Welcome to Manchester, the UK's Music Capital

Top Manchester Music & Concert Venues:

Manchester’s musical heritage is something special! So many of the city’s landmarks are synonymous with great moments in music and recently it was crowed the UK's "best live music city". In fact, Manchester hosts more live music shows per head than any other UK destination!

Here's where to find the next great Manchester band or iconic concert:

Shopping in Manchester:

Manchester Arndale: Manchester Arndale is the Manchester city centre shopping centre! Manchester Arndale has everything from leading high street names to smaller, stylish specialists and food outlets. New to Manchester? Manchester Arndale is conveniently located close to bus, tram and train networks so it's easy to find!

Independent shops in Manchester: Searching for that unique gift, that totally different outfit? Creativity and independence are the lifeblood of Manchester’s shopping scene. Find your fellow Sweet Adeline Shop-a-holics, and explore the unique, unparralled collection of independent shops in Manchester!


Dine in style in Manchester:

Restaurants: Where to find the best pizza, brunch spots, traditional British dishes and more.

Afternoon Tea: Everything from cupcakes to coffee shops!

Pubs and Bars: Variety is the word that sums up Manchester's pub and bar scene.

"Evelyn's Cafe Bar" (right) • Photo provided by: Marketing Manchester

Explore Greater Manchester:

Salford: Salford Quays, Greater Manchester’s waterfront destination boasts spectacular architecture with The Lowry, Imperial War Museum North and MediaCityUK as well as outlet shopping, watersports, cruises and sport.

"Ordsall Hall" (right) • Photo provided by: Marketing Manchester

Oldham: Oldham Mumps, Oldham Central and Oldham King Street – meaning the many shops, attractions, events and leisure offer is all within a short distance.

Trafford: Trafford is widely held as an international sporting destination, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Echoing this, Trafford is also home to the UK’s longest and widest real snow indoor slope, at 100 metres wide and 180 metres long, Chill Factore.

Wigan: The area has a vibrant mixture of fantastic amenities including great shopping facilities, a vast array of pubs, clubs and restaurants, accommodation, plus tranquil countryside and lakes, and award-winning attractions!

Bolton: Bolton’s wonderful industrial heritage is clearly visible around the borough and lives on through the canals, coal, cotton, railways and of course people.

Bury: Bury’s great outdoors includes Burrs Country Park, with its activity centre and riverside walks, and Prestwich Forest Park with its popular mountain bike routes. Across the borough there are plenty of trails and footpaths linking Bury’s stunning open spaces so you can choose a leisurely stroll, or a ten mile hike!

The Quays: At The Quays you'll find a wealth of world-class entertainment, leisure and cultural facilities on offer, including Imperial War Museum North, Lancashire County Cricket Club, The Lowry, Lowry Outlet, Ordsall Hall and a range of water-based and sporting activities.

Group-Friendly Attractions:

Tatton Park: Set in 1,000 acres of beautiful open Parkland, the former Egerton family home is regarded as one of the most complete historic estates in the country and is open for you to explore.

The Beatles Story: The Beatles Story, Albert Dock is the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles. The award-winning top Liverpool attraction is located on the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Albert Dock and takes you on unique, immersive journey through the music, culture and story of the world’s greatest band.

Royal Exchange Theatre: Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre Company transforms the way people see theatre, each other and the world around them.  Its historic building, was taken over by artists in 1976. Today it is an award-winning cultural charity that produces new theatre in-the-round, in communities, on the road and online.

"Royal Exchange Theatre" (right)
Photo provided by: Marketing Manchester



For all-things Manchester:

Please visit www.visitmanchester.com, the official tourism website of Greater Manchester.
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