As the finer weather starts to arrive, we all begin to think about getting out and about more often. If you live anywhere near Manchester or you’re planning a visit, there’s loads to do and see in the city and surrounding area. To help you gain some inspiration for some Manchester days out this spring/summer, here’s our choice of top things to do across the region.

Visit the Etihad Stadium – the home of Manchester City FC


Whether you’re a City fan or not, a trip to the Etihad is a truly unforgettable experience. Walk along the player’s tunnel and emerge pitch side, visit the team’s dressing rooms, and explore the press centre. The whole experience is accompanied by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guide to give you all the inside information on this great football team.

Absorb the city’s culture at one of Manchester’s many museums

Manchester museum

Manchester is a great city for culture vultures. The Science and Industry Museum is a brilliant way to get a feel for Manchester’s industrial past. The Manchester Museum offers everything you’d expect from a natural history perspective while the Manchester Art Gallery displays a wide variety of art from the pre-Raphaelites and classic masters such as J M W Turner to modern masterpieces by local hero L S Lowry.

Embrace the alternative spirit of Manchester at Afflecks Palace


If you enjoy browsing in a relaxed environment, Afflecks Palace is a must visit venue for you. From clothing to alternative art, food and drink to music, musical instruments and hairdressers, Afflecks Palace is an independent enthusiast’s dream location. Located in Manchester’s historic Northern Quarter, it’s the perfect place to spend at least a few hours probably longer.

Shop till you drop at the Arndale Centre or Trafford Centre


If your shopping preferences are more mainstream, you’ll love the Arndale Centre. It has everything you’d expect from a modern shopping complex and more. Located right in the middle of Manchester city centre, it’s easily accessible to all shoppers. If you want to broaden your shopping and dining experience, head out of the city to the Trafford Centre. Home to over 100 stores, nearly 50 places to eat and a multi-screen cinema, there’s something for everyone at the Trafford Centre.

If the weather’s fine – explore one of Manchester’s amazing parks

Sackville Gardens

Manchester is renowned for its grey skies and inclement weather. Just like the rest of the UK, however, the sun does regularly shine on the city. When the sun’s out why not take a walk through one of Manchester’s many parks and gardens. From Heaton Park located outside the city centre, with its mini farm and play area to Sackville Gardens with its relaxing, almost sombre atmosphere, wherever you are in Manchester, you’re never far from some green space.

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