Manchester, a northern English city, is one of the most exciting and vibrant places in the United Kingdom. It is a city known for its love for the arts and one of the best places to visit if your passions include music, theatre, art, and the performing arts.
Manchester is also well-known for its two massive football clubs, Manchester United (Manchester City), which dominate the city’s life.
Manchester is a city that can be traced back to the Romans. It also has some of the most important historical sites in the country.
You can choose to take a Old Trafford stadium tour, tour Manchester Cathedral or party with some of the most talented DJs at The Warehouse Project. We have a comprehensive list of the top things to do in Manchester, so you don’t have to spend more than 24 hours there.
This Manchester itinerary will split the day into morning, afternoon, and evening. There’s also a recommendation for nightlife fun. You’ll find suggestions for places to shop and eat as you read.
Get started with a quick breakfast in your hotel or at a local café, and then go out to explore Manchester’s cultural treasures.
Take a Football Stadium Tour
Manchester is home to football, which would be soccer in America. Life is football. You can be either a red-colored or blue-colored person.
Even if your passion isn’t for soccer, a visit to one of Manchester’s most iconic stadiums will help make you understand Manchester’s culture.
Manchester United was the dominant English football team for many years under Sir Alex Ferguson. They won the trophies and attracted world-class players like Ruud van Niestelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo.
After a 2008 financial takeover, Manchester City, the noisy neighbor in blue, woke up from their sleep. Manchester City is now managed by Pep Guardiola, who is arguably the greatest coach in the world.
Both clubs host home matches at Old Trafford (United), and Etihad Stadium, (City), which both offer stadium tours for visitors. You can walk through the changing rooms and marvel at the pitch, where players perform their moves. Also, you can see the trophies the clubs have collected over the years.
There is also an Old Trafford museum, where you can learn more about some of Manchester United’s oldest legends, such as George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton.
Tip: If you are short on time, the Old Trafford Stadium & Museum Tour is a good option. Book early to secure a time slot in the morning.
Manchester Museum is the main focus of this museum. Its main exhibits will amaze visitors. Stan the T-Rex is the most well-known of these, which contains a complete and well-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton.
The vivarium and one on Manchester’s natural history are two other exhibits. This is an amazing exhibit, which houses a collection of live reptiles and amphibians. It also includes some of the most rare frog species in the world. These rare species, like the Lemur Leaf Frog and the Lemur Leaf Frog are at risk of extinction in nature. The museum has initiated captive breeding programs to help preserve them.
It’s time for you to return to the city centre (or to the Manchester Museum if you’re staying there). It’s difficult to find a metro stop near the Manchester Museum. You can either walk 25-30 minutes back to the city or walk 15 minutes to Oxford Road Station and then get off at Dean’s Gate Station. Or, you can hail a taxi or Uber for the approximately 2-mile drive.
Whatever route you choose, you will head first to the Ruins of Mamucium and then on to Manchester Town Hall. After lunch, you can start the afternoon in Manchester’s Chinatown or Northern Quarter neighborhoods.
See the Ruins at Mamucium
The Romans were the first to settle what would become Manchester. They built Mamucium, a fort in 79 AD. This structure survived for hundreds of years, but it was unfortunately destroyed by the Industrial Revolution.
Today’s visitors will be happy to know that the original fort remains on the site. Roman historians can find out all about the colonization of Manchester by Romans, and the original layout of the groundbreaking settlement.
Manchester Town Hall
You can reach the Manchester Town Hall by walking 15 minutes from the Mamucium ruins.
Manchester Town Hall is one of the most prominent landmarks in the area. It was featured in blockbuster movies like Sherlock Holmes and The Iron Lady.
Manchester Town Hall, a striking gothic structure dating back to the 1870s, is located in the heart city’s Albert Square.
The interior features stunning architecture with arched ceilings and spiral staircases. The Sculpture Hall displays a variety of statues from famous Mancunians, the nickname given to people living in Manchester.
After a morning of learning about Manchester’s history and culture, you are likely hungry. Enjoy lunch at one the following places and then enjoy the afternoon exploring Manchester’s most beautiful neighborhoods and perhaps grabbing a pint.
Wander through Chinatown
Manchester’s Chinatown is just a short walk from Manchester Town Hall.
Manchester’s Chinatown is the 2nd largest in the United Kingdom. It houses a variety of authentic restaurants, shops and supermarkets. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a large Chinese archway.
Red Chilli is the best place to grab a bite to eat. It’s a Chinese restaurant that can be found in the basement of a shop. If you are visiting Manchester for a while and want to cook a meal, you can spend time in the shops looking for traditional toys and products.
The Northern Quarter
If you are short on time, the Northern Quarter is a must-see area in Manchester. A few hours of wandering around this area will give you the opportunity to see small independent shops and trendy cafes as well as hip bars. If you prefer, you could eat lunch in Chinatown or simply walk through Chinatown as you make your way to the Northern Quarter.
Affleck’s Palace offers a convenient place to shop, and there are many art galleries around the Quarter that sell a variety of local and international art. Piccadilly Records, which attracts music lovers from all parts of the country, is a great place for vinyl records to be purchased.
The Quarter comes alive at night with live music and jazz bars, as well as live music venues that host revellers enjoying craft beers. You can also go to one of the many independent restaurants that sell a variety of local food and snacks if you feel hungry. Follow the queues!
Local Craft Beer
Manchester’s craft beer scene is well-known, and it’s worth checking out if you are visiting the city and enjoy a pint.
Independent bars and breweries often sell local brewed ales and craft beers. Manchester hosts an annual beer festival.
Port Street Beer House and Beermoth are two of the top bars and breweries in town. They offer a wide range of craft beers, including The Hope.
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A Show at The Lowry
There are many great theaters in Manchester. But the Lowry is the best place to see a show. The Lowry, located at the old city docks and just 10 minutes from the city’s bustling center, is a well-known theater that can put on a show.
You will also find a variety of bars and restaurants, as well as a cinema.
The Lowry is also walking distance from the Imperial War Museum North, and Old Trafford Stadium. This gives people all ages and interests plenty to do during a day in Manchester.
Party at The Warehouse Project
The Warehouse Project is one of the most popular places to go out in England. The Warehouse Project attracts partygoers from all around the globe. In 2019, The Warehouse Project moved to the larger and more impressive Mayfield Depot just a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Station in Manchester.
There is no better place to go if you have 24 hours in Manchester, and want to enjoy some dancing and nightlife. People of all ages can enjoy world-class DJs performing with high quality sound, lighting and pyrotechnics at the venue. Along with more recent additions to the dance music scene, legends such as Fatboy Slim or Carl Cox are featured in the line-ups.
The Warehouse Project is huge, boasting multiple bars and rooms. This is great news, as it can keep you up until the wee hours of the morning.