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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 Art Gallery

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

The gallery is home to some stunning Pre-Raphaelite art; highlights from the three floors of its permanent collection include Rossetti's Astarte Syriaca,...

Mosley Street
Free

Manchester Climbing Centre

Sport, health & fitness

Practice your belaying and leading in this Grade-II listed church, which now houses one of the largest climbing walls in Europe. Hang around under the huge...

Bennett Street

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

Manchester Museum of Transport

Museums

Two halls house over a century's worth of lovingly restored public transport history; the collection is one of the largest of its kind. The timeline starts...

Boyle Street

Manchester United Football Club

Sport, health & fitness

The stadium of the world's most famous football team may not be in the most glamorous of locations, but it nevertheless has the Premier League's largest...

Sir Matt Busby Way
Major venue

MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)

Critics' choice
Museums

This family-friendly playground of vintage technology is set among the converted remains of the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station. Recently...

Liverpool Road
Free

People's History Museum

Critics' choice
Museums

Reopened in 2010 after a £12.5 million development, Manchester's only national museum is dedicated to telling a 200-year tale of British democracy. Dry and...

Left Bank
Free

Pixie

Shops

A place like this could probably only work in Didsbury - the flashy, moneyed part of Manchester - as it appeals to mothers who don't believe in cheap and...

6 Albert Hill Street

Selfridges

Critics' choice
Shops

It would be a crime not to guide the discerning visitor to Selfridges; five floors of loveliness, desirability and luxury. The basement food hall is worth a...

1 Exchange Square

Tatton Park

Attractions

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;...

Knutsford

Thunder Egg

Critics' choice
Shops

This funky little gift shop looks like the inside of a Japanese teenager's bedroom. It's packed with Hello Kitty ephemera, funny cards, cute bags and even...

22 Oldham Street

TK Maxx

Critics' choice
Shops

For designer bargains, TK Maxx is unbeatable. Dedicate at least two hours to searching through the endless racks of last-season and surplus stock designer...

51-55 Market Street

Trafford Centre

Cinemas, Shops

This huge, shiny mall caters for every whim and is, therefore, generally pulsing at the seams with bag-laden shoppers. All the major fashion names are here,...

M60 junctions 9, 10

Waterstone's

Shops

Committed bibliophiles may sigh for the good old days of musty corridors, rickety library steps and personal recommendations; yet Waterstone's still...

91 Deansgate