Explore the industrial Northwest

Susie Stubbs

Get more out of your visit to Manchester: explore some of the sights and attractions that are within just a few miles of a city that acts as the gateway to the North

The Manchester Weekender is supported by Modern History, a showcase for the best of the Northwest’s museums, mills, railways and waterways, bringing to life the rich industrial heritage of England’s Northwest, highlighting inventions and achievements, and unearthing some of the social stories that have shaped the modern world.

Head to Lancashire, for example, and discover the region’s former textile industry. Helmshore Mills Textile Museums offers a chance to see working machinery and gain a sense of working conditions in the late 19th century. Preston’s Harris Museum & Art Gallery showcases the Industrial Revolutionaries this summer, an exhibition that spans 150 years of industrial history. Whilst there, see the ‘teetotal teapot‘ (featured in the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects), which tells the story of the Preston-born temperance movement.

The Northwest’s industrial success was built upon its rivers, canals and walkways. The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port is the best place to learn more and enjoy a boat trip through an industrial landscape. In Liverpool, meanwhile, the Merseyside Maritime Museum is home to internationally renowned collections that reflect the seafaring history of a city that was once the gateway to the rest of the world.

Visit the places where history defined the happening, where tradition became trend and where belief broke down boundaries, from awe-inspiring architecture to engineering endeavour. Discovery lies around every corner, and every visit tells a story. Discover more at Modern History.

Industrial PowerhouseInvesting in England's North West - European Regional Development Fund

Image: Susie Stubbs

Culture Guides

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester and the north.

Food and Drink

Spend June at some of the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North.

Cinema

Explore Hollywood history, queer rarities and squirm-inducing horror across the big screens of Manchester and the North this month.

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics

Exhibitions

Let’s make the most of early summer, with this month’s selection of brand new art exhibitions from across the North!

Geronimo Festival 2022

Families

Festivals, shows, museums, and much, much more – there’s plenty of summer fun to be had for families in Manchester and the North, whatever the weather. Here are our top picks.

Writer Niamh Mulvey. Photo by K Elliott

Literature

There’s plenty of sunshine-drenched reading to immerse yourself in from established names and emerging talent, poets and prose writers alike, both in real life as well as online.

Music

From rising stars playing basement sets to open air shows by your favourite bands’ favourite bands, there are some gems in this month’s music picks.

Theatre in Manchester

Theatre

Eclectic theatre festivals, silly slapstick and dreamy outdoor shows, there’s lots of brilliant performances happening inside and outside over the summer.

Tours and Activities

Discover a new hobby, experience the most deliciously diverse area of Manchester’s city centre and explore the city’s infamous music scene in this month’s Tours and Activities guide.