Manchester Travel Guide

England  #4 in Best Day Trips from London

Free Things To Do in Manchester

If you have extra time, Manchester Art Gallery is worthwhile.
  • #1
    John Rylands Library
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    #1 in Manchester
    Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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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

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  • #3
    Castlefield Urban Heritage Park
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    #3 in Manchester
    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    The Castlefield Urban Heritage Park is a conservation area located on the southwest side of Manchester's city center. But first, it was the site of a Roman fort, Mamucium. Later, this area became a hub of industry with the construction of a canal and a train station. Today, the canal

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  • #4
    Manchester Art Gallery
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    #4 in Manchester
    Museums, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    The Manchester Art Gallery has a collection of more than 25,000 items spread across six centuries. Of particular note is its pre-Raphaelite collection: You'll see work by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown and William Holman Hunt, among other renowned artists. The metalwork and porcelain in the museum's Decorative Arts

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  • #5
    Museum of Science and Industry
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    #5 in Manchester
    Museums, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Museums, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    The Museum of Science and Industry is an extensive museum spread across five buildings with exhibits that range from textiles to electricity to the railways. With its industrial history in cotton production, Manchester is a good spot for such a museum. One of the newest galleries is the interactive "Revolution

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  • #6
    Manchester Town Hall
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    #6 in Manchester
    Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    The Victorian gothic Manchester Town Hall first opened its doors in 1877, and to this day it still acts as the home of the Manchester City Council. If you visit, you should check out the Ford Madox Brown murals, as well as the Great Hall's skylight, which has the etched

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  • #7
    Imperial War Museum North
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    #7 in Manchester
    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    The Imperial War Museum North, a part of the series of Imperial Museums throughout the U.K., traces Britain's involvement in different conflicts from 1914 through the present day. Exhibits include an audio-visual Big Picture Show on a variety of topics, from "Children at War" to "Al-Mutanabbi Street: A Reaction." There

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  • #8
    Greater Manchester Police Museum
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    #8 in Manchester
    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    The Greater Manchester Police Museum traces the history of policing in the Victorian era. There is a replica court where mock trials are held and a charge room, not to mention numerous artifacts dating from the era, including old police uniforms. The volunteer tour guides are founts of knowledge, filling

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  • #9
    Afflecks
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    #9 in Manchester
    Shopping, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Shopping, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Afflecks calls itself "an emporium of eclecticism" and "a totem of indie commerce." This mall, which spreads itself across four floors, is no usual shopping center — you won't find your typical British stores like John Lewis or Cath Kidston here. Instead, Afflecks' shops and stalls are filled with everything

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