Sightseeing in Manchester

Photo by: Settme3
Photo by: Settme3

In the North West of the UK’s England, you will find the modern cosmopolitan city of Manchester. It is a former industrial city that today offers a lot for visitors. There is an abundance of sightseeing in Manchester. The city is home to diverse architectural styles, a pulsating music scene, an interesting culture, and it is famous for football, and indie music. Oasis is a particularly famous band that hails from Manchester.

Here are some suggestions of things to do and see when sightseeing in Manchester:

Take a Bus Tour

Open top hop on, hop off buses operate in Manchester, taking visitors on a set route between key places of interest. A commentary is provided, giving lots of information about the city’s history, heritage, and culture. This is a great way to hit the highlights.

Wander Former Industrial Areas

Richmond from the 9th Street Bridge

Manchester is home to many old mills, warehouses, and other industrial buildings. Many of these have been renovated, now containing shops, restaurants, bars, and offices. Red bricks are a striking feature of many old industrial sites.

Visit the Town Hall

Manchester’s Town Hall is a large, grand, and impressive building, with opulent rooms and elegant interiors. It is very decorative and stylish inside, and outside there is a nice square with a number of fountains and statues. It is a Gothic Revival style building from the Victorian period.

Shop ‘Till You Drop


Shopping is a popular pastime in Manchester, and the city has many fabulous shops, malls, shopping centres, and department stores. A little way out of the city centre, The Trafford Centre contains numerous shops selling a variety of products, as well as a cinema and many food and drink outlets. Favourite places in the city include the Arndale Centre and Afflecks Palace. King Street is one of the main shopping streets in Manchester.

Be Inspired at Manchester’s Museums

There are many museums in and around Manchester, catering to all tastes and interests. There are also several art galleries. Some favourites include the Museum of Science and Industry, the Lowry, the Manchester Museum, and the Whitworth Gallery.

Tour a Football Club

Photo by: Paul
Photo by: Paul

Manchester boasts two great football teams, Manchester United and Manchester City. You can take a tour of Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium. Sports enthusiasts are sure to love this! You could even try and watch a match.

See Manchester Cathedral

Bury Parish Church

The large and impressive cathedral is a key Mancunian landmark. Both inside and outside are decorative.

Sample Manchester’s Night Life

Manchester has a thriving and active night scene. You can find chic wine bars, live music venues, pumping clubs, traditional pubs, jazz bars, retro places, and more once darkness falls. There is something for everyone. Along Canal Street and in the surrounding area you will find a huge selection of bars and clubs dedicated to the gay community. The gay scene in Manchester is large, loud, flamboyant, and oodles of fun. Popular night time spots in the city include the Northern Quarter, Deansgate Locks, the Printworks, and the Warehouse Project.

With many choices when sightseeing in Manchester, you are sure to have a terrific stay in this fabulous city.

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