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Friday 19 Jul 2024

[@]Manchester's Cultural Scene


Investment and expansion are the watchwords of Greater Manchester, coupled with its existing world-class venues, suggests it will have a critical mass of culture that other cities outside London cannot match.

The UK Government has positioning it as the de facto capital of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ adding to its importance.

With so much interest and development Manchester has a strong cultural presence bound with its long standing history. This makes a visit to Manchester key for anyone interested in learning and experiencing what the city has to offer the tourist.

Art, Fashion, History, Design, Music, Sport and Theatre are all staples of Manchester’s cultural life. Here you will find cultural venues for these disciplines across Manchester for you to engage with, visit, and enjoy.

  • Museums and Galleries

    Galleries, Museums and Exhibitions

    Steeped in heritage and culture, Manchester has an astounding range of museums and galleries on offer – and what’s more, most are free to visit

  • Live Music

    Live music across the City

    Music and Manchester is synonymous whether it be Classical, Jazz, Pop and Rock the city is alive with music, venues and impromptu performances

  • Theatre

    Theatre Scene

    Manchester's theatres provide opportunities to see national touring and local productions. Check our ticket listing for current shows

  • Sport

    Manchester built on Sport

    Manchester and Sport are synonyms, two world class football teams, eoght Olympic champions and experience of delivering Major International Sporting events

  • Libraries

    Manchester Libraries

    If you're looking to pass the time reading a good book or investigate the city or another topic, best get yourself to one of Manchester's Libraries


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

Read About All Manchester‘s Quarters