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Top 10 places to visit Manchester

You won’t have to travel far to enjoy the sights and sounds of Manchester. It is a city rich in history and filled with tourist attractions. If you are new to the area, you simply must take time out to visit these places of interest that are outlined below.

10: Manchester Evening News Arena

This is also known as the M.E.N Arena and is one of the most popular entertainment locations in the city. It is home to live performances from the world’s leading musicians. It also hosts theatre and musicals for the whole family. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy international sporting events including world championship boxing. There is always an electric atmosphere at the M.E.N Arena and there is certain to be a major event you enjoy coming soon. http://www.men-arena.com/

9: Imperial War Museum North

This is one of the nation’s five branches of Imperial War Museums. This particular museum focuses on the social impact of war. It has been open since 2002 and received almost 500,000 visitors during its first year. There are extraordinary exhibits such as Russian and Iraqi tanks. Admission is free so you have no excuse not to bring the family. http://www.iwm.org.uk/

8: Manchester Visitors Centre

You would be remiss not to take a look at the city’s visitor centre. If you’re stuck and have no idea which attractions you need to visit, the centre will point you in the right direction. You can find maps, information on hotels and sightseeing guides. http://www.manchester.gov.uk/visitorcentre/

7: Runway Visitor Park

If you have any interest in aviation whatsoever, you simply must visit the Runway Visitor Park. There are a number of packages available ranging from the basic ‘classic’ option to the ultimate ‘Private Tour’ which allows you to see everything in the park. The main attraction is the Concorde which can be viewed by all visitors but there are a host of other great and iconic planes on show. Runway Visitor Center

6: Portland Basin Museum

This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Manchester. The Portland Basin Museum is a refurbished heritage centre that has a host of exhibits which show you what life was like in the area during different periods in the last 200 years. The 1920s street is especially a must-see with other features including an example of life down the mines. Portland Basin Museum

5: People’s History Museum

This is a charitable organisation so although it is free to enter, you are asked to make a contribution to keep the museum open. This museum was originally a collection cared for by the Co-operative History Society. One of the main features in this museum is the Edwardian hydraulic pumping station which is the only one left in the city. http://www.phm.org.uk/

4: Manchester Cathedral

Work began on this masterpiece in 1421 but was not fully completed until 1882! There is now a visitor centre built beside the south porch of the cathedral. This centre is estimated to have cost more than £3 million to build and has a shop and exhibition room for you to enjoy. The Hanging Bridge is the main attraction and had not been seen by the public for more than 100 years until it was displayed in the visitor’s centre. http://www.manchestercathedral.org/

3: Manchester Town Hall

The Town Hall is one of the great architectural wonders of the city. Alfred Waterhouse completed this building in 1877. It has since been renovated including a project that began in 2011. English Heritage rated the Town Hall as a Grade I listed building in the 1950s. It is said to be one of the best interpretations of neogothic architecture in Britain. Manchester Town Hall

2: The Lowry

There are very few things that you can’t do at The Lowry, a company that gets only 15% of its money from public funding. It’s a treat for lovers of the arts with exhibitions, theatres, events and conferences taking place. The Lowry is a hive of activity and it’s almost certain that it will host something you love at least once a week. http://www.thelowry.com/

1: The Royal Exchange

The Royal Exchange is an architectural masterpiece that was built between 1914 and 1921. It also houses a theatre which averages 350 performances a year. It can seat 700 people and is the largest ‘in the round’ theatre in the UK. The Royal Exchange.

We could have chosen dozens more things to do in Manchester and if you experience all of the above 10, perhaps you will find time to see all the other sights in this remarkable city.


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