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[@]Manchester Top 10 Must-sees

Manchester Top 10 Must-sees

Published: Guide No.16 - Nov '21

Manchester has so much to offer the casual visitor it could be difficult to explore it all. From its roots as a small northern Roman Fort, built to overlook the banks of the River Medlock to its current high-rise buildings streaking into the Manchester skyline, there is lots to do and see.

Here we pulled together some of the top attractions in the city that are certainly worth your time seeking out and taking the opportunity to walk around and marvel at Manchester’s long and world impacting history.

Discover the start of Manchester in Castlefield at the Roman Fort, visit the Museum of Science and Industry and discover at the work done by Manchester legends such as Alan Turning and find where Karl Mar (yes that one) wrote Das Kaptial.

Of course there’s football too and both major Manchester teams offer interesting, and for fans truely exciting, tours of their grounds. Both tours are well described and give amazing access to the stadiums and even a chance to bump into some the players.

All that plus the National Football Museum, in Cathedral Gardens, near Victoria Station - click the stories below to read on...

  • Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

    Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

    Located near to Manchester’s University Quarter, no trip to Manchester would be complete without walking in the footsteps of one of Manchester’s most famous writers.

  • Manchester Art Gallery

    Manchester Art Gallery

    Manchester Art Gallery has been at the heart of the city for over 200 years, providing access and appreciation to a range of works of local, national and international significance.

  • Manchester Jewish Museum

    Manchester Jewish Museum

    The newly reopened Manchester Jewish Museum calls itself ‘a place to experience how we are different, together’.

  • Manchester Police Museum

    Manchester Police Museum

    The former Newton Street police station, built in 1879 and in use up to 1979 has been restored to reflect it’s Victorian roots

  • People's History Museum

    People's History Museum

    Proudly proclaiming itself as the national museum of democracy the vibrant surroundings of the People’s History Museum it is worth a visit

  • Quayside Media: City UK

    Quayside Media: City UK

    The old Salford Quays Docks are home to Media City the national broadcasting hub. Here too is the Lowry Theatre and IWM North and it's all a short tram ride from the city

  • Science and Industry Museum

    Science and Industry Museum

    Over two centuries of innovation are explored in one of Manchester’s best-loved museums

  • The John Rylands Library

    The John Rylands Library

    The gothic interior of the John Rylands Library is an often overlooked gem located between Manchester’s bustling Deansgate

  • The Manchester City Tour

    The Manchester City Tour

    Manchester City celebrates it’s 125 year history with a stadium tour that takes you on the most immersive experience

  • The Manchester United Museum and Tour

    The Manchester United Museum and Tour

    United’s Old Trafford ground is known the world over as the ‘Theatre of Dreams’, the nickname given to it by former player Bobby Charlton


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