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Welcome to Manchester

                                                                                   Welcome to Manchester.

                                                   Whether you know us for our history, our music,          museums and galleries; this handbook has been
                                                   our football, or something else entirely, you’ll have    compiled based on what we know first-timers
                                                   some idea of what Manchester is about.                   enjoy most when they visit Manchester and
                                                                                                            Northern England.
                                                   It’s not until you explore for yourself, however, that
                                                   you start to understand what Manchester really           And if your clients are return visitors, we can’t
                                                   stands for. This is a city that marches forward; a       wait to welcome them back! A lot has changed in
                                                   city that celebrates diversity; a city that lives and    recent years and there are plenty of new things to
                                                   loves; a city that opens its arms to all.                do and see, as well as many new developments to
          The Worker Bee                                                                                    look forward to over the coming years.
      Symbolising industry, work ethic and         Manchester is set against a backdrop of intriguing
 cooperation, the humble worker bee has been       heritage and history, with innovation and invention      Travelling to Manchester is easy by rail, air or road.
a symbol of Manchester since the 1800s. Today      its backbone. As a city of firsts Manchester is the      There is excellent connectivity from across the UK
you can see the bee wherever you look – in our     birthplace of the first passenger railway, the first     and there are direct flights to Manchester Airport
  city crest, in our street art and mosaics, and
                                                   stored-memory computer and votes for women.              from across the globe. Upon arrival into the city
   on our lampposts and shop windows. It’s a
  constant reminder of where this city’s been,     Today, Manchester is one of Europe’s most vibrant        there is a slick network of trams, free buses, boats
               and what it stands for.             city break destinations and is the third most            and a hop-on hop-off bus to help explore the city
                                                   visited city in the UK, welcoming visitors from          region. Plus, Manchester is the perfect gateway to
                                                   around the world looking to discover the thriving        the North, with inspiring cities, quaint villages and
             2 visitmanchester                     culture, energy and spirit of the city.                  stunning countryside just a stone’s throw away. To
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                                                   Over the following pages you will find some              Manchester turn to pages 39-43.
                                                   carefully curated ideas from people who live and
                                                   breath both the city of Manchester, the wider            Energetic, diverse and individual, Manchester is
                                                   Greater Manchester region and the North.                 a city with true character. Choose Manchester
                                                                                                            as the next destination for your clients, it will
                                                   From much-loved coffee and brunch spots to our           surprise, delight and embrace visitors in a way
                                                   favourite neighbourhoods, towns full of character,       that only Mancunians know how.

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Manchester                                                                         Manchester

                         Energetic, diverse and individual,
                       Manchester is a city with true character.

First finding global fame as the heart of the      Exploring Manchester city centre you’ll find
Industrial Revolution, Manchester has a            it packed not only with remnants of this
proud history in science, politics, music, arts    history but also with unique and independent
and sport.                                         restaurants, bars, shops, museums, galleries
                                                   and hotels, all gathered in districts with their
This is the city where the atom was first split,   own distinct personalities.
where the world’s first passenger railway was
opened, and where the modern computer              Further out from the city, the surrounding         Manchester Museum              King Street Townhouse Hotel
was invented.                                      boroughs of Greater Manchester offer some
                                                   entirely different experiences including
It’s where bands like the Smiths, Oasis, Joy       charming market towns, traditional country
Division, and the Stone Roses were inspired        pubs and beautiful green spaces and
to write music that moved the world.               waterways.

It’s the birthplace of modern vegetarianism,       All this doesn’t scratch the surface of the
atomic theory, women’s suffrage and                modern Manchester experience. This city is
thermodynamics.                                    what you make of it, so get out there, explore,
                                                   and find the Manchester that speaks to you.
It’s where Emmeline Pankhurst, Alan Turing,
LS Lowry, and Anthony Burgess called home.         For more information see:

                                                                                                      Barton Arcade                  Portland Basin, Tameside

John Rylands Library                                Science and Industry Museum                       Parklife Festival              Spinningfields

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Neighbourhoods                                                                                             Neighbourhoods

Altrincham Market                                       Castlefield                                          Staircase House, Stockport                          Salford Quays

Northern Quarter                                        Castlefield                                          Green Quarter                                       Salford Central
The Northern Quarter is a hipster haven; a gritty       This is where the Roman’s settled back in            A growing pocket of green residential space that    There’s been a huge amount of development
area that’s fiercely independent. It’s overflowing      AD79 when they founded ‘Mamucium’. Whilst            includes Angel Meadow Park, the Green Quarter       within the area of Salford that meets the western
with street art, galleries, cafés, bars, restaurants,   the remnants of the fort can still be seen, this     is sowing seeds as a neighbourhood to watch.        edge of Manchester city centre, with great bars
boutiques and the unmissable Manchester Craft           neighbourhood now makes for a picturesque            Grub, the city’s sell-out weekend food fair has     and restaurants popping up along Chapel Street
and Design Centre and Afflecks.                         walking spot, with winding canals, renovated         set up permanent home here, joining existing        as well as masses of green space in the form of
                                                        industrial warehouses and waterside pubs like        independents under historic railway arches.         The Meadow, Peel Park and Kersal Wetlands.
Ancoats                                                 The Wharf.
                                                                                                             Levenshulme                                         Salford Quays
The world’s first industrial suburb, Ancoats
has slowly been rising, threatening to take the         Chorlton                                             Just one stop on the train out of town from         A unique waterfront location adjacent to
Northern Quarter’s crown as the city’s coolest          A laid-back bohemian suburb, you’ll find a           Piccadilly station, Levenshulme has got plenty      MediaCityUK, home to the BBC and ITV, Salford
neighbourhood. It features an impressive list of        medley of good pubs, independent bars, vegan         going on; from the community-run weekly             Quays is home to the Lowry arts centre with the
bars and restaurants including the city’s only          delis, bakeries, and a strong foodie scene thanks    market to the wonderful antiques village and        visually striking Imperial War Museum North
Michelin star at Mana.                                  to spots like The Creameries. Weekend strolls        plenty of independent foodie spots.                 opposite.
                                                        along Beech Road and around Chorlton Water
Altrincham                                              Park make it difficult to want to leave.             New Islington                                       Stockport
A 20-minute tram ride from the city centre,                                                                  Follow the canals into the marina and you’ll        A ten-minute train out of the city, Stockport is full
Altrincham has an award-winning high street             Didsbury                                             find New Islington blending into its neighbourly    of independent businesses and food hotspots as
and is now a foodie hub thanks to spots such            Like Chorlton, the suburbs of Didsbury Village       Ancoats. You can spend the morning wandering        well as some unique attractions, including 1930s
as Blanchflower, The Con Club, and the iconic           and West Didsbury have a hip, independent feel,      the canals, watching wildlife or devouring goods    art deco theatre Stockport Plaza; Robinsons
Altrincham Market.                                      full to the brim with restaurants including Volta,   from the locals’ favourite artisan bakery Pollen.   Brewery Tours; the iconic Hatworks museum;
                                                        Hispi and vegetarian spot Greens, great shops                                                            and the Grade II listed 1460s Staircase house.
                                                        and cafes, plus lush Fletcher Moss Park.

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Museums                                                                                                   Galleries

People’s History Museum                               IWM North
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Dedicated to telling the story of ordinary working    IWM North is about people and their stories; how
people and ideas worth fighting for. It couldn’t      lives have been, and still are, shaped by war and
have a better home than Manchester, the               conflict. The award-winning building opposite
birthplace of the trade union movement and            Salford Quays is designed by international
universal suffrage.                                   architect Daniel Libeskind.

