Greater Manchester

City Central

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Overview

Leave the Museum of Science and Industry and head to the People’s History Museum. Tour the John Rylands Library before pausing at Manchester Cathedral. Visit the National Football Museum and then head to the Manchester Arndale. Experience the character and charm of the Northern Quarter before crossing Albert Square. Take in the Manchester Art Gallery and arrive at Castlefields.

Science Museum

The Museum of Science & Industry is home to over quarter of a million artefacts and archives focused on the science, technology, industry and locomotion and available for visitors to explore and learn.

People's Museum

The People’s History Museum is the national museum for democracy – explore the galleries and exhibits of political material to uncover the story of Britain’s past and discover how we got to the present – can you predict the future?!

The J.R Library

Located on Deansgate, The John Rylands Library was a gift to the city over 100 years ago. Visitors can explore the history of the building, the stunning interior and collections – containing over 14m artefacts.

Manchester Cathedral

Passing the Shambles on Victoria Street, Manchester Cathedral has nearly 600 years of history in the city. With bees on the roof and kangaroo carvings, ancient archives and medieval quires the cathedral is treasure trove waiting to be explored.

National Football Museum

Discover the world’s largest football museum – football fans will love the archives, trophies, medals, shirts and other memorabilia on display. Learn about the history of the game and test yourself on some of the interactive displays and challenges.

Manchester Arndale

Looking to go shopping? Then head to the Manchester Arndale – home to over 200 retail outlets, from high street names to designer labels you’ll find plenty of choice.

Northern Quarter

The trendy Northern Quarter is home to a range of bars, restaurants, lively venues and entertainment. Check out the artists studios and range of shops and boutiques on offer. On the way back you may want to explore Chinatown or the LGBT area around Canal Street.

Albert Square

Take in the Gothic architecture of Manchester’s Albert Square. The impressive Manchester Town Hall built in 1877 provides a dominant backdrop to a series of events throughout the year. The building contains offices and grand ceremonial rooms such as the Great Hall which is decorated with Ford Madox Brown's imposing Manchester Murals illustrating the history of the city.

Manchester Art Gallery

Built in the early 19th century Manchester Art Gallery occupies three buildings, home to an extensive range of art collections including costumes, paintings, ceramics and works of art. The nearby rotunda domed Central Reference Library and its Shakespeare Hall is well worth a visit.

Castlefield

Greater Manchester in the north west of England is a county with a strong industrial heritage. Landmarks, visitor attractions, shopping, sports and nightlife mix with a vibrant music, theatre and arts scene.

What to see and do…

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The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience

The Crystal Maze Studios, Lower Byrom Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 4FP

Peter Street Kitchen Restaurant & Bar

Peter Street Kitchen, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP

Treetop Adventure Golf- Manchester

The Printworks , 7 Dantzic St, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 2BS

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

Barton Square, INTU Trafford Centre, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M17 8AS

Countrywide Paintball- Manchester

The Ave off Grange Road, Eccles, Manchester, M30

TeamSport Indoor Karting- Manchester Trafford Park

4 Trafford Park, Wharfside Way, Stretford, Greater Manchester, M17 1NF

SEA LIFE Manchester

SEA LIFE Manchester, Barton Square, INTU Trafford Centre, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M17 8AS

About the City Central Trail

Distance:6 miles
Cities / Towns:10
Number Of Businesses:7

From the Museum of Science and Industry head to the People’s History Museum to discover the history of democracy. Head along Deansgate to the impressive John Rylands Library before visiting Manchester Cathedral via the Shambles. Take a tour of the National Football Museum before browsing the shops at the Arndale. Pick up the vibe of the Northern Quarter before passing the Town Hall in Albert Square and the imposing Central Reference Library. Take in the Manchester Art Gallery before finishing up at Castlefields.

On the Ball

Fans of football will enjoy a free tour of the National Football Museum – explore the history of the beautiful game and take in a tour of the various memorabilia on display over its 5 levels.

Retail Therapy

The Manchester Arndale offers shoppers a chance to explore a range of well known names and brands. Elsewhere you can take in the more individual boutiques of the Northern Quarter or the exclusive designer shops on Deansgate and St Anne’s square.

Manchester Museums

Manchester has a range of museums to tour – learn about science, industry and technology and enjoy the story of democracy in Britain. Now a hotel, the Free Trade Hall was established as a permanent memorial to the abolition of the Corn Laws on the site of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre when locals gathered to demand more rights to vote.

Also Nearby

The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience

The Crystal Maze Studios, Lower Byrom Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 4FP

Peter Street Kitchen Restaurant & Bar

Peter Street Kitchen, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP

Treetop Adventure Golf- Manchester

The Printworks , 7 Dantzic St, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 2BS

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

Barton Square, INTU Trafford Centre, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M17 8AS

Countrywide Paintball- Manchester

The Ave off Grange Road, Eccles, Manchester, M30

TeamSport Indoor Karting- Manchester Trafford Park

4 Trafford Park, Wharfside Way, Stretford, Greater Manchester, M17 1NF

SEA LIFE Manchester

SEA LIFE Manchester, Barton Square, INTU Trafford Centre, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M17 8AS