See and Do in Manchester

Expats will find a great range of attractions in Manchester to keep them entertained. In addition to its vibrant nightlife, there are various historical attractions, museums, art galleries and other unique experiences to be enjoyed.

Below is a list of some of the best things to see and do in Manchester.


Popular attractions in Manchester

Imperial War Museum North

This dramatic, jagged metal building houses a museum that explores the impact of war through insightful visuals and sound exhibits. 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 reading room; it is well worth a visit.

The Lowry

Set on the waterside and named after its most famous artist, The Lowry contains the largest collection of LS Lowry's work. Numerous exhibitions change regularly throughout the year, and expats looking for evening entertainment can see comedy, dance, musical and dramatic performances at its theatres.

Manchester Cathedral

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.

Manchester Museum

The Manchester Museum boasts beautifully curated exhibitions, including one of Britain's largest collections of Egyptian artefacts. Visitors can step back in time to learn about fascinating cultures throughout the ages and from all over the world. The museum also has child-friendly exhibitions for the young 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, snoop around the players’ dressing room and walk through the tunnel onto the pitch.

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