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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

Elizabeth Gaskell House

Museums

After years of neglect, initial restoration of the home of Elizabeth Gaskell is now complete. One of Manchester's most esteemed novelists, Gaskell wrote in...

84 Plymouth Grove
Free

Gallery of Costume

Museums

Housed in an 18th-century textile merchant's home and the recent recipient of a major makeover, this collection is the largest of its type in Britain (but...

Platt Hall
Free

Hatworks

Museums

Proudly describing itself as 'the UK's only museum devoted solely to the hatting industry', Hatworks is a quaint experience, displaying machinery and...

Wellington Mill
Free

Heaton Park Tram Museum

Museums

Run by volunteers, this small but lovely museum is housed in an old tram shelter, from which restored vehicles run all year. The original system fell into...

Heaton Park
Free

Imperial War Museum North

Museums

Surely Manchester's most striking building of the past decade, the brain-boggling design of the museum is based on star architect Daniel Libeskind's concept...

The Quays
FreeMajor venue

Lancashire County Cricket Club

Hotels, Museums, Sport, health & fitness

The home of Lancashire County Cricket Club for 150 years, the pavilion at Old Trafford is now looking a little tatty. On the cards is a controversial £70...

Talbot Road
Major venue

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

Manchester Jewish Museum

Museums

Just beyond the outskirts of the City Centre lies the Jewish Museum, in an old synagogue founded in 1874. Downstairs is the fully restored former place of...

190 Cheetham Hill Road

Manchester Museum of Transport

Museums

Two halls house over a century's worth of lovingly restored public transport history; the collection is one of the largest of its kind. The timeline starts...

Boyle Street

Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Art, Museums

Inevitably overshadowed by its more prestigious neighbours both up and down the road (its Lowry collection has been transferred to the Lowry, this gallery...

Peel Park
Free

Staircase House

Museums

Located behind the tourist information office, and extensively restored following a major fire in 1995, Staircase House is a very modern presentation of the...

30-31 Market Place

Stockport War Memorial & Art Gallery

Art, Museums

In contrast to the grand colonnaded entry, the gallery space that hosts a changing programme of art exhibitions consists of just a pair of drab, functional...

Wellington Road South
Free