This content is adapted from the Visit Manchester Insider’s Handbook. Packed with ideas and inspiration for things to do, see, eat, as well as places to stay, the 40-page handbook includes dedicated pages detailing what's new and coming soon as well as maps and spotlight pages on Greater Manchester's towns, boroughs and coolest neighbourhoods. It’s the perfect resource for planning your next visit.

The Whitworth 

After a stunning re-development, this flagship gallery is now fully integrated into the park it calls home; blending modern architecture, glass structures and stunning gallery spaces with original features from 1889.  

Whitworth Art Gallery

Bury Art Museum  

A hidden gem, BAM houses the Wrigley Collection comprised of over 200 oil paintings, watercolours, prints and ceramics and a Sculpture Centre that includes some of the most prominent sculptors in contemporary art. 


The small but perfectly formed Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art is the go-to place to discover new artists and explore relevant global issues from different international perspectives.  

Castlefield Gallery 

A lesser-known gem tucked away behind Deansgate Station, Castlefield Gallery has been a champion of Manchester’s contemporary visual art landscape for over 35 years. 

Manchester Art Gallery 

Packed with much-loved displays of British and European art and design, including world-famous Pre-Raphaelite paintings by Millais, Holman Hunt and Rossetti, the gallery is for and of the people of Manchester. A new dedicated fashion gallery will be added soon. 

Manchester Art Gallery

The Lowry 

One of the region’s top theatres and performance spaces, The Lowry is also home to the world’s largest public collection of the paintings and drawings of its namesake, the enigmatic LS Lowry. 

People’s History Museum 

Dedicated to telling the story of ordinary working people and ideas worth fighting for. It couldn’t have a better home than Manchester, the birthplace of the trade union movement and universal suffrage.

National Football Museum 

Delve into the social history and culture of the much-loved sport, with fascinating objects and special exhibitions that showcase how football became our national obsession. 

Manchester Museum 

Boasting six million pieces in its archive, an impressive Egyptology collection and discovery space The Study all in one gothic, Grade II*-listed building. The museum is adding several new galleries over the coming years. 

Manchester Museum

IWM North 

IWM North is about people and their stories; how lives have been, and still are, shaped by war and conflict. The award-winning building opposite Salford Quays is designed by international architect Daniel Libeskind. 

Manchester Jewish Museum 

Committed to using Jewish stories to connect to the world and society, the museum - which is housed inside a former synagogue built in 1873 - has recently doubled in size with a new gallery. 

Science and Industry Museum 

Based on the site of the oldest passenger railway station the museum showcases how innovation is the city’s lifeblood, featuring the pioneering inventions and work that started in Manchester then changed the world.