Arts & culture

A city at the heart of art!

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

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.

Bolton Octagon

Bolton Octagon

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

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

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 Ar

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.

Chetham’s Library

Chetham’s Library

Chetham’s Library is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world. The atmospheric 17th-century interior is housed in beautiful medieval sandstone buildings and is open to visitors and readers from around the world.

Chetham’s School of Music

Chetham’s School of Music

Hear the musical stars of the future in free daily lunchtime concerts and in performances in Manchester and across the region, through a dynamic programme of jazz, solo recitals, chamber and orchestral music.

Contact

Contact

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.

Contemporary Six

Contemporary Six

Contemporary Six is a leading independent art gallery in the heart of Manchester, opposite the beautiful Town Hall. Established in 2010, the gallery is known for offering a warm and friendly welcome to art enthusiasts and collectors.

Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey

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

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

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

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

Halle

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

Hat Works

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

Helmshore Mills

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.

HOME

HOME

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

IMAX

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.

IWM North

IWM North

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

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

Lyme Park

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 Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery is one of the country’s finest art museums. Mixing works from the historic collections with the best international contemporary art to bring fresh perspectives to familiar images and create visual dialogues.

Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral

The Grade 1-listed masterpiece, Manchester Cathedral has not only provided a stage on which the city of Manchester’s history has been played out, but also provided some of the leading actors for this narrative.

Manchester Central Library

Manchester Central Library

At Manchester Central Library there is something for everyone. If you’re interested in local or family history, you’ll love archives and film buffs can discover the collection at the British Film Institute Mediatheque.

Manchester Craft & Design Centre

Manchester Craft & Design Centre

Home to 18 studios housing 30+ designer-makers who design, create and make a variety of handmade work, from textiles and ceramics to pewter and paint, all of which can be bought on-site from the maker themselves.

Manchester International Festival

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

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.

Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum

Explore 4 million objects, marvel and live dogs in the Vivarium and get up close and personal to mummies. Whether you want to discover ancient worlds or meet Stan the T-rex, there’s so much to see at Manchester Museum.

Manchester Pride

Manchester Pride

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

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.

o2 Ritz

o2 Ritz

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.

Opera House

Opera House

The Opera House in Quay Street is a 1,920-seat a Grade 2-listed theatre that plays host to touring musicals, ballet, concerts and a Christmas pantomime. Its sister theatre is the Palace Theatre situated on Oxford Street.

Palace Theatre

Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre is the premier venue for live theatre, and is proud to be able to bring you a wide range of top-quality productions that reflect the diversity of taste in the audience, offering the very best in live entertainment!

People’s History Museum

People's History Museum

Visit the People’s History Museum and join a march through time following Britain’s struggle for democracy over two centuries. Enjoy the galleries, along with fun interactives and activities for visitors of all ages.

Pyramid & Parr Hall

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

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.

RNCM

RNCM

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.

Royal Exchange Theatre

Royal Exchange Theatre

Resembling a lunar space craft set down amidst the glass domes and towering columns of this Grade 2-listed building, the Royal Exchange is the largest Theatre in the round in the country, seating up to 750 people on three levels.

The Bridgewater Hall

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 Lowry

The Lowry

The Lowry offers a year-round programme of world-class theatre, opera, musicals, dance, music, comedy, digital and visual art. At the heart of what they do is a commitment to the local communities – especially young people.

The Portico Library

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

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.

The Stoller Hall

The Stoller Hall

The Stoller Hall is Manchester’s brand new £8.7m space for performance features stunning contemporary visuals and flawless acoustic design in the heart of the city centre, just minutes from Victoria Station.

Victoria Baths

Victoria Baths

Victoria Baths is a heritage visitor attraction, marvel at the incredible interior, including the restored stained glass, sumptuous decorative tiling, mosaic floors and the magnificent Gala swimming pool and Turkish Baths.

Waterside Arts Centre

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.

Whitworth Art Gallery

The Whitworth

A £15 million development has transformed the gallery, doubling it in size and creating new spaces that embrace the park it calls home. Its internationally important collection of 55,000 artworks is just the start.