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Manchester Highlights of the City Tour

Discover Manchester during this highlights of the city tour.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 14.082 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  For the best of everything, embark on this teaser of the highlights of Manchester, a city tour of the old and new, the artful, the... more »

Tips:  There are several Manchester Visitor Information Centres throughout the city including in The Lowry and near the Manchester Town Hall.... more »

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Points of Interest

Spectacular steel and glass architecture and a wealth of attractions make the Lowry complex the perfect first stop on your Manchester Highlight of the City Tour. With a dramatic location on the Salford Quays waterfront, the Lowry is just 2 miles from City Centre.

Opened in 2000, the Lowry building is designed by architect Michael Wilford,... More

Imperial War Museum North faces the Lowry across the canal, connected by footbridge. Combined with an audio-visual presentation, the museum is a dramatic exhibition with galleries allowing exploration of the impact of war.

Part of a family of 5 museums in England, IWMN features special exhibits, ranging from the Falklands to Bagdad. Its Main... More

Witness for yourself Mancunians passion for sports in the Quays at the legendary Old Trafford football grounds, home to Manchester United’s football since 1910. Over a century ago Manchester United began making history and continues today, holding title to the 2012 champions of the Premier League.

Start your visit by reliving the heartbreaks... More

An internationally acclaimed neo-Gothic masterpiece, the Manchester Town Hall was designed by Alfred Waterhouse and completed in 1887, receiving Grade I status in 1952. Sitting on a triangular site, the building dominates Albert Square, listen for the distinctive chimes of Great Abel, the clock tower.

Manchester Town Hall has been featured in... More

Culturally, Manchester Art Gallery and The Gallery of Costumes is a class act displaying more than six centuries of the city’s finest art works. Best known for its 19th century British paintings, a £35million expansion has transformed the experience.

For those not into fine art, Manchester Art Gallery isn’t your typical art museum experience as... More

Order a cup of coffee and freshly baked croissant in the Manchester Art Gallery Cafe, also a perfect stop for afternoon tea with homemade scones. In the restaurant, enjoy soup and sandwich. If your city tour brought on an appetite, order full Manchester brunch at just £5.45 and served 11am–3pm.

Take your tour outside and visit St. Ann's Square, one the city's oldest and most distinguished squares. Located in the center of Manchester's main shopping district, St. Ann's Square is often packed with shoppers and a few street performers, and well-known for its markets and food venues.

Other landmarks include the 18th century St Ann's Church,... More

Traditional British Cuisine is available at Sam's Chop House, a Manchester tradition for 140 years. Dishes include Corned Beef Hash and homemade steak and Kidney puddings.

Pose for a picture with the famous life-sized bronze statue of LS Lowry. LS Lowry died in 1976, sadly a few months before his first exhibit at the Royal Academy in London.

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The second largest in England and the third largest in Europe, Chinatown Manchester is a cultural gem in the heart of the city. Home to ethnic shopping and restaurants, it is also the core of the Chinese community. Located in a square bordered by York Street, Portland Street, Oxford Street and Mosley Street, Chinatown is really an enclave of Asian... More

Founded in 1977 by the sons of renowned Hong Kong dim sum chef Tim Kwan Yeung, the Yang Sing Restaurant is a two generation, family-owned Cantonese restaurant, and a perfect restaurant to sample the ethnicity of Manchester. Yang Sing has received many culinary awards, including the Pestle & Mortar by Good Food Guide as the first recognized... More