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Manchester What's On, Entertainment, Tickets and Eating Out Guide

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MAnchester Shopping


City Centre Shopping Arcades, Specialist Retailers, Afflecks and the Manchester Craft Centre. All great places to explore for gifts and exclusive items

Manchester Food & Drink

Eating Out

Our recommendations for places to eat, both indoors and outdoors in Manchester: something for all budgets and tastes

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City Life

Our take on living in the city of Manchester - discover little known places for food, music, theatre or entertainment

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A Cultural City

Discover Manchester‘s rich cultural heritage and it‘s modern take on a city

Theatre, Film and Entertainment Guides

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Manchester is a city alive with Live Music in bars, theatres and concert venues. Discover what’s on today or coming soon



Culture is strong in the city with art, crafts, museums and theatre. Take a tour of the best places to visit in Manchester

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Fancy a visit to the theatre? Manchester has lots to offer; find out what’s on this week or look forward to coming productions

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With three major cinemas Manchester has a lot to offer the film goer. Find out what’s on today to see

Manchester a City of ‘Quarters’

Bury - Part of Historic Manchester


Only 30 minutes by Tram from the City Centre, Bury and its attractions make a good day trip



Nestled between the Irwell and Medloack rivers Castlefield is where the Romans established ‘Mamucium‘. Experience the old and modern and explore its attractions

China Town - City Centre

China Town

China Town, a stone‘s throw from Piccadilly Gardens, offers restaurants, specialist supermarkets and entertainment all in one space



Connecting most parts of the city, this mile-long road is worth a stroll along and offers some great shops and places to eat

Exchange Square

Exchange Square

This large square is a place where historical and modern combine to create an exciting district where food, drink, shopping and entertainment is paramount

First Street

First Street

First Street is fast becoming a busy entertainment destination with bars, restaurants, theatre and cinema

The Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter

Manchester‘s Northern Quarter is an ever changing-space with new investment almost everyday. With diverse bars, restaurants, tea houses, shopping and music venues

Manchester's Canal Street

The Gay Village - Canal St

Canal Street is the world famous LGBT heart of Manchester. Take a walk through the Gay Village and drink in its atmosphere, or visit the many bars, clubs and shops

Salford Quays and The Lowry

Salford Quays

Salford Quays and The Lowry, a 10 minute tram ride, is a complex of Theatres, Art Galleries, shops, a cinema and Media City home to the BBC, ITV and their studio tours

Stockport - Greater Manchester


Stockport is seven miles out of Manchester or just seven minutes away on the fast train from Piccadilly Station.

Stockport has its fair share of unique and landmark buildings from the contemporary blue glass pyramid, overlooking the M60, to the iconic 1930s Plaza Super Cinema and Variety Theatre.



Spiningfields ‘The Avenue‘ featues quality brands such as Armani, Mulberry and Phillip Stoner Jewellers. Its restaurants are equally good like Australasia and the Manchester House

Student and Universities

University District

The Universities are centred around Oxford Road and students are attracted from across the world to study here

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What’s On In Manchester?

Manchester is a hotbed for events and entertainment. With four main theatres offering touring and local productions, four cinemas screen something like 40 films a day, lots of live music venues featuring everything from Folk to Rock, even Jazz, and clubs to dance the night away. So there is plenty to keep you busy all day or night.

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Getting About Manchester

The centre of Manchester is not that big, but Greater Manchester stretches out a long way. The city’s trains, trams and bus networks will transport you about with simple ease. We strongly recommend that you check out the FREE bus routes servicing the centre; no.’s 1, 2 and 3.

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