Manchester does not have as many tourist attractions as some other UK cities such as London but it does have some unique sporting and shopping attractions that draw visitors to the city. It is also famed for its nightlife (see our pubs section).
Manchester United Football Club, one of the most famous football clubs in the world, gives you a unique and fascinating insight into a behind the scenes tour of the stadium, 'Old Trafford' itself. Tours are carried out by a professional tour guide, who will direct you around, allowing you to see the stadium through your very own eyes. From standing in the North Stand of the stadium, to pitchside at Sir Alex Ferguson's dugout spot then finding yourself stood in the player's dressing room, where so many football greats have stood, this stadium tour really is a must for all football fans, regardless of which football club you support. To celebrate your visit, you will receive a special certificate as a souvenir of your visit. Not only do you get a stadium tour, but also included in the price is a visit into the Manchester United museum, where you can view the many football trophies that have been won over the years by this truly great football club. Tours take place seven days a week from 9am until 5pm, except of matchdays. Ticket prices are GBP 15.00 for adults and GBP 10.00 for concessions. A family ticket for 4 people is available for the price of GBP 45.00. So if you want to walk out of the player's tunnel into the theatre of dreams, then this tour is must on your visit to Manchester.
The Wheel of Manchester is situated in the very heart of Manchester in Exchange Square and is a transportable Ferris wheel. The wheel is operated by World Tourist Attractions and is 200 ft tall with 42 capsules and seating for 8 people in each. All capsules offer air conditioning and heating and which also has commentary which points out local landmarks as you go around. Ticket prices are GBP 6.50 for adults, GBP 5.00 for OAPs and children are charged at GBP 4.50. A family ticket consisting of 2 adults and 2 children is available for GBP 18.00. Further discounts can be made if you book in advance online. At 60 metres tall, the wheel offers visitors a unique and fantastic chance to gain splendid views of the city, definitely a photo opportunity moment!
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is located in Barton Square at the Trafford Centre, just outside of the city centre. With over 2 million LEGO building bricks, this is a perfect place for Dad to take the kids while Mum enjoys some much needed retail therapy at over the 230 shops the Trafford Centre has to offer. The discovery centre has its very own Master Model Builder who if asked nicely, will be sure to let you in on some amazing LEGO building secrets. The centre has 4D cinema allowing you to reach out and touch the magical world you have entered. Why not visit the MINILAND area to see iconic local landmarks, of course made out of LEGO, to gain some inspiration for your very own LEGO build. The discovery centre has its very own cafe selling drinks and snacks, waiting to serve you while you take a well earned break. A family ticket for 4 people is priced at GBP 48.00 and children 2 years and younger go free! So go on, treat yourself and the kids to a magical day out at the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre at the Trafford Centre.
The Lowry Outlet Mall is a factory outlet located in Salford Quays, just a short ride away from Manchester city centre on a Metrolink Tram. The mall is host to more than 260 brands hosted in over 80 stores, all at discount prices. The Lowry Outlet is situated in a fantastic, stunning Quayside location and with a range of restaurants and cafes, a gym and leisure club and a multi-screen cinema it is a great place to spend a day with friends or family. Located next to the mall is the Lowry Gallery and just a short walk over the quayside is the Imperial War Museum. The Lowry Outlet Mall is free to enter and you can browse the stores at your own speed, with the mall open 'til late every night of the week. All the shops are factory outlets, meaning you can pick up some great items, for discounted prices. Stores include, Molton Brown, Nike Factory Outlet and one of the largest Marks and Spencer Outlets in the country. If you're visiting Manchester, then Salford Quays, only a short tram ride away, is a fantastic complex to have a great day out.
Manchester Cathedral is a medieval church is the very heart of Manchester located on Victoria Street and is the host to the Bishop of Manchester. It is open to the public every day of the week, and also hosts religious services several times a day, all of which are open free of charge to visitors. When visiting the cathedral, there are three special points of interest. 1) Angel Stone- The oldest object in the building, a mysterious little stone. 2) Misericords - Early sixteenth century carvings made from wood which can be found underneath the Quire seats. They are some of the best in the world! 3) Musical Angels - Located in the middle of the church, high above your heads, are carvings of magnificent fifteenth century angels playing musical instruments. The cathedral is family friendly and has a special Explorer's Trial which children can follow armed with their backpacks and spyglass, free of charge! There is a lot to see in and around the city centre Cathedral and is definitely worth having a look around.
Manchester Town Hall is a Victorian Gothic masterpiece, situated in Albert Square. The hall is the ceremonial headquarters of Manchester City Council and is also home to a number of local government departments. The entrance of the Town Hall is home to twelve statues including ones of Henry III of England and Saint George. There is also a 280 ft clock tower housing 23 bells which echo around Manchester on the hour, every hour. The hall makes a fantastic backdrop for a souvenir picture of your visit to Manchester.
Airkix is an indoor skydiving destination located just a couple of minute's walk from The Trafford Centre, adjacent to Chill Factore. It allows visitors to experience the thrill of freefalling from an aeroplane, indoors in complete safety. Each flight in the air tunnel is the same as skydiving after jumping from a plane at 12,000 feet. If you are reasonable fit, regardless of your age, you can join in the fun! You typically get two flights, lasting approximately 60 seconds each, and a personalised flight certificate remember your visit. Airkix is the perfect city centre attraction for you to try something new, and leave with a smile on your face.