National Football Museum                              Manchester Jewish Museum
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Delve into the social history and culture of the      Committed to using Jewish stories to connect
much-loved sport, with fascinating objects and        to the world and society, the museum - which is
special exhibitions that showcase how football        housed inside a former synagogue built in 1873 -
became our national obsession.                        has recently doubled in size with a new gallery.

Manchester Museum                                     Science and Industry Museum
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Boasting six million pieces in its archive, an        Based on the site of the oldest passenger railway   Manchester Art Gallery
impressive Egyptology collection and discovery        station the museum showcases how innovation
space The Study all in one gothic, Grade II*-listed   is the city’s lifeblood, featuring the pioneering
                                                                                                          John Rylands Library
building. The museum is adding several new            inventions and work that started in Manchester      The Whitworth                                       Castlefield Gallery
galleries over the coming years.                      then changed the world.
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                                                                                                          After a stunning re-development, this flagship      A lesser-known gem tucked away behind
                                                                                                          gallery is now fully integrated into the park it    Deansgate Station, Castlefield Gallery has been
                                                                                                          calls home; blending modern architecture, glass     a champion of Manchester’s contemporary visual
                                                                                                          structures and stunning gallery spaces with         art landscape for over 35 years.
                                                                                                          original features from 1889.
                                                                                                                                                              Manchester Art Gallery
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                                                                                                          2 bury_art_museum                                   Packed with much-loved displays of British and
                                                                                                          A hidden gem, BAM houses the Wrigley                European art and design, including world-famous
                                                                                                          Collection comprised of over 200 oil paintings,     Pre-Raphaelite paintings by Millais, Holman Hunt
                                                                                                          watercolours, prints and ceramics and a             and Rossetti, the gallery is for and of the people of
                                                                                                          Sculpture Centre that includes some of the          Manchester. A new dedicated fashion gallery will
                                                                                                          most prominent sculptors in contemporary art.       be added soon.

                                                                                                          CfCCA                                               The Lowry
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                                                                                                          The small but perfectly formed Centre for Chinese   One of the region’s top theatres and performance
                                                                                                          Contemporary Art is the go-to place to discover     spaces, The Lowry is also home to the world’s
                                                                                                          new artists and explore relevant global issues      largest public collection of the paintings and
                                                                                                          from different international perspectives.          drawings of its namesake, the enigmatic LS Lowry.
National Football Museum

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Theatres                                                                                             Music Venues

                                                                                                          Band on the Wall                                     The Stoller Hall
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                                                                                                          The city’s oldest music venue and arguably the       Another fairly new venue that has made a name
                                                                                                          most eclectic, with a keen mission to promote        for itself as an intimate space with incredible
                                                                                                          equality and diversity through music, welcoming      acoustics, The Stoller Hall opened in 2017 and
                                                                                                          trailblazing artists from all over the world.        is based within Chetham’s School of Music.

                                                                                                          The Bridgewater Hall                                 Night and Day Café
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                                                                                                          Home of Manchester’s renowned Hallé Orchestra        A cornerstone of the Northern Quarter’s music
                                                                                                          as well as a performance base for distinguished      scene, Night and Day Café is where most Mancs
                                                                                                          ensembles, the BBC Philharmonic and                  will direct visitors when asked where they can see
                                                                                                          Manchester Camerata, The Bridgewater Hall is         live music. The venue has been showcasing fresh
                                                                                                          Manchester’s flagship international concert venue.   musical talent daily since 1991.

                                                                                                          Albert Hall                                          RNCM
Royal Exchange Theatre                                                                                    2 alberthallmcr                                      2 rncmlive
                                                                                                          A Grade II listed former Wesleyan chapel that        The Royal Northern College of Music is a leading
                                                                                                          sat closed and hidden for over 40 years, Albert      UK music conservatoire. Home to over 900
                                                                                                          Hall was restored into a stunning purpose-built      students from more than 60 countries, it’s a great
Royal Exchange Theatre                             Hope Mill Theatre                                      music hall in 2013, becoming one the UK’s most       spot to see emerging talent working alongside
2 rxtheatre                                        2 hopemilltheatre                                      atmospheric venues.                                  professional musicians and visiting artists.
Resembling a lunar spacecraft set down amidst      Also opened in 2015, Hope Mill Theatre has
the glass domes and towering columns of a          gradually become one of the most successful
Grade II listed building and former commodities    and reputable small producing venues in England
trading hall, the Royal Exchange is the largest    with a string of five-star hit shows under its belt.
theatre in the round in the country.
                                                   The Palace Theatre & Opera House
Octagon Bolton                                     2 palaceandopera
2 octagontheatre                                   The Palace Theatre and Manchester Opera House
Originally opened in 1967, one of the region’s     – two separate theatres but very much siblings,
best-loved theatres, Octagon Bolton, has           are amongst the oldest in Manchester. Expect
undergone a major refurbishment to add new         world premieres and hit musicals such as The
seating, a two-floor café/bar and improved         Lion King, Mamma Mia and The Book of Mormon
accessibility to make the theatre open to all.     in these grandiose Victorian auditoriums.

HOME                                               Contact
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Opened in 2015, this arts complex is a marvel of   Following a complete transformation project,
contemporary design; a cultural hub for the city   Contact, the UK’s leading youth arts organisation
that encompasses a theatre space, cinema,          features the country’s first dedicated space for
gallery and restaurant.                            art, health and science, and hosts original works
                                                   including at the popular LGBTQ+ festival,
                                                                                                          Albert Hall
                                                   Queer Contact.

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Libraries and Literature                                                                                                Heritage sites

                                                                                                               Victoria Baths                                       The Monastery
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                                                                                                               No longer functioning as a ‘water palace’ and        Once a Franciscan Church and Friary, and
                                                                                                               Turkish baths, this Grade II listed building hosts   described as architect Edward Pugin’s gothic
                                                                                                               regular events and is a stunning visit for any       masterpiece; the Grade II* listed Monastery was
                                                                                                               photographer, with stained glass, terracotta tiles   deconsecrated in 1989 and is now one of the most
                                                                                                               and mosaic floors.                                   prized heritage sites in Greater Manchester.

                                                                                                               Manchester Town Hall                                 Pankhurst Centre
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                                                                                                               Waterhouse is one of the finest examples of          The birthplace of the Suffragette movement,
                                                                                                               Victorian Gothic architecture in the UK and          The Pankhurst Centre is the restored Grade II
                                                                                                               opened in 1877. Manchester Town Hall is currently    listed former home of Emmeline Pankhurst and
                                                                                                               undergoing refurbishment and will reopen to the      her daughters, and the only museum in the UK
                                                                                                               public in 2024.                                      dedicated to telling the story of women’s fight for
                                                                                                                                                                    the right to vote.
                                                                                                               Manchester Cathedral
                                                                                                               2 manchestercathedral                                Rochdale Pioneers Museum
Manchester Central Library
                                                                                                               The cathedral is an essential visit in Manchester,   2 coopheritage
                                                                                                               featuring gorgeous interior housing the finest       Widely regarded as the home of the worldwide Co-
Chetham’s Library                                      John Rylands Library                                    late medieval woodwork in the North of England,      operative movement, this small museum is based
                                                                                                               alongside stunning modern stained glass.
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Housed in a beautiful sandstone building dating        A masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture,                                                              Society’s first store which opened in 1844.
from 1421, Chetham’s has been in continuous use        it looks more like a castle or cathedral from the
as a public library for over 350 years, making it      outside; however, inside you will be treated to one
the oldest public library in the UK. Marx and          of the most spectacular library settings in the UK.
Engels studied here, and visitors can take a
seat at their desk.                                    Anthony Burgess Foundation
Manchester Central Library
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                                                       The International Anthony Burgess Foundation is
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The magnificently refurbished Central Library is       and scholarly interest in the life and work of
known as both the city’s study and its living room.    Manchester’s Anthony Burgess.
Alongside an unrivalled hub of information and
education, it’s a great place to meet and socialise.   The Portico Library
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
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                                                       The third in Manchester’s ‘ancient’ library trio (see
2 elizabeth_gaskells_house                             Chetham’s and John Rylands), The Portico Library
The Grade II* listed property helps visitors           first opened in 1806 and holds a unique collection
discover how Manchester’s novelist lived, where        of books, archives and illustrations spanning over
she wrote some of her most famous novels, and          450 years.
where she entertained guests, including
Charlotte Brontë and Charles Dickens.                                                                          Victoria Baths

