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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

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

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 Art Gallery

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

The gallery is home to some stunning Pre-Raphaelite art; highlights from the three floors of its permanent collection include Rossetti's Astarte Syriaca,...

Mosley Street
Free

MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)

Critics' choice
Museums

This family-friendly playground of vintage technology is set among the converted remains of the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station. Recently...

Liverpool Road
Free

People's History Museum

Critics' choice
Museums

Reopened in 2010 after a £12.5 million development, Manchester's only national museum is dedicated to telling a 200-year tale of British democracy. Dry and...

Left Bank
Free

Selfridges

Critics' choice
Shops

It would be a crime not to guide the discerning visitor to Selfridges; five floors of loveliness, desirability and luxury. The basement food hall is worth a...

1 Exchange Square

Thunder Egg

Critics' choice
Shops

This funky little gift shop looks like the inside of a Japanese teenager's bedroom. It's packed with Hello Kitty ephemera, funny cards, cute bags and even...

22 Oldham Street

TK Maxx

Critics' choice
Shops

For designer bargains, TK Maxx is unbeatable. Dedicate at least two hours to searching through the endless racks of last-season and surplus stock designer...

51-55 Market Street