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8 Things to Do in Manchester

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There's always something to do in Manchester, and it's also the UK's third most affordable city, which is a plus! Since there's almost too much to do in Manchester, we've compiled the ultimate Manchester bucket list to assist you in finding things to do. With around 96,000 students studying in the city, Manchester is so popular, and for a very good reason!

1) Explore the Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter is located between Piccadilly and Ancoats, and it's not just a hipster hotspot but it's an eclectic, fun, and welcoming part of the city where all students should explore. You could spend an entire day or even a whole weekend discovering hidden bars and secret streets tucked away.

If you’re feeling a bit peckish while walking around the Northern Quarter, you will find a plethora of excellent restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world. You can choose from the amazing burgers at Almost Famous, tender fried chicken at Yard and Coop or an amazing curry at This and That. You will also find plenty of vegan options, including some excellent burgers at V-Rev.

2) Head down to Chinatown

Since Manchester's Chinatown is the UK's second largest, you will find a wide range of high-quality restaurants, bakeries, and shops. The annual Chinese New Year festival, which takes place in February, is a highlight in the Manchester events calendar, with stalls and famous parades featuring dancing Dragons.

3) Visit the Whitworth Gallery

The Whitworth, which is part of the University of Manchester and also known as the gallery in the park, has been enriching the city's cultural life for 125 years, but it has seen record numbers of visitors since it reopened in 2015.The Whitworth has 55,000 works of art, ranging from fine paintings to textiles, artist prints, and sculpture.

4) SEA LIFE Manchester

Get up close with hundreds of animals at SEA LIFE Manchester, including majestic sharks, fascinating jellyfish, and Ernie and Cammy, the gorgeous green sea turtles! Take a fascinating journey through themed zones from the coast to the ocean depths, and don't miss the amazing view from the sea bed in the ocean tunnel! There is something for everyone at SEA LIFE Manchester, including fun talks, interesting facts, animal feeds, special events throughout the year, and behind-the-scenes tours.

5) Discover Manchester

Daily guided walking tour to explore Manchester! This tour is organised by experienced and qualified guides that promise to delight and amaze visitors. The trip includes stops at outstanding architecture with incredible interiors, as well as insights of Manchester's past, present, and future, as well as the city's colourful and different characteristics. It's the ideal way to get to know Manchester.

6) The Lowry

Inside the spectacular building, which is in Salford Quays, visitors will find three stunning theaters as well as galleries featuring local, national, and international artists. The Lyric and Quays Theaters at The Lowry present a variety of acts, including West End musicals, the best in drama, live bands, well-known comedians, and world-class dance and opera performances.

The Lowry has something for everyone, including cafés, Pier Eight restaurant, and gift shops all located alongside beautiful waterside views. In the galleries, there's always something new and exciting to view. The entrance to the gallery is free.

7) Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum is a museum in Manchester, England, that includes archaeology, anthropology, and natural history exhibits. It is owned by the University of Manchester. Explore three floors of galleries and exhibitions featuring objects from around the world. Stan the T.rex, the Vivarium, and newly bred Harlequin frogs are just a few of the amazing things to find.

8) Food Market

Manchester is filled with markets all year long, from street food to local independent crafts.

Keep an eye on Grub for the best food stalls in the area, as well as Mackie Mayor, a massive renovated Grade II-listed building near Band on the Wall that offers 400 seats and fantastic food from the likes of Honest Crust Pizza and Fin Seafood.

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