Hand’s down, there’s a whole heap of fun things to do in Manchester that’ll keep you busy from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. It’s easily one of the most fun cities to visit in England.
It’s one of those cities that has a little something for everyone. There’s just so much variety, culture and that warm ‘northern’ hospitality, that makes this city an incredible stop on your England road trip.
Even if you happen to be visiting from larger cities like; London, Manchester is without a doubt worth making that 2-hour train journey to experience.
With that in mind, I wanted to show you some of my very favourite fun things to do in Manchester during your trip. It’s one of those cities where the time will fly be!
Take a look, below, at some of the fun things to do in Manchester. 🇬🇧
1.) Old Trafford Museum
Manchester is perhaps best known for Manchester United Football Club, and fans can get the full experience on a trip to the club’s training ground at Old Trafford. Also known as the Theatre of Dreams, with the field itself dating back to 1910.
That being said, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. You’ll probably find this to be one of the least fun things to do in Manchester if you don’t love footie!
2.) Manchester Cathedral
Dating back to 1215, Manchester Cathedral offers a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The official name is actually “The Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George” and is one amazing sight that needs to be seen in the city.
3.) John Rylands Library
The John Rylands Library is a book worm’s dream! Particularly in its reading room which is still in use today.
The library is dedicated to John Rylands, a cotton merchant who was instrumental in Manchester’s early development and is a truly stunning display of Gothic architecture.
4.) Manchester Art Gallery
Come to Manchester Art Gallery, conveniently nestled in the centre of the city, if you want to take a walk through Manchester’s art history.
Here you will find works that go back to the pre-Raphaelite period as well as works by famous local artists like Lowry (see more below). It’s most certainly one of the most fun things to do in Manchester if you love a big ol’ slice of cultre. After all, Manchester is brimming with it.
5.) The National Football Museum
The National Football Museum is the place to come if you want to learn all about Manchester’s two football clubs, Manchester City and Manchester United.
There are a range of interactive exhibits here and this is without a doubt an important pit stop for anyone even remotely interested in football (if you’re not into football, you’d be forgiven for skipping this one).
6.) The Lowry
Lowry was Manchester’s most prominent artist, and this cultural venue is dedicated to showcasing the best of his works.
You can see Lowry’s paintings in the main gallery and there are also other shows such as musical performances and theatrical pieces held here from time to time.
7.) The Imperial War Museum
As the name suggests, the Imperial War Museum takes visitors on a walk through military history.
There is a range of interactive and static exhibits here and the museum sits on The Quays, another iconic area of Manchester.
8.) The Manchester Museum
The Manchester Museum is a great stop particularly for those visiting the city as a family as the attractions here are suitable for all visitors to the city.
It’s one of the most fun things to do in Manchester, especially if the weather takes a turn for the worse!
9.) Manchester City Stadium Tour
Manchester’s other football team is Manchester City, and you can tour their stadium and club and learn all about their history. Tours will take you behind the scenes and you will even get the chance to see areas such as the player’s dressing rooms.
Again, this is another one for the football fans out there so if you’re not into football, you don’t have to do this one.
10.) Albert Square
This square is home to the huge and rather impressive Manchester city hall, which is almost reason in itself to pop by the area.
The square is also home to a myriad of stunning buildings and is definitely one place worth visiting to get a sense of Manchester’s architectural prowess and history.
11.) Heaton Park
Visitors to the city in search of green space and the opportunity to just relax in the sunshine (when that does decide to pop out in England) should head over to Heaton Park – a large expanse of green-land spanning over 200 acres.
There are also some rather stunning landmarks here so take some time to check these out when you visit.