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City Centre Ferris Wheel, Manchester

Stay at a hotel in Manchester to explore civic Victorian grandeur and futuristic ship canal terraces.

Historic Manchester

Head out of your Manchester hotel for lavish Victorian copycat architecture, like the neo-Gothic Town Hall and Pantheon-style Central Library. Hark back to the industrial era as you walk past canal warehouses and locks in Lower Deansgate and Castlefield.

Art and museums in Manchester

The Manchester Ship Canal has had an arts and culture face-lift. Shard-shaped blocks and towers contain Blitz stories in the Imperial War Museum North while the steely Lowry arts centre is home to skinny “matchstick men”. Meet Leonardo da Vinci in 3D at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Quirky things to do in Manchester

Carve up real powder on the slopes at the Chill Factore snow centre. Manchester’s own skyscraper, the mirrored Beetham Tower on Deansgate, soars to 171m with views of Blackpool Tower. Anything goes in the Northern Quarter bars. Sombrero-wearing staff slam tequilas in minuscule Rodeo, while Odd Bar lives up to its name with its way-out gallery.

Events in Manchester

Theatres and galleries open for 18 days of avant-garde arts and music at Manchester International Festival in July. Manchester Jazz Festival clicks its fingers at concert halls and bars. You won’t get much sleep in your Manchester hotel when it’s party time at rainbow-coloured Manchester Pride.

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Attractions in Manchester:


Heaton Hall and Park

Opening times:
Thu-Sun & bank holidays 11am-5pm Apr - Aug 2013; Thu, Fri, Sat, and Sun only (annual)

1896 Horse Drawn Bus. Courtesy The British Commercial Vehicle Museum.
The British Commercial Vehicle Museum

Opening times:
Sat & Sun 10am-5pm; open Bank Holiday Mondays Feb - Oct 2013; Weekdays only (annual)

Poppies at the National Wildflower Centre. Courtesy of National Wildflower Centre
National Wildflower Centre

Opening times:
Daily 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm) Mar - Aug 2013 (annual)

Tolling the Devil's Knell

Opening times:
The last bell tolls at midnight Dec 2012 - Dec 2013 (annual)

Chatsworth House in Bakewell, Derbyshire. Courtesy of Derby City Council - Tourist Information Office
Chatsworth House

Opening times:
Daily 11am-5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm) Mar - Dec 2013 (annual)

What's on in Manchester:


Manchester Pride. Courtesy of Manchester Pride
Manchester Pride

Dates Open:
19/08/2014 to 29/08/2014

The best work from Britain's African, Asian and Caribbean artists.
x.trax Platform 4

Dates Open:
19/08/2014 to 21/08/2014

Family Friendly Film Festival. Courtesy of Arts About Manchester
Family Friendly Film Festival

Dates Open:
04/08/2014 to 07/08/2014

24:7 Theatre Festival

Dates Open:
20/07/2014 to 26/07/2014

Platform 4 Piccadilly

Dates Open:
19/08/2014 to 21/08/2014

Urbanathlon

Dates Open:
31/07/2014 to 31/07/2014

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