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The Etihad Stadium is home to Manchester City, one of the city's much beloved football clubs (or soccer teams to Americans). This stadium is one of the U.K.'s largest, with the capacity to seat 47,805 rowdy spectators. If you're able to view a match, be sure to wear a light blue shirt and don't even think about badmouthing the home team — Manchester City fans are a very loyal bunch. They're also very fond of their stadium. One TripAdvisor user compared Etihad Stadium to paradise, saying: "This is my favourite place in the whole world. The service at the bars at half time is woeful, and you can't smoke, but […] it's such a magical environment."

But if you can't make a game, you could stop by for a 70-minute guided tour that takes you behind the scenes from the media conference room to the entrance tunnel. The stadium is open for exploration seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays), and guided tours are offered between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (3 p.m. on Sundays).

Ticket prices for watching a football match vary by seat and the game. The stadium tour costs £14 GBP (or about $23.50 USD) for adults. You'll find the stadium off Ashton New Road, and it's accessible via the Etihad Campus Metrolink tram stop. For more information on upcoming games and ticket rates, visit the Etihad Stadium website.

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The University of Manchester's John Rylands Library is known as much for its beautiful architecture as it is for its collection of rare books and manuscripts. The impressive gothic structure took 10 years to build — after plans were drawn up in 1889, the library finally opened to the public in 1900. Among its vast collection are medieval illuminated manuscripts, featuring a copy of Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales;" the personal letters and papers of notable figures like Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell; and even a Gutenberg Bible. There are also a handful of rotating exhibits."

One TripAdvisor user compared the ambiance of the John Rylands Library to the library from Harry Potter's Hogwarts with its own restricted section and dragon carvings. This user also had some practical advice: "If you need to nip into the loo, use those on the second floor rather than the basement — fine old Victorian craftsmanship on display, with lovely comfortable wooden seats!"

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