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Tourist Attractions in Manchester

From the iconic Wheel of Manchester to the National Football Museum, below you'll find our pick of the most popular sights and tourist attractions in Manchester.

Most of the Manchester attractions are free, which makes them a fun and affordable way to soak up some of the city's culture, especially if you are running out of things to do. You may live in the city but never got round to seeing the sights or you're planning to visit Manchester, our list has you covered.

Whether you prefer science or modern art, the National Football Museum or a traditional alternative, you're bound to find plenty of Manchester tourist attractions that you love below:

Wheel of Manchester

Wheel of Manchester

About: Located in Piccadilly Gardens, the Wheel of Manchester offers visitors amazing panoramic views across the city from an unrivalled platform. Keep an eye out for some of the city's most famous landmarks as you sit back and listen to a fascinating commentary 60m above the cityscape.

Address: Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, M60 1HX

Telephone: N/A

National Football Museum

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

Museum of Science & Industry

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

China Town

China Town

About: Chinatown is one of the most colourful areas of the city; full of independent businesses and food retailers. Abuzz with visitors, families and tradesmen; the area is a hub of South East Asian characters and cultures. Keep checking our what's on calendar for all of the latest events and celebrations. 

Address: Faulkner Street, Manchester, M1 4EE

Telephone: N/A

Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum

About:  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

Old Trafford

Old Trafford

About: The Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour takes you on a football journey behind the scenes of one of the world's most iconic stadiums. During your tour you'll be able to soak up the atmosphere of the home dressing room, follow in the footsteps of the club's superstars down the tunnel, and even take the manager's seat in the dugout.

Address: Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, M16 0RA

Telephone: 0161 868 8000

Manchester Art Gallery

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, Craft & Design and Contemporary art. 

Address: Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL

Telephone: 0161 235 8888

Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral

About: Manchester Cathedral is a beautiful medieval building which stands in the heart of the city. Join the guided tours and get lost in a world of architecture, Kings, angels, wars, art, bombs, religion and the history of the people who made the Cathedral the beautiful building that it is today. 

Address: Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, M3 1SX

Telephone: 0161 833 2220

The Trafford Centre

The Trafford Centre

About: The Trafford Centre is one of the UK's largest and most popular shopping destinations. Located just 5 miles outside of Manchester city centre, the venue boasts over 230 stores, more than 60 cafes and restaurants, fashion shows, pop concerts and regular celebrity appearances. 

Address: Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AA 

Telephone: 0161 749 1717

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