Activities In Manchester
Easy to get to and from and the city transport options make getting out and about a doddle!
Despite being packed with activities Manchester doesn't have an over-inflated ego or price tag.
'Madchester' is always at the edge of trends whether that's fashion, music, food, hotels.
Manchester Airport serves a number of UK destinations including Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, London, Newquay, Norwich, Shetland, Southampton, Stornoway.
Transport in the city is a doddle, trams, trains, buses are all available. If you're feeling fit pop into Bike & Go can be found at Manchester's biggest train stations.
Make multiple trips to get to your activities in Manchester with a System One Travelcard which allows you to hop on and off trams, trains and buses with just one easy pre-paid card.
It's one of the UK's greatest party cities, in fact, the question should probably be what can't you do. But planning things to do in Manchester can be hard work, especially for larger groups. Our advice is plan ahead, book your numbers well in advance and then you won't have any trouble trying to get a group seated in a restaurant or allowed into a club or bar. Or better yet, let AdventureClick do all the hard work for you.
To Do List
Check out the best things to do in Manchester city centre for your big occasion.
- Bargain Hunt - Whether it's vintage clothes or old vinyl records Madchester's music and fashion scene means it's a great hunting ground for hidden treasures with a good selection of vintage and retro stores.
- Afflecks Palace - A perfect place to find those retro goods as well as new designs, crazy imports, even unusual chocolate and drinks from around the world. A crazy place full of wonderous things.
- National Football Museum - Manchester is home to the UK's most successful football team and one of the game's fiercest rivalries. The NFM turns its floodlights on everything from the game's origins to modern icons.
- The Printworks - Frankie & Bennies, Hard Rock Café, Wagamama, Walkabout, it's a whole night out all under one party lovin' roof!
- Chinatown - Though small, this buzzing area packs a punch in terms of colour and flavour. There are some great restaurants to sample and food stores but it's in the evening that Chinatown is at it's most vibrant.
- People's History Museum - A fascinating look at the history of democracy in Britain: past, present and future. The protests, the riots, the achievements and the characters that have shaped how we vote today.
- Heaton Park - Covering over 600 acres of beautiful grounds and historic buildings, the park also houses sports fields, rowing lake, animal centre. The perfect place to unwind and relax.
- Platt Hall Gallery of Costume - Fashionistas can take a walk back through time with costumes and dress from a huge range of eras dating right back to the 1600s.
- Lowry Gallery - He painted matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs. View the largest collection of work by city's most loved artists as well as other exciting collections and artists.
- The city's name derives from the Latin "Mamicum", meaning "breast-shaped hill".
- The atom was first split in Manchester. It's not all brollies, Oasis and pies, you know!
- It's a UNESCO city of literature. Charles Dickes, Karl Marx, Anthony Burrows, the writers of Coronation Street have all lived there.
Deansgate - There are trendy apartments to be found here and outside you'll find some of the biggest bars and clubs, along with the young footballers and soap stars trying to look like they don't want to be seen.
Northern Quarter - Packed with independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants by day the area is home to trendy stores and tattoo parlours, for things to do in Manchester city centre.
Printworks & Millenium Quarter - One of the oldest parts of the city with wonderful architecture and some really quicky hotels and apartments.
Castlefield - An area sitting on the Bridgewater canal basin and home to a Roman castle.Salford Quays - Luxury apartments and lively nightlife, one of the city's most affluent young areas.