Manchester | Things to do in Manchester

Things to do in Manchester

As capital of the north-west, Manchester is suitably brimming with things to do and places to see. Whether it’s art or sport, culture or comedy, music or shops, Manchester has it all. Plus, not one but ten Christmas markets to visit over the festive period. Check out our guide to things to do in Manchester. 

Entertainment

Home of Judi Dench, Peter Kay and Take That, Manchester produces some of the nation’s best artistic talent – and here’s where to catch the show. 

Shopping

Manchester is shopper’s heaven, with designer brands and department stores, high street staples and factory outlets. Best of all are the cool ‘n’ quirky independents. 

Sightseeing

Whether indulging in culture or amusing the kids, you’re in the right city. Choose from art galleries, science museums and stadium tours. Or simply wander the Victorian streets. 

Sport

If you’re the sporty type - or even the spectating type - take your pick from Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium, Manchester Velodrome and all the rest at Sportcity.

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Things to do near Manchester

Manchester’s a fabulous city with lots to do but, if you fancy escaping the hustle and bustle, you’ll find beautiful countryside, charming seaside towns and world-class theme parks waiting to be explored.

Luckily, you don’t need a car (or expert map reading skills) to see everything that’s on offer near Manchester. The city has fantastic transport links just waiting to connect you with some intriguing locations.

Looking for a hotel in Manchester?

Whether you want to stay in the city centre, in one of Manchester’s leafy suburbs or in the beautiful Lancashire countryside, we have lots of hotels to choose from. If you need to be right on the doorstep, we have hotels next to Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly, as well as Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium and Manchester Arena