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.

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skyliner
Activity Until 27 September 2020, from £9

Skyliner: Alternative Tours of Manchester

Join Skyliner for the anti-tour of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The route interrogates current developments in the city as well as visiting the area’s most notable pieces of street art.

Puffin Box
Music Until 27 September 2020, from £110

Puffin Box at Hilton House

Brought to you by the creators of La Discothèque, Puffin Box is ‘a rave in a box’ where you can immerse yourself in a 90-minute mini clubbing experience within your own social bubble.

Mighty Mills and Little Italy
Activity 26 September 2020 11:30 am, from £12

Ancoats: Mighty Mills and Little Italy Guided Tour

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Cinema Until 30 September 2020, FREE

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Activity Until 18 December 2020, FREE

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