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Top 5 in the Gay Village

Top 5 things to see and do in the Village


An afternoon drink

During the summer months the bars and cafes along Canal Street have outdoor seating, so take a seat and experience the hustle and bustle of the village whilst soaking up a few sunshine rays. More info.


Stone rainbow flags

Follow the stone rainbow flags whilst taking a walking tour. Manchester takes great pride in its gay and lesbian heritage with dedicated walking tours around its G&L history. Look out for the stone rainbow tiles which follow the route of the trail. Book this private tour with Manchester Guided Tours More info.


Sit alongside Alan Turing

Where better place to come and ponder over your thoughts than in Sackville Gardens? The Gardens are home to The Beacon of Hope, Tree of Light, and Alan Turing statue, and is a regular venue for diverse and sundry Gay Village events.


Eat to the beat

Choose from a host of restaurants serving a range of delicious food throughout the day. From a pizza to a Sunday roast, all tastes are catered for. Try Molly House, Taurus , Velvet or Richmond Tea Rooms. More info.


Enjoy a balcony view

For rooms as individual as you, Velvet hotel offers stunning rooms and suites all designed to an exceptionally high standard. Book a room overlooking Canal Street and watch the crowds go by. More info.