Your critical guide to hotels, restaurants and going out in Manchester

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Editor's picks

Michelin-starred gastronomy

Michael Caines
Restaurants & cafés

Ignore the fact that it's in a hotel basement, Michael Caines is arguably one of Manchester's best eateries.

Welcome to boutique clubland


The ever-popular Sankeys is proof that serious partying is not solely about the mega-club.

Design with a difference


At this four-floor alternative shopping institution you'll find mix of new designers, vintagewear, records, homewares and kitsch gifts.

Major attractions

John Rylands Library


Among the astonishing array of treasures found here is the world's oldest surviving fragment of the New Testament.

Whitworth Art Gallery


A rich, historic collection with work by some of the world's most exciting contemporary artists.

Manchester Monastery


Take a tour of this spectacular piece of nineteenth-century ecclesiastical architecture, designed by Edward Pugin.

What's on in Manchester

Soulwax live at the Warehouse Project 2007 Soulwax live at the Warehouse Project 2007 - © Sebastian Matthes/

Manchester's events diary is packed full of festivals, film screenings, art fairs and more.