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Manchester attractions

Whether you want a family-friendly visit, a weekend soaking up the vibes at a music festival or a romantic walk in some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK, Manchester is the perfect place to begin your journey. You can visit Manchester Police Museum or the city’s Transport Museum or enjoy one of the many festivals staged throughout the year. Come to the city for its annual Gay Pride weekend, food festival, jazz festival and biannual Manchester International Festival.

Castlefield is the site of the Roman fort which gave rise to the settlement of Mamucium, but it’s also a cool waterside location with bars, restaurants and vibrant artisan and vintage markets. Another great attraction is the buzzing state-of-the-art entertainment complex, the Printworks and here you can catch a 3D movie on the giant IMAX screen, or all the latest movies at the Vue cinema complex.

Just around the corner there’s The National Football Museum which focuses on the history of the people’s game. Of course, the city’s football teams are world famous and a trip to Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium are major attractions for visitors from all over the globe. At Manchester United’s ground you can visit the museum and take the official tour, while at Manchester City it is also possible to tour the stadium and chill out in fanzone City Square, which includes giant screens showing match highlights.

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Manchester Sightseeing Tours
Manchester architecture

Heron House, Ground, Albert Square, Manchester M2 5HD

Manchester Sightseeing Tours offer a complete range of bookable sightseeing options around the city for you to enjoy. If you wish to go further afield, their day trips by train, coach or minibus can take you to some of the region’s top destinations and back in one day. Visit website

Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour
Old Trafford stadium tour

Sir Matt Busby Way, Trafford Park, Stretford M16 0RA

The Museum & Stadium Tour at Old Trafford takes you behind the scenes at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ for a great day out. Find their favourite player’s seat in the dressing room, walk in their footsteps towards the pitch through the players’ tunnel and take the Manager’s seat in the dugout. All tickets for the Museum & Stadium Tour are valid for an entire year, giving you 12 months of football fun. Your Annual Pass will give you the opportunity to come back as often as you like for the next 365 days! Visit website

Museum of Transport

Boyle St, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 8UW

The Museum of Transport will take you back from horse bus to Metrolink. The Museum tells the story of public road transport in Greater Manchester from its very beginnings in 1824 to the present day. The collection spans more than 100 years, from an 1890s horse bus to a full size prototype Metrolink tram. Opened in 1979, the Museum is a partnership between Transport for Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Transport Society and is an early example of successful partnership working between a local authority and a voluntary body. Admission charges apply, accompanied under 16s visit free! Visit website

Imperial War Museum North
Imperial War Museum North

Trafford Wharf Rd, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M17 1TZ

The stunning Imperial War Museum North was designed by world-renowned Daniel Libeskind to represent a globe shattered by conflict. It reveals how war shapes lives through its powerful exhibitions, though its best-kept secret is the viewing platform from which you can get a bird’s eye view of the Quays, now transformed into a lively leisure destination. Visit website

City of Manchester Distillery

21 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M4 4HF

The City of Manchester Distillery opened its doors in 2016 and is highly recommended on Tripadvisor. Whether you’re local or visiting from further afield, a gin fanatic, rum aficionado, looking to create your own vodka or to simply enjoy a unique night out. The team are there to educate, entertain and inform, whilst keeping your glass topped up. Visit website

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