10 things to do in Manchester


Manchester It is a city and municipality in England that has centuries of history. It is one of the most visited cities in the UK and today the younger generations know her for the popularity that her football clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City, have achieved.

But Manchester is much more than football, and if you decide to visit it you will realize that it has cultural and historical charm, so let's see today 10 things to see in Manchester.



First things first: what do we know about the city? Manchester It was born as a wooden Roman settlement around the year 79 AD. That fortress would become stronger, made of stone, in the 3rd century, around which a small community grew. With the fall of the Empire the Roman army withdrew, but the foundations of a city were already laid.

Manchester was a merchant city to Industrial Revolution of the 1761th century and continued along that path even to this day. It is a city close to Liverpool, another pole of this revolution, so like it it received a lot of migration from the countryside. In XNUMX, for example, a canal was built to link both cities and facilitate the traffic of raw materials arriving at the ports of Liverpool. Then the train would arrive.

Manchester It was the first industrial city in the world. Finally, It is 257 kilometers from London and its center is on the bank of the river Irwell. Another river, the Mersey, flows through the south of the urban agglomeration. Now, 10 things to see in Manchester.

Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral

It is a nice medieval temple which has undergone several important restorations, especially in the Victorian era. It even suffered the bombings of World War II. In general, it is of the Perpendicular Gothic style, that is, the third historical stage of English Gothic architecture characterized by straight lines.

Manchester Cathedral

The temple It began to be built in the year 1215. General admission is free and you can accept guided tours that will allow you to know and appreciate the great medieval wood work on the ceiling, for example, and the modern glass.

Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum

If you like museums you can visit this one, which reopened its doors in February of this year, adding more modern exhibitions in its beautiful galleries. Today among the new There are galleries dedicated to Chinese and South Asian culture, For example.

The museum's treasure is its new Exhibition Hall, a space dedicated to the exploration of the past, present and future on a global and local level. There is also a exhibition dedicated to Egyptian mummies, hand in hand with the Victorian narrative built in its surroundings (there are 8 mummies!), also, in conjunction with the British Museum, is the South Asian Gallery divided into six anthologies that give an account of the diaspora of this part of the world and its presence in the United Kingdom.

Admission is free so it's always a good option.

Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum

The name is IWM North and It is part of the Imperial War Museums, leader in this topic worldwide. It concentrates on make known the war experience of common people, how ordinary people necessarily experienced conflicts.

The tour spans from World War I to the present. The collection has more than 2000 objects and the journey not only includes what happens during a war or the objects that remain from the conflict but also what happens when the weapons stop firing.

John Rylands Library and Research Institute

John Rylands Library

It must be said that this site is much more than a library. It is a strikingly beautiful building. gothic victorian architecture which looks more like a cathedral or a castle. John Rylands was a wealthy industrialist and at the time of his death in 1888 his widow commissioned the construction of this library in his memory.

The collection it houses includes the oldest segment of the New Testament, the fragment of Saint John, but also beautiful illuminated medieval manuscripts and a 1476 edition of The Canterbury Tales.

National Football Museum

National Football Museum

A city that is home to two world-famous football clubs should have a museum like this, right? It is in the gardens of the cathedral and It has four galleries to explore with interactive games, a great exhibition program that is always changing, workshops and guided tours.

You can take photos with trophies in the Pitch Gallery or play and practice your soccer skills in the Play Gallery. You can also sign up for a tour where you will learn about how technology has evolved in professional sports.

If you like football it is a fantastic place. Entry costs £13 per adult.

Manchester United Stadium and Museum

Manchester United Museum

Obviously, you can sign up for a tour and see one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world, Old Trafford. walk byhe tunnel that goes out to the playing field, sit in the stands, see the locker rooms, feel a little like a Premier League player.

Manchester United Museum

Entry costs £28 per adult and £15 per child.

Manchester City Stadium and Club

Manchester City

The doors of the Etihad Stadium are open for you on an unforgettable tour. The visit includes areas that are generally not open to the public so in 75 minutes You will take fantastic snapshots of the club.

The same: the access tunnel to the playing field, the locker rooms, the stands, the press room. The tours are given in different languages ​​and the prices are the same as those of Manchester United: £25 per adult and £15 for children under 16 years of age.

Legoland Discovery Center

Manchester Legoland

If you are going with children or you really like Lego then this is a great visit. The place, however, It is designed for children between 3 and 10 years because everything is its size. In fact, as soon as you enter you jump into a box of Lego bricks and it is estimated that in the center there are like 2 million or more Legos.

Manchester Legoland 2

The following sectors can be visited: the Kingdom Quest Ride, in which the adventure is to rescue the princess fighting spiders, skeletons and trolls; MINILAND with Manchester's most popular places built with Leho, the LEGO 4D Cinema with its mini movies and adventures in 3D and 4D to experience rain and wind; Ninjago City Adventure, Merlin's roller coaster…

Entry costs £17 per adult and £50 per child. If you buy online the discount is 15%.

Northern Quarter

Manchester Northern Quarter

Finally, walking, having a drink and sitting back and watching city life go by is something that can be done with great pleasure in the Northern Quarter, the district of bars, restaurants and boutiques. The Manchester Design Center also operates here, with more than 40 studios selling ceramics, jewelry and clothing, for example.

But let's say that any walk through its cobblestone streets is great for taking photos and making memories.

Victoria Baths

Manchester Victoria Baths

These public toilets They open their doors from March to November and date from 1906. Super elegant and super decorated with stained glass and mosaic floorss precious. Although nowadays no one can bathe, they can go around in a tour and learn everything about this Victorian building, also home to the Manchester Night Market and the Contemporary Crafts Fair.

Lastly, as a visitor to the city you can always buy the Manchester Pass, a digital pass that gives you access to the city's most important attractions. There are three versions, one, two and three days, for adults and children. Prices? 79, 99 and 119 pounds respectively, per adult. And per child, 60, 5 and 90 pounds.

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