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What to Do in Manchester: Must See Attractions

Manchester Attractions

Venturing off to the Rainy City otherwise known as Manchester? Affectionately coined Cottonopolis, Manchester is one of Great Britain's favorite destinations. Whether you are popping over for a short visit or an extended stay, Manchester activities will keep you busy. Let Expedia help you to find things to do in Manchester and start planning your itinerary now.

While it's been said in every life a little rain must fall, the weather won't stop you from enjoying Manchester tours. As you plot out your Manchester excursions on the map, find the best local and tourist spots that are a must-see. If you enjoy the great outdoors and animal life, venture to Heaton Park, the Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden, and Bellevue Zoological Gardens. Are historical places at the top of your list in the Warehouse City? Attractions in Manchester include the People's History Museum, the Gorton Monastery, the Manchester Cathedral, and the Manchester Museum. Do you love all things athletic? Catch a game of soccer, otherwise known as football, at the Old Trafford football stadium or pop over to Urbis, the national museum dedicated to Britain's favorite sport, none other than football. If you're interested in seeing the grey hounds race, Belle Vue Stadium is the place to be. For a real thrill, catch the slopes at the Chill Factore, an indoor ski centre with snow year round.

You can count on when you are looking for adventure in Manchester. This is a city with quite a nightlife, from the Palace Theatre to Band on the Wall to the Cornerhouse, a building housing three cinemas, a book shop, bars, and art galleries. If you have eclectic tastes, the Manchester Opera House will give you an unforgettable experience with rich music and talented performers. Drop by the Ritz for live music or explore another culture at Chinatown. Manchester awaits you.

Use to your advantage as you make all of your travel arrangements to Manchester. From flights and rooms to car rentals, it's easy to find the deals and get your journey underway! Happy traveling!

Things to Do in Manchester with Kids

There are lots of incredible experiences in Manchester that the whole gang will love. These are a few of the best family friendly experiences around.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Manchester

Manchester City Centre

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.



Spend some time visiting places like Wilmslow Road while getting to know Didsbury, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Didsbury Village Tram Stop or West Didsbury Tram Stop to see more of the area.

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Spend some time visiting places like Trafford Centre while getting to know Trafford, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Brooklands Tram Stop or Timperley Tram Stop to see more of the area.

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Northern Quarter

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

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This collection of restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries and other shops is one of Manchester’s most interesting cultural districts. 

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An enchanting district along the canal traces the city’s Roman and industrial heritage, while numerous bars and clubs stand between the arches.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Manchester on a sunny day?

Soak up the nice weather (and get a little exercise as well) with some of these top activities:

What to do in Manchester on a rainy day?

Have a go at a couple of these popular indoor activities and turn a gray, rainy day into something fun:

Are there cheap things to do in Manchester?

Keep more of your hard-earned coin in your wallet with these cheap and fun activities: