If world-famous pre-Raphaelite paintings aren’t your thing, visit Manchester Art Gallery for everything else - the fashion, design, silverware, dolls’ houses…or just for the beautiful blend of Victorian and contemporary architecture.
For a taste of Victorian Manchester, head to Albert Square in the heart of the city centre. Dominated by the town hall, this gothic-style square is home to the Prince Albert Memorial and is hub of big events.
It’s not just footy fans who’ll get a kick out of this place. The world's biggest football museum features priceless items like the ball from the 1966 World Cup final and iconic shirts worn by Bobby Moore and Maradona.
Founded as a natural history museum in 1821, this impressive collection brings the world to creeping, crawling, roaring life. You’ll come face to face with a fossilised T-rex named Stan, as well as zoology exhibits and live reptiles.
Manchester’s bustling Chinatown is the third biggest in Europe. It’s a colourful mix of Oriental sights and scents, with Thai, Nepali, Japanese, Vietnamese, Singaporean and Malaysian restaurants, bakeries and casinos.
Innovation is Manchester’s lifeblood, so a visit to this museum is a must. Built on the site of the world’s oldest passenger railway station, visitors can encounter life-changing inventions like the first steam-powered mill and computer.
Sister to Manchester Art Gallery, the Platt Hall Gallery of Costume features fashion dating back to the 17th century, along with the works of celebrated designers. Exhibits include sketches and prints, embroideries and embellishments.
In its heyday, Victoria Baths was a ‘water palace’ of swimming pools, Turkish baths and Britain’s first Jacuzzi. A huge investment in 2007 restored the beautiful brickwork, terracotta, mosaics, glazed tiles and stained glass.
Manchester's ‘gallery in the park’ is more integrated than ever with the beautiful Whitworth Park, with a sculpture terrace, art garden and orchard, plus park-embracing spaces like a landscape gallery and café in the trees.
A combined hub of entertainment and the arts, The Lowry is home to The Lyric and The Quays theatres and The Lowry Gallery. The building is a work of modern art, with bright orange staircases, sloping blue floors and purple walls.
MediaCityUK is a buzzing new development on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, where cinemas, shops, bars and restaurants bustle next to digital, media and creative businesses. The site’s biggest tenant is the BBC.
Built to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Sportcity includes the National Squash Centre, Manchester Velodrome and, most famously, Etihad Stadium. It is otherwise known as City of Manchester Stadium.
Manchester Cathedral is a grade I listed masterpiece, which today plays host to both religious and community events, from family services and carol concerts through to classical music shows and wine fairs set to jazz.
Mike Fearnley from our Manchester Portland Street Premier Inn fills us in on the best things to see and do in Manchester including the National Football Museum, indoor rock climbing and indoor sky diving – perfect for when it rains!