National Football Museum#13 in Best Things To Do in Manchester
Located in the city center in the six-story, glass Urbis building, the National Football Museum is a collection of items and information about everything football (that's soccer, to us Yanks). In fact, this is England's only national museum for football. Visitors will find trophies, exhibits on stadiums, fans and the media, as well as opportunities to try their football skills.
Past visitors say the museum has lots of interactive exhibits, but warn that there are a lot of stairs. Reviewers also said the museum staff is friendly and that the museum is a great attraction for football fans.
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take a guided tour daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets cost 10 pounds (about $13) for adults, 5 pounds (about $6.50) for ages 5 to 15 and are free for children younger than 5, as well as for Manchester residents. The nearest Metrolink tram stops are Victoria Station and Exchange Square. The free bus also service the museum. For more information, visit the museum's website.
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#1 John Rylands Library
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 and opened to the public in 1900. Among its vast collection are a fragment of Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales" manuscript, as well as the personal letters and papers of writers, military generals and more. There is even a papyrus fragment of the Gospel of John from the Bible. The fragment is believed to be the earliest part of any New Testament writing ever found.
Recent visitors said that the architecture is stunning, likening it to a scene out of the world of "Harry Potter." Though tripods and flash photography are not allowed, reviewers suggested snapping several photos of the interior (with no flash). Others recommended a stop in the restroom to have a look at the Victorian toilets, which have remained largely unchanged since 1900.
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