All businesses mentioned in this blog are following the relevant government guidance but please familiarise yourself with our Know Before You Go page as you plan your trip to make sure that you have the latest information. When out and about in Greater Manchester, please remember to keep your distance from others, wear a mask and and wash your hands regularly. 


Start your day in Castlefield. Explore the roman fort of Mamucium, the original heart of the city, where you can see the fort ruins and a recreation of what the fort would have looked like when the Romans first settled here.

Make your way to The Science and Industry Museum, just on the other side of Liverpool Road. Discover amazing objects and revolutionary ideas that helped to change the world forever. Explore Manchester’s rich legacy of innovations and discoveries in the Revolution Manchester Gallery, find out how the city's heritage is interwoven with the cotton industry in the Textiles Gallery and see science brought to live in Experiment, our family friendly interactive gallery.


When you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the Northern Quarter for a bite to eat on foot, or on the free metroshuttle bus. Edge Street and Thomas street are home to many independent eateries, now with seating taking over the street to increase capacity and allow easy social distancing, serving everything from Vegan junk food to fried chicken, there’s something for everyone.

If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth why not treat yourself to a milkshake or sundae at Home Sweet Home or an ice-cream at Ginger’s Comfort Emporium in Afflecks.


Once everyone is refuelled take the short walk down to the National Football Museum at Cathedral Gardens.  Whether you’re a die-hard football fan or prefer other sports, the museum is full of fascinating social and cultural history for you to delve into, with intriguing objects and changing exhibitions showing how football became the game of our lives. You can also try your hand (or foot) at a penalty shoot-out, along with the museum’s other interactive exhibits.


Discover the Corn Exchange and all its original Edwardian beauty, home to a mouth-watering mix of restaurants dishing up cuisines from around the world, plus Escape Hunt – the perfect activity to extend your evening – with just 60 minutes to find and solve a series of clues, the pressure is on you and your teammates to crack the escape code.

Extend your visit:

Find out more of what Manchester has to offer and where to stay for a weekend break.


Science and Industry Museum
The Science and Industry Museum building

Home to the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station, and the world’s first railway warehouse. Encounter amazing objects and find out about ideas that were born in Manchester and changed the world forever.

Exterior view of Afflecks, Manchester

Established in 1982, Afflecks has become an icon in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Regularly voted a ‘must see’ for visitors to the city, our vibrant and eclectic market is packed full of independent traders who put their heart and soul into their products.

National Football Museum
People in an exhibition in the National Football Museum

Whether you’re a die hard football fan, planning a visit with your family or on a weekend break to the great city of Manchester, enjoy a visit to the world's biggest and best football museum.

Corn Exchange Manchester
Corn Exchange Manchester: exterior

Showcasing all its original Edwardian beauty with a modern twist, The Corn Exchange is home to a mouthwatering mix of restaurants and more in Manchester. With cuisine from around the world including Germany, Greece, India, Italy, the far-East and british favourites too.



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