel it in your bones, so magical it takes you to places you have never been: so all-encompassing you’re not just peeking through the window, but part of the action.
Visit Imperial War Museum to discover fascinating stories about people who have been affected by war. Personal experiences are revealed with over 1400 objects, daily tours and uniquely immersive and interactive displays.
John Rylands Library
Home to The University of Manchester Library’s world-class Special Collections. These collections feature over 1.4 million items spanning five thousand years and include rare books, maps, manuscripts and visual archives.
Lyme Park is a magnificent house and estate situated on the edge of the Peak District. The 1,300 acre estate with its medieval herd of red and fallow deer offers fantastic tranquil walks and stunning views for visitors.
Manchester International Festival
Manchester International Festival takes place biennially. It is world’s first artist-led, commissioning festival that presents work from across the creative spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture.
Manchester Jazz Festival
Accessible to all and mostly free, the Manchester Jazz Festival features 10 days of contemporary jazz from the North West, the UK and abroad with national premières of original work and international debuts.
Taking place over the August bank holiday weekend, the Manchester Pride creates space, whether virtual or physical, to enable individuals to embrace and explore their relationship with and heritage within the LGBT community.
Matt & Phred’s
Matt & Phred’s is a long established live music venue that is most notably known for showcasing the best in local and international jazz. Situated in the trendy Northern Quarter, they host live music gigs 6 nights a week.
The Ritz is mainly a gig venue, working with the world’s largest promoters and hosting a diverse range of artistes including Billy Ocean, Sam Smith, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Funeral for a Friend and The Manic Street Preachers.
Pyramid & Parr Hall
Pyramid & Parr Hall are two of the North West’s leading arts and entertainment venues, it regularly attracts huge names from a variety of genres, for music, comedy, dance, drama and so much more.
Real Camera Company
Visit the Real Camera Company if you’re looking to buy, sell or trade used photographic equipment of any type, with knowledgeable staff. It specialises in all types of photographic equipment, vintage and modern at good prices.
The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is a vibrant live music venue offering unparalleled opportunities for students to perform regularly to public audiences and work alongside professional musicians.
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester’s international concert venue, offering the best in classical music, rock, pop, jazz, world music and more. Make the most of your visit with drinks or a pre-concert meal, or take time out to visit the gift shop.
The Portico Library
An independent membership library that’s been an essential part of Manchester’s cultural landscape for more than 200 years, with a collection of books selected by some of the men who made the world’s first industrial city.
The Ruby Lounge
The Ruby Lounge is a bespoke 375 capacity live music venue that opens out into a 600 capacity club space, bang in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. A place for all that brutal, ugly, desperate and vicious rock’n’roll.
Waterside Arts Centre
Waterside Arts Centre is a thriving and vibrant arts venue that compromises of a theatre, art galleries, studios and workspaces. The centre is an important regional hub for both performance and visual art.