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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

Johnny Roadhouse

Shops

Trading from the same premises for over 50 years, Johnny Roadhouse is a rite of passage for every Manc musician and wannabe. Johnny himself passed away in...

123 Oxford Road

Jurys Inn

Hotels

Well placed for the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Central and Deansgate Locks, this purpose-built Jurys Inn offers fairly priced, good-standard...

56 Great Bridgewater Street

Kro 2

Bars & pubs

The largest of the home-grown chain of Kro bars, Kro 2 pays the strongest homage to Danish minimalism, and is all the more loved for it. The bar's abundance...

Oxford House, Oxford Road

Lass O'Gowrie

Budget
Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

The Lass is a Manchester institution; since being taken over in 2005, its stated aim has been to create the perfect village inn. The simple food ably...

36 Charles Street

Manchester 235

Bars & pubs, Casinos, Music, Restaurants & cafés

Inhabiting a slightly tired-looking leisure development, Manchester 235 is a luxury, Vegas-influenced restaurant/bar/casino/live music complex. It was the...

Great Northern

Manchester Academy 1/2/3 & Club Academy

Clubs, Music

Three spaces on the university campus accommodate acts across all genres, from unsigned to well-established. The Academy now includes Club Academy, home to...

Manchester University Students Union

Manchester Aquatics Centre

Sport, health & fitness

Built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and central Manchester's only public swimming pool, this facility is home to two 50-metre pools, as well as fitness...

2 Booth Street East

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 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

Martin Harris Centre

Critics' choice
Music, Theatre

This venue quietly hosts some of the city's best literary events. Its concert hall is home to the Quatuor Danel string quartet (which often gives free...

University of Manchester, Bridgeford Street

Palace Hotel

Hotels

This well-loved, historic hotel is housed in the old Refuge Assurance Building (p120) and is owned by the Principal Hayley group, who gave it a £7 million...

Oxford Street
Major venue

Palace Theatre

Theatre

Massive musicals, big-name comedians and celeb-stuffed Christmas pantos regularly play to a packed house. The theatre also stages dance, from highbrow...

Oxford Street

Pankhurst Centre

Museums

Saved from demolition in 1979, this Georgian house is where the remarkable Emmeline Pankhurst brought up her daughters Sylvia, Christabel and Adela, all...

60-62 Nelson Street
Free

Peveril of the Peak

Bars & pubs

This Grade II-listed building, named after a stagecoach renowned for the speed at which it made its trips from Derbyshire, is arguably Manchester's most...

127 Great Bridgewater Street