Famous for its Christmas markets, shopping centres and football grounds, Manchester is also home to our Swansway Honda Manchester dealership.
That said, we know it can sometimes be tough trying to find an activity for the whole family to enjoy on a budget. To help, here are our Top 5 Free Things to do in Manchester!
Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) Manchester
Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP.
Manchester is a city deeply connected with science and industry –it’s the birthplace of the first steam powered mill and microcomputer and has continued to pioneer through the work conducted in its universities today.
In the heart of the city, the Museum of Science and Industry has something for everyone. From an Industrial machine exhibition to an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission that puts you in the pilot’s seat of a Soyuz capsule!
There’s so much for families to enjoy at the museum; watch demonstrations of original machinery, meet historical characters, take a train ride behind a replica steam locomotive, take part in hands-on workshops and much more.
A great opportunity to learn lots of new things while having fun with all the family!
Manchester Town Hall
Albert Square, Manchester, M60 2LA.
Manchester Town Hall is the crowning glory of the world greatest industrial city, this magnificent building was designed in Victorian Gothic style by Alfred Waterhouse and opened in 1877.
Its features include soaring spires, statues, religious symbolism and famous For Madox Brown murals and you can now take a free tour around the hall as well which covers everything from the portraits, the architecture, the politics, the pictures and the Order of the Garter Crest – it even gives you an insight into the plans to demolish it!
There are many impressive rooms within the Town Hall such as the Great Hall, featuring a glazed skylight inscribed with the names of ever mayor, lord mayor and chair of the council since 1838 and the Sculpture Hall, containing statues of notable Manchester figures from the past.
One thing not to miss is the mosaic pattern of bees on the floor outside the Great Hall. The worker bee symbolises the city’s hard working past during the Industrial Revolution and features on the city’s coat of arms.
The John Ryland’s Library
150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.
The John Ryland’s Library was created more than 100 years ago as a gift to Manchester and its people and has been described as a ‘place of wonder’ but far from your usual library.
This masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture actually looks more like a cathedral or castle with over 250,000 people visit and engage with the Library each year.
There are also many different rooms including The Historic Reading Room which resembles a church. There are also purpose built alcoves designed for private study dotted around this room and there’s also a gallery where you can explorer the library’s collection in more details.
The John Rylan’s Library is home to over 1.4 million items including manuscripts, archives and maps with one of the most famous items being the St John’s fragment – a remarkable fragment of the Gospel of John, a small scrap of papyrus that lay in the collections for many decades before being discovered in the 1930’s and widely regarded as the earliest part of any New Testament writing in existence!
The Farm Centre, Prestwich, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M25 2SW.
Heaton Park is the perfect get away from the busy town centre.
Only a short drive from the city centre of Manchester, Heaton Park is located in Prestwich and is perfect for all ages with many fun things to do for all the family such as visit the play areas, animal centre, bowling greens, golf course and the boating lake.
Heaton Park hosts many events throughout the year and their packed programme features outdoor concerts, plays and dramas so you’re sure to find something for everyone.
It’s also the home of Heaton Hall – a stunning 18th century hall that has recently been beautifully restored and filled with collections of furniture, musical instruments. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a recital in the Music Room.
Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER.
The Whitworth, founded in 1889 was the first English gallery in a park and has recently been developed with a stunning £15 million development.
The gallery is located in an art garden and features a sculptured Terrace, orchard garden, landscape gallery and a café in the trees. This is a truly beautiful setting to come and spend some time reading or to catch up with friends and enjoy the artwork on show.
Its contemporary exhibitions programmes have given new life to the international collections and now the Whitworth has even more room, there is a lot more space to add more displays!
And there we have it, a short guide on 5 Free Things to Do in Manchester. We hope you spot something which catches your fancy and let us know how your trip went by commenting on our Facebook and Twitter pages!
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