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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.
“The biggest park in Greater Manchester which annually hosts Parklife music concerts and festivals.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Government and education
“The John Rylands Library is the most remarkable university special collections library in the world. We are proud to be a part of The University of Manchester. Over 250,000 people visit and engage with the Library each year. Everyone is welcome in the Library, to study, research the collection, participate in our programme of events or simply enjoy how the space makes you feel.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Tattoo Parlor
“Not your usual shopping destination. Mall full of Manchester’s independent creatives ”
  • 48 locals recommend
“Don't miss the beautiful Manchester Cathedral located on Victoria Street. Free to enter and beautiful architecture. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
“free to enter, quiet place to read or just visit for its historical features.”
  • 33 locals recommend
History Museum
“Befitting the national museum of democracy, objects related to the fight for the vote make up a core of the collection. The objects are hugely varied. The PHM collection of trade union and political banners is the largest and most important of its type in the world. The museum also houses an internationally significant political archive and includes the complete holdings of the Labour Party and Communist Party of Great Britain. PHM also holds over 95,000 photographic images covering labour history, the Labour Party and more general political history.”
  • 29 locals recommend
“Art gallery in the centre of the city. There is always a selection of current contemporary exhibitions alongside the permanent historical collections. Also has a crafts collection which changes every few months. Activities are often available for young children and families for free. Excellent cafe on site too.”
  • 29 locals recommend
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
Outlet Mall
“A quieter alternative to popular shopping destinations like the arndale centre. Paired with the views of Salford you can see from here , this is a spot for a perfect day out ”
  • 35 locals recommend
“Musicals, performances and plays galore! A brilliant place to spend the evening . ”
  • 25 locals recommend
“A very new and luxurious part of the city. Many new buildings shot up in last few years.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Place to eat
“The Printworks is an urban entertainment venue offering a cinema, clubs and eateries, located on the corner of Withy Grove and Corporation Street in Manchester city centre.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“A popular name in the cinema world - see all the latest films here. About 20 minutes walk from Chatsworth House or about 5 mins drive traffic permitting in a car/taxi.”
  • 22 locals recommend
“Once upon a time, two musicians named Matt & Phred decided to open a Jazz Club. In 2010, some years after both musicians had left for pastures new, the Turner family took over the little back street Jazz Club and have been enjoying meeting musicians and guests from all over the world ever since. The club has now firmly established itself as one of Manchester city-centre’s most dearly loved live music venues, with an emphasis on creating an atmosphere people from different backgrounds and ages can all enjoy as one.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Department Store
“"Discover the world’s best luxury brands and the latest exclusive arrivals at Selfridges Exchange Square, Manchester, a one-stop shop for luxurious retail therapy in the heart of the city."”
  • 15 locals recommend
“Lots of electronic ticket machines so you can avoid the queues. Takes under 20 mins to get the the airport via most trains but check before you travel to make sure. There are lots of shops, coffee shops and restaurants in the station so you can relax before you travel.”
  • 20 locals recommend