Northern Quarter, Manchester

Northern Quarter, Manchester

Creative Tourist

Manchester’s most characterful, independent district is a jumbled network of streets to one side of Piccadilly Gardens – once home to busy textiles warehouses and even the occasional umbrella factory. Now, the red brick buildings with their New York-style fire escapes are regularly used in film sets, and the streets are bursting with independent cafés, shops, bars, and cultural hotspots.

The Northern Quarter has become a destination in its own right, with the laid-back, bohemian vibe during the day transforming at night into teeming pavements of people in search of good food, craft beer, pop-up events and live music.

Ben Williams, Creative Tourist
Image by Ben Williams, Creative Tourist

When walking around, keep your eyes peeled for public art, including the sculptures of birds high on a wall on John Street (reflecting the area’s reputation in Victorian times as a ‘pets paradise’), the illuminated, 12 metre-tall Big Boys Toy on the top of the NCP car park, and the artistic graffiti on the outhouse in the middle of Stevenson Square.

Discover our top picks

Activity 18 September 2021 10:30 am, from £35

Ceramic Animal Sculpture Workshop at MCDC

Join award-winning ceramicist Katherine Lees to sculpt your own ceramic animal sculpture and hand decorate it with coloured underglazes.

tours and activities
Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £50

Eat The City – Scranchester Tours

Satisfy your hunger for knowledge as well as lunch with Scranchester’s food tours of the city centre. You may discover a new favourite hidden gem or learn a bit more about the cultural or historical significance of the food you eat all the time.

Music 19 November 2021 7:00 pm,

Boards of Canada performed by Byron Wallen’s Gayan Gamelan Ensemble

This November at Band on the Wall Byron Wallen’s Gayan Gamelan Ensemble will interpret Boards of Canada’s ‘Music Has The Right To Children’.

Activity 30 September 2021 7:00 pm, from £6

Libersea presents Can You Hear Me?

Libersea, a collaboration inspired by and facilitated with Brighter Sound, are sharing their first live performance of their debut EP Can You Hear Me?.

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