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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

Greater Manchester Police Museum

Museums

An easily overlooked curiosity, this converted former police station - far larger than it looks from the outside - contains early CSI-style case histories,...

57a Newton Street
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

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

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 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

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

Museums

Once a rather dusty example of a museum in the old-school mould, this building (designed in 1890 by Alfred Waterhouse, the architect of London's Natural...

University of Manchester, Oxford Road
Free

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

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
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