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Places to visit in Manchester

A diverse, energetic city bursting with character, from culture and history to nightlife and entertainment, Manchester has lots to offer.

Visitors can enjoy fine art at the Manchester Art Gallery or the Whitworth or immerse themselves in literature at John Rylands Library – home to an impressive example of Victorian Gothic architecture.

See works of anthropology, archaeology and natural history at the Manchester Museum, or trace the development of science, technology and industry from the Industrial Revolution to today at The Science and Industry Museum.

Theatre lovers can take in the latest show at the Grade II listed Opera House or Palace Theatre. Those interested in contemporary arts should visit the arts centre, cinema and theatre complex, HOME.

Enjoy live music every day of the week in one of Manchester's many music venues, from large-scale arenas such as the AO Arena to converted former Wesleyan chapel Albert Hall to smaller venues such as The Deaf Institute and Gorilla.

Football and Manchester go hand in hand, whether watching the match, enjoying a tour of the grounds at Manchester United or Manchester City, or discovering the social history and culture of this much-loved sport at the National Football Museum.

Gastronomes may want to visit Manchester's first Michelin Star restaurant, Mana, located in Ancoats, a neighbourhood known for its eclectic food and drink.


The main rail stations, shopping districts and business areas are linked by a free 'hop on, hop off' bus service, while commercial bus services provide access to Greater Manchester.

Manchester also operates one of the UK's most successful light railway systems. The Metrolink trams transport passengers to popular destinations and attractions within the city and across the region.

Approximately 10 miles south of the City is Manchester Airport, directly connecting passengers to over 200 destinations and easily accessible by car, Metrolink or train.

For those travelling by car, you can easily access the M62, M56, M60 and M67 from the city centre.

Local schools and colleges in Manchester

Around the city centre, there are several primary schools, including St. Philip's C of E and St. Wilfrid's RC in Hulme, Medlock Primary School in Ardwick, and St Anne's RC Primary School in Ancoats, and Co-op Academy in New Islington. The King of King's School provides independent schooling in the Green Quarter.

Abbey College Manchester and Manchester College provide further education, while the city's universities include the redbrick University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the University of Salford.

For those with musical talent, Manchester is home to two specialist educational institutions: Chetham's School of Music and the RNCM.