For art, history, and culture aficionados, Manchester is one city that you shouldn’t miss. You can start your tour with a visit to the interactive Science and Industry Museum where you can celebrate the beginning of a railroad that has etched its place in the history of railways and transportation. Be sure to get a glimpse of history by visiting the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station and the first warehouse that was built in the 1800s.
Visit Imperial War Museum North, a unique exhibition space where you can walk through a timeline of history from the First World War to the current day. Later, stop by Bury Transport Museum, that accommodates a collection of vintage vehicles including buses, steam rollers, and trams.
Art lovers can look forward to visiting the Manchester Art Gallery that is home to one of the country’s hand-picked art collections in stunning Victorian and contemporary surroundings that includes remarkable pre-Raphaelite paintings, craft and design, and early 20th Century British art. Located in a picturesque setting, the Whitworth Gallery that displays work by some of the world’s leading artists is another of the city’s most-sought-after cultural spots.
The Lowry, with its three gorgeous theatres alongside galleries that showcases artists of local, national and international repute is another must-visit destination. Next, stop by the Royal Exchange Manchester, once a centre of the world’s cotton trade which now houses an assortment of luxury retailers, top high street brands and first-class independent boutique stores– then, visit the historic building of Royal Exchange Theatre Company that is now an award-winning cultural charity that produces new theatre on the road as well as online.
Those looking to marvel at architectural masterpieces must plan a visit to the John Rylands Library known for its Victorian Gothic architecture, the University of Manchester with its interiors that include the Old Quadrangle, Beyer Building, the Grand Staircase, and Whitworth Hall that reflect the neo-gothic grandeur as well as the Manchester Cathedral with its top-notch late medieval woodwork and for its modern glass.
For sports and football fanatics, the National Foot Museum is a veritable treasure trove of memorabilia with displays and exhibitions that will give many a football fan a glimpse into the social history and culture of this highly popular sport. The museum also has a range of tours and trails with a slew of family-friendly activities that you can look forward to if you are travelling with your family.