#Innsider’s guide: things to do in Manchester

Manchester, the uncrowned capital of England’s north. Steeped in intriguing history, Manchester knows a thing or two about reinvention. Today it’s a mix up of old and uber-trendy, with historic and modern architecture mingling oh so well.

Partly due to the premier league footballers that can be spotted here, it also has a reputation for glamour, and a legendary nightlife. Experience the city like a local with our top #Innsider picks on things to do in Manchester below and make the Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre your base.


Get down to street level

The bohemian neighborhood known as the Northern Quarter is packed with trendy bars and boutiques guaranteed to satisfy every customer. The main pursuits here are eating, drinking (both coffee and something stronger after dark), and vintage shopping.

If you want to enjoy some sunny weather and see the sights, then we suggest the Manchester Spy Mission Treasure Trail. You can follow the routes around Manchester, passing museums, statues, and canals. All the while finding hidden clues and cracking codes.

Eat and drink

Scores of Mancunians and tourists can be found hopping between its many pubs, top-notch cocktail bars and speakeasies after-hours. On the #Innsider’s list are Trof NQ, Soup Kitchen and Dusk til Pawn. If you’re not one to be tempted by a fruity cocktail, sample a pint of Boddingtons Bitter. (Or Boddies to the locals), it’s been ‘the pride of Manchester’ since 1778.

Sail in Sale

During the summer months people flock to Sale Water Park. Not only the perfect place for a picnic, with its lake, woodland and meadows. But it has a whole host of activities for those who have a sturdy pair of sea legs! Rent sail boats, jet skis, canoes, kayaks and katakanus.

Arguably one of the most beautiful libraries in Britain, the John Rylands Library on Deansgate is an incredible example of Victorian gothic architecture and well worth a visit when in the area. Complete with high-vaulted ceilings, stained-glass windows, intricate stonework and ornate bookcases, it speaks volumes (get it?) about Manchester’s booming industrial past. The real show-stopper is the Reading Room, #Innsiders ask one of the library’s guardians if you can see the upper part of this impressive room and you may well get a private tour. Entry is free!

Party hard

Manchester knows how to throw a good party and its nightlife is second to none. Stemming from an enviable musical heritage (scene-defining bands such as the Smiths, New Order, Stone Roses and Oasis all hail from this city). Its obsession with live music is still alive and well.

If you’re not about the night life or music then there are plenty of things to do in Manchester. Like Flip out, a 35,000 square foot trampoline center, featuring a Ninja Warrior course!

Football fever

Speak to any Mancunian and they’ll say the thing to do in Manchester is to visit the sacred grounds. Manchester United F.C. The Old Trafford stadium is a shrine for its millions of fans worldwide. Just £18 will get you a full stadium tour. So you can soak up the atmosphere from the dressing room, take the manager’s seat in the dugout and follow in the footsteps of Manchester footballing greats down the tunnel.

If you’re more of a Manchester City fan, then you can walk in the footsteps of your favorite players in a behind-the-scenes tour of Etihad Stadium.

No devoted fan should miss out on a trip to the National Football Museum. Located in the striking Urbis building in the city center. It’s packed full with the world’s most extensive FIFA and FA collections, memorabilia, trophies and more. Including the sacred ball that was used in that 1966 World Cup final. When England won its solitary star on the shirt.

A place to stay

Our Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre Hotel is within walking distance from the top city center attractions. Nestled in the award-winning Green Quarter, this hotel enjoys a premium location where lush greenery complements streamlined high-rises.

Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre restaurant

Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre

Want to discover more destinations? Take a look at some other #Innsider guides, like things to do in Amsterdam.