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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

Castlefield Gallery

Art, Attractions

An artist-run gallery specialising in the conceptual end of the creative scale, Castlefield Gallery frequently showcases emerging practitioners and new...

2 Hewitt Street
Free

Chetham's Library & School of Music

Attractions, Music

Chetham's is a stunning piece of the 15th century that has survived more or less intact to the present day, the former college's library and surrounding...

Long Millgate
Free

CUBE Gallery

Art, Attractions

The once patchy Centre for the Urban Built Environment has improved in recent years, staging a series of cerebral exhibitions that range from conceptual art...

113-115 Portland 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

International 3

Art, Attractions

An independent artist-run space, this one-room gallery presents a changing programme of high-quality contemporary and conceptual art.

8 Fairfield Street
Free

International Anthony Burgess Foundation

Attractions, Museums

The Foundation opened in 2010 as a repository for a vast collection of Burgess ephemera, from the author's musical instruments and typewriters to his...

Chorlton Mill
Free

John Rylands Library

Critics' choice
Attractions

Despite giving the impression of near-medieval antiquity, this glorious building is in fact just over a century old, having first opened in 1900. Among its...

150 Deansgate
FreeMajor venue

Manchester Cathedral

Attractions

A church building of some description has existed on this site since the first millennium, and the present cathedral has adapted to damage inflicted...

Cathedral Yard
FreeMajor venue

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

Richard Goodall Gallery

Art, Attractions

This commercial gallery's window display pulls in punters with its music and vintage posters and its so-hip-it-hurts illustrations, prints and graphic...

59 Thomas Street
Free

Salford Lads Club

Attractions

Featured on the cover of the Smiths' The Queen is Dead album, this registered charity, established in 1903, still fulfils its original function as a sports...

St Ignatius Walk
FreeMajor venue

St Ann's Church

Attractions

Manchester Cathedral and this church (built in 1712) have long been the two focal points of surviving old Manchester; indeed, the tower of St Ann's is said...

St Ann Street
FreeMajor venue
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