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Bolton Town Hall

Attractions, Comedy, Dance, Music

Bolton has never been content to sit in Manchester's shadow. Its Town Hall, completed in 1873 and dominating the town centre, easily has enough grandeur to...

Victoria Square
Free

Bury Art Gallery, Museum & Archives

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums

A grand Edwardian building, the Bury Art Gallery is worth a visit to see founder Thomas Wrigley's collection of 200 or so artworks, including paintings by...

Moss Street
Free

Fletcher Moss Gardens

Critics' choice
Attractions

Donated to the public by Alderman Moss in 1914, these lovely gardens - stretching across some 21 acres in the suburbs - are notable for their rare plant...

Wilmslow Road
Free

Heaton Park

Critics' choice
Attractions, Sport, health & fitness

Nestled in the foothills of the Pennines, Heaton Park is one of Europe's largest municipal parks. It contains eight English Heritage listed buildings, a...

Off Middleton Road
Free

Manchester Monastery

Critics' choice
Attractions

Designed by Edward Pugin and built between 1863 and 1867, this spectacular piece of ecclesiastical architecture, which was originally the Monastery of St...

Gorton Lane
Free

Ordsall Hall

Attractions

Ordsall is an unlikely setting for this splendid Grade-I listed house, which comprises elements of medieval, Tudor, Stuart and Victorian construction. The...

Ordsall Lane

Strangeways

Attractions

The intriguingly named Strangeways - officially HM Prison Manchester since the 1990s - owes its fame to the Smiths' 1987 album Strangeways, Here We Come and...

1 Southall Street

Tatton Park

Attractions

Get lost in the Cheshire countryside in this 1,000-acre park with free-roaming deer, lakes and a farm. A walled garden has fruit trees and fig houses;...

Knutsford

Victoria Baths

Attractions

The winner of the BBC's Restoration programme in 2003, Victoria Baths is finally approaching a functional state after around £4.5 million-worth of...

Hathersage Road

Wythenshawe Hall & Gardens

Attractions

Many of Wythenshaw Hall's original Tudor timbers - it was built in 1540 - survived a Parliamentarian assault when it held out as a Royalist stronghold...

Wythenshawe Park
Free