Manchester Sightseeing


Galleries and Museums

Manchester’s rebellious history is told in the People’s History Museum, highlighting the many campaigns for equality and justice that have taken place in the city.  In contrast, the Pankhurst centre is a small suburban home, but here you can see where Emmeline Pankhurst’s fight for the vote began.

For those who prefer their revolutions in print, the John Rylands Library is open to all, a gothic highlight on Deansgate. During the conference period, and extending until March 2019, the library is hosting a ‘Women who shaped Manchester‘ exhibition’ which may interest you.

Manchester is also home to large art galleries, The Whitworth and the Manchester City Gallery, both are hosting events linked to the anniversary of suffrage in 2018.

The city’s industrial history is reflected in the Science and Technology museum, where in the ‘Revolution Manchester’ permanent display, the museum promises you can “thread your way through Manchester’s rich legacy of industrial innovations, scientific discoveries and ideas that changed the world.”

Music and Theatre

Famously the home of bands such as Oasis, The Stone Roses and Take That, Manchester has a vibrant live music scene, with venues across the city.  Manchester is also home to its own classical orchestra, the Hallé. There are numerous theatre options too, including the Lowry, the Opera House, the Palace theatre, and the Exchange; showing diverse offerings from ballet, musicals, classics and contemporary plays.



Famously the centre of a fierce local rivalry, Manchester United and Manchester City both offer ground tours, for a fee. On the other hand, the National Football Museum is free! Manchester is also home to Lancashire County Cricket. A legacy of the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the Manchester Aquatics Centre boasts diving facilities and a 50m pool.

For more information:

Manchester’s official tourism website, including food and drink recommendations:

On a budget? There are still many options available in Manchester.