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If you've never been to Manchester, you don't know what you're missing. The city is now widely recognised as the coolest in Britain. Manchester has thrown off its grimy industrial image for good and reinvented itself as a truly contemporary metropolis, with modern landmark buildings, a brilliant source of art and culture, great bars and world-class hospitality.

Here there's every experience imaginable, from fine dining and top-class theatre, to major sporting events and year-round festivals. It's a shopping destination in its own right, rivalling that of the capital, with the added advantage that you don't have to travel far from one store to another.”



If you've never been to Manchester, you don't know what you're missing. The city is now widely recognised as the coolest...

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Eating Out

There are hundreds of restaurants and bars in Manchester - you can eat at Michelin-starred restaurants as well as home-cooking cafés; you can sip cocktails in style at designer bars, or discover local beers in some of Manchester's traditional pubs.


So you want to go shopping, visit a gallery or museum, or find out where to go karting - search our listings below for hundreds of ideas about what to do in Manchester.

Whats on

Manchester's busy event calendar means that you have a huge choice of festivals, shows, gigs, concerts and exhibitions to choose from.


Manchester does funky, fashionable, chic and sleek better than anywhere else in the country. Retail therapy is a speciality. Hunt down something unique at Saturday’s Tib Street fashion market, browse for vintage chic and rare records in Northern Quarter, or cruise the designer stores and then relax with a long lunch and cocktails in Harvey Nichols’ brasserie…

From haute couture to high street Label-lover, bargain-hunter, devotee of the chic and cheerful? Manchester has it all. Within a neat square mile you can splash out on designer pieces or dive into the fray of a shiny shopping mall. It’s pure handbag heaven!

Bohemian Manchester

Searching for that unique gift, that one-off, that totally different outfit? Stop searching: you’ve arrived. Creativity and independence are the lifeblood of Manchester’s shopping scene…

Arts and crafts

Manchester is a treasure trove of knick-knacks and collectables. Head for a gift shop within one of the city’s arts centres or browse its quirky arcades. Either way, make room in your diary because you may be some time…


Manchester’s markets have everything from clubbing gear to key cutting, from Christmas baubles to rare books, and French cheeses to Irish music. There are seasonal, regular and speciality sales to suit all tastes and budgets.

Manchester International Festival

The world’s first industrial city cements its reputation at the forefront of the arts scene when it launches the world’s first international festival of original work…

Manchester events calendar

Manchester’s yearly calendar is full of cultural events, seasonal festivals, colourful picnics and flamboyant parades. It all means that whenever you visit the city, there’s something going on. And whatever you’re into, from jazz to poetry to gay culture to Christmas shopping, we’ve got it covered. Got your diary handy?

John Rylands library

Gorgeous, Gothic, romantic, – all describe John Rylands Library. Currently closed for refurbishment, when it reopens in 2007 it’s set to unveil an exciting array of treasures and a striking contemporary extension.

Art and museum collections

From classical masterpieces to cutting-edge modern works, from a history of hats to a tour of the world’s most famous football club, Greater Manchester’s museums and galleries offer a world-class array of delights to interest and inspire…

Manchester’s landmark galleries and museums like Daniel Libeskind’s Imperial War Museum North, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Manchester Art Gallery give you the chance to view fantastic permanent and touring exhibitions. If you like to make a night of it, take in a show at the Royal Exchange, the Lowry or one of many other theatrical and concert venues. See for yourself why Manchester’s taking centre stage...


Manchester’s dedication to amazing nights out goes on – and on. Its world famous nightlife attracts visitors from all over the UK and overseas. The club scene made famous by the Haçienda continues to draw crowds. And there’s a stack of smaller, edgier live music venues offering you a chance to catch the next Smiths or Stone Roses…

Different neighbourhoods

Organise your busy evening’s plan of action around the city’s distinctive neighbourhoods. Between them, they offer a heady mix of progressive fun, stylish innovation, and traditional good times. They’re all different – and there really is something for everyone…

Live music

Testing, testing, one, two, one, two… Manchester has made such a huge contribution to music’s Hall of Fame that whenever you go out you always feel there’s a chance you could run into the next pop messiah or rock god, just waiting to be discovered.


Couple a city that loves to party with a huge student population chomping at the bit and you’re guaranteed cracking nightlife – a mystic brew of euphoric house, rock, northern soul, swagger, jazz, and big fat beats everywhere you turn…

Bar culture

Fancy a drink? With an endless choice of cutting-edge designer hangouts, traditional boozers, cathedral-sized bars, chi chi lounges and comfy watering holes, your only problem in this town will be where to start…

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