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. Check out our guide to things to do in Manchester. We've even included some great free things to do in Manchester.


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. 


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. 


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. 

Near Manchester

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.


Manchester is home to a wealth of sporting attractions. Of course it helps that the city is home to two famous football clubs and played host to the 2002 Commonwealth Games. 

Free things to do

From art and culture to music and football, Manchester is packed with things to do that will give you a flavour of this mad-for-it city, and all of them cost exactly nought pounds.

Looking for a hotel in Manchester?

Whether you want to stay in the centre of Manchester, or in one of the leafy suburbs, we've lots of hotels to choose from. There are hotels next to Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly. And for sports fans there are hotels next to Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium and the Manchester Apollo