7 of the best things to see and do in Manchester

It’s been ranked the world’s ‘wildest city’ – but where should visitors head?

Press Association
Last updated: 12 July 2018 - 6.42am

Manchester: Famous for its agenda-setting music scene, universities and nightlife. It may not come as a surprise then that it’s just been named the ‘wildest city in the world’ by MoveHub.

The international relocation company ranked 112 of the world’s cities based on data from numerous sources, considering everything from weed consumption to the number of nightclubs per 100,000 people. On a scale of 0 (completely tame) to 3 (absolutely bonkers), Manchester came out with an overall score of 2.83, making it the winner above Washington in second place and Miami in third.

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Whether or not you want to be ‘wild’, Manchester has lots to offer residents and visitors alike. So where should you head, and what should you do when you visit the city? Here are seven of Manchester’s must-dos:

1. Museum of Science & Industry

Manchester has played a significant role in shaping the country’s development of science, technology and industry. The Museum of Science & Industry is perfect for learning about the city’s achievements, with demonstrations of working machinery, plus exhibitions and displays highlighting its contribution to the transport industry, computing and power.

2. Canal Street

Undoubtedly one of the liveliest areas of Manchester, Canal Street, at the heart of the city’s Gay Village, offers a wealth of bars and clubs for those looking to make the most of the city’s ‘wild’ reputation any day of the week. There is particular buzz about the place when it hosts Manchester Pride every August, which culminates in a 72-hour party.

3. Football stadiums

Never stop looking up. 🔴 #MondayMotivation #MUFC

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While the world’s eyes are on Russia at the moment with the World Cup underway, Manchester has its fair share of football history. There is fierce rivalry between the two major teams, Manchester United and Manchester City, and both their stadiums are open to the public all year round. The tours at Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium offer the chance to get behind-the-scenes, giving visitors an insight into the life of a footballer.

4. Shopping

Happy New Year from intu Trafford Centre!

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No visit to Manchester is complete without a dash of shopping and, as the third largest shopping centre in the UK, the Trafford Centre is the place to go. With its iconic arch and palm trees, the mesmerising centre has 280 shops, so there really is something for everyone. For those looking for something nearer the centre of the city, Manchester Arndale and Deansgate are also great shouts.

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5. The John Rylands Library

Found this cute little library that looks like out of Harry Potter haha

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One of the most beautiful buildings in Manchester is the John Rylands Library. Actively used by University of Manchester students, members of the public are free to wander through the 100-year-old building to admire its astonishing neo-Gothic architecture. There are many notable works among the 250,000 volumes in the library, including James Joyce’s Ulysses, and papyrus fragments make up some of more than one million manuscripts and archived items.

6. The Northern Quarter

NQ building Art 👌 #northernquarter #manchester

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This alternative area of Manchester is the place to go for a spot of indie shopping, or just to wander around, soak up the atmosphere and nip into a chilled cafe. With record and comic stores aplenty, the Northern Quarter is ideal for picking up funky gifts for friends. Make sure to check out Afflecks, an indoor market tucked away from the main streets that describes itself as an ‘Emporium of Eclecticism’.

7. Manchester Art Gallery

This publicly owned art gallery welcomes more than 500,000 visitors through its doors each year, and offers fine art spanning six centuries. It is renowned for its 19th century British paintings and frequently hosts exhibitions of contemporary artists too. There are also 13,000 craft and design objects to admire, including intricate ceramics and silver from the 1600s.

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