Stay at a hotel in Manchester to explore civic Victorian grandeur and futuristic ship canal terraces.
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:
Thu-Sun & bank holidays 11am-5pm Apr - Aug 2013; Thu, Fri, Sat, and Sun only (annual)
Vary according to season - please check website for more details Mar - Sep 2013 (annual)
Sat & Sun 10am-5pm; open Bank Holiday Mondays Feb - Oct 2013; Weekdays only (annual)
Daily 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm) Mar - Aug 2013 (annual)
The last bell tolls at midnight Dec 2012 - Dec 2013 (annual)
What's on in Manchester:
30/05/2013 to 30/05/2013
18/05/2013 to 26/05/2013
14/06/2013 to 25/08/2013
25/05/2013 to 25/05/2013
26/05/2013 to 28/05/2013