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Things to do in Manchester

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Science Museum
“A must see for anyone interested in the history of Manchester. Only a short journey by foot. Worth noting that the first Computer ever build was made in Manchester. The industrial revolution was at its height here in Manchester. A great place to spend the day with family and educational too, even for the adults!”
  • 99 locals recommend
Tanning Salon
“Northern Quarter is used for various filming locations. In February 2020 parts of Stephenson Square were transformed into New York to shoot scenes of Netflix series "The Crown". Previously used for Morpheus and Captain America films. TV series "Life on Mars" filmed here. ”
  • 94 locals recommend
Stadium
“You can visit the home of one of the most famous football clubs in the world”
  • 72 locals recommend
Museum
“YOU CAN NOT COME TO MANCHESTER AND NOT SEE OLD TRAFFORD STADIUM AND SEE THE FOOTBALL MUSEUM”
  • 55 locals recommend
University
“Museum that is next door to the University of Manchester. Free entry and hosts a lot of natural history. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The gallery has one of the largest art collections outside London with many pieces of famous artwork by artists such as Stubbs and constable. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Some argue that this is the real Manchester Football Club. We are not taking sides here! But obviously this is a club also part of Manchester's soul and history. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Library
“The John Rylands Library is a late-Victorian neo-Gothic building on Deansgate in Manchester, England. The main reading room on the first floor, 30 feet above the ground and 12 feet from all four boundaries, was noted for the pleasant contrast between the 'sullen roar' of Manchester and the 'internal cloister quietude of Rylands'.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Gorgeous cafe overlooking Whitworth park, lovely Gallery shop and showing interesting exhibitions. Perfect for a rainy day”
  • 50 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Shopping mall in the centre of Manchester accessible from Market street as well as the High Street”
  • 35 locals recommend
Museum
“Located in the stunning surroundings of Media City UK. The museum explores the impact of modern conflicts on people and society. It is the first branch of the Imperial War Museum to be located in the north of England. Free entry, which also includes access to a viewing platform, which looks out over Salford Quays. Easier to access via the metrolink, which is approx £5 return.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Concerts are held here throughout the year. Events and very famous and popular artists draw the fans by the thousands! Check online for concerts and events.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Place to shop
“It has every shop you could think of and a huge food hall if you get a little peckish walking around!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“HOME is a centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film that opened in 2015. HOME has two performance venues - a 500-seat theatre and 150-seat flexible studio space, five cinema screens, gallery space to display contemporary art, cafe bar and restaurant. The centre is part of the development of a creative quarter in the city.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Amazing views of Manchester from Hilton Tower. Book ahead to secure a table or book high tea for a special occasion.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Amazing selection of bars to suit all tastes. Via, No1 Canal Street and the Molly House are 3 of my favourites”
  • 36 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pizza Place
“Rudy's Neapolitan pizza has been recognised worldwide. It's simply the best pizza in Manchester and arguable the UK, if not further afield. We go here far too much! Warning, it gets super busy, especially at weekends. People sometimes wait up to 2 hours for a seat, but you can put your name down and grab a drink at a nearby bar while you wait. We recommend the Romagnola or Calabrese (spicy). Veggie and Vegan options available too. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Food Court
“Love their pizza's and Cider. 5mins from Lushpads. Funky place where you can all sit together but order from different restuarant menus!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Food is great, service is great. Top restaurant, top bar really great place. Book in advance and be prepared to pay! In our opinion right next door to the Ivy but so much better. Got an amazing open air glass covered roof top terrace for smoking as well.......”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
“This very stylish Pacific Rim restaurant from Knutsford's Living Ventures group offers a fantastic choice of sushi, sashimi and tempura dishes. The menu combines modern Australian cuisine with Pacific Rim flavours underpinned by European cooking traditions, a blend of Indonesian, Southeast Asian influences and Australia's strong ties with Japan are reflected. Located underneath the Armani store in Spinningfields, you enter via a glass pyramid on Deansgate.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beautiful place. Interiors are exceptional, as is the food. You could spend all night here.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
“Don't be surprised if there's a queue to get in here. Breakfast time will be busy all through the weekend.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“High end shopping with everything from fashion, clothing and footwear to food and drink.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Night Club
“Good food- American/English diner and cocktail bar, very friendly staff, often play music on a weekend. ”
  • 17 locals recommend

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