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Manchester's must dos

World class museums and galleries, handsome Victorian architecture, delicious food on the neon-lit curry mile and journeys into the heart of Manchester’s sporting past.

If you’re going to Manchester, there are some things you simply must not miss.

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Briton’s Protection

Briton’s Protection

As rich in atmosphere and good cheer as it is in cask ales and quality whiskies — its whisky collection in particular is enormous — Briton’s Protection is one of Manchester’s best-loved pubs. It’s right opposite the Bridgewater Hall so you’ll often find musicians and performers having a post-show drink in here. If you’re looking for a traditional northern pub with plenty of character, you can’t beat it.

Getting creative at the Lowry Centre

Getting creative at the Lowry Centre

Named after LS Lowry, one of Manchester’s best-known local artists, the Lowry Centre is an arts and performance venue at the heart of The Quays. The Quays itself is a major visitor location full of museums and attractions, and the Lowry Centre is one of its crowning glories. Immediately recognisable by its dramatic modern architecture, this is the place to see performing arts shows and exhibitions; it’s also home to the works of LS Lowry, famous for his depictions of everyday life in Manchester.

Enjoying a curry on the Curry Mile

Enjoying a curry on the Curry Mile

Curry is one of Britain’s favourite foods, so if you feel like an authentic British evening meal, this is the place for you. Five minutes’ cab ride from central Manchester, Rusholme is home to the largest concentration of Asian restaurants in Britain, with Indian, Sri Lankan, Pakistani and Bangladeshi cuisine all available here. Known as the curry mile, it’s quite a sight, full of elaborate neon signs and a steady stream of hungry visitors.

Feeling the atmosphere on a tour of Manchester United FC

Feeling the atmosphere on a tour of Manchester United FC

Step behind the scenes of sporting glory with a tour of Manchester United FC. Explore the changing-rooms of the greats, walk along the players’ tunnel and step out onto the turf of Old Trafford itself, scene of countless pitched footballing battles, many between the great local rivals themselves: Manchester United and Manchester City. Learn the story of Manchester United, which begins over a century ago, or take a unique tour accompanied by one of the club’s living legends.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

One of the UK’s best known designers, Vivienne Westwood has constantly pushed the boundaries of what’s possible in fashion. Stop by her boutique and take a look at some of her creations, which bring together style, culture and humour.

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World famous football

World famous football

Home to the legendary Manchester United and Manchester City football clubs, there’s always great occasion in town when a game is on. Experience the buzz and excitement when the home team scores.

Amazing shopping

Amazing shopping

Selfridges, the Manchester Arndale, and a whole host of boutiques and major fashion houses are just waiting to be explored. Check out the latest fashions.

Great nightlife

Great nightlife

As home to many notable bands and artists, the Manchester music scene is full of up and coming talent. Manchester’s nightlife with its many bars, restaurants and great venues always offers a great way to have fun.

Manchester and beyond

Manchester and beyond

The Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales, and more of England’s stunning natural beauty lie just outside Manchester. Just a short journey from Manchester by car or rail is all it takes to experience a little slice of country life, with amazing vistas and rolling green landscapes.

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