Expats will have no shortage of exciting attractions to keep them entertained in Manchester. In addition to its vibrant nightlife, there are various historical attractions, museums, art galleries and other unique experiences to be enjoyed.
Below is our list of some of the best things to see and do in Manchester.
Recommended attractions in Manchester
Imperial War Museum North
This dramatic jagged metal building houses a museum that explores the impact of war through insightful exhibits. A highlight is the exhibit titled 'The Big Picture Show', which makes use of digitally projected images and surround sound for an immersive experience. The museum café overlooks the Quays, and the sights of the Ship Canal can be taken in from the viewing platform.
John Rylands Library
The University of Manchester’s main library was founded by the wife of successful cotton merchant John Rylands and first opened in 1900. The imposing neo-Gothic building has elaborate vaulted ceilings and beautiful stained-glass windows. Visitors should also take a moment to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in the impressive Historic Reading Room, which is well worth a visit.
Situated behind one of Manchester’s busiest shopping areas, the cathedral dates back several centuries and offers a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the city centre. Stunning stained glass and intricate carvings decorate its interior.
The Manchester Museum boasts beautifully curated exhibitions that invite visitors to step back in time and learn about fascinating cultures throughout the ages and from all over the world. The museum also has child-friendly exhibitions for the little ones.
Old Trafford Museum
A must for football fans and attracting thousands every year, the Theatre of Dreams held its first game in 1910. Visitors can take a tour around Manchester United’s historic ground and gain exclusive access to player-only areas.
►For our guide to the city's annual events, check out What's On in Manchester
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