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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 Modern British in Manchester

Manchester House

This much-praised restaurant atop a nondescript '60s-era tower serves molecular cuisine, but with a Manchester twist. Chef Aiden Byrne offers a simplified version of Blumenthal and Adriá, but without sacrificing any…
Top Choice Gallery in Manchester

Manchester Art Gallery

A superb collection of British art and a hefty number of European masters are on display at the city's top gallery. The older wing has an impressive selection of 18th- and 19th-century paintings, as well as the coun…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Manchester

Port Street Beer House

Fans of real ale love this Northern Quarter boozer with its seven hand pulls, 18 draught lines and more than 100 beers from around the world, including gluten-free ales and some heavy hitters: Brewdog's Tactical Nuc…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Manchester


One of Britain's best new arts centres, Home has two theatre spaces that host provocative new work in a variety of contexts, from proscenium sets to promenade pieces. The five cinema screens show the latest indie re…
Top Choice Cafe in Manchester


A touch of Edwardian and Georgian elegance in the heart of the Northern Quarter, this gorgeous tearoom has expanded its menu to offer a range of British classics like beer-battered haddock and chips and steak suet p…
Sandwiches in Manchester

Northern Soul Grilled Cheese

Carving out a niche for artery-clogging, gooey grilled cheese delights in Manchester’s grungy Northern Quarter, Northern Soul is a great spot for a budget meal. It bills itself as ‘gourmet’ but there’s nothing fancy…
Brewery in Manchester

Cloudwater Barrel Store Tap Room

Take a warehouse space under the arches behind Manchester Piccadilly Station, roll in a double deck of beer barrels and set out simple seating, and you’ve got the perfect brew for an atmospheric tap room. Cloudwater…
Food & Drink in Manchester

Manchester Food & Drink Festival

Manchester's superb foodie scene shows off its wares over 10 days in mid-October. Farmers markets, pop-up restaurants and gourmet events are just part of the UK's biggest urban food fest.