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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

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

Chinese Arts Centre

Critics' choice
Art

Established in 1986, this organisation occupies a specially designed building that was opened in 2003 and now acts as a national centre for the promotion of...

Market Buildings
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

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

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

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

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

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 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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