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Abraham Lincoln Statue

Attractions

An imposing if slightly incongruous presence amid the nearby office blocks, this statue was given to the city in 1919 in recognition of the support that...

Lincoln Square

Alan Turing Memorial

Attractions

Turing, a hero of the World War II Bletchley Park codebreakers, came to Manchester and helped to found one of the world's first computers (a copy of which...

Sackville Park

Beetham Tower

Attractions

Beetham Tower is one of the most prominent additions to Manchester in recent years. Its fame rests chiefly on its height - the 47-storey tower soars 561ft...

301-303 Deansgate
Major venue

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

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

Castlefield Gallery

Art, Attractions

An artist-run gallery specialising in the conceptual end of the creative scale, Castlefield Gallery frequently showcases emerging practitioners and new...

2 Hewitt Street
Free

Cathedral Gardens

Attractions

A windswept patch of open space wedged between the National Football Museum, Chetham's Library, Victoria Station and the Triangle. Its grass slopes (often...

Central Library

Attractions

The Central Library's classical-revival style disguises the fact that it was built only in 1934, since when it has become one of the city's most...

St Peter's Square
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

CUBE Gallery

Art, Attractions

The once patchy Centre for the Urban Built Environment has improved in recent years, staging a series of cerebral exhibitions that range from conceptual art...

113-115 Portland Street
Free

Exchange Square

Attractions

Another of the new spaces afforded by the bomb, Exchange Square has rows of amphitheatre seating (with decorative metal bars to spoil the fun of more...

Major venue

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

Imperial Chinese Archway

Attractions

Manchester is home to one of Europe's largest Chinese communities, and this striking piece of architecture commemorating the fact - a gift to the city from...

Faulkner Street
Major venue

International 3

Art, Attractions

An independent artist-run space, this one-room gallery presents a changing programme of high-quality contemporary and conceptual art.

8 Fairfield Street
Free
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