Manchester has undergone a huge regeneration in recent years, turning it into a modern, cosmopolitan city with a great atmosphere and vibe. It has so much to offer tourists that there is no shortage of things to do.
The largest university museum, the Manchester Museum has a collection of over 4 million items from around the world. It is located in the strikingly beautiful, gothic-style building where you can explore the best archaeology artefacts and natural history items in the world.
There are many galleries that cover subjects such as fossils, culture and the ancient world and with special exhibitions on the natural history of Manchester, you can explore the city around you in a new and exciting way.
There is the skeleton of a T-Rex, live reptiles and amphibians as well as a cafe for you to have a break before you continue on your way.
Football fans have to take a visit to this amazing stadium, home to one of the biggest football clubs in the world, Manchester United. It is the biggest club stadium in the country and comes with a huge amount of history. Take a look from the stands, take a seat in the changing rooms or feel the atmosphere in the media room.
The museum is filled with trophies and items donated by club legends. It is a tour that shows you the history of the club as well as the story of the Munich Disaster.
Manchester is home to the second biggest Chinatown in the UK and it brings with it a huge array of restaurants, shops and supermarkets. This is where the East Asian community of Manchester resides and is marked by the impressive Paifang arch, which was put in place in 1987.
There is plenty of colour on show here and with a diverse atmosphere, you have to feel it to believe it. There are many great restaurants on offer and bakeries that provide you with traditional East Asian baked foods.
When it comes to entertainment, the Royal Exchange is one of the most popular in the city. It houses a theatre and a shopping centre, all of which are designed to entertain you in different ways. The building has been in place since 1921 and has even been through the bombings of WWII.
The architecture is every bit as mesmerising as it would have been when it was built and that is why it is considered to be one of the most iconic theatres in the city.
Each year, hundreds of shows take place and with a wide range of shows on offer, there is always something for everyone. The complex comes with cafes and restaurants, giving visitors the chance to turn this into the completed trip. If you are feeling brave then why not keep an eye out for the ghosts that apparently frequent the building.
Whitworth Art Gallery
This gorgeous, eye-catching building is where you will some of the most influential pieces of art with the collection continuously growing. The interior is welcoming and exciting but the exhibits will really get you going as it contains pieces from legendary artists including Van Gogh, Picasso, Turner, Bacon and Lowry, proving that it is a gallery that really packs a punch.
There are many events that often take place here and talks on intriguing topics while there are late-night openings every week. Workshops and tours give you the chance to learn more about the art on offer here while you can end your visit with a meal or a classic Sunday Roast.
The windows reach from floor to ceiling, giving sensational views out on the Whitworth Park and the art garden, which is the perfect place to take a stroll at any time of year.
If you are craving a spot of adventure and thrill, then Chill Factore is the place for you. This is where you will find the longest indoor real-snow slope which stretches for more than 180 metres, giving you the chance to ski, sledge and snowboard or simply play in the snow park which is a park for people of all ages.
If you want to master your skills on the slope then you can take part in lessons and there are many other activities on offer such as air boarding, snowscoot and climbing. After having some fun on the slopes you can head to the cafe to warm up!
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