Things to do in Manchester

Manchester City is a hotbed of activities and attractions, so much so it’s a tough task to feature even a snippet of what’s on in Manc Town. On any given weekend, Manchester Arena is at capacity. As the largest entertainment venue in the city, the space can welcome up to 23,000 spectators and puts on big-budget shows including music, comedy and theatre performances.

Another crowd-pleasing activity is, of course, soccer – although don’t call it that when you’re in Manchester! Not only does the city have 2 of the most successful football clubs in the world – Manchester United and Manchester City - located just miles apart from each other, it also has a National Football Museum to sum up the whole local sporting story. Located in the Urbis Building within Cathedral Gardens, the museum keeps football artifacts for all to see within the 6-level attraction. Footballing great Sir Bobby Charlton is the museum’s president and the site has been also visited by the great Sir Alex Ferguson and the President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter.

If you’d rather get in on some sporting action than watch it, you can always strap on some skis at the indoor ski centre built within the Chill Factor venue. The whopping £31 million attraction welcomes first timers and skilled pros to join the skiing fun. Packages can be tailored to individual visitor needs including trial lessons and equipment hire. The main slope in the centre is 180 metres long, so book a spot and glide the real snow slope to your heart’s content.

For more things to do in Manchester, read on below.

Old Trafford Stadium Tour

Home to the ‘Theatre of Dreams’, Old Trafford Stadium has been a fortress for the Manchester United squad over many successful years. Love them or hate them, everyone wants to have a sneak peek behind the scenes, which includes access to the dressing room and manager’s pitch-side dugouts as well as much more throughout the tour. Grab the chance to see the inner workings of an internationally acclaimed club firsthand.

The Museum of Science & Industry

The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) opened in 1983 and commemorates the development of science, tech and industry over the years. This museum is directly linked to the fact Manchester has historically overachieved in these innovative fields meaning that there is no better place to gain an insight into these subjects than at MOSI. 

Trafford Centre

The one-and-only Trafford shopping and entertainment centre is Manchester’s prized treasure and sees over 35 million people walk through its doors every year. With over 280 stores and services, plus Europe’s largest dining court furnished with the world’s largest chandelier and a 20-screen cinema complex, the Trafford Centre is a great place to spend a rainy Manchester day.

The Warehouse Project

Manchester club night The Warehouse Project has seen its dance vibe spread across the world with even Melbourne now featuring an international interpretation of the event. Having previously held the accolade for the UK’s best club and keeping its underground theme alive, partying here just once during the club event’s 12-week period is a must while in Manchester.

Manchester Museum

The university-owned Manchester Museum specialises in displaying artifacts from the fields of archaeology, human science and natural history. The museum’s Neo Gothic-style building sits within the grounds of Manchester University and holds a vast wealth of historically significant exhibition pieces.