Your ultimate guide to Manchester

Discover Manchester's best things to do, restaurants, theatre and nightlife

Things to Do

Get your skates on: Manchester's outdoor ice rinks

Our choice of the best places to go skating this Christmas

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MIF announces its first commissions for 2015

Tickets are on sale now

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What shall we do with the Piccadilly Gardens wall?

An online petition suggests covering it with graffiti for the day

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18 great things to do in Manchester this week

Another week's social life sorted out for you

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It's the EDL, but not as you know it

Don't panic, it's the English Disco Lovers

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Recommended events

Shopping and style

Christmas Markets

This year you can expect to see a lot more of the Christmas Markets as the sheds of delight return bigger and more crammed than ever before

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Music

The Whisky Sessions

It's a great line-up for this two day winter festival with Gomez, I Am Kloot and lots of whisky

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Art

Immortal Love from Shanghai

Exploring traditional Chinese skills such as paper cutting, watercolour painting and stone carving

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Theatre

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Get over some dodgy accents and there's a lot to like in this version of Tennessee Williams’ classic

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Art

Swags and Tails

Kashif Nadim Chaudry's disturbingly attractive work combining traditional crafts with the skulls of dead things

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Where to eat and drink in Manchester

Restaurants

The best coffee shops and cafés in Manchester

Coffee remains hot but tea's very cool these days. Here's where to get your hit of both

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Manchester's best burgers

Partial to a patty? Head to these and get your burger fix

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Bars and pubs

The best pubs in Manchester

From lovely locals to great gastros, make a beeline for these brilliant boozers

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Restaurants

The best restaurants in Manchester

Whatever tickles your culinary fancy, there are plenty of very good restaurants to get stuck into

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Bars and pubs

The best cocktail bars in Manchester

If creative concoctions are your thing, take a peek here and partake in a tipple or two

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Enjoy some Manchester culture

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The best museums in Manchester

Delve deep and marvel at Manchester's vibrant cultural institutions 

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The best free things to do in Manchester

Explore these and have your fill of fun for a lot less lolly

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The best art galleries in Manchester

From the best of yesteryear to the mercilessly modern, Manchester has it all

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Top ten Manchester attractions

Check this out for our ten favourite places to visit in Manchester

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Theatre

The best theatres in Manchester

Find a stage to suit in the city with our pick of Manchester's best theatres

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More things to do in Manchester

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Manchester events calendar

Diaries at the ready: check out the biggest events all-year-round

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Bars and pubs

The best craft beer bars in Manchester

If craft's your creed, head to these and worship at the altar of ale

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Restaurants

The best cheap eats in Manchester

Please your pocket by bagging a culinary bargain at these great spots

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Nightlife

The best clubs in Manchester

If there's one thing Manchester does well, it's clubbing

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The best comedy clubs in Manchester

Aching to be amused? Check these out, and have those sides split

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Travel

The best hotels in Manchester

Looking for somewhere to rest your head? Here's where to hit the hay

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