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Sport                                                                                                     LGBTQ+

                                                                                                              The Village                                           Greater Manchester Pride events
                                                                                                              A beacon of celebration in the city, the Village is   For an intimate way to celebrate pride season, the
                                                                                                              a welcoming community of bars, nightclubs,            individual boroughs across Greater Manchester
                                                                                                              restaurants and businesses open to all. Centred       host fantastic community events. From Salford’s
                                                                                                              around Canal Street, you can expect to find a         The Pink Picnic held in Peel Park to events in
                                                                                                              flourishing queer scene with entertainment on         towns like Bolton and Wigan. Manchester also
                                                                                                              any night of the week.                                hosts The Sparkle Weekend, the world’s largest
                                                                                                                                                                    free-to-attend celebration of gender diversity.
                                                                                                              Alternative queer clubbing
                                                                                                              Whilst the Village is the undisputed centre of        LGBTQ+ art and culture
                                                                                                              Manchester’s LGBTQ+ life, a thriving alternative      Contact theatre’s Queer Contact and Hope
                                                                                                              club scene occupies safe spaces at nights             Mill Theatre’s Turn On Fest are just two annual
                                                                                                              like Kiss Me Again, Bollox, Pop Curious? and          festivals dedicated to LGBTQ+ arts and
                                                                                                              Homoelectric, and at venues such as Hidden and        performance, whilst the year-round programmes
                                                                                                              The White Hotel.                                      at spots like HOME and 53two feature plenty of
                                                                                                                                                                    queer culture.
                                                                                                              Manchester Pride
                                                                                                              Held every August Bank Holiday Weekend,               Sport groups
Emirates Old Trafford
                                                                                                              Manchester Pride is a four-day celebration            As a major sporting city, it’s no surprise there’s a
                                                                                                              featuring a festival-style programme of music         welcoming LGBTQ+ group for almost any sport
                                                                                                              with further events in and around the Gay Village     you can think of. From the Rainy City roller derby
                                                                                                              including the famous parade, Youth Pride,             club and Manchester Frontrunners, to the Village
Stadium Tours                                          Whistle Punks Axe Throwing
                                                                                                              Superbia and the poignant candlelit vigil.            Spartan rugby club and GHAP badminton.
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Manchester United and Manchester City both             Unleash your inner Viking warrior as you compete
offer behind-the-scenes tours of Old Trafford and      to hurl hatchets at wooden targets. Sessions
the Etihad, giving guests an immersive experience      start with a tutorial on how to sling an axe, before
with knowledgeable and passionate guides where         letting you loose on a tournament.
the magic of these two teams comes to life.
                                                       Helly Hansen Watersports Centre
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2 chillfactore                                         Salford Quay’s watersports and outdoor activities
Home to the UK’s longest real snow slope,              centre is the place to go for windsurfing,
Chill Factore offers plenty of activities from         wakeboarding, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and
sledging and sliding to group ski lessons and          climbing.
private tuition.
                                                       Emirates Old Trafford
National Cycling Centre                                2 emiratesOT
2 nationalcyclingcentre                                The home of Lancashire County Cricket Club,
Britain’s first indoor Olympic cycling track and one   Emirates Old Trafford is an integral part of the
of the World’s fastest board tracks, Manchester’s      North West sporting scene, hosting international
National Cycling Centre is open to athletes and        Test, One Day and T20 cricket matches.
novices alike. It’s also home to a BMX arena and
track and offers mountain bike trails in Clayton
Vale park.                                                                                                    Canal Street

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Coffee                                                                                                    Brunch

                                                                                                            Federal Café & Bar                                    Pot Kettle Black
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                                                                                                            Federal is a small independent chain run by a         With new branches popping up around town, the
                                                                                                            team who are passionate about great coffee            original located in Barton Arcade, is an example
                                                                                                            and amazing brunch. They’ve been providing            of beautifully restored Victorian architecture
                                                                                                            Manchester with a bit of antipodean café culture      offering some of the city’s best coffee and
                                                                                                            since 2014.                                           vibrant, easy-going food.

                                                                                                            The Creameries                                        Trove
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                                                                                                            Located in hippy Chorlton, The Creameries is a        Once a husband and wife team, Trove now has
                                                                                                            neighbourhood bakery, bar and restaurant serving      two sites, one in Levenshulme and the other in
                                                                                                            simple and delicious food from an open kitchen in     Ancoats. The café makes the food from scratch,
                                                                                                            a garden-like space.                                  by hand, with a focus on organic and locally
                                                                                                                                                                  sourced produce.
                                                                                                            Ezra & Gil
Takk                                                                                                        2 ezraandgil                                          Evelyn’s Cafe
                                                                                                            Loosely translated as ‘helper of happiness’, Ezra &   2 evelynscafebar
                                                                                                            Gil do exactly that through an appreciation for all   This shabby-chic bistro with a multitude of plants
Ancoats Coffee Co.                                     Grindsmith                                           thing’s coffee and food, all set within cool spaces   lining the bare brick walls is a sure-fire win on
2 ancoatscoffeeco                                      2 grindsmithcoffee                                   with an industrial, stripped-back style.              Instagram. Not only is it attractive to look at, the
Housed in former cotton warehouse Royal                What started out as a Crowdfunder in 2013                                                                  food is outstanding as well.
Mill, the team at Ancoats Coffee Co roast their        now sees Grindsmith as one of Greater
speciality coffee on-site and supply to countless      Manchester’s leading purveyors of coffee with
bars, cafes and restaurants across Greater             branches in the city centre and MediaCityUK,
Manchester.                                            as well as the original ‘Pod’ which has now
                                                       moved to Pollards Yard.
Idle Hands
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Located within Dale House in the Northern              2 takkmcr
Quarter, Idle Hands is a speciality coffee shop that   Nordic-inspired Takk is another growing indy
also makes excellent dessert pies, great brunch        chain with several outposts that aim to provide
and sells natural wines and craft beer to both         a welcoming space to work, meet, talk, and
drink in and takeaway.                                 dream up some big ideas.

Foundation Coffee                                      ManCoCo
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With several locations popping up around town          The very definition of a hidden gem, this roastery
including spots on either side of the Village,         and café is tucked away under the arches on
Foundation boasts minimal design and provides          Hewitt Street, near Castlefield Gallery. ManCoCo
the perfect setting for serious coffee enthusiasts.    specialises in hand roasting speciality coffees
                                                       from around the world.

