Your ultimate guide to Manchester

Discover Manchester's best things to do, restaurants, theatre and nightlife

Nightlife

The Hacienda story

As Fac 51 - The Hacienda returns to The Warehouse Project on Fri Dec 26, we celebrate the club's own story, told in panels behind the building itself

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Ten top tips for the next ten days in Manchester

Here are ten things that you've still got time for as we come to the close of 2014

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Disney’s 'Frozen' comes to Spinningfields Ice Rink

'Frozen' fans, we’ve only gone and found the best Christmas prezzie out there...

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Guerilla Eats brings us a beer bash for Christmas

Manchester’s street food collective Guerilla Eats are bringing us an Xmas Beer Bash

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Join the Manchester Clandestine Cake Club

If you fancy yourself as the next Mary Berry get your firm buns over to the Clandestine Cake Club

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Recommended events

Theatre

One Man, Two Guvnors

The National Theatre struck comedy and box office gold with this adaptation of the classic Italian comedy

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Art

Aeolian Light

A beautiful light installation taking place on the plaza between The Lowry and Lowry Outlet Mall

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Theatre

East Is East

Ayub Khan Din's quite brilliant comedy drama, set in 1970s Salford

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Art

Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War

A collection of paintings reflecting the artist's war years

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Theatre

Monty Python's Spamalot

Monty Python's 'Spamalot' returns to Manchester, the stage version of the much better film, 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail.'For some, it's a side-splitting slice of Pythonesque humour, and the constantly changing performers help to lend weight to this, with the impressive likes of Tim Curry, Sanjeev Bhaskaar, Phil Jupitas and, erm, Todd Carty taking lead roles. And with regular guest slots as God getting such star names as Michael Palin, Michael Ball, Hugh Bonneville and the man behind the whole thing, Eric Idle, lined up to play him, there's clearly a lot of respect for the production. For others though, it's just not very funny. And not even sticking 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' from a different Python film can help it.

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Where to eat and drink in Manchester

Restaurants

The best coffee shops and cafés in Manchester

Coffee remains hot but tea's very cool these days. Here's where to get your hit of both

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Manchester's best burgers

Partial to a patty? Head to these and get your burger fix

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Bars and pubs

The best pubs in Manchester

From lovely locals to great gastros, make a beeline for these brilliant boozers

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Restaurants

The best restaurants in Manchester

Whatever tickles your culinary fancy, there are plenty of very good restaurants to get stuck into

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Bars and pubs

The best cocktail bars in Manchester

If creative concoctions are your thing, take a peek here and partake in a tipple or two

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Enjoy some Manchester culture

Things to Do

The best museums in Manchester

Delve deep and marvel at Manchester's vibrant cultural institutions 

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The best free things to do in Manchester

Explore these and have your fill of fun for a lot less lolly

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The best art galleries in Manchester

From the best of yesteryear to the mercilessly modern, Manchester has it all

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Top ten Manchester attractions

Check this out for our ten favourite places to visit in Manchester

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Theatre

The best theatres in Manchester

Find a stage to suit in the city with our pick of Manchester's best theatres

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More things to do in Manchester

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Manchester events calendar

Diaries at the ready: check out the biggest events all-year-round

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Bars and pubs

The best craft beer bars in Manchester

If craft's your creed, head to these and worship at the altar of ale

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Restaurants

The best cheap eats in Manchester

Please your pocket by bagging a culinary bargain at these great spots

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Nightlife

The best clubs in Manchester

If there's one thing Manchester does well, it's clubbing

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Nightlife

The best comedy clubs in Manchester

Aching to be amused? Check these out, and have those sides split

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Travel

The best hotels in Manchester

Looking for somewhere to rest your head? Here's where to hit the hay

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