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Manchester City Centre itinerary for groups
Day 1: Shop and Discover
AM: Book a guided walking tour of the city centre. The tour will encompass the contrast of the splendid Victorian architecture with the emergence of modern buildings, such as Urbis.
PM: Spend the afternoon looking around the different shopping quarters. If high-end, exclusive labels are what you're looking for then head on the tree-lined King Street where you'll find the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Hugo Boss and Armani. Head to Selfridges and Harvey Nichols on Exchange Square, where you'll find another one of the city's exclusive shopping malls, The Triangle. For familiar high street favourites, walk along Market Street and into the Arndale Centre for an abundance of high street stores.
In the evening, take in the spectacular views of Greater Manchester from the 23rd floor of Beetham Tower at Cloud 23 bar. The range of cocktails and drinks can be enjoyed along with the amazing views through the floor-to-ceiling windows from Manchester's tallest building. Cloud 23 creates an atmosphere like no other.
Day 2: Hidden Gems
AM: The John Rylands Library is one of Manchester's most beautiful buildings. Built in 1890 in memory of the Manchester cotton merchant John Ryland, the library is one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in Europe. Discover world famous collections through themed displays and hands-on activities or relax in the new café and giftshop.
PM: Spend your afternoon at the Manchester Art Gallery (closed Mondays, except Bank Holidays), one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Northwest. The gallery has a welcoming atmosphere and holds a renowned collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative art objects, best explored on one of the many themed tours.
Alternatively visit MOSI - the Museum of Science and Industry. Located on the site of the world's first passenger railway, this exciting attraction offers colourful galleries packed full of fascinating facts and amazing artefacts.
In the evening take your seats for one of the hottest shows in town. Manchester enjoys a packed programme of performances all year round. Famous faces, West-End favourites, world class performers, musicians and conductors, all on stage at one of Manchester's many theatres.
Day 3: Oxford Road
AM: In the morning take a tour of BBC Manchester, the regional television centre for the North West of England. Take a look at the studios, present the weather, make your own radio drama complete with sound effects and see what the future holds for the BBC. Tours run regularly on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and last for approximately 90 minutes.
PM: Continue down Oxford Street and you will come to the Manchester Aquatics Centre, a purpose-built, state-of-the-art swimming facility, that stands as a fantastic legacy to the success of the Commonwealth Games in 2002. The centre is accessible to all so grab your swimwear and enjoy the afternoon at the only complex in the UK with two 50-metre pools as well as separate diving and leisure pools.
In the evening head to the Northern Quarter, Manchester's bohemian district, home to independent restaurants and bars and the perfect place for a relaxed night out. Try Odd Bar for continental beers, the Bay Horse for a pool table, Trof for a relaxed yet quirky atmosphere and Matt & Phred's for live jazz music. Many bars are open until the early hours so put on your dancing shoes and dance the night away.
Day 4: The Quays
The Quays is Manchester's unique waterfront destination and an ideal destination for a group day out.
AM: In the morning take the Metrolink tram from the city centre to Harbour City, duration of journey is approx 15 minutes.
Visit the Imperial War Museum North where your group will have a personal welcome before exploring this fascinating and dramatic museum. Stroll across the bridge to The Lowry (free coach parking) where your group will have a building tour, including a backstage tour of the theatres (performances & rehearsals permitting) and a Gallery Welcome Tour, where the friendly informed assistants introduce the group to the current exhibition and help you to understand the works of LS Lowry.
PM: After lunch choose to visit either the Lowry Outlet Mall for some retail therapy with discount vouchers available or alternatively visit the Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour for a behind the scenes look at this famous football club.
Return to the city centre by Metrolink for dinner or alternatively transfer to your next destination…
For more information on The Quays go to www.thequays.org.uk