Things to Do in Manchester

Creative Tourist

Spend a day in the city and it rapidly becomes apparent just how much it has reinvented its industrial past into a new, trendsetting present – and an ambitious future. There’s plenty of things to do in Manchester too, from award-winning theatre and exhibitions to an exciting food and drink offer and thriving literature and music scenes.

Discover our top picks

Music 23–27 May 2019, from £5.00

Manchester Jazz Festival 2019 – MJF19

MJF returns with a fresh new look, a new festival hub location and more venues across the city than ever before.

Music 13 June–6 July 2019, from £12

RNCM Summer Season 2019

Read our picks for the exciting months ahead at the RNCM.

Cinema 29 March–25 April 2019, from £5.50

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story at HOME

Manchester native Chris Sievey dreamed of pop-music stardom but belated recognition only came incognito, through his loveably anarchic creation.

UnDoing at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester – Creative Tourist
Exhibitions 22 March–26 May 2019, FREE

UnDoing at Castlefield Gallery

UnDoing at Castlefield Gallery explores our often conflicted relationship between past and present in architecture.

COLETIVA OCUPAÇÃO: When It Breaks It Burns
Theatre 8–9 May 2019, from £10.00

ColetivA Ocupação: When It Breaks It Burns at Moss Side Powerhouse Library

Using dance, live music and performance ColetivA Ocupação tell the real and brutal story of the high school occupations of 2015 and 2016 in Brazil.

Music 25 April 2019, from £12.5

Sibelius | Tippett | Stravinsky at The Bridgewater Hall

Steven Osborne made the definitive recording of Tippett’s masterpiece several years ago – and tonight, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, he joins the BBC Philharmonic to perform it live. Also on the programme, two symphonies by 20th-century pioneers: Sibelius’s brilliant Sixth, and a vital work written by Stravinsky ‘to the glory of God’.

MIF19 David Lynch at HOME Manchester International Festival
Festivals 4–21 July 2019, from £12.00

MIF19 – Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival 2019 is nearly upon us  and it’s fair to say that we’re more than a little excited by the calibre of this year’s programme, which may indeed prove to be the festival’s strongest yet.

Music 25 May 2019, from £16.50

Max Cooper at Gorilla

This immersive audio-visual show at Gorilla sees the ever-innovative Max Cooper merge his stunning electronic music with science-inspired visual art.

Music 13 June 2019, from £5

Future Music at RNCM

Future Music is a day filled with cutting edge workshops, demos and performances about AI, VR, live coding and musical robots.

Music 18 June 2019, from £5

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

Mahan Esfahani’s forward-thinking approach to the harpsichord is sure to stun at the RNCM.

Manchester District Guides

Medieval Quarter, Manchester

The Medieval Quarter, or Cathedral Quarter as it is sometimes known, is one of the oldest parts of Manchester and home to some historic gems and cultural must-sees.  

Photo of a handwritten label in a cafe that says "Ring for service with a smile"

Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester

Burton Road is the heart of West Didsbury, a beautifully maintained leafy hubbub of shops,…

Beech Road Chorlton, Manchester

A laid-back mix of gift shops, independent outfitters, restaurants, pubs and parks, on a sunny weekend afternoon it’s heaving.

The front of Didsbury restaurant Volta.

Didsbury, Manchester

Follow Oxford Road South through the Curry Mile, along Wilmslow Road, past Platt Fields Park…

Chorlton, Manchester

Chorlton is a left-leaning suburb a few miles south of Manchester’s city centre (and only…

Cheetham Hill, Manchester

As an area, Cheetham Hill gets a pretty bad rep. The foreboding architecture of Strangeways…

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