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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:

Manchester City FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Manchester United FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Wigan Athletic FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (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)

What's on in Manchester:

Manchester Irish Festival, Manchester. Courtesy of
Manchester Irish Festival

Dates Open:
02/03/2015 to 18/03/2015

¡Viva! Spanish Film Festival

Dates Open:
02/03/2015 to 18/03/2015

The Grand National. Courtesy of Aintree Racecourse
The Grand National

Dates Open:
02/04/2015 to 04/04/2015

Leeds International Jazz Conference

Dates Open:
29/03/2015 to 29/03/2015

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool. Courtesy of Lancashire & Blackpool Tourist Board
Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Dates Open:
12/02/2016 to 02/04/2016
12/02/2015 to 03/04/2015
29/03/2015 to 07/11/2015

Vegetable medley. Photo by Annie Mills, © Whatsonwhen
Farmers' Market

Dates Open:
19/03/2015 to 19/03/2015
21/05/2015 to 21/05/2015
20/08/2015 to 20/08/2015
17/09/2015 to 17/09/2015
21/01/2016 to 21/01/2016
16/04/2015 to 16/04/2015
18/06/2015 to 18/06/2015
19/11/2015 to 19/11/2015
17/12/2015 to 17/12/2015
15/10/2015 to 15/10/2015
16/07/2015 to 16/07/2015


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