Where: 2, Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN
A purpose-built centre for international contemporary art, theatre, film and books. Includes a cinema that shows independent, cult or documentary films.
The Stoller Hall
Where: Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA
A superb new performance space for Manchester. Hosting a great programme of concerts and live music all year round.
Where: Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB
The oldest free public library in the English-speaking world. Housed in Chethams School of Music, the library holds more than 100,000 printed works, including works from the 16th and 17th century. Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance.
Where: The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester M2 3WS
Enjoy concerts ranging from classical and jazz through to world and popular music, in a historic concert venue that’s been hosting performances for 150 years.
The Portico Library and Gallery
Where: 57 Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3HY
A beautifully restored Georgian private subscription library founded in 1806. Open to the public for free, 6 days a week it offers a range of exhibitions and events.
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM
Where: The Quays, M17 1TZ
The museum explores how lives have been and continue to be shaped by war and conflict. Distinctive Daniel Libeskind building.
MANCHESTER ART GALLERY
Where: Mosley Street, M2 3JL
There are over 25,000 objects spanning six centuries in one of the country’s finest art collections. Great exhibitions and lots to offer the whole family.
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY
Where: Liverpool Road, M3 4AP
Historic site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station. The museum has exhibitions that tell the story of Manchester’s industrial past and a look into the science of our future.
Where: Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
The Lowry houses the biggest public collection of works by L S Lowry which numbers around 350 paintings