Manchester is the third largest city in England behind London and Birmingham. What it lacks in size and population, it makes up for in atmosphere and attractions. Manchester is one of the United Kingdom’s most popular tourist destinations. It is a haven for sports lovers, especially football fanatics. But Cottonopolis is more than just football. It is a city with thriving universities, shopping areas, dining options, and museums. Manchester’s location makes it a great starting point for visitors looking for outdoor adventure. The British countryside is on every traveller’s doorstep thanks to the city’s location.

Manchester sightseeing, what to do in Manchester?

Manchester Museum

Located on the campus of Manchester University, Manchester Museum showcases works of archaeology, anthropology and natural history. The neo-gothic building houses around 4.5 million items from around the world.

Media City

Media City is home to the BBC and ITV. Fans of the two channels’ programming can take tours of the different studios and learn more about their favourite shows like Dr. Who or Coronation Street. Visitors can also be in a live studio audience for a television show taping. Media City is a newer area and restaurants, bars, and shopping venues continue to pop up. Whether day or night, there is plenty to see and do.

National Football Museum

The National Football Museum is the home of English football and is free to visit. The museum not only houses shirts, trophies, and more from the beautiful game, but it has regular exhibits for fans to explore.

Science and Industry Museum

The Science and Industry Museum (MOSI) is dedicated to science and technology. The MOSI displays exhibits featuring cars, aircraft, railway locomotives and rolling stock, water, electricity, steam and gas engines. There are also aircraft and locomotive museums located on the premises. It is full-day out for family or individual travellers. The MOSI is situated in an area called Castlefield which contains plenty of great bars and restaurants for before or after the museum.

Football Matches

Manchester is the perfect city for football fans looking to see a game. Manchester United and Manchester City have big games nearly every week, and visitors can buy tickets at a variety of outlets. Each stadium puts on a museum and stadium tour for fans. Manchester United’s Old Trafford even has a restaurant for fans to eat and drink at during their day at the stadium. Travellers on a budget may choose to see Salford City, Manchester City Women, or FC United of Manchester play at one of their great stadiums. Salford City, in particularly, are owned by former Manchester United players and their Peninsula Stadium is one of the biggest football tourist destinations in Europe currently.

Cloud 23

Cloud 23 offers travellers some of the best views of Manchester. The restaurant is on the 23rd floor of Beetham Tower. The skyscraper, built in 2006, is home to the Hilton Hotel and a plethora of plush luxury apartments. Cloud 23 provides diners with the highest point in Manchester to view the great northern city.

Worsley Woods Loopline

Worsley Woods Loopline is a rural trail that leads into the Lancashire countryside. It is perfect for walking, running, or cycling. The trail takes adventurers through green areas and parks. Travellers unable to get out to the loopline could explore the various canal walking paths for exercise. The paths lead out of the city and adventurous travellers can spend hours exploring the canals.