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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

Bridgewater Hall

Music

With such impressive musical accoutrements as a 5,500-pipe organ, and a menu of 300-plus events every year, there's no better place to tune into classical,...

Lower Mosley Street
Major venue

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

Lowry

Critics' choice
Art, Comedy, Dance, Museums, Music, Theatre

A long way from the grimly functional mill buildings so often captured by its eponymous subject and raison d'être, the Lowry marked a tipping point for the...

Pier 8
Free

Martin Harris Centre

Critics' choice
Music, Theatre

This venue quietly hosts some of the city's best literary events. Its concert hall is home to the Quatuor Danel string quartet (which often gives free...

University of Manchester, Bridgeford Street

Opera House

Comedy, Dance, Music, Theatre

Opera House is a wonderfully ornate 2,000-capacity theatre whose output of West End musicals, comedy, ballet and drama is similar to its sister venue, the...

Quay Street

Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

Music

One of the UK's leading conservatoires, the RNCM balances a fierce reputation for teaching against an international reputation for top-notch performance. If...

Oxford Road

St Philip's with St Stephen

Attractions, Music

St Philip's, a neoclassical Anglican church dating back to the 1820s, is one of a handful of 19th-century buildings to survive the neglect faced by many of...

St Philip's Place
Free