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Welcome to the official tourism site of Greater Manchester where you can search for things to do in Manchester and find out what's on, as well as getting inspiration for your visit to this fantastic city region.

Youthful, diverse, energetic and bursting with character; Manchester is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK right now where everybody and anybody is very warmly welcomed.

Manchester has been named as one of 25 global destinations to be included in the Where to Go 2024 list by prestigious US travel publication AFAR, has been named in the New York Times’ 52 Places to Go list for 2024 and is the only UK city in National Geographic's influential ‘Best of the World’ list which annually sets out 25 of the must-see places to visit around the globe.

Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport. And today the city combines this heritage with a progressive vision to be a city that delivers surprise and delight in equal measures. 

Manchester city centre is jam-packed with unique and eclectic restaurantsbarsshopsmuseums, gallerieshotels and places to stay whilst the surrounding Greater Manchester boroughs offer a patch-work of visitor experiences including quaint market towns, traditional pubs and beautiful green spaces and waterways to be explored on foot or bike. The city region is easily navigated, with great transport links both in and around Greater Manchester.

Furthermore, a packed calendar of world-class events and festivals – from the landmark Manchester International Festival to the enchanting Manchester Christmas Markets – mean there’s always another reason to visit Manchester.

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As Manchester embraces the new year, 2024 promises a fresh array of experiences for visitors. Following a bustling 2023 with exciting openings like the revamped Manchester Museum and the innovative Castlefield Viaduct sky park, the city remains a hub of cultural dynamism. Look forward to an engaging…

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    FIVE Things you can do in Greater Manchester this week (19 - 25 February) 19 Feb 2024
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