History all around!
Look around and you’ll see a modern European city – but Manchester has an eventful past.
Air Raid Shelters
Experience life as it was during a ‘black out’ in wartime Britain and experience the sights and sounds of the home front. This labyrinth of tunnels under the town centre provided shelter, and a way of life for families from Stockport.
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.
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.
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.
National Football Museum
The Museum explains how and why football has become ‘the people’s game’, a key part of England’s heritage and way of life. It also aims to explain why England is the home of football, the birthplace of the world’s most popular sport.
Quarry Bank Mill
Quarry Bank overflows with the atmosphere of the Industrial Revolution. A visit to the cotton mill, built in 1784, and powered by Europe’s most powerful working waterwheel, will certainly stimulate your senses.
Located in 1,000 acres of the most beautiful deer park, Tatton Park, the former Egerton family home, is open for you to explore. Uncover centuries of history at the Tudor Old Hall and witness life above and below stairs.
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.