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For those of you wanting to explore the city on a budget, we've put together this free guide to the very best free activities on offer in Manchester - after all, the best things in life are free.

From free-to-attend galleries and museums to parks and gardens with no admission fees, here are some of our favourite things to do for nothing in Manchester...

Museum of Science & Industry

About:  The Museum of Science and Industry is a must-visit attraction. Discover the city's rich legacy of world-changing industrial innovations and scientific discoveries. From the world's first industrial city to 24-hour party capital, MOSI takes you on a journey through Manchester's heritage with sights, sounds and even smells. 

Address: Liverpool Road, Castlefield, M3 4FP

Telephone: 0161 832 2244

Imperial War Museum

About: The IWM offers a free day out like no other. The award winning museum explores how our lives have been shaped by war, from a soldier’s last letter home, to the fall of New York City's World Trade Center. 

Address: The Quays, Wharf Road, M17 1TZ

Telephone: 0161 836 4000

National Football Museum

About: The National Football Museum is home to over 140,000 pieces of footballing memorabilia - including the FIFA Collection. The museum explores the beautiful game through world class exhibitions and displays, looking at football from every angle, telling the stories that matter the most. 

Address: Urbis Building, Manchester, M4 3BG

Telephone: 0161 605 8200

Manchester Art Gallery

About:  Manchester Art Gallery is a place where everyone can discover, enjoy and learn about art. The gallery is home to a rich collection of 17th century European art, Pre- Raphaelite paintings, Gallery of Craft & Design and Contemporary art. 

Address: Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL

Telephone: 0161 235 8888

People's History Museum

About: The People's History Museum tells the story of the history of democracy in Britain and ordinary people’s lives at home, work and leisure over the last 200 years. Interactive exhibits bring political history to life, while a collection of printed material, physical objects and photographs celebrate the lives of regular people at work, rest and play.

Address: Left Bank, Spinningfields, M3 3ER

Telephone: 0161 838 9190

Platt Fields

About: Located in the heart of inner city Manchester, Platt Fields is one of the areas principal parks. It contains a number of attractions including a central boating lake, rich with birdlife, hilly areas, perfect for flying kites, a small community orchard, BMX Park, children's play areas and masses of green open space.

Address: Greater Manchester, Manchester M14 6LA

Telephone: 0161 224 2902

Castlefield Gallery

About: Castlefield is a gallery and agency for contemporary visual artists and their work. Since establishing itself in 1984 the gallery has grown to be an essential part of the visual arts community in Manchester and the North West. Its mission is simple, to nurture talent, explore cultural trends and deepen people’s relationship with contemporary art. 

Address: 2 Hewitt Street, Manchester, M15 4GB

Telephone: 0161 832 8034 

Heaton Park

About: Located 4 miles north of the city centre is Heaton Park, a huge family park owned and managed by Manchester City Council. Park highlights include an Animal Centre (which is open all year round), a golf course and a diverse events programme spanning from astronomy evenings to children's activities and large scale dramatic and musical productions.

Address: Manchester, M25 2SW

Telephone: 0161 773 1085

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