What to See in Manchester

Use your holiday time wisely by picking out what to see in Manchester before you travel. Once here, there won’t be a moment to waste! Manchester offers a brilliant blend of old and new sites. Go back to the city’s medieval roots with a trip to Manchester Cathedral, then step forward in time and discover the grand Manchester Town Hall and Victoria Baths. Both showcase epic 19th century architecture.

Prefer modern history? Then don’t overlook the excellent stadium tours on offer around Old Trafford – Manchester United’s soccer ground. By the end of it you’ll be singing the very infectious ‘Glory, Glory, Man United’!

Old Trafford and Manchester United

Even if you’re not a soccer fan, a tour around Old Trafford and Manchester United is a must. Home to one of the greatest soccer teams in the world, players like Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney have all graced the Old Trafford pitch. Now you can too. Stadium tours include a walk down the tunnel and a peek into the changing rooms.

Manchester Cathedral

A Grade I listed building, Manchester Cathedral has survived wartime bombings, witnessed the Industrial Revolution and is home to the remains of the Hanging Bridge, an important medieval bridge connecting the cathedral to the nearby town. Located on Victoria Street, Manchester Cathedral is open to the public every day. An onsite visitor centre provides more information on the church’s past.

Manchester Town Hall

It’s the outside of Manchester Town Hall that really wows. In the heart of the city, the Gothic-style building sits dominant – the 85m clock tower very much a part of Manchester’s skyline. Take time to spot some of the notable sculptures built into the exterior of the building, like King Henry III, Queen Elizabeth I, and St George, the Patron Saint of England.    

Victoria Baths Manchester

When Victoria Baths Manchester opened in 1906 it was considered the most beautiful public bath in the country, where families could relax in sumptuous Victorian style. Today, Victoria Baths are a heritage visitor attraction and community hub. Enjoy a guided tour around the baths and learn about ongoing restoration projects. Check the Victoria Baths website before your departure to see what events are coming up.  

Manchester Ship Canal

No British industrial city is complete without a canal system. Manchester Ship Canal is just that: 58km of inland waterways linking the city to the Irish Sea. During a day-long cruise, discover how the ship canal shaped Manchester. Keep your camera handy! There are great waterside views of important buildings, locks and bridges that line the route from Manchester Salford Quays all the way to Liverpool.