A modern gem steeped in history, Manchester is a bustling and diverse capital with a youthful energy. Known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester is remarked for its museums, historic landmarks and sports centres.
Things to do in Manchester
Visit the John Rylands Library to see one of the world’s most exquisite collections of rare books and manuscripts. Admire the stunning example of Victorian architecture then head inside to tour the temporary exhibitions, explore the large reading room and check out the historic toilets.
Journey back through time in the Museum of Science and Industry, located in the heart of Manchester. View the Ford Model T car, admire the Firgrove Mill Steam Engine, feast your eyes upon the microscope slides by Abraham F and see the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station.
Art buffs should stop by Manchester Art Gallery to see a blend of historic exhibits through its contemporary pieces. Tour the Fine Art collections world-famous Pre-Raphaelite paintings, explore The Gallery of Costume at Platt Hall and stroll through the Craft and Design Collection’s 13,000-plus ceramics, glass and furniture.
Don’t leave Manchester before you view Manchester Town Hall, an impressive Neo-gothic building that serves as the headquarters for the Manchester City Council. Take a tour through the ceremonial rooms, admire the masterpiece Manchester Murals painted by Ford Madox Brown and reflect on the dominating clock tower housing Great Abel, the clock bell.
Getting around Manchester
The city is served by Manchester Airport, one of the largest airports in the world. The easiest way to get around is by tram, while Manchester is also home to two major railway stations, Victoria and Piccadilly.