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The intriguingly named Strangeways - officially HM Prison Manchester since the 1990s - owes its fame to the Smiths' 1987 album Strangeways, Here We Come and...

1 Southall Street

Tatton Park


Get lost in the Cheshire countryside in this 1,000-acre park with free-roaming deer, lakes and a farm. A walled garden has fruit trees and fig houses;...


Town Hall


Alfred Waterhouse's building, completed in 1887, remains a proud symbol of the city. Its imposing halls, host to a range of statuary, city council staff and...

Albert Square
FreeMajor venue

University of Manchester

Attractions, Theatre

This sprawling academic complex is one of the country's largest educational establishments. Amid the beautiful collection of red-brick buildings and theatre...

Oxford Road

Victoria Baths


The winner of the BBC's Restoration programme in 2003, Victoria Baths is finally approaching a functional state after around £4.5 million-worth of...

Hathersage Road

Victoria Station


Signs of its former splendour remain - the lovely tiled map of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway on the entrance walls, the wood-panelled ticket offices...

Todd Street
Major venue

Visitor Information Centre

Attractions, Tours

This all-new centre provides a 21st-century means of finding out about Manchester: interactive maps, touch-screen panels and live Twitter feeds supply...

Piccadilly Plaza

Whitworth Art Gallery

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions

The Whitworth has undergone something of a revolution of late. A new director has shaken up the old institution, fusing a rich, historic collection (of...

Oxford Road

Wythenshawe Hall & Gardens


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