Manchester attractions

Top Choice Museum in Manchester

Science and Industry Museum

Manchester's rich industrial legacy is explored in this excellent museum set within the enormous grounds of the old Liverpool St station, the oldest rail terminus in the world. The large collection of steam engines,…
Top Choice Museum in Manchester

People's History Museum

The story of Britain's 200-year march to democracy is told in all its pain and pathos at this superb museum, housed in a refurbished Edwardian pumping station. You clock in on the 1st floor (literally: punch your ca…
Top Choice Gallery in Manchester

Whitworth Art Gallery

Manchester's second most important art gallery is arguably its most beautiful, following a restoration that saw the doubling of its exhibition space through the opening of its sides and back, and the construction of…
Top Choice Gallery in Manchester

Manchester Art Gallery

A superb collection of British art and a hefty number of European masters are the highlights at the city's top art gallery. It's home to the best assemblage of Pre-Raphaelite art as well as a permanent collection of…
Top Choice Library in Manchester

Chetham's Library & School of Music

Founded in 1653 in a building that dates from 1421, Chetham's is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world, a trove of dark shelves lined with ancient books and manuscripts. In 1845, Marx and Engels sp…
Top Choice Landmark in Manchester

Victoria Baths

Designed to be the grandest baths in Britain when they opened in 1906, this Grade II–listed Edwardian classic retains much of its former grandeur despite being left virtually derelict for more than 30 years. A labor…
Library in Manchester

John Rylands Library

Less a library and more a cathedral to books, Basil Champneys' stunning building is a breathtaking example of Victorian Gothic, no more so than the Reading Room, complete with high-vaulted ceilings and stained-glass…
Museum in Manchester

Greater Manchester Police Museum

One of the city's best-kept secrets is this superb museum housed within a former Victorian police station. The original building has been magnificently – if a little creepily – brought back to life, and you can wand…
Historic Building in Manchester

Town Hall

Manchester's most impressive building is the Grade I–listed town hall, completed in 1877 after a design by Alfred Waterhouse. The Great Hall is decorated with murals by Ford Madox Brown and mosaics incorporating Man…
Arts Centre in Manchester

MediaCityUK

The BBC's northern home is but one significant element of this vast 81-hectare site. Besides hosting six departments of the national broadcaster (BBC Breakfast, Children's, Sport, Radio 5 Live, Learning, and Future …