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Northern QuarterManchester

Taste craft beers and stroll down the lively streets of this alternative district, noticing the vinyl record stores, street art and indie fashion boutiques. 

Bohemian boutiques and trendy restaurants go some way towards characterizing the lively and eclectic Northern Quarter of Manchester. Following a major re-development in the 1990s, the zone became a hub for music and fashion.

Browse the array of trinkets and unconventional clothing in Afflecks, which was formerly a department store. Today, independent stores thrive in this multi-level redbrick building. Purchase decades-old comic books and board games in this hipster haven, where wacky works of art line the walls. You’ll also find a varied selection of alternative art at the Richard Goodall Gallery.

Stay in the area into the night and sip on intriguingly named cocktails in the quirky bars and retro taverns. International brands and homemade casks make up the beer selections.

Hit the night clubs with your friends or go to one of the many live music venues. Among the most iconic is Band on the Wall, which has a bar and a shop. End your day on a lighter note by watching a few comedy routines at the Frog and Bucket Comedy Club, or try your luck at the Admiral Casino: Manchester.

In addition to its eccentricities, the Northern Quarter also has museums providing a window into its past. Inspect the displays at the Greater Manchester Police Museum, where you can see old patrol cars and learn about the city’s policing during wartime.

In the southeastern corner of the district lies Piccadilly Basin, where the Rochdale Canal meanders between department stores, bars and apartment blocks.

The Northern Quarter can be found a little northeast of the city center of Manchester. Ride the tram to Shudehill or Piccadilly Gardens, which bookend this lively quarter. Manchester Piccadilly railway station is a short walk south. Visit some of the sights in the surrounding area, such as the Royal Exchange Theatre, the National Football Museum and Manchester Art Gallery.


Popular places to visit in Northern Quarter

Affleck's Palace
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Affleck's Palace

4.5/5(5 reviews)

During your trip to Manchester, you can enjoy retail therapy at Affleck's Palace. Discover the area's lively bars and its entertainment choices.

Old Trafford
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Old Trafford

4.5/5(148 reviews)

Cheer on soccer players during an exhilarating match and tour this 75,000-capacity stadium, home to one of Britain’s greatest soccer teams.

Manchester Arena
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Manchester Arena

4/5(74 reviews)

Catch an event at Manchester Arena during your trip to Manchester. Discover the area's acclaimed theater scene and shops.

Heaton Park
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Heaton Park

5/5(6 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Heaton Park, a popular green space in Manchester. Experience the area's entertainment choices and fascinating museums.

Trafford Centre
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Trafford Centre

4.5/5(32 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home when you visit Trafford Centre, a favorite shopping spot in Manchester. Experience the area's entertainment choices and acclaimed theater scene.

Salford Quays
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Salford Quays

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Once a major seaport and home to heavy industry, this precinct is now a dynamic cultural and residential area offering shopping, sport, drama and art.

Top things to do in Northern Quarter

Eat The City - Manchester Food Tour
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Eat The City - Manchester Food Tour

$63
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Best Intro Tour of Manchester with a Local
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Best Intro Tour of Manchester with a Local

$73
Per adult
Art and Culture in Manchester with a Local
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Art and Culture in Manchester with a Local

$34
Per adult
Hard Rock Cafe Manchester Dining with Priority Seating
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Hard Rock Cafe Manchester Dining with Priority Seating

$25
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport (MAN)
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Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport (MAN)

$29
Per adult
Manchester Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Sightseeing Tour
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Manchester Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Sightseeing Tour

$15
Per adult

Top Hotels in Northern Quarter

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
easyHotel Manchester
easyHotel Manchester
2 out of 5
33 Dale Street, Manchester, England
The price is $31 per night

Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Greater Manchester Police Museum and Piccadilly Gardens. The Gay Village and Canal ...

3.8/5Good! (937 reviews)

"Just right for quick over night stop nice shower and good limen"…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2020

easyHotel Manchester
Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre Arena
Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre Arena
3 out of 5
Goadsby St Off Swan St, Manchester, England
Free Cancellation
The price is $47 per night

Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manchester Arndale, Piccadilly Gardens, and Manchester Arena. National Football Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (994 reviews)

"My stay at the Holiday Inn Express was good , the staff was very friendly and helpful. I was served a nice breakfast everyday and my room cleaned everyday no matter what time of the day we decided to leave our room. I really liked the location of the Hotel and plan on staying there again in a couple ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre Arena
Selina NQ1 Manchester
Selina NQ1 Manchester
3 out of 5
15 Hilton Street, Manchester, England
The price is $43 per night

Located in Manchester City Centre, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Affleck's Palace, Piccadilly Gardens, and Manchester Arndale. The Gay Village and ...

3.2/5 (12 reviews)

"What I like is this property is 5 min walk from city centre, very convenient for food, groceries and shopping. Staffs were helpful. However I had a few disappointments: it’s noisy with people stomping around the corridor and banging on doors! There’s only one kettle to be shared in the kitchen and ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Selina NQ1 Manchester
Crowne Plaza Hotel Manchester City Centre
Crowne Plaza Hotel Manchester City Centre
4 out of 5
70 Shudehill, Manchester, England
The price is $74 per night

Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manchester Arndale, Manchester Arena, and Piccadilly Gardens. National Football Museum ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)

"The receptionist was lovely and helpful Nice hotel room Well located not far from Piccadilly’s garden"…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Crowne Plaza Hotel Manchester City Centre
PREMIER SUITES Manchester
PREMIER SUITES Manchester
4 out of 5
64 Shudehill, Manchester, England
The price is $84 per night

Located in Manchester City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Manchester Arndale, Printworks, and National Football Museum. Piccadilly ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (275 reviews)

"One night stay for a mid week night out. Not in the best part of town but close to NQ."…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

PREMIER SUITES Manchester
The Cow Hollow Hotel
The Cow Hollow Hotel
4 out of 5
57 Newton Street, Manchester, England
The price is $97 per night

Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Greater Manchester Police Museum, Piccadilly Gardens, and The Gay Village. Manchester ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (236 reviews)

"Excellent room, staff, location, what more do you want from the hotel"…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

The Cow Hollow Hotel

Other neighborhoods in Manchester

Chinatown showing night scenes, a city and street scenes

Chinatown

4/5Very Good!(40 area reviews)

Travelers come to Chinatown for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Manchester Art Gallery and Imperial Chinese Archway while you're in town.

Chinatown
Albert Square which includes a city, street scenes and a square or plaza

Manchester City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(348 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Manchester City Centre. Check out top attractions like The Gay Village and Manchester Palace Theatre, and jump on the metro at St Peters Square Station or Mosley Street Station to see more of the city.

Manchester City Centre
People\'s History Museum

Spinningfields

You'll enjoy the restaurants and museums in Spinningfields. You might want to make time for a stop at Manchester Opera House or Deansgate.

Spinningfields
Castlefield Roman Fort showing heritage architecture and a city

Castlefield

4/5Very Good!(7 area reviews)

Castlefield is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Museum of Science and Industry and Deansgate Locks while in the area.

Castlefield
Manchester Museum which includes street scenes, heritage architecture and a city

Chorlton-on-Medlock

You'll enjoy the museums and cafés in Chorlton-on-Medlock. You might want to make time for a stop at O2 Apollo Manchester or Manchester Museum.

Chorlton-on-Medlock
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Belle Vue

3/5(8 area reviews)

Belle Vue is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium and The Monastery while in the area.

Belle Vue

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