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Restaurants                                                                                              Casual dining

Peter Street Kitchen                                Dishoom                                               Bundobust
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Exquisitely presented and beautifully balanced,     Inspired by Bombay’s Irani colonial café scene this   Hidden away beneath an unassuming corner of
the menu at Peter Street Kitchen explores fine      award-winning Indian café group has become a          Piccadilly Gardens, and with a second location
contemporary Japanese cuisine matched with the      firm Manchester favourite based at the stunning       on the way, Bundobust serves up a winning
heat and zing from a selection of contemporary      Manchester Hall on Bridge Street.                     combination of all-vegetarian Indian street food
Mexican dishes.                                                                                           and a mighty selection of craft beer.
                                                    The Refuge by Volta
Mana                                                2 therefugemcr                                        Cocktail Beer Ramen + Bun
2 restaurant.mana                                   Housed within the beautiful surrounds of the          2 cbrb_mcr
Owned by chef Simon Martin, Mana is                 Kimpton Clocktower and fashioned by two former        This award-winning Northern Quarter late-night
Manchester’s first Michelin star restaurant since   DJs turned restauranteurs, Refuge offers a range      ramen joint specialises in tonkotsu ramen and        Bundobust © Tom Joy
1977. Serving a reservation-only, multiple course   of small and large plates perfect for sharing as      steamed bao buns, with plenty of veggie and
menu, the restaurant champions British produce      well as an extensive drinks menu.                     vegan options and an excellent cocktail menu.
whilst taking inspiration from other cultures.                                                            It’s open until 2am five nights a week.
                                                                                                                                                               The Spärrows
                                                    Fazenda                                                                                                    2 sparrows_mcr
The Bull & Bear                                     2                                       Porta Salford                                        Here you’ll find an intriguing combination of
2 bullandbearmcr                                    From sipping cocktails in the atmospheric bar,        2 porta_salford                                      handmade dumplings, fresh egg pasta Spätzle,
                                                    to enjoying the full rodizio experience, Fazenda –                                                         other European classics such as Russian Pelmeni,
Overseen by renowned British chef Tom Kerridge                                                            Located on Bexley Square, off Chapel Street in
                                                    located in Spinningfields – is the perfect example                                                         Polish Pierogi, Italian Ravioli, and Japanese Sake.
and set within the Stock Exchange Hotel, The Bull                                                         Salford, this award-winning casual tapas spot is
                                                    of sophistication, where authenticity meets the                                                            It shouldn’t work but food critics love it.
& Bear offers refined British comfort food served                                                         ‘inspired by the tiniest independent tapas bars of
within the grand domed room of the former           modern gaucho.                                        Barcelona and Madrid’.
trading floor.
                                                    Hawksmoor                                                                                                  2 erst_mcr
                                                    2 hawksmoormanchester                                 Richmond Tea Rooms                                   A beautifully simple natural wine bar and
                                                    Located in a late Victorian courthouse on             2 richmondtearooms                                   restaurant, Erst has quickly established itself as
                                                    Deansgate, put simply Hawksmoor serve the                                                                  one of the best neighbourhood dining spots in
                                                                                                          Set over two floors, this enchanting ‘Alice in
                                                    best steaks in Manchester and have a wonderful                                                             Ancoats; an area packed with talented kitchens.
                                                                                                          Wonderland’ themed dining experience in the
                                                    reputation for service and attention to detail.       Village is everything you want from an afternoon
                                                                                                          tea spot and perfect for group celebrations.
                                                    El Gato Negro                                                                                              2 vertigo_plantbased
                                                    2 elgatonegromanc                                                                                          This rapidly expanding independent vegan chain
                                                    Set in the style of an opulent Spanish townhouse,                                                          has outposts on Cross Street, First Street and
                                                    chef patron Simon Shaw’s El Gato Negro on King                                                             at MediaCityUK, offering a wide range of hearty
                                                    Street takes the best of modern and traditional                                                            plates, snack foods as well as a great selection of
                                                    Spanish flavours, while drawing on inspiration                                                             desserts and cakes.
                                                    and ingredients from closer to home.
                                                    Kala                                                                                                       2 wearerudyspizza
                                                    2 kala_bistro_manchester                                                                                   No Manchester casual dining list would be
                                                    From the team behind several fantastic bistros                                                             complete without a mention for Rudy’s, the now
                                                    across the North West, Gary Usher’s Kala offers                                                            iconic Neapolitan pizza joint – consistently ranked
                                                    humble British comfort food within a stunning                                                              best pizza in the UK – that started in Ancoats and
Dishoom                                             space on King Street.                                 Richmond Tea Rooms
                                                                                                                                                               now has several locations across the North.

Food halls and street food                                                                                          Dessert spots

                                                                                                         Pollen Bakery                                       Ginger’s Comfort Emporium
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                                                                                                         Name-checked in The Sunday Times ‘30 best           Following the success of their ‘ice cream van for
                                                                                                         bakeries in the UK’, Pollen Bakery’s sourdough is   grown-ups’ which still tours food festivals and
                                                                                                         unquestionably the best bread in the city whilst    markets around Manchester, Ginger’s also have
                                                                                                         their viennoiserie has people queuing around        a permanent shop in Afflecks to sample their
                                                                                                         New Islington Marina.                               ever-changing selection of ice creams.

                                                                                                         Siop Shop                                           Gooey
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                                                                                                         Tucked away in the back streets of the Northern     Causing queues wherever they pop up, the guys
                                                                                                         Quarter is Siop Shop who are famous for their       at Gooey specialise in big, bold cookies bursting
                                                                                                         doughnuts, but also do cakes, pancakes, brunch      with sticky, messy flavours that you won’t find
                                                                                                         food and great coffee.                              anywhere else.

                                                                                                         Black Milk                                          Long Boi’s Bakehouse
Escape to Freight Island
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                                                                                                         Black Milk started life as Manchester’s premier     This neighbourhood bakery is just another
                                                                                                         cereal and milk café and has evolved into one       reason to visit Levenshulme. Created by bakers
                                                                                                         of the city’s best spots for desserts – shakes,     from Pollen and Siop Shop, there are plenty of
Mackie Mayor                                        The Produce Hall
                                                                                                         brownies, cookies, cakes; you name it and they      experimental treats on offer as well as vegan
2 mackiemayor                                       2 theproducehall                                     will have an insane take on it.                     versions of your favourites.
Overhauled and re-imagined by the team behind       160 years of history have been preserved at
Altrincham Market House, Mackie Mayor is filled     Stockport’s The Produce Hall, which leaves
with artisan food traders in the stunning,          behind former lives as a library and market to
made-for-photos surroundings of a former            bring a selection of independent food and drink
Victorian meat market.                              to the heart of the Old Town square.

Corn Exchange                                       Stretford Foodhall
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Filling the stunning Grade II listed Edwardian      Streford Foodhall’s independent kitchens offer
Corn Exchange, twelve restaurants offer             short residencies for up-and-coming traders,
convenient dining under one glass-domed roof,       attracting the best of street food, alongside a
just moments’ walk from Manchester Arndale          concept space that welcomes independent
and Victoria train station.                         shops, DJ events, art and culture.

