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Things to Do in Manchester

Brimming with bars, restaurants, galleries, museums and shops, not to mention the famous music scene, there are endless things to do in Manchester.

The city is arguably most renowned for its colourful nightlife, so whether you enjoy live music, cool bars or award winning restaurants, we can point you in the right direction. From the bohemian vibes of the Northern Quarter, where you can find vintage shops, independent cafes and record stores, to the swanky boutiques of Spinningfields, the Arndale, St Ann’s Square and Deansgate.

Delve into the city’s past at one of the many museums. The Museum of Science and Industry is spread across five buildings and hosts fascinating galleries and collections. Or if you prefer investigating into the natural world, you can see fossils of prehistoric creatures, ancient artefacts and reptiles.

Just on the edge of the quays, the Lowry is a great place to visit, comprising two theatres, studio, art galleries, cafes, restaurant and bars. Dotted around the city you will find alternative theatres such as The Palace Theatre, The Opera House and the Royal Exchange.

Being home to the country’s greatest music scene, there are a number of venues and arenas, including The Academy, 02 Apollo and Phones 4U Arena. But if you want to get out into the greener areas of the city, the places to head for are Prestwich Forest Park, Chorlton Park or Fletcher Moss Park and Botanical Gardens.

And we can’t go without mentioning the Coronation Street tours at Granada Studios, which take you on a journey down the country’s most famous street.

From the middle of November right through to December, Manchester is ablaze with the twinkling stalls of the Christmas Markets. No trip to the city during this festive period is complete without visiting this world famous event.

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