72 Hours in Manchester
As one of the most exciting places to visit in Great Britain, the city of Manchester is full of energy, character and diversity. There‘s no doubt that Manchester is a world-renowned destination, featured as one of the best places to visit in 2024 by the New York Times, Time Out, International Traveller Magazine and more.
This 72-hour itinerary brings together a variety of the city's best activities and restaurants for you to experience during your stay. Dive right in and feel the buzz of this vibrant city, the famous music scene, iconic football teams, revolutionary history and trend-setting neighbourhoods. Discover the unique and independent bars, restaurants, shops, theatres and museums that Manchester has to offer. Celebrate together with a host of exciting events taking place throughout the year, guaranteed to create treasured memories.
This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what’s on offer, so what are you waiting for? Manchester is ready to welcome you.
Visit Manchester Pass
Look out for the * symbol on attractions and restaurants that are included in the Visit Manchester Pass. Terms and conditions apply.
Welcome to Manchester
If you’re arriving into Manchester Airport, you can transfer by train, bus, taxi or pre-arranged car service to your hotel in Manchester city centre.
Once you’ve reached Manchester city centre, it’s easy to get around on foot, or by bus, bike, tram or train. Look out for City Hosts, who are here to help if you need directions, public transport information, or details of events taking place.
After arriving in Manchester, spend the morning exploring the city - don’t forget to bring your layers and umbrella, just in case! You could choose from:
Discover the stories of Manchester with an entertaining tour led by local guides.
Take a trip through Manchester’s music history, from the 1960s to the present day.
See the city in style. Themed tours, including an afternoon tea tour, are also available.
After a busy first morning exploring, grab a bite in a city where food and drink culture is thriving. You could choose from:
Uncover the social history of football through interactive activities and amazing exhibits. Embrace the city’s favourite past-time and choose your team. Entry to National Football Museum and Manchester City Football Club Stadium tour are also included in the Visit Manchester Pass*
Learn about the beautiful game with exhibitions, interactive games, tours and more.*
See the magic of City brought to life with this immersive tour.*
Go behind the scenes at the world’s most iconic stadium; Old Trafford.
After relaxing at the hotel, head out for dinner at one of the city’s most popular spots. Here are some suggestions:
A simply stunning dining experience awaits at one of the city’s leading restaurants.
A cultural hub of food, drink and entertainment in the heart of Depot Mayfield.
Explore elevated dining at Fenix, rising from the legacy of traditional Greek-Mediterranean cuisine.
On your second day, head further afield and explore more of Greater Manchester. Choose from:
The ultimate way to enjoy Salford Quays and the historic Manchester Ship Canal.
Shopping, delicious food and exciting leisure all under one spectacular roof.
A fantastic cultural attraction with theatres, galleries, restaurants and a gift shop.
One of the coolest boroughs around, full of independent bars, restaurants, shops and more.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with lunch options in the wider region, but if you’re heading back into the city centre, try one of the following:
Alternatively, treat yourself to one of the city’s food and drink tours. You could choose from:
Enjoy guided tasting sessions at some of the city’s microbreweries and craft beer houses.
A multi-stop tour packed with edible insights into food history and culture. Come hungry!
See first-hand what goes into making the award-winning Manchester Gin.
With a thriving food and drink culture, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Manchester. Here are some suggestions:
A modern leisure venue in an Edwardian building, with a mouth-watering mix of restaurants.*
Set in the iconic Free Trade Hall, with a menu showcasing Japanese and Mexican flavours.
The ultimate space to socialise, drink and dine, set in the very heart of the city.
You won’t want to miss Manchester’s Northern Quarter. As the city’s creative neighbourhood, this cool, alternative hangout is filled with independent retailers of vintage fashion, music, art and so much more. Make sure you don’t miss:
This vibrant and eclectic market is a “must-see”, iconic part of the city.
Meet the makers and designers as you browse their stunning handmade products.
A unique gallery presenting art informed by East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) backgrounds.
The Northern Quarter is packed with trendy eateries and tasty treats to try, including:
Take in some of the city’s finest arts and culture on your final afternoon in Manchester. Choose from:
The University of Manchester's art gallery in the park, with free entry to exhibitions.
An inclusive gallery, renowned for its collection Pre-Raphaelite works.
The oldest public library in the English-speaking world, located in the Medieval Quarter.
As one of Great Britain’s most exciting foodie destinations, there’s every cuisine you can think of in Manchester. Choose from:
Manchester, a city renowned for its vibrant nightlife and rich cultural scene, is home to a wealth of entertainment options for all to enjoy. If music’s your thing, then Manchester is a must-visit for 2024 with some of the biggest names scheduled at Manchester’s AO Arena. Whilst in the city, you won’t want to miss Factory International’s extraordinary programme at Aviva Studios, or perhaps you’d prefer to catch a West-End show at The Palace Theatre. Immerse yourself in the latest entertainment technology at X-GenVR or you could try your hand at something new with Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing.
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