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3 days in Manchester

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3 days in Manchester
The Industrial Revolution began in Manchester, and the city has continued to mature. Its recent renaissance includes theatres, galleries and nightclubs. And it's home to football's (soccer) Manchester United.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
Manchester Town Hall
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Manchester Town Hall

This neo-Gothic masterpiece was designed by Alfred Waterhouse and completed in 1887. At the front main entrance sits a statue of the Roman Governor, Agricola, founder of the original fort of Mamuciam, from which the city began. The building dominates Albert Square.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Lowry
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The Lowry

Situated on the waterside at the heart of The Quays, The Lowry is a stunning, award winning building housing two vibrant theatres, a studio space, relaxing art galleries, cafés, bars, a restaurant, souvenir gift shop and Salford’s Tourist Information Centre. With a huge variety of performances, The Lowry's Lyric and Quays Theatres offer a wealth of fabulous entertainment, including West... More

Situated on the waterside at the heart of The Quays, The Lowry is a stunning, award winning building housing two vibrant theatres, a studio space, relaxing art galleries, cafés, bars, a restaurant, souvenir gift shop and Salford’s Tourist Information Centre. With a huge variety of performances, The Lowry's Lyric and Quays Theatres offer a wealth of fabulous entertainment, including West End musicals, the very best in drama, live bands, famous comedians, plus world class dance and opera.Gallery entry is free and you can enjoy the work of one of the nation's favourite artists, LS Lowry, in changing exhibitions of his work which we hope will offer some surprises. At the same time, experience work by artists of local, national and international renown to compliment our Lowry exhibitions. There's always something new and refreshing to see in our galleries.With family fun throughout the building, guided tours, the Meet Mr Lowry film, plus participatory activity for all ages, The Lowry is a great day out. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Imperial War Museum North
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Imperial War Museum North

Fascinating presentation of a timeline of 20th-century conflict. Part of Imperial War Museums

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Manchester Art Gallery
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Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery is one of the region’s most popular cultural destinations. It recently underwent a £35million expansion and refurbishment that transformed the museum into a world-class gallery displaying many of the city’s most important fine and decorative art works. The collection covers more than six centuries of work, but the museum is best known for its 19th century British... More

Manchester Art Gallery is one of the region’s most popular cultural destinations. It recently underwent a £35million expansion and refurbishment that transformed the museum into a world-class gallery displaying many of the city’s most important fine and decorative art works. The collection covers more than six centuries of work, but the museum is best known for its 19th century British paintings. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Day 2
Royal Exchange Theatre
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Royal Exchange Theatre

We're an award-winning producing Theatre in the centre of Manchester. As well as classics from William Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward, and Anton Chekhov, we're also one of the country's leading theatres for new writing, with over 125 premieres in the theatre history! The unique design means that none of the 760 seats are more than nine metres from the circular... More

We're an award-winning producing Theatre in the centre of Manchester. As well as classics from William Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward, and Anton Chekhov, we're also one of the country's leading theatres for new writing, with over 125 premieres in the theatre history! The unique design means that none of the 760 seats are more than nine metres from the circular stage, with seats placed all around the auditorium, giving views from all angles.The Great Hall surrounds the Theatre, and this houses The Round restaurant, Bar Exchange, the Craft Shop and exhibitions, the Education Lounge and workshops, the Information Point, the Mezzanine Gallery exhibitions, as well as Friday evenings' FREE entertainment SPECIAL FX.And we're open on a Sunday too! With brunch served in our Great Hall cafe and free entertainment during the day. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Museum of Science & Industry
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Museum of Science & Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry includes permanent galleries spread across five historic buildings and collections ranging from early textile machinery to modern X-ray equipment.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Chill Factore
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Chill Factore

At Chill Factore go indoor skiing or snowboarding year round. There is also snow tubing, a luge slide, or just snow play. You can rent warm clothing, from jackets to gloves, or bring your own. There is a climbing wall for those who prefer to go up rather than down.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Day 3
Victoria Baths
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Victoria Baths

The historic Victoria Baths hold open days, on the first Sunday of each month from April to November, and guided tours every Wednesday at 2pm. You can see the incredible stained glass and tile work, along with the pools. The baths closed in 1993 and are undergoing renovation.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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John Rylands Library
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John Rylands Library

The University Library of Manchester provides an extensive range of services and resources to actual and virtual visitors.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
People's History Museum
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People's History Museum

This history museum chronicles the lives of Manchester's working people during the past one hundred years.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Manchester City Football Club Stadium Tour
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Manchester City Football Club Stadium Tour

MCFC are proud to announce the launch of the new 2013/14 Stadium and Club Tour. Learn about our heritage through our unique memorabilia and self guided interactive displays, discovering what makes City the great club that it is today.Delve in to all things City, learn about our global community and ambitions to grow and grow.From there, a professional guide will take you on a 70 minute... More

MCFC are proud to announce the launch of the new 2013/14 Stadium and Club Tour. Learn about our heritage through our unique memorabilia and self guided interactive displays, discovering what makes City the great club that it is today.Delve in to all things City, learn about our global community and ambitions to grow and grow.From there, a professional guide will take you on a 70 minute journey in to the inner sanctum of the Club, including the press conference room, home team changing rooms, players' tunnel and dug outs.For an extra special tour, opt for the premium Legends Tour, where you will be guided around the Stadium by one of our City Legends. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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