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Destination: Manchester Tours

Centre of the Industrial revolution, now a vibrant and exciting city
Region: North West England
Pronounced: man-ches-te
Time to spend here: 1/2 - 1 day
Arts loversBig cityHistory LoversParty people
Manchester, North West England
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Over the past 15 years Manchester has reinvented itself into a vibrant modern metropolis. It has become a shopper’s paradise and the endless blend of old and new bars and clubs, plus the wide selection of restaurants make it an awesome night out.  There is plenty here for the history lover, as Manchester clings on to its industrial history with museums and heritage abound. If you’re a sports fan then this city can also keep you busy with many top teams in a vast array of sporting genres. A free bus can transport you easily around the city centre, while the city’s tram system can take you to attractions a bit further out.
Home of Football
Wherever we travel in the world people ask us here at Great British Trips where we're from. No sooner do the words 'Manchester...' leave our lips when the faces of our overseas friends light up with an exclamation of 'Manchester United!!!'. Manchester is in fact home to 2 top Premiership Football teams, United being the most famous club in the world and City the hot on the heels pretenders to the throne of Premiership dominance. Both clubs encourage visitors to their fascinating Museum and Stadium Tours. We highly recommend a visit to at least one. Click on the link below to add the tour to your itinerary!
Old Trafford Tour (Man Utd)
Old Trafford Tour, Manchester
Emirates Stadium Tour (Man City)
Old Trafford Tour, Manchester
Manchester United Match Tickets
Manchester United Match Tickets
Manchester City Match Tickets
Manchester City Match Tickets
Manchester's Museums
Museum of Science and Industry
MOSI, Manchester
ManchesterManchester has a fantastic selection of museums most of which are free. The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is especially popular with children taking you through displays on the industrial revolution, science and transport.
National Football Museum
National Football Museum, Manchester
ManchesterIn March 2012 the Urbis Museum re-opened as the National Football Museum, a must for all fans of the beautiful game. The museum is housed in a beautiful modern building but houses artefacts and stories through the history of football to the modern game.
Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester Art Gallery
ManchesterManchester's Art Gallery sits proudly in the city centre opposite the central library. The Gallery is home to some great international artists as well as more local artists such as LS Lowry.
John Rylands Library
John Rylands Library
ManchesterIn Deansgate, one of the main shopping streets, the John Rylands Library is definitely worth a visit if only for the Victorian Gothic architecture, but also has a number of interesting literary displays including a piece of the original John's gospel from the Holy Bible.
Police Museum
Police Museum, Manchester
ManchesterThe Police Museum is a little gem tucked away in the Northen Quarter of Manchester's city centre. It has many artefacts and great stories from Greater Manchester Police and tracks uniforms and Police items throughout the generations.
People's History Museum
People's History Museum, Manchester
ManchesterThis fairly unknown fascinating little museum tells the story of the social class struggels faced by local residents through the Industrial Revolution and beyond.
Manchester University Museum
Manchester University Museum
ManchesterThe Museum which is attached to one of Manchester's University's is a wonderful free museum for all the family. With a 'bit of everything' from a T-Rex skeleton to Eqyptian Mummies, it is a popular and enjoyable place to visit.
Imperial War Museum
Imperial War Museum, Manchester
ManchesterThe iconicly designed Imperial War Museum has some unique free exhibits ranging from war planes to guns to a broken girder that once formed part of New York's Twin Towers.
Local Activities
Manchester is a mecca for shoppers. The city centre houses the impressive Arndale centre as well as an array of interesting, unique shops in the Northen Quarter whilst the main High Street shops mainly sit in the pedestrianised zones in the centre. Further out lies one of the UK's largest Shopping and Leisure Centre's - The Trafford Centre. Containing all our major high street brands and much more, the free parking, great transport and roof make the Trafford Centre a great rainy day shopping option.
Town Hall and Central Library
ManchesterThe Town Hall in Albert Square together with the unusual circular Central Library - the largest in the country, make a good start for a walking tour.
Walking Tour
Walking Tour, Manchester
ManchesterA Walking Tour of the city centre is a great way to orientate yourself as well as learn about some of the city's vast industrial and cultural heritage.
Lowry Complex
Lowry Complex, Salford Quays
ManchesterTake a ride on Manchester’s tram out to Salford Quays where you’ll find the Lowry complex, which includes L.S. Lowry’s unmistakable paintings, a changing exhibition as well as theatre, cinema and shopping complex.
Stockport Air Raid Shelters
Stockport Air Raid Shelters, Manchester
ManchesterStockport plays home to Britain's largest World War 2 Air Civilian Air Raid Shelter network. Carved out of the limestone hills by the town centre, the shelters provide a fascinating insight into war time Britain that is un-paralleled across the country.
Sea Life Centre
Seal Llife Centre, Manchester
ManchesterNew for Manchester, the Sea Life Centre is based in the Trafford Centre complex and is a great rainy day activity for families interested in marine life and animals.
Legoland Discovery Centre
Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester
ManchesterThe  Legoland Discovery Centre is great for Kids. They can learn how lego is made and build their own constructions taking advice from the master builder. The centre has some interactive rides and shows as well as incredible lego contructions.
What can I see in the area?
Dunham Massey Park
Dunham Massey, Cheshire
ManchesterDunham Massey Park is a magnificent 300-acre deer park great for taking a relaxing stroll around. As well as being able to see the deer, you can visit the Georgian house and learn the story of the owners and the servants who lived here and visit Britain’s largest winter garden.
Tatton Park
Tatton Park, Cheshire
ManchesterTatton Park is a great place to visit if the weather is fine. The park includes a Japanese garden, a 1,000 acre deer park, a working farm and a number of delightful small shops and restaurant. The Old Hall offers a glimpse into the Middle Ages. The RHS flower show takes place here 21-25 July.
Lyme Park
Lyme Park, Peak Distict
ManchesterLyme Park is a magnificent estate on the edge of the Peak District. Its wild remoteness and beauty contrast with one of the most famous country-house images in England – the backdrop to where Darcy meets Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice.
Buxton, Peak District
ManchesterBuxton, a small spa-town on the edge of the beautiful peak district is a short drive or train journey away. Buxton is a great base for exploring the many caverns at nearby Castleton.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass

Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
Peak District, Chester, Liverpool
Transport options in this area: Manchester has a great tram system (Metro) and a free bus in the city centre.
Did you know:
The Industrial revolution of the world began in Manchester!
"The thing about Manchester all comes from here"
Noel Gallagher (Oasis), pointing to his heart.
Chester Chester Liverpool Liverpool
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