Explore Manchester

Town HallWhether you’re seeking culture, nightlife, history, or just good fun, there are plenty of things to do in Manchester.

If you are joining us for the IGA conference it is likely you are interested in the Gothic, so be sure to get absorbed by the beautiful Gothic architecture at John Rylands Library and Manchester Cathedral. Be sure to also follow this link for other Gothic architectural delights, such as All Saints church in Stand, Barnes Convalescent Hospital in Cheadle and Chetham’s School and College House, selected by expert tour guide Jonathan Schofield.

Manchester has a vast array of museums to visit. Take in fine art at Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth; discover history, old and new, at Manchester Museum and the Imperial War Museum North; or even learn to ski at Chill Factore.

Manchester is also well-known for its ties to football. You can tour the grounds of Manchester United and Manchester City, and discover the social history of the beautiful game at the National Football Museum.

For those who enjoy the outdoors, a short journey from the city centre provides access to beautiful walks at such as Hollingworth LakeHeaton ParkSale Water Park and Haigh Hall.

And if you need to keep the kids entertained, there’s plenty on offer. The Museum of Science and IndustryPlay Factore and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre are great fun for all the family.

You can find out more about sightseeing in Manchester by exploring the Things to See and Do in Manchester website run by Visit Manchester and downloading their current Essential Manchester guide. You may also want to check out their What’s On page for the latest details on events and exhibitions.