Attractions

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

Theatre in Manchester and The North Guide

Theatre

Vibrant, varied and fearless – there’s a real wealth of performance on offer in Manchester and the North – we’ve rounded up the best in our theatre guide.

Cinema

It’s festival season at the cinemas of the North this month and we’ve got the low-down.

©Viviane Sassen, Ra, series Mud and Lotus 2017. Courtesy of Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Viviane Sassen: Hot Mirror at The Hepworth Wakefield

Exhibitions

Featuring a giant ‘art hammock’, the mesmerising photographs of Vivian Sassen, and a unique exploration into the use of digital technology by indigenous communities in north east Brazil; check out or latest exhibition highlights from across the North West.

Families

Out of this world free festivals of making, magical dance experiences and theatrical adventures for all the family.

Luke Allan, Carcanet New Poetries.

Literature

It’s raining poetry and prose this April in the Rainy City, and there’s plenty to catch from both established and emerging writers. Fill your wellie boots – and your mornings, afternoons and evenings, weekdays and weekends.

Music

From death-themed musicals to day-long explorations of the current freakscene, via rising country stars and a fresh look at an art gallery’s collection, the musical calendar for Manchester and the North is packed to the rafters.

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