GRUB                                                Escape to Freight Island
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Run by local street food champions, GRUB is         Taking residence on the platform of the former
Manchester’s biggest street food event, featuring   Mayfield Railway station, Escape to Freight Island
local traders rotating on a weekly basis at The     is a 600-seat open-air venue, bringing live music
Red Bank Project. Every Sunday is a dedicated       and events alongside street-style food and drink
plant-based day, offering sustainably sourced       from ten independent traders.
and vegan-friendly craft beer and food.                                                                  Black Milk

Bars                                                                                                       Pubs

Albert’s Schloss                                                                                               Britons Protection                                    The Wharf
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The city’s most lively bar by a stretch. The lines                                                             This Edwardian hostelry was known for signing         Overlooking Castlefield Basin, The Wharf brings
can be long, but once inside you’ll be treated to                                                              up soldiers and has an impressive set of murals       a slice of country pub to the city. Dogs and
an eclectic Bavarian space clad in wood with                                                                   inside commemorating the Peterloo Massacre            their walkers are welcome to enjoy the scenic
great drinks and a variety of off-the-wall live                                                                of 1819. As well as serving real ale, The Britons     Canalside seating and the pub’s seasonal menu.
performances.                                                                                                  Protection stocks over 300 whiskeys.
                                                                                                                                                                     The Pilcrow
The Jane Eyre                                                                                                  The Flying Horse                                      2 thepilcrowpub
2 thejaneeyremcr                                                                                               2 flyerrochdale                                       Starting out as a community project; apart from
Run by two brothers, at this Ancoats bolthole                                                                  A pub worth a train or tram ride to, The Flying       the base, every single element of the pub has
you’ll find cocktail classics with a twist, an eclectic                                                        Horse next to Rochdale’s iconic Town Hall first       been crafted by hand by local volunteers using
range of keg and bottled beers and simple food                                                                 opened in 1691. It is the oldest free house in the    traditional techniques. Visually impressive with a
that puts an emphasis on quality ingredients.                                                                  town and has been named CAMRA’s Greater               Scandi feel, selling fantastic beers.
                                                                                                               Manchester Pub of the Year twice.
Cottonopolis                                                                                                                                                         The Molly House
                                                                                                               The Kings Arms                                        2 themollyhousemanchester
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The essence of Northern Quarter cool,                     Ducie Street Warehouse                               2 kingssalford                                        The Molly House is a cosy bar and tapas
Cottonopolis has a wonderfully moody interior                                                                  Described as Britain’s most bohemian back-street      restaurant nestled behind the Village’s Canal
and serves up a selection of interesting cocktails                                                             boozer, The Kings Arms in Salford is not just         Street. It’s adorned with a mural featuring gay
while sushi plates whizz past your shoulders.             YES                                                  any old pub. Revellers can expect a year-round        icons such as Alan Turning and Quentin Crisp.
                                                                                                               programme of live theatre, spoken word, music,
                                                          2 yes_mcr                                                                                                  The Peveril of the Peak
20 Stories                                                                                                     comedy and a resident cat!
                                                          Sprawled over a compact four-floor warehouse,                                                              Arguably Manchester’s most distinctive pub, this
2 20storiesmcr                                            this indie music venue is one of the best spots to   The Marble Arch                                       Grade II listed building dates back to the 1820s
High above the city in Spinningfields, this               just kick back and listen to great music –
prestigious rooftop cocktail bar and restaurant           live or otherwise. The rooftop bar area is a
                                                                                                               2 themarblearchmcr                                    and has a gloriously unique green tiled exterior,
                                                                                                               Built in 1888, The Marble Arch sits behind historic   whilst inside the pub is cosy and unpretentious.
has become a regular haunt for Manchester’s               summer favourite.
movers and shakers and is the ultimate special                                                                 Angel Meadow Park, retaining original interiors
date location.                                            Speak in Code                                        including sloping mosaic floors and glazed tile
                                                                                                               ceiling. It is home to the Marble microbrewery.
                                                          2 speak_in_code
Ducie Street Warehouse
                                                          Manchester’s not short of tiny cocktail bars
2 duciestreet                                             hidden in plain sight (see also The Washhouse,
A hotspot for remote working, Ducie Street                Wood & Company and Behind Closed Doors),
Warehouse also has a stunning bar space for               but Speak in Code is one of the best, garnering
relaxed drinks perhaps before catching a movie            awards for their forwarding thinking, sustainably
in the mini cinema, or a train from adjacent              focused cocktails.
Piccadilly station.
                                                          The Blues Kitchen
No 1 Canal Street                                         2 theblueskitchenmcr
2 no1canalstreet                                          A new addition to the city, The Blues Kitchen’s
The first of many stops on a Canal Street night           first outpost outside of London has restored a
out, No 1 Canal Street is an upmarket hangout             stunning venue to bring a heady mix of Blues
for the LGBTQ+ community.                                 and BBQ to Peter Street.                             The Marble Arch                                       The Peveril of the Peak

Breweries and gin making                                                                                              Markets and traders

                                                                                                           Makers Markets                                       Altrincham Market
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                                                                                                           A weekend highlight, The Makers Markets pop up       The suburb town of Altrincham has hosted a
                                                                                                           on rotation across Greater Manchester including      market for over 700 years. Attached to the foodie
                                                                                                           at Great Northern and in the Northern Quarter,       hotspot of Altrincham Market House, expect to
                                                                                                           bringing together independent traders with           find everything from artisan food, to vintage, craft
                                                                                                           homemade crafts, food, drink and entertainment.      and design specialists.

                                                                                                           Levenshulme Market                                   Manchester Craft and Design Centre
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                                                                                                           A community-run social enterprise, Levenshulme       Buy something handmade, personal and bespoke
                                                                                                           Market runs every weekend bringing an ever-          at Manchester Craft and Design Centre. Explore
                                                                                                           changing mix of artisan goods, crafts, street food   two floors of contemporary studios within the
                                                                                                           and local produce.                                   unique surroundings of a Victorian market
                                                                                                           Pollard Yard
                                                                                                           2 pollard_yard                                       Hatch
Three Rivers Gin School                                                                                    Neighbouring Ancoats and New Islington,              2 hatchmcr
                                                                                                           Pollard Yard is comprised of almost 100 former       Nestled under the iconic Mancunian Way flyover,
                                                                                                           shipping containers now repurposed into small        Hatch is another spot made up of repurposed
                                                                                                           independent businesses, craft makers and arts        shipping containers packed with street food
Cloudwater Unit 9                                   Beer Nouveau                                           spaces. It has ambitions to be Manchester’s          operators and artisan coffee alongside a host of
2 cloudwaterunit9                                   2 beernouveau                                          biggest creative co-op.                              independent and specialist shops.
Unit 9 is the award-winning Cloudwater’s            An experimental micro-brewery taking space
taproom. Situated next door to the brewery, the     under formal industrial arches, Beer Nouveau
taproom includes 20 draft taps to showcase          commits itself to environmentally friendly brewing
fresh releases, barrel-aged beers, and cans and     and opens its brewery taproom every Friday and
bottles to take-away.                               Saturday.

