Things to Do in Manchester

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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

Sergey Ponomarev Damascus, Syria, 24 August 2013 Assad's Syria (2013-2014). IWM North
Exhibitions 16 February–28 May 2018, FREE

Syria: A Conflict Explored at IWM North

IWM North launches a season of exhibitions and events that attempt to cut through the complexity surrounding the Syrian crisis, and offer a human account of what’s happening in the country today.

Hamlet at Bolton Octagon
Theatre 15 February–10 March 2018, from £12.00

Hamlet at Bolton Octagon

David Ricardo-Pearce cast as Hamlet in Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy brought to life in Bolton by David Thacker.

wonder women 2018
Festivals 1–31 March 2018,

Wonder Women 2018

Wonder Women 2018 is a special edition of Manchester’s annual radical feminist festival, marking 100-years since some women first won the right to vote in Britain with a city-wide programme of art, culture and debate.

Circle Mirror Transformation at HOME
Theatre 2–17 March 2018, from £10.00

Circle Mirror Transformation at HOME

Award-winning director Bijan Sheibani brings the Northern Premiere of Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation to HOME.

Poet Helen Mort.
Literature 20–26 February 2018,

International Mother Language Day 2018

Manchester’s UNESCO City of Literature holds the first in a brand-new series of events – this one celebrating International Mother Language Day, marked globally on Wednesday 21 February.

Cinema 2 February–1 March 2018, from £5.00

Phantom Thread at HOME

Set in the glamour of 50’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis in his final performance) and his sister Cyril (Manville) are at the centre of British fashion in Phantom Thread, the latest film from Paul Thomas Anderson.

Music 28 February 2018, from £25.00

Nils Frahm at Albert Hall

German pianist, composer and producer Nils Frahm returns to Albert Hall three years after his last visit. Since then, he has established an innovative annual Piano Day project, and produced film and game soundtracks that have raised his profile even further. Don’t miss out on this much-anticipated return to the live arena.

Robots at the Museum of Science and Industry
Exhibitions 19 October 2017–15 April 2018, from £5

Robots at the Museum of Science and Industry

A once-in-a-lifetime look at one of the largest collections of robots together. A mind-bending, 500 year journey to being human in a robotic world.

Exhibitions 3 February–15 April 2018, FREE

The House of Kings & Queens at People’s History Museum

Using powerful images, documentary photographer Lee Price explores life as a member of the LGBT+ community in Sierra Leone.

Music 17–25 March 2018, from £21

RNCM Opera: Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck at the RNCM

The RNCM Opera tackles Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic version of the Brothers Grimm’s early 19th Century fairytale Hansel and Gretel for its major spring production. Expect a tale of transition, redemption and resolution, set to folk music-inspired themes, for a piece that is equal parts dark and magical.

Manchester District Guides

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

It may not quite have the reputation of Benefits Street, but Beech Road in Chorlton…

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

This left-leaning suburb a few miles south of Manchester’s city centre (and only ten minutes…

Cheetham Hill, Manchester

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

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