The Northern Quarter's not just about all the trendy restaurants, bars and pubs - there's a lot more to keep you entertained. You can even keep it cultural, should that kind of thing tickle your biscuits. We've put together our favourite bits and bobs to do in the area, so take a look and walk straight past that inviting pub door... you'll be grateful, promise.
Northern Quarter things to do
Awarded 'Best Independent Retailer' at the 2013 Manchester Tourism Awards, Manchester Craft & Design Centre boasts over 30 artists, designers and craft makers under one roof. MCDC lies in the heart of the Northern Quarter, offering an impressive array of quality goods that you won't find on the high street – handmade, bespoke and personal.
Band on the Wall represents a real musical success story for the city of Manchester. Funded by both the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Arts Council, the £4 million venue opened in 2009 after years in disarray; like many previously abandoned tenancies in the city, it has a rich history intertwined with the textile industry, but has always been a fertile ground for live music.
Housed inside one of the most impressive of Manchester City Centre's modern buildings, the former URBIS museum, this four-floor monument to football boasts that it contains the greatest football collection in the world. It’s the permanent home to the FIFA collection, the Football League collection, the FA collection and many more, and it works towards the preservation and conservation of such memorabilia.
You wait for one decent contemporary gallery to come along and then two come at once. Typical. Spread over two sites - High Street and Thomas Street – Richard Goodall Gallery offers contemporary exhibitions by new and established artists, as well as a gallery/shop where you can buy limited edition prints, music and movie posters, vinyl toys and figurines.
Formally known as the Chinese Arts Centre, the Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art works to bring Chinese art and visual culture to a UK audience. Working with a four-strong team of associate curators based in East Asia - each specialising in a particular strand of the centre's artistic programme - this Northern Quarter building brings exhibitions, artists in residence, engagement projects, festivals, talks and events.