Manchester is one of the UK’s most exciting cities. There is just so much going on in this northern metropolis that whether you are into football, live music, art galleries or seeking out the best gourmet grub, Manchester has something for you to discover. We’ve put together a list of 30 things to do in Manchester to give you a head start on researching all the best places to add to your holiday itinerary.

Art & Culture

Manchester is known for being hip and happening when it comes to the arts, often mixing industry with creative expression. It’s a good idea to take a look at programmes and see what’s on before your trip so you can book tickets in advance or just pencil in a few hours to catch that great exhibition.

John Rylands Library

Royal Exchange theatre

Manchester Art Gallery

The Lowry

Manchester Museum


With a hugely diverse population it’s no wonder Manchester’s foodie scene is bubbling with all kinds of international influences. From northern soul food to the famous Curry Mile in Rusholme you’ll find plenty to tingle your taste buds in Manchester. Start your culinary odyssey in Manchester at one of our recommended restaurants below and banish thoughts of soggy chip butties forever.

Le Delicatezze Di Bruno

63 degrees

The Rose Garden

No.4 Dine and Wine


Music venues

Practically every decade of the 20th Century from the early 1960s onwards has seen Mancunian bands rise to national and international fame. Famous bands who got their start in Manchester include The Bee Gees, New Order, Joy Division, The Stone Roses and of course Oasis among many more. So check out these music venues and make sure you catch what could be the next big name live in concert on home turf.

Antwerp Mansion

Band On The Wall

The Castle Hotel

Matt & Phreds

The Deaf Institute

Bars & pubs

Manchester is famous for its beer, especially Boddingtons. The brewery closed down in 2005 but Manchester is still one of the best places in the UK to go for a really great tasting pint of golden beer. It is true that it always tastes best in the local area so check out our list of bars and pubs and prepare to hang out with the coolest cats in Manchester.

The Molly House

The Courtyard

Brewdog Manchester


The Alchemist

Shopping – retail therapy

Manchester is an absolute mecca for those in need of some retail therapy – stat. There are independent boutiques, pop-ups, high street stores with huge branches and high ends shops galore. Whether you like to browse indoors protected from the British weather or seek out those little gems scattered across this great city, Manchester is the perfect place to shop, shop, shop. Plus if you check into the Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre you’ll be right in the heart of the Northern Quarter so dropping your shopping off is quick and easy.

The Northern Quarter

Face Stockholm

Kingbee Records

Mappin And Webb


Manchester Tours and Walks

When it comes to seeing a huge city like Manchester in the space of a short holiday or even a business trip it can be hard to know where to start. So why not leave it to the professionals and book into a guided walk or tour of the city or tour fantastic attraction like the Coronation Street filming locations or Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium. It takes the effort out of organisation – let someone else do the planning – just show up and enjoy.

Manchester Walks

Manchester Food walks

Coronation Street Tour

Man U – Man City Tours

University of Manchester

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