Manchester is a city in North West England; although its origins date back to Roman times, it underwent a dramatic expansion in the early 1800s and was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. The Manchester area has spawned many distinguished scientists and engineers, including John Dalton, James Joule, Richard Arkwright and Joseph Whitworth.
Manchester was the site of the world’s first passenger railway station and is where Ernest Rutherford and his colleagues first split the atom in 1917. The Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine, the world’s first stored-program computer, was developed here in 1948. More recently, Sir Andre Geim and Sir Konstantin Novoselov discovered the novel carbon material graphene at the University of Manchester (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2010).
Manchester has also been known as a hotbed for radical ideas- both Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels studied here. It is notable for its lively music scene, theatres, bars and sports clubs and has a large international airport and excellent local transport connections.
Tourist information website
Manchester Visitor Information Centre
T: +44 (0) 871 222 8223
MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry)
Located on the historic site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station, housed in five listed buildings, MOSI’s amazing galleries and outstanding collections tell the story of Manchester’s scientific and industrial past, present and future.
Manchester Art Gallery
One of the country’s finest art collections in spectacular Victorian and contemporary surroundings. Highlights include outstanding Pre-Raphaelite paintings, craft and design and early 20th Century British art.
Whitworth Art Gallery
The newly refurbished Whitworth Gallery is situated close to the University, and houses an extensive collection of historic and contemporary art, as well as specialist exhibitions. It is winner of the Art Funds ‘Museum of the Year 2015’ award.
John Rylands Library
Experience the gothic splendor of one of Manchester’s most beautiful buildings and discover the library’s world famous collections through themed displays and hands-on activities
The Lowry is renowned as much for its stunning steel and glass architecture as for the wealth of attractions within it; two theatres, a range of galleries plus cafés, bars, a restaurant and gift shops.
IWM North (Imperial War Museum North)
IWM North is a spectacular aluminium-clad building, based around the idea of the world shattered into pieces by war. Inside the museum’s dramatic exhibition galleries you can explore how war shapes lives with the aid of an audio-visual presentation; The Big Picture Show.
Underground Manchester Tour
A remarkable tour about the mysterious world that lies under your feet deep below the city. We head through a subterranean canal, deep below the city’s streets which became Manchester’s largest Second World War air-raid shelter. When you get down there it’s damp, dank and dismal. It smells of the dark recesses of the planet. It’s pitch-black. On the Underground Manchester tour we build up to the moment when we go down below with some spine-chilling stories about Manchester in the Cold War, the atomic wars that never happened, and the Second World War that did. We tell you how the city was going to be invaded by the Nazis in 1943 and stop outside where they expected to base their HQ.
Join a tour at the BBC at MediaCityUK and walk in the footsteps of a whole host of celebrities. The well-informed tour producers will entertain and surprise as your clients get a fascinating insight into how TV and radio work. They will also have the chance to take part in their own television production in the interactive studio. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours.
People’s History Museum
After a £12.5 million development, this architecturally impressive museum has doubled in size, allowing more of its collection to be on display. Visitors can discover fascinating stories and hands-on exhibits that bring thousands of objects to life, including the world’s largest collection of political banners.
Marble Beers is a real up and coming organic and vegan micro-brewery in the heart of Manchester. The group consist of ‘The Marble Beerhouse’ in Chorlton and both ‘The Marble Arch’ and ‘57 Thomas Street’ in the city centre. The beer itself is brewed in Back Bromley Street and they are happy to offer free informal tours during working hours to groups that book in advance.
An essential visit in the City sporting a gorgeous interior with the best late medieval woodwork in the north - the quire and the ceiling are splendid and full of life in the carved details.
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester was the home of Elizabeth Gaskell, one of the 19th century’s most important women writers. Her novels include Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South and Wives and Daughters. The house has very important literary associations, not only with her work, but because of the other writers who visited her there, including Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte. Guided tours are available, as are afternoon tea in the on-site tea-room.
National Football Museum
This brand new national museum opened in July 2012 and is set to thrill football fans around the world. There are over 140,000 items across three floors, interactive exhibits and famous memorabilia on display, including the 1966 World Cup Final ball and Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ shirt from 1986. Visitors will enter the museum through a tunnel and turnstile to the cheers of the crowd into the vast Hall of Fame atrium and immediately be struck by the awe of this remarkable building and its terraces.
Themed football tours
There are several football themed tours to choose from, including ‘Best, Law and Charlton’, the ‘Football History of Manchester’, ‘George Best’s Manchester’ or even a ‘Football Pub Walk’.
