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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

John Rylands Library

Critics' choice
Attractions

Despite giving the impression of near-medieval antiquity, this glorious building is in fact just over a century old, having first opened in 1900. Among its...

150 Deansgate
FreeMajor venue

Manchester Cathedral

Attractions

A church building of some description has existed on this site since the first millennium, and the present cathedral has adapted to damage inflicted...

Cathedral Yard
FreeMajor venue

Manchester Central Convention Complex

Attractions

This site was the city's third main station (Central Station) in the late 19th century, which closed shortly after the railway line became obsolete in 1969....

Off Lower Mosley Street
Major venue

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

Ordsall Hall

Attractions

Ordsall is an unlikely setting for this splendid Grade-I listed house, which comprises elements of medieval, Tudor, Stuart and Victorian construction. The...

Ordsall Lane

Peace Garden

Attractions

Manchester became the world's first nuclear-free city, in 1980, at the height of world nuclear paranoia. Today, the world may be no safer and the garden...

St Peter's Square

Piccadilly Gardens

Attractions

Donated for public use more than two centuries ago, the land that is now Piccadilly Gardens first housed an infirmary, demolished in 1909. The present-day...

Major venue

Refuge Assurance Building

Attractions

Designed by Alfred Waterhouse for the Refuge Assurance Company, this late-19th-century Grade II-listed building is a landmark in Manchester, with its...

Oxford Street

Richard Goodall Gallery

Art, Attractions

This commercial gallery's window display pulls in punters with its music and vintage posters and its so-hip-it-hurts illustrations, prints and graphic...

59 Thomas Street
Free

Salford Lads Club

Attractions

Featured on the cover of the Smiths' The Queen is Dead album, this registered charity, established in 1903, still fulfils its original function as a sports...

St Ignatius Walk
FreeMajor venue

St Ann's Church

Attractions

Manchester Cathedral and this church (built in 1712) have long been the two focal points of surviving old Manchester; indeed, the tower of St Ann's is said...

St Ann Street
FreeMajor venue

St John's Gardens

Attractions

This nicely laid-out green oasis on the site of the demolished St John's church makes for a pleasant place to relax after a Castlefield museum visit. A...

Lower Byrom Street

St Mary's (The Hidden Gem)

Attractions

The aptly named Hidden Gem - founded in 1794 and claimed to be the oldest post-Reformation Catholic church in the country - is approached either from the...

Mulberry Street
Free

St Philip's with St Stephen

Attractions, Music

St Philip's, a neoclassical Anglican church dating back to the 1820s, is one of a handful of 19th-century buildings to survive the neglect faced by many of...

St Philip's Place
Free