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the definitive guide to the best places to visit in manchester - the rock'n'goal capital of the world!

Pride Of Manchester, with the help from you, are looking to compile the ultimate list of all the best places in Greater Manchester that you feel any out-of-towner should definitely pay a visit to.

Leave a message in our forum, detailing your favourite place and tell us why you feel every visitor to Manchester should go there too.

Below are the top places in Manchester, as voted by you. You can also vote for your favourite(s) by sending us an email :

the top places to visit in manchester - as voted for by you
Manchester United's Old trafford stadium tour & museum  

old trafford stadium tour & museum (1 vote)
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A superb day out regardless of whoever you support. the tour of Manchester United's theatre of dreams takes in the manager's dugout, player's dressing room, the tunnel and the top of the North Stand. The massive museum tells the story of the World's biggest football club, including the Munich Air Crash and the Treble wiinning season of 1999.

open: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm - booking: +44 (0)870 442 1994
where is it? 2 miles from the end of Deansgate at Old Trafford. nearest metro: Old Trafford (5mins)
nearby: the imperial war museum (10mins walk), the lowry (15mins walk), trafford centre (5 miles)
Manchester Town Hall  

manchester town hall (1 vote)
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Although built in 1877, the Town Hall was designed in 13th Century Gothic style by Albert Waterhouse and contains 12 massive murals from Ford Maddox Brown, capturing 12 moments of Mancunian history on each. Controversially, there's no mural of the Peterloo Masacre (although this is captured on a mural in the nearby Britons Protection pub).

open: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm (not always open to the public) - booking: +44 (0)161 234 5000
where is it? in the city centre nearest metro: St.Peters Square (5mins)
nearby: manchester art gallery (5 mins), central library (5 mins), bridgewater hall (5 mins), g-mex (5 mins), china town (10 mins), ibis (10 mins)
The Lowry  

the lowry (1 vote)
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Arguably Britain's greatest architectural masterpiece of the new Millennium, the Lowry houses a superb collection of paintings and sketches depicting Manchester life from Salford's greatest artist, LS Lowry. Excellent theatres and a superb restaurant, together with an informative guided tour.

galleries open: M-W 11am-5pm, Th-F 11am-7:30pm, Sat 10am-7:30pm, Sun 11-5pm entry: FREE
where is it? 2 miles from the city centre at Salford Quays. nearest metro: Harbour City (5 mins walk)
nearby: the imperial war museum (5 mins walk), manchester united museum and tour (15 mins walk)
The Imperial War Museum North  

the imperial war museum north (1 vote)
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A truely magnificent architectural buidling housing an interesting collection of military equipment with stunning and shocking presentations of every aspect of war. The viewing gallery provides superb views of Manchester city centre and there's a restaurant too.

open: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm - entry: FREE
where is it? 3 miles from city centre at Old Trafford. nearest metro: Harbour City (10mins)
nearby: the lowry (5 mins walk), manchester united museum and tour (10 mins walk)
Urbis Manchester  

urbis (1 vote)
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Yet another amazing piece of architecture. The Urbis is located opposite Marks & Spencer and The Printworks near Victoria Station and houses a funky interactive display of urban life in cities around the world, including Manchester - which can be viewed brilliantly through the glass structure.

open: Sun-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am - 8pm entry: adults £5, concessions £3.50 or free
where is it? in the millennium quarter opposite The Printworks. nearest metro: Victoria (opposite)
nearby: the printworks (opposite), manchester cathederal (opposite)
The museum of science and industry manchester  

museum of science and industry (1 vote)
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Its only when you visit this amazing museum that you realise how important Manchester was in shaping the rest of the world. Its all captured here; the first railway, the first computer, the textile industries, the splitting of the atom, and loads more. Other collections include aviation and space, electricity and gas, engineering, photography, printing, science, road transport and Manchester's water supply. A great visit.

open: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm entry: FREE
where is it? in the castlefield area of the city centre. nearest metro: g-mex (5 mins walk)
nearby: castlefield canal basin (5 mins walk), people's museum (10 mins walk)
Manchester Art gallery  

manchester art gallery (1 vote)
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Manchester Art Gallery houses one of the UK's finest art collections in spectacular surroundings. The Gallery has recently benefited from a £35m transformation and is particularly exceptional for its 19th century British paintings, with outstanding pictures by the great Pre-Raphaelites and of course Ford Madox Brown, whose images of Manchester are world famous.

open: Tues-Sun 10am-5pm entry: FREE
where is it? mosley street (behind the town hall). nearest metro: mosley street or st.peters square
nearby: china town (adjacent), town hall (5 mins walk), central library (5 mins walk)
The Manchester Museum  

the manchester museum (1 vote)
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The Manchester Museum, at the University, provides access to over six million items from every continent of the globe. Butterflies and carvings from India; birds and bark-cloth from the Pacific; live frogs and ancient pottery from America; fossils and native art from Australia; mammals and ancient Egyptian craftsmanship from Africa; plants, coins and minerals from Europe; art from past civilisations of the Mediterranean; and beetles, armour and archery from Asia as well as the country's best Egyptology collection.

open: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm entry: FREE
where is it? oxford road at the university. nearest metro: st.peters square (10 mins walk)
nearby: town hall (10 mins walk), central library (10 mins walk), bridgewater hall (15 mins walk)
Quarry Bank Mill  

quarry bank mill and style estate (1 vote)
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This Georgian working water-powered cotton mill is set on over 384 acres of the beautiful Style estate. It still spins and weaves cotton, sold in the museum shop. There's demonstrations of the development of the textile industry from hand spinning to noisy weaving factory. See a spinning jenny and a mule in action; hear and feel the thump of the weaving shed, alongside the most powerful working waterwheel in Europe, and one of the earliest steam-powered beam engines.

open: (summer) Mon-Sun 10:30am-5:30pm, (winter) Tues-Sat 10:30am-5pm entry: adults from £5
where is it? styal, cheshire near the airport. nearest station: manchester airport (2 miles away)
nearby: manchester airport (2 miles)
Peel Tower near Bury, overlooking the whole of Greater Manchester  

peel tower & east lancashire railway (1 vote)
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A superb day out if you love walking, steam railways, picturesque villages and pubs. Peel Tower above Ramsbottom, near Bury, was erected over 150 years ago to celebrate the town's most famous son, Robert Peel, Prime Minister and founder of the police force. Although the tower itself is not always open to the public, the view from the top of Holcombe Hill on which it stands, is unrivalled, overlooking the whole of Manchester, Lancashire and beyond.

where is it? above Ramsbottom, Bury (13 miles from Manchester) directions: Metro to Bury (20 mins) then East Lancashire steam railway to Ramsbottom (16mins). Once in Ramsbottom, from Bridge Street, walk up the hill through Market Place (past the Urn Sculpture) and on up Carr Street. Its all up hill from here! Turn left up Tanners Street, and then right up the even steeper 'Rake' and up the hill into Holcombe. At the 'Shoulder of the Mutton' pub cross the road and look for Cross Lane. Where the road forks, go right, and soon after turn right again, up the track that leads to the tower.
nearby: helmshore textile museum (3.5 miles)
website: east lancs railway:




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