Tours available through www.newmanchesterwalks.com
Approximately 30 minutes from the city centre, Hat Works is the UK’s only museum dedicated to the hatting industry, hats and headwear. Step back in time and experience the world of hatting from its humble beginnings in the cottage industry to the mass production of the early 19th century when hat manufacturing was a thriving industry with over 100 hat factories and businesses in the area.
Lake District: Ullswater ‘Steamers’
Travel north to Cumbria to The Lake District National Park and enjoy England’s most beautiful lake aboard a steamboat. Explore the fantastic vistas of Helvellyn, the Pennines and the beautiful shoreline of the lake itself.
The World of Glass
Located in the heart of the Victorian coal and glass town of St.Helens, The World of Glass visitor centre has something to offer people of all ages. Step back in time to the Victorian cone house built in 1887, then cross over the Sankey canal using the unique glass bridge into the contemporary glass pavilion. There are exhibitions, fantastic glass-blowing demonstrations and Victorian furnace tunnels to discover as well as learning about the history of one of the most famous glass-making cities in the world.
Macclesfield Silk Museum
Begin your journey at the UK’s premier silk attraction. The museum tells the definitive story of silk with compelling exhibits on three sites showing a working Victorian Silk Mill along with costume and silk manufacturing displays.
National Waterways Museum
Discover how Ellesmere Port and the waterways helped power Britain’s astonishing Industrial Revolution and marvel at the museum’s own superb steam engines. Visitors can take a boat trip through an industrial landscape, visit the museum blacksmith and explore traditional narrow boats and homes through the ages.
Merseyside Maritime Museum
For over two hundred years Liverpool was one of the world’s greatest seaports and supplied the industrial revolution. This fascinating museum, based in the historic Albert Dock, tells the story of the ships, shipping companies, and people that used it, and also houses a wide range of memorabilia relating to seafaring, sea travel and the port of Liverpool.
Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Village
Only 15 minutes away from Liverpool City Centre, this pretty model village was originally built for workers of Lever’s soap factories. Visit the museum and Lady Lever Art Gallery for an insight into the way of life for the very first villagers and workers of Port Sunlight.
Sam’s Chop House
The best for classic and contemporary British cuisine, with dishes such as Corned Beef Hash and homemade steak and kidney puddings. Sample some of their own ale too.
Grill on New York Street
Carefully selected menu offers a combination of innovation and comfortable old favourites
Highly acclaimed Cantonese restaurant serving market fresh, gourmet food and individually designed banquets.
Fresh, authentic and delicious Halal food with a twist of style and individuality. Oriental chic and Northern Quarter charm.
Modern Australian cuisine combines Pacific Rim flavors underpinned by European cooking traditions, all set in beautiful surroundings.
European cuisine restaurant situated at the 4-star ABode Hotel. Enjoy outstanding, contemporary dishes based on the finest regional ingredients by Chef Ian Matfin in consultation with Michael Caines, who has made a reputation cooking two-star Michelin cuisine.
A continuous array of roasted and grilled meats as well as unlimited visits to the banquet-style buffet.
Friendly venue with communal benches making it the perfect place to sit and break bread, share wine and pass the time.
Hard Rock Cafe
This rock ‘n’ roll restaurant offers mouth-watering appetizers and entrees crafted by hand and made from scratch.
Vermilion & Cinnabar
Asian fusion dishes, all with an authentic taste. Vermilion guests will savour delicate flavours imparted through exotic, fresh and specially selected ingredients and spices. A Halal restaurant.
Greek-based diner serving chargrilled souvlaki, kleftiko, ribs, pizzas and crepes.
Cloud 23 Bar
Spectacular views of Greater Manchester from the 23rd floor of Beetham Tower, Manchester’s tallest building. The range of cocktails and drinks can be enjoyed along with the amazing views through the floor-to-ceiling windows from this landmark;
Traditional British quality seasonal food in a homely, cozy setting.
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The Curry Mile
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Manchester city centre is open 7 days a week.
Usual shopping hours: Mon – Sat: 9am – 7/8pm, Sun: 11 – 5pm
intu Trafford Centre
Located just a few miles from the city centre intu Trafford Centre has over 230 stores and entertainment facilities including a cinema, Laser Quest and bowling. New features include The Great Hall for dining and Barton Square, the home-ware haven. Open 7 days a week: Mon – Fri 10am – 10pm, Sat 10am – 9pm, Sun 12pm – 6pm
Lowry Outlet Mall
The Lowry Outlet Mall open seven days a week offers top quality British high street names at up to 50% off. Whether you’re looking for designer fashion or a high street bargain, shoes or unusual accessories – the mall has it all under one roof.
Manchester Arndale Centre
Manchester Arndale is the UK's largest inner-city shopping centre, located in the heart of Manchester City Centre. They have over 240 shops and major department stores.