Creative Tourist

Looking for Manchester attractions? The city is studded with gems, from the sprawling museums and galleries to world-class concert halls, intimate stages and family friendly fare.

Visitor guides

Art Galleries in Manchester

Manchester’s galleries span ancient to contemporary art, via some of the best collections of paintings, objects and even wallpaper in the country. Here’s our guide.

Lights above the bookcases in Chetham's Library

Libraries in Manchester

Bibliophiles, rejoice: we have rounded up the best libraries in Manchester for your perusal.

Photo of the Stockport Plaza auditorium - One of our Top 5 Cinemas in Manchester

Cinemas in Manchester

The collection of independent cinemas here may be small, but the venues are special enough to make you forget that – here’s our guide.

Photo of the Halle orchestra at Bridgewater

Music Venues in Manchester

Manchester is still a great place to watch new and innovative music – so here’s a guide to where to watch the best live music in the city.

Museums in Manchester

Manchester is studded with fantastic museums – read our picks of the best here.

Blossom on trees in Manchester

Parks and Gardens in Manchester

Our pick of the five best parks and gardens in and around Manchester.

Culture Guides

Motherlogues Theatre Deli


Queer Contact Festival, verbatim performances and sport-art collaborations top our eclectic list of drama, opera and dance this month.


It’s Oscar season – we round up the best new and old films showing in cinemas and tell you the best place to watch the awards themselves.

Changing Lives: 200 Years of People and Protest in Sheffield at Weston Park Museum


Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s packed 2018 programme, 200 years of activism and protest in the Steel City, and the curious history of colour top our latest list of exhibition highlights.


Get ready for some heady cultural adventures this February with our guide to the best things to do right now with kids and book ahead for.

Author Joe Dunthorne. Photo by Angus Muir.


We have a fun-packed February leading up to a mad-busy March. There’s lots of brand-new work from both established and emerging writers, and plenty of prose and poetry to fill your mornings, afternoons and evenings.


Manchester’s top music venues have been busy filling their diaries for the year ahead – with spring highlights including Fever Ray and Joan as Police Woman, plus new seasons by the likes of Manchester Camerata and the BBC Philharmonic.

Things to do right now

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