Runaway Brewery                                     Seven Bro7hers
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A microbrewery focused on small-batch beer          Born out of seven actual brothers’ love of
influenced by British taste, The Runaway Brewery    beer, Seven Bro7hers operates two taprooms
offers tours and tastings at its working brewery,   in Ancoats and Middlewood Locks as well
alongside a small railway arch taproom and shop.    brewery tours at their manufacturing base near
Manchester Gin
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Starting life as a small-batch operation from       2 mcrthreerivers
a dining room, Manchester Gin now occupies          Nestled under the railway arches in the Green
an atmospheric space in the arches beneath          Quarter, classes of up to 30 people can hear the
Manchester Central, combining gin distillery        story of Three Rivers Gin, learn how they distil and
tasting and making with a cocktail bar and          bottle each small batch on-site, and then produce
restaurant Three Little Words.                      a bottle to take home.                                 Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Independent Shopping                                                                                          High Street shopping

                                                                                                           Selfridges                                          The Trafford Centre
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                                                                                                           With two outposts – one at The Trafford Centre      Known for its extravagant Rococo and Baroque
                                                                                                           and a larger store in Exchange Square, shoppers     design and high street favourites, The Trafford
                                                                                                           can expect designer brands alongside in-store       Centre is an impressive shopping centre like no
                                                                                                           personal shopping, beauty experts and places to     other, with a food court modelled to look like a
                                                                                                           eat lunch.                                          cruise liner.

                                                                                                           Manchester Arndale                                  Spinningfields
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                                                                                                           The city centre’s main shopping mall, Manchester    The city’s commercial district, Spinningfields is
                                                                                                           Arndale is where you’ll find a huge selection of    a glass and steel collection of high-end retailers
                                                                                                           high street names spread over two floors, plus a    dotted amongst big business. The Avenue, the
                                                                                                           third-floor food court.                             districts shopping street, is home to the flagship
                                                                                                                                                               stores of Emporio Armani, Mulberry and Flannels.
                                                                                                           King Street
 Oklahoma                                              Afflecks
                                                                                                           2 kingstreetmanchester                              Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
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                                                                                                           the former banking district, King Street offers a   The UK’s largest Designer Outlet, Cheshire Oaks
                                                                                                           range of shopping and eating options, from the      is a 50-minute drive from Manchester, offering
Afflecks                                              Fred Aldous
                                                                                                           impressive Tudor-style Boodles, to refined          145 boutiques, restaurants and cafés with labels
2 afflecks_manchester                                 2 fredaldous                                         brands such as Castle Fine Art, Vivienne            including Burberry, Polo, and Hugo Boss at
Step into Afflecks, an Aladdin’s cave of unique       Helping the people of Manchester make and            Westwood, and Diesel.                               attractive prices.
traders, offering an array of wonderful jewellery,    create for over 130 years, Fred Aldous stocks a
clothing and craft stores. Spend hours getting lost   comprehensive range of arts and crafts materials,
in the labyrinth of treasures in one of the           plus haberdashery and is somewhere you can
city’s best-loved shopping emporiums.                 quite easily while away a whole afternoon.

Oi Polloi                                             Rare Mags
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This iconic Northern Quarter store, much-loved        Setting up shop alongside Stockport’s growing
by locals offers a comprehensive tour of the best     independent scene, Rare Mags stocks a variety of
classic and contemporary men’s clothes and            hard to find niche magazines and books, perfect
footwear.                                             for collectors of design-led publications.

Oklahoma                                              Form Lifestyle Store
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Showering colour and personality over red brick       Tucked away on a Northern Quarter side street,
streets with eclectic, character-filled window        all of the pieces at Form have been carefully
displays, Oklahoma is a go-to place for gifts,        selected with a focus on design, function and
showcasing independent artists and makers             simplicity. Their spiral staircase is one the most
and celebrating handmade, fair trade and              photographed in Manchester.
ethical goods.

Activities                                                                                                      Tours

                                                                                                           Professional walking tours                             Manchester Taxi Tours
                                                                                                           There’s no better way to find your feet in a city      2 manchestertaxitours
                                                                                                           than on a professional walking tour. Manchester        For those wanting to cover a lot of ground in a
                                                                                                           Guided Tours, New Manchester Walks and                 short time, hail a taxi tour with John Consterdine.
                                                                                                           Free Manchester Walking Tours all run great            John’s fun and flexible style allows you to visit
                                                                                                           introductory tours covering Manchester’s history       anywhere based on your interests – whether
                                                                                                           and heritage, including the regular Discover           that’s football, music, or Corrie!
                                                                                                           Manchester tour; however individual guides
                                                                                                           such as Emma Fox, Jonathan Schofield and               Skyliner Tours
                                                                                                           Pauline Lloyd also run specialist tours on niche
                                                                                                           topics and in multiple languages.                      2 skylinermcr
                                                                                                                                                                  Join Hayley Flynn as she shares vast knowledge
                                                                                                           Scranchester tours                                     about the Northern Quarter, the names behind
                                                                                                                                                                  some of the area’s best street art, and lesser
                                                                                                           2 scranchestertours                                    known heritage sites that you won’t find on
                                                                                                           Run by friendly local Rob Kelly, Scranchester          other tours.
                                                                                                           tours take you on a multi-stop food tour around
 East Lancashire Railway
                                                                                                           the city, revealing fascinating facts about            Craft Beer Tour Manchester
                                                                                                           Manchester and England’s food history.
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                                                                                                           Invisible Manchester                                   If you’re into beer, you’ll want to join Craft Beer
                                                                                                                                                                  Tour Manchester on their three-hour romp
Food Sorcery                                          East Lancashire Railway                              2 invisiblemanchester                                  around one of the UK’s best craft brewing cities.
2 foodsorcery                                         2 eastlancsrly                                       All of Invisible City’s experienced tour guides have   Look out for their new wine and brunch tour
Make your way to Didsbury for a fun-filled session    A ride on the East Lancashire Railway offers         been affected by homelessness. Often holding no        coming soon.
of hands-on cooking led by expert chefs. Choose       glorious countryside, chocolate box villages,        punches, they offer their own personal insight into
classes focused on your favourite world cuisine or    brilliant pubs, and plenty of fascinating history.   Manchester’s past, present and future.
hone in on a specific skill such as bread baking or   With a storied history stretching back to the
spice blending.                                       beginning of the Industrial Revolution, it’s the
                                                      steam powered heart of the Irwell Valley.
Breakout Manchester
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You know the drill – you get locked in a room with    Hop aboard the Princess Katherine for a return
friends, family or work colleagues for an hour        sightseeing trip to Salford Quays via the history
and have to solve a series of puzzles, riddles, and   packed Manchester Ship Canal, enjoy a live
tasks to escape. This is a Manchester take on that    music cruise, or experience the ultimate
much-loved concept.                                   alternative to match day travel to Old Trafford.

Sightseeing Manchester                                Chester Zoo
Manchester’s open-top bus tour takes you round        2 chesterzoo
some of the city’s key sights. The pre-recorded       The most visited zoo in the UK is just a 50-minute
tour has 12 stops and you can hop-on hop-off          drive from Manchester and makes a great day out
as much as you like on tickets that are valid for     when combined with Cheshire Oaks Designer
48 hours.                                             Outlet. The zoo features 35,000 animals to visit
                                                      over 128 acres of zoological gardens.
                                                                                                           Manchester Taxi Tours

Parks & Countryside                                                                                              Historic Halls

