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Top Choice Museum in Manchester

Museum of Science & Industry

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 recent restoration that saw the doubling of its exhibition space through the opening of its sides and back and the construct…
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…
Top Choice Bar in Manchester

Refuge

Occupying what was once the Victorian gothic ground floor of the Refuge Assurance Building, this is not just Manchester's most beautiful bar, but arguably its coolest too – all thanks to the rep and aesthetic sensib…
Top Choice Club in Manchester

Homoelectric

2018 saw the revival of one of Manchester's legendary club nights, advertised as 'a non-stop exotic disco for homos, heteros, lesbos and don't knows'. Fronted by legendary DJs the Unabombers (Luke Cowdrey and Justin…
Top Choice British in Manchester

20 Stories

The most anticipated opening of 2018 was this rooftop restaurant atop a 20-storey tower, marshalled by local star Aiden Byrne (formerly of Manchester House). Great views and great food, courtesy of Byrne's signature…
Top Choice LGBT in Manchester

Manchester Pride Festival

One of England's biggest celebrations of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender life, held over three days of the August Bank Holiday at the end of the month. There's music and dance (the Big Weekend); debate, films…