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Things To Do In Manchester

Whatever you’re into, you’ll have no trouble finding it in Manchester! It’s easy to see why the party capital of the North is so popular for fun days out, hen and stag do’s, birthday parties, team building activities, corporate events and other celebrations. It’s full of character and there’s tonnes to do, yet it remains surprisingly budget friendly.

Manchester was once the heart of the Industrial Revolution, buzzing with factories. But don’t let that fool you into thinking this city is also fashioned. Manchester has reinvented itself into a vibrant hub of culture and creativity. The Northern Quarter, for example, is a quirky little neighbourhood, packed with street art, indie boutiques and cute cafes. It’s perfect for a leisurely afternoon stroll or a spot of people-watching. Take a stroll around the streets and take in sights like the gothic Manchester Cathedral and the iconic, Victorian, Manchester Town Hall, perfect backdrops for selfies.

You can't really talk about Manchester without mentioning its legendary music scene. This is the birthplace of bands like Oasis, Take That, The Smiths, Simply Red, Joy Division and more. If you're a music fan, you're in for a real treat. Swing by iconic venues like The Manchester Arena or The Albert Hall for some live gigs.

Manchester is also a shopaholics paradise. Venture through the culturally rich streets to find shoppers’ heaven, from the independent boutiques of the Northern Quarter to the magnificent Trafford Centre.

If you’re a big foodie, you’ll be seriously impressed with Manchester’s culinary scene. Curry fans will adore the famous Curry Mile, where you’ll find over 70 restaurants. You’ll find restaurants galore in Manchester. Whether you're craving a hearty plate of fish and chips or a gourmet vegan feast, this city has something to satisfy all cravings.

When the sun goes down, Manchester boasts vibrant nightlife to rival London’s but adds a big dollop of Northern charm. From Canal Street’s friendly gay village to swanky Deansgate Lock, you can hit one of the hottest spots in the city with bar crawls, nightclub entry and a massive range of night time experiences in Manchester.

Luxury Experiences In Manchester

It’s time to be pampered like royalty with our luxurious experiences in Manchester. How about a spa day that'll leave you feeling like a million pounds? You’ll get full use of the facilities, such as a relaxation area, swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and more. You can even indulge in a treatment such as a massage, facial, manicure or pedicure. The sky’s the limit!

How about a spot of afternoon tea? Tuck into delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with cream and jam and a selection of sweet treats, all served on elegant china in a swanky tea room. It's like stepping into a scene from a period drama, minus the corsets!

Alternatively, glamour-loving groups can celebrate in style with a makeover from a make up artist. This luxury activity can take place at a top salon or at your own home or hired venue. Whether you're after a glamorous red-carpet look or a subtle everyday glow-up, you'll leave feeling like a brand new you.

If you fancy something a bit more hands on, you could try an arts and crafts workshop. You could learn how to make your own signature scent or a beautiful flower crown, fit for queen. You’ll get a relaxing space where you can unleash your inner artist and walk away with something really special.

Unique Experiences In Manchester

If you fancy quirky Manchester experiences, have a bash at retro games with your very own school sports day. You’ll be split into teams to go head to head across a range of fun events including sack, three-legged and egg and spoon races and much more. You’ll even wear coloured bibs and headbands to help you look the part!

How about spending a few hours in prison? Yes, you read that right! Head to Alcotraz where you’ll don orange jumpsuits and be locked behind bars. Luckily, the crooked guards will serve you delicious cocktails once inside. Just make sure that the warden doesn’t catch you!

Manchester Activities for Adults

There’s plenty for grown ups to get up to in this party city. Roll out of bed after a lie in and head to bottomless brunch. You’ll get your pick of brunch dish from the menu, washing it down with unlimited booze and soft drinks. Some brunches even offer DJs, games and live entertainment to up the ante.

Alternatively, a cocktail making masterclasses is a great way to start the night. Great for breaking the ice and group bonding, you’ll learn the tricks of the trade before getting hands-on to make dreamy cocktails and, the best part, drink them! A professional mixologist will take you under their wing and teach you step by step, also hosting fun games to get the laughter flowing as fast as the drinks.

If you fancy something a bit cheeky, you can let your inhibitions go with a burlesque or pole dancing class, have a cheeky giggle during Nude Life Drawing or be wowed by stripping hunks or hot ladies!

Manchester Activities for Families

Our Manchester activities in this dynamic city are oodles of fun and make sure your get together with family is full of unforgettable memories. If you want to spend your day doing something that’ll put smiles on everyone’s faces (even the teenagers!), you’ve come to the right place.

Kick off the fun with an escape room, one of the most popular activities in Manchester, where your family will be shut in a themed room, armed with nothing but your wits and detective skills. Together, you'll solve puzzles, crack codes and unravel mysteries in an attempt to escape before time runs out. Do you have what it takes?

If you like the idea of diving into a virtual world where anything is possible, now's your chance! Manchester is home to some seriously cool virtual reality experiences that'll have you taking on zombies, exploring alien planets and even walking on tightropes high above the city streets.

If you fancy taking your day out to new heights, why not visit Go Ape? You’ll all swing through the treetops, tackle obstacle courses, ride on Tarzan swings and zipline your way to victory in this ultimate outdoor playground.

All that adventure is guaranteed to work up an appetite. Luckily, Manchester is bursting with family-friendly restaurants, serving up everything from classic comfort food to exotic international cuisine. So whether you're craving pizza, burgers, Asian, American or a taste of something new, there's a meal to make everyone happy.

Manchester Activities for Students

Manchester is synonymous with sporting achievement, so why not unleash your competitive side? You can bump around in giant zorbs during bubble football where you’ll play a hilarious game of five-a-side while wearing one-person zorbs. They’ll seriously affect your balance as you wobble and roll around the pitch. To tackle, you’ll need to knock over your opponent so expect everyone to be in hysterics!

And don't even get us started on the pubs. From traditional alehouses to trendy craft beer joints, you'll never be far from a good pint in this Northern city. Manchester is renowned for its epic nightlife, making it the perfect place for a bar crawl. Whether you're into fancy cocktail bars, trendy dive bars or bustling pubs, there's something for everyone as you explore the city, led by a professional guide. Get ready to enjoy the party atmosphere and friendly locals who know how to party like pros.