Etherow Country Park                                                                                       Ordsall Hall                                           Bramhall Hall
Covering the site of an old cotton mill, Etherow                                                           Dating back over 820 years, Ordsall Hall in            The magnificent wall paintings, striking
Country Park is home to over 100 species of birds                                                          Salford is a stunning Manor House with beautiful       Elizabethan plaster ceiling, and Victorian Kitchens
and offers a haven for birdwatching, rambling,                                                             Tudor-style gardens. Legend has it the infamous        and Servants’ Quarters give this timber-framed
sailing, and angling.                                                                                      Gunpowder Plot was conjured up here by Guy             Tudor Manor House a unique charm.
Healey Dell                                                                                                                                                       Smithalls Hall
Take in the views from a 100-foot high disused                                                             Wythenshaw Hall                                        One of Bolton’s original family homes dating back
1800’s railway viaduct or enjoy the wildlife                                                               Following a devastating fire in 2016 the               to medieval times, Smithills Hall is set in over
sanctuary with delightful scenery and spectacular                                                          spectacular Wythenshaw Hall has been                   2,000 acres of grounds and gardens and is one of
waterfalls just two miles from Rochdale town                                                               painstakingly restored to its former glory, ready to   the best-preserved manor houses in the region.
centre.                                                                                                    welcome a new generation of visitors.
                                                                                                                                                                  Heaton Hall
Burrs Country Park                                                                                         Dunham Massey                                          The Grade I listed Heaton Hall houses staterooms
Located just outside of Bury, Burrs Country                                                                This National Trust run Georgian house, a short        and a rare Etruscan room. It is located in Heaton
Park is the ideal spot for riverside walks, fishing,                                                       journey from Altrincham town centre, features a        Park which offers plenty to do including an animal
and birdwatching. You can also follow the Irwell                                                           garden for all seasons, an ancient deer park and       centre, Tram Museum, large boating lake, and
                                                       Healey Dell
Sculpture Trail, which will lead you to the quaint                                                         300 acres of beautiful parkland to explore.            horse riding.
town of Ramsbottom.
                                                                                                           Lyme Park                                              Chatsworth House
Werneth Low                                            Peel Park                                           Located in Disley, just south of Stockport, Lyme       Located a short drive from Manchester, in the heart
Only 9.5 miles from the city centre, Werneth           The first public park in the UK funded entirely     Park consists of a mansion, gardens and deer           of the Peak District, Chatsworth features over
Low Country Park extends over 200 acres,               by the people’s subscription, Peel Park has been    park and was famously used as Pemberley, the           30 rooms to explore, including the magnificent
providing panoramic views of Manchester,               bringing Salford residents together since 1846.     seat of Mr Darcy, in the 1995 BBC adaptation of        Painted Hall as well as 105 acres of gardens.
beyond to Liverpool, and on a clear day the            The neighbouring Meadows and Kersal Wetlands        Pride and Prejudice.
mountains of Wales.                                    are excellent add-ons for walking and wildlife

                                                       Haigh Woodland Park
                                                       Set over 250 acres of parkland, Haigh Woodland
                                                       Park is ideal for families – as well as beautiful
                                                       scenery, the park offers mini-golf, a miniature
                                                       railway, and aerial climbing activities.

                                                       Dove Stone Reservoir
                                                       Situated on the edge of Oldham and the Peak
                                                       District, Dove Stone offers dramatic landscape
                                                       surrounded by hills, with woodland walks and
                                                       tracks surrounding the four main reservoirs.

                                                       Rivington Pike
                                                       Offering stunning views as far as the Isle of Man
                                                       and Cumbrian Fells, Rivington Pike and its tower
                                                       on Winter Hill can be seen from miles around and
                                                       is a popular destination for walkers.
Dove Stone Reservoir                                                                                       Chatsworth House

What’s new                                                                                                 Coming soon

                                                                                                            The Factory                                          Mayfield Park
                                                                                                            Designed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA, the 13,300sqm         Manchester’s first city-centre park in over 100
                                                                                                            and highly flexible Factory will be the new world-   years, Mayfield Park is due in 2023 and is part
                                                                                                            class arts and cultural centre for the north of      of the new development of former railway
                                                                                                            England. Anticipated to open in late 2022 in         station Mayfield. It will span 6.5 acres of open
                                                                                                            St. John’s neighbourhood, it will be the permanent   green spaces, floodable meadows, and a rich
                                                                                                            home of Manchester International Festival.           biodiversity for wildlife to thrive in.

                                                                                                            Therme Manchester                                    Co-op Live
                                                                                                            Plans to open the UK’s first city-based wellbeing    The UK’s first purpose-driven arena, Co-op
                                                                                                            resort in 2023 are underway. Therme Manchester       Live is a state-of-the-art venue that is aiming to
                                                                                                            will combine water-based activities with             host music, sport, charity, and business events
                                                                                                            wellbeing treatments, art, nature, and technology    by 2023. It will be sustainable and socially
                                                                                                            to create a unique experience not seen before in     responsible, creating zero waste and generating
                                                                                                            the UK.                                              funds for community causes.

                                                                                                            Modern Surf                                          Hotel pipeline
RHS Garden Bridgewater ©Neil Hepworth
                                                                                                            Early plans for the region’s first surfing lagoon    Greater Manchester looks set to add thousands
                                                                                                            include interactive attractions for visitors and     of additional rooms to its bed stock in the coming
                                                                                                            surfers such as a pump track and fitness zone,       years. Highlights include Brewdog’s 18 room
                                                                                                            a halfpipe/boarding area and exercise areas          Doghouse beer hotel concept, a 275 bedroom
RHS Garden Bridgewater                                 Northern Roots                                       including bouldering and balancing zones.            ‘Jenga style’ build from Leonardo Hotels, and
2 rhsbridgewater                                       2 northernrootsoldham                                                                                     Mollies Motel & Diner designed by the team at
The RHS’s new 154-acre garden, set within the          Five minutes from Oldham town centre lies                                                                 Soho House.
lost historic grounds at Worsley New Hall in           Northern Roots, a 160-acre site with plans to
Salford, features one of the UK’s biggest Walled       become the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park
Gardens, a Kitchen Garden, orchards, and               that offers lush urban green space where you can
Chinese Garden amongst other spaces.                   walk, run, bike or ride.

Napoleon’s Casino                                      Manchester Poetry Library
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Napoleon’s Casino and Restaurant on Portland           Building on Manchester’s UNESCO City of
Street features a range of gaming tables, a            Literature status, this new library – part of
stunning restaurant overlooking the gaming area        Manchester Metropolitan University – aims to
and a striking cocktail bar.                           widen public access to poetry and foster new
                                                       creative writing.
I’m A Celebrity… Jungle Challenge
2 iacjunglechallenge                                   Circle Square and St. John’s
A new family entertainment attraction celebrating      2 circlesquaremcr | stjohnsmcr
ITV’s popular show, I’m A Celebrity… Jungle            Two significant city-centre developments – Circle
Challenge offers an exciting mix of tasks and trials   Square off Oxford Road and St. John’s on the
including jungle zip lines, treetop rope courses       former Granada Studios site – are creating vast
and climbing walls.                                    new neighbourhoods packed with residential,
                                                       office and leisure spaces as well 5.7 and 13 acres
                                                       worth of public realm respectively.                  The Factory

Greater Manchester                                                                                              Greater Manchester

Don’t limit yourself to the city centre. The region of Greater Manchester is
comprised of ten boroughs, including Manchester, each packed with
everything from quintessential English countryside and quiet post-industrial
towns, to striking architecture and stirring cultural offerings. All boroughs are
accessible by either tram, bus, train, or taxi.

Bolton                                                Rochdale
Considered one of England’s friendliest towns,        Greater Manchester’s greenest borough,
Bolton offers a fantastic calendar of events          Rochdale has an abundance of award-winning
throughout the year including the brilliant Bolton    parks and open spaces such as Healey Dell. It’s
Food Festival, as well as captivating museums         also the birthplace of the Co-operative movement
and film-set streetscapes such as Le Mans             and its magnificent town hall is one of the regions’
Crescent.                                             greatest architectural gems.

Bury                                                  Salford
Take a trip out to Bury and hop on a steam train      With world-class entertainment, leisure and
along the East Lancashire Railway then wander         cultural facilities, Salford offers enough arts, sport,
the surrounding countryside. Visit a local brewery,   shopping and heritage to fill a week. Head to The
check out the excellent Fusilier Museum or            Quays, a stunning waterfront destination for
explore the famous Bury Markets.                      spectacular architecture, award-winning theatres,
                                                      galleries and museums, outlet shopping, cruises
Oldham                                                and sport. For postcard perfect snaps also check
Oldham retains many features of its proud history     out Worsley Village and the brand new RHS
as a powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution,         Garden Bridgewater.
                                                                                                                 Bramall Hall, Stockport
as well as modern attractions such as Gallery
Oldham. Nearby Dove Stone Reservoir, with its
natural beauty, is a stunning gateway to the Peak
District National Park.                                                                                         Stockport                                            Trafford
                                                                                                                Discover an array of hidden treasures in             A borough of contrasts, where the urban, cultural
                                                                                                                Stockport, from bustling modern shopping areas       and waterfront offer in the north meets the
                                                                                                                to quaint cobbled streets as well as heritage        fashionable suburbs and picturesque countryside
                                                                                                                attractions such as Stockport Air Raid Shelters,     in the south. Trafford is home to Manchester
                                                                                                                Bramall Hall, Staircase House, Stockport Plaza,      United, Lancashire County Cricket Club, IWM
                                                                                                                and the iconic Hat Works Museum. In recent           North, Altrincham Market and Dunham Massey
                                                                                                                years Stockport has also become something of         Hall and Gardens.
                                                                                                                a foodie hub, home to experimental restaurant
                                                                                                                Where The Light Gets In.                             Wigan
                                                                                                                                                                     Halfway between Manchester and Liverpool,
                                                                                                                Tameside                                             Wigan is full of variety. As the home of Wigan Pier,
                                                                                                                Tameside stretches eastward from Manchester          it offers a fascinating slice of industrial heritage
                                                                                                                to the fringes of the Peak District National Park.   as well as sprawling country parks such as
                                                                                                                Its landscape encompasses urban centres like         Haigh Hall, charming pubs and a diverse events
                                                                                                                Portland Basin, moorland and the spectacular         programme throughout the year.
Le Mans Crescent, Bolton                              The Lowry, Salford Quays
                                                                                                                vistas of Werneth Low Country Park.

72 Hours in Manchester                                                                                    72 Hours in Manchester

Manchester offers so much to see and do whether you’re creating an itinerary for                            Afternoon                                                              Afternoon
a day, weekend or longer. Here are some ideas of how to get the most out of your
                                                                                                            Head back to the city centre to                                        Head back to the city centre;
time in the city. All bookable products are marked with *, otherwise attraction is                          indulge; choose from:                                                  choose from:
free to enter.
                                                                                                            Afternoon Tea Taxi Tour*                                               Manchester Art Gallery
                                                                                                            Explore the city from the road                                         Outstanding pre-Raphaelite
DAY 1                                                                  Food Sorcery*                        with your local driver-guide.                                          paintings and early 20th century
Morning                                                                Unleash your inner chef with         Enjoy afternoon tea from local                                         British art. New costume gallery
                                                                       a place on one of the many           family bakery and chocolatier,                                         opening 2021.
Get to know the city on your                                           cookery classes                      Slattery’s.                                                            John Rylands Library
first morning in Manchester                                                                                 Craft Beer Tour Manchester*                                            A masterpiece of Victorian
with a walking tour. Choose                                            Evening
                                                                                                            Be introduced to breweries and                                         Gothic architecture with a
from:                                                                  Check out the Northern Quarter
                                                                                                            beer houses off the beaten path,                                       world-class collection of rare
                                                                       and Ancoats for restaurants and
                                                                                                            making it the perfect experience                                       and antique manuscripts.
Discover Manchester                                                    nightlife.
                                                                       Highlight: Band On The Wall          for beer lovers.                                                       Science & Industry Museum
Walking Tour*
                                                                                                            Treasure Hunt Manchester*          Science & Industry Museum           Explore the city’s rich history of
A fascinating look at the city’s
                                                                                                            Have fun and see Manchester a                                          innovation, whilst discovering
history, heritage and culture.
                                                                       DAY 2                                different way                                                          amazing objects and
Skyliner Street Art Tour*                                                                                                                      DAY 3                               revolutionary ideas.
                                    National Football Museum           Morning
Delve into the hidden history of                                                                                                               Morning
                                                                                                            Evening                                                                Breakout*
the Northern Quarter through
                                                                       Head out of the city centre to       Check out the Civic Quarter,                                           Great for small groups up to
its street art.                     Afternoon                          explore Greater Manchester;          the Central Retail District        Head to Salford Quays by boat       5 people, try and escape from
Scranchester*                                                          choose from:                         and the Medieval Quarter for       or by road; choose from:            different themed rooms.
‘Eat The City’ or ‘Explore          National Football Museum*                                               restaurants and nightlife.
Ancoats’ Tours. Discover hidden     Uncover the social history of      East Lancashire Railway*             Highlight: Royal Exchange          Manchester River Cruise*            Evening
gems and fantastic food along       football through interactive       A captivating journey on a           Theatre                            Discover the history of the         Check out Petersfield,
the way.                            activities and amazing exhibits.   vintage steam train, taking                                             Manchester Ship Canal.              Spinningfields and Castlefield
New Manchester Walks*                                                  in viaducts, historic towns                                             Journey from the city centre to     for restaurants and nightlife.
Tour around the great sights        Embrace the city’s favourite       and picturesque villages.                                               Salford Quays.                      Highlight: The Spirit of
and historic sites of Manchester,   past-time and choose                                                                                       Sightseeing Manchester Bus          Manchester Distillery, offers
                                                                       RHS Garden Bridgewater*
a range of themes available.        your team;                                                                                                 Tour*                               Guided Tour & Tastings, plus
                                                                       A magnificent garden at the
                                                                                                                                               Hop-on hop-off open top             dinner
                                                                       heart of Salford to be enjoyed
                                    Manchester City Football           all year round. Guided tours                                            bus tour. Commentary in 6
                                    Club Stadium                       available.                                                              languages. Explore the city’s
                                    & Club Tour*                                                                                               waterfront destination, Salford
                                    See where the magic happens        Elizabeth Gaskell’s House*
                                                                       Explore this Grade II listed                                            Quays; choose from;
                                    at the Etihad Stadium. Watch
                                                                       property that was the home                                              The Lowry
                                    the stadium come alive with
                                                                       of celebrated author                                                    One of the largest collections of
                                    unique VR experiences.
                                                                       Elizabeth Gaskell                                                       work by L.S. Lowry in the world,
                                    Manchester United Football                                                                                 plus changing exhibitions.
                                    Club Museum                        The Trafford Centre
                                                                       An impressive shopping centre                                           BBC Tours at MediaCityUK*
                                    & Stadium Tour*
                                                                       with more than just retail on                                           Behind the scenes tour of TV
                                    An immersive behind-the-
                                                                       offer. Find family fun at Sea Life                                      and Radio studios. Learn about
                                    scenes look at Old Trafford
                                                                       and Legoland Discovery Centre.                                          the world of broadcasting.
                                    with knowledgeable and
                                                                                                                                               Interactive tours for children
Manchester Walking Tour             passionate guides.                                                      Royal Exchange Theatre                                                 Sightseeing Manchester Bus Tour
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