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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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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