10 Must Visit Locations in Manchester

Manchester is a most attractive destination of Europe where thousands of visitors, visit in a year. It is regarded as a celebrated center for the arts, media and higher education. Together with Salford and eight more municipalities it forms the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester where three million people lives. Manchester has undergone lots of improvement and development in terms of area of entertainment and tourism. The extension of the city in these areas has significantly enhanced its appeal for tourists.

These are the following destinations in Manchester which you will love to explore:

   1. Castlefield

Castlefield is designated as an “Urban Heritage Park” is the excellent start to begin for exploring Manchester and a walk among the lovingly restored Victorian houses along the old canals. This place also contains Bridgewater Canal which was constructed in 1761 with the purpose for transporting coal from the mines at Worsley to Manchester and the warehouses which has turned into offices, hotels, shops and restaurants.

The other beautiful tourist attraction includes the Castlefield Art Gallery with its exhibitions of contemporary art and also Bridgewater Hall, which is considered as the home to the Halle Orchestra and first-class concerts.



 2. Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral is situated on the banks of the Irwell and it has chapels on the both sides of the nave and choir. It was built between 1486 and 1508 and many additions are made and alteration has been made to the original form in almost every century. Another religious place to visit is a St. Mary Catholic Church, which was built is 1794, also named as “The Hidden Gem”. You can find a number of Victorian carvings here and the highlights of this place include the marble high altar, statues of saints and so on.


Manchester Cathedral 

 3. National Football Museum

This is regarded as the home to the two Europe’s top football teams- Man City and Man United. Manchester is a great place to pay homage to the country’s favourite sport. The features of the museum include memorabilia related to the sport which includes their first rulebook as well as historic trophies and clothing. It also presents a variety of great short movies which shows the history of the sport and provides plenty of additional entertainment for youngsters.

You can also visit the Manchester team’s home stadium after visiting to the museum.


National Football Museum

 4. Heaton Park

Heaton park is the biggest park in Greater Manchester and covers about 600 acres. It was built in 1772. This park has been extensively retained many of its original creatures and vistas. Sports lovers can enjoy its 18-hole golf course, driving range, tennis courts while family members can go for boating lake, animal farm, ornamental gardens, woodlands, observatory, adventure playground and museum.

Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden  can also be visited after the Heaton Park. This garden was founded in 1917 and is a part botanical garden and part wildlife habitat.


Heaton Park

  5. University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is the educational home of the three Nobel prize winners: Ernest Rutherford, who laid down the foundations of modern atomic physics (1871-1939), Sir John Cockcroft was the top most Physicist in British and Canadian atomic research. It includes a variety of institutes and halls of residence. Whitworth Art Gallery is famous in the university and present the collection of British watercolours, drawings, prints, modern art and sculpture with the largest textile and wallpaper.


University of Manchester

 6. Platt Hall: The Costume Gallery

Platt Hall is an elegant Georgian house which was built in 1764 and now is a part of Manchester Art Gallery. The hall represents the great overview of English fashion and costume from 1600 to present day and is the only collection to rival London’s Victora and Albert Museum. It contains one of the largest collections of costumes and accessories in Britain.

If you are a fashion-freak then you can enjoy the gallery and can have ideas about the history and trends in fashion.


Gallery of Costume (Manchester)

 7. Manchester Town Hall

Manchester Town Hall is a non-gothic municipal building in Manchester. It is the houses of a number of local governing departments as well as the ceremonial headquarters of Manchester City Council. The building covers the Albert Square in North side and St. Peter’s Square to the south side. The hall is also used for wedding functions and civil partnerships and is also available for hiring for the events like conferences.


Manchester Town Hall

 8. Chetham’s Library

Chetham’s hospital was built near to year1422 but now is a residence for priests and home to a music school and Chetham Library. This library holds 100,000 books and many number of books have the print before 1850. Chetham’s is also famous as the meeting place of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels during Mark’s visit to Manchester.

Another library next to it is the Portico Library,  which houses the literary collection of Dalton and Joule, founders of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society.


Chetham’s Library 

 9. The Chinatown

The Chinatown is a colourful home of one of the largest communities in Britain and basically at stone’s throw from the Manchester Art Gallery. It has a striking decorated arched gateway leading into the district.  Delicacies from Hong Kong and Beijing are being offered by many restaurants. Chinese handicrafts and artworks are at the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art.


Chinatown, Manchester

  10. Cloud 23

A visit to Manchester is incomplete without visiting the Cloud 23 Bar in the city. Bar does not necessarily mean that it serves only alcoholic drinks, it also serves a large variety of delicacies and ethnic cuisines, it is also known for its nightlife and is situated at the highest point in Manchester. It will offer you the view of a life time. This bar is located on the 23rd floor of the iconic building in England. Sitting with a glass of wine with your loved ones and overlooking the panoramic cityscape could be the best feeling one can ever have.


Cloud 23



Manchester is the city of dream. One can have the best destinations to visit, a unique blend of education, entertainment, historical monuments, fashion and much more. This place can be enjoyed with family, friends, your loved ones or just as alone. You will definitely cherish the memories made in Manchester for life.

Featured Image Courtesy: Rebecca Jones

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