The second biggest city in England, Manchester is a great city to visit as it has a wonderful history of art and culture. It was found by Romans in 79 AD and since then it has developed a lot in every field whether its science, music, transportation or sports. The city provides a good base for those who are interested in traveling into the wild regions as it situated between the countryside and beautiful Pennine Mountains. The first inter-city passenger railway station was set up in Manchester and it has many attractions which make it a must-visit place for tourists. Here we have covered you with all tourist attractions in Manchester and best places to visit in Manchester to make your journey memorable.
Here's the list of Manchester, UK points of interest and 15 best things to do in Manchester, UK:
1. Revisit the history of Manchester by visiting the Manchester Museum
It is the biggest university museum in England and it contains nearly 4, 500, 000 items which are collected from all over the world. There are many galleries which focus on various topics like the ancient world, fossils, and the world culture. A section is devoted to the natural history of Manchester as well and it is also home to live reptiles and amphibians of various breeds along with the frogs of the rarest breed. You can’t give a miss to the skeletons of the different species of dinosaurs kept in the museum.
2. Experience the world-class clubbing at the Warehouse Project
It won’t be incorrect to say that Warehouse Project, Manchester can provide you with world-class experience as far as clubbing is concerned. However, the party takes place for 12-weeks only (Sep-Dec) and if you want to witness the best moments, you need to visit here on the New Year’s Day Finale. This place can cater to 3,000 people at a time so better arrange your tickets in advance to get a world-class clubbing experience.
3. Get friendly with the aquatic animals at the Sea Life
Meet over 5000 aquatic creatures which live in the 30 display tanks at Sea Life and not just this, you can also get up close with a starfish or touch the shell of a crab. It is a must-visit option for the lovers of aquatic creatures.
4. Meet the best friends of human, books at the John Rylands Library
It is one of the most popular libraries of Manchester and this library become functional in 1900. Along with a great collection of books, this library is home to many valuable manuscripts of the medieval era, old printed text and collection of letters written by famous personalities. However, even if you are not a book lover and library doesn’t excite you, you should still visit it to have a look at its wonderful architecture which is based on gothic-style.
5. Watch the artwork of great artists at Manchester Art Gallery
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The Manchester Art Gallery is located in the city centre, in a building which dates back to 1823 and the artwork that its displays is also centuries old from the local and well as the international artists. Paintings of legendary artists such as Turner, Pissarro and Gainsborough can be found here and you can also have a look at the home items, clothing, accessories, a collection of crafts made of ceramic and metal from the year 1600 till the present day.
6. Visit the biggest stadium of England, Old Trafford football stadium
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What is Manchester without football; seriously you just can’t imagine Manchester without football and Old Trafford football stadium. This biggest stadium of the country is home of the Manchester United FC team since 1910 and it has seen many players becoming legends such as George Best and Bobby Charlton. Take a tour of the football stadium and have a lifetime experience of seeing the backstage and on-site museum and get to know the history of the club as well as the stadium. Also, you can buy merchandise of Manchester United and dig your teeth in the delicacies of Red Café.
7. Get the feel of China in UK at Chinatown
Want to the get the feeling of China in England, then visit the Manchester’s Chinatown which is the second largest Chinatown of the country and it has a huge variety of eateries, supermarkets, bakeries and shops. Tourists are welcomed by a beautiful Chinese gate and here they can do shopping, have delicious meals of Chinese cuisines including bakery item as well.
8. Learn the history of democracy in England at People’s History Museum
This museum is absolutely a very unique one as here you can get to know about the history of working people in England. It is located in a former hydraulic pumping station and the museum talks about the history of democracy in England and the lives of people at work, home and pleasure in over a period of 200 years. The history has been exhibited through photographs, printed materials and physical objects. A visit to this museum will give a lifetime experience which a person may not get anywhere else.
9. Indulge in an adventure at Chill Factore and get thrilled
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A perfect place for those who love adventure and thrill as here you can enjoy skiing on the longest indoor real-snow slope of Britain measuring 180 meters. There are many other snow sports and activities in which you can take part and there is a snow play park for all the age groups. Lessons are also given to those who are new to snow sports and after getting tired you can relax and eat something at any of the eateries over there.
10. Visit the biggest public park Heaton Park and get involved in various activities
How can anyone miss a chance to visit the biggest public park in Europe covering a huge area of around 600 acres. Other than enjoying picnic you can also have a good time with the animals such as goats, pigs, donkeys, alpacas and others which stay in the park’s Animal Centre which is built of original stables of 1789. You can also have a ride on the tramway and don’t forget to visit the Heaton Hall, which has been there since the times of Middle Ages.
11. Watch the pioneering example of Victorian engineering, Stockport Viaduct
It is the largest brick structure (bridge) of England, which was constructed for the Manchester and Birmingham Railway in 1840 and designed by George Watson Buck. When it was constructed it was the largest viaduct in the world and it’s a premier example of Victorian engineering and it still remains one of the biggest brick structures of the world.
12. Shed your inhibitions at Gay Village
The LGBTQ community can live freely in the city of Manchester as it accepts them with open arms. Majority of this community is based in Canal Street which is also known as Gay Village. This village has a great nightlife; there are many pubs, bars and restaurants for having some drinks and tasty food. The village can be visited in daytime for taking a pleasant walk near the canal.
13. Visit the cultural hub of Manchester, HOME
It is the entertainment and cultural hub of Manchester as it is home to theatre, cinema, gallery and studio space. With so many options available, the visitor is full of choices as to whether watch a movie or drama or exhibition or attend any event. Taking part in poetry reading is also an option while there are two bars and a restaurant, in case you want to refresh your senses and spirit.
14. Spend some time with nature at the Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden
If you want to spend some time with the nature, then visiting the Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden is a perfect choice as here you will find a botanical garden with some wonderful features as ornamental gardens, ponds, rockeries and orchards of trees. Not just beautiful plants but here you can also spend some time with different species of birds and if you are a sports lover then you can use the sports ground for rugby, tennis, etc., This is a perfect place to visit for those who like to spend their holidays outdoors.
15. Get entertained at The Royal Exchange
Hailed as one of the most famous entertainment complexes, The Royal Exchange is home to a theatre which is its main attraction as well a shopping centre. Several shows are produced by the theatre in a year belonging to a different genre which ensures that there is something for everyone. There are many cafes and restaurants to fill your stomach and refresh your senses so that you can enjoy the shows to the fullest. There is one more thing which is special about The Royal Exchange, it is being rumored that the building is being haunted by the ghosts, so you can also try to have a meeting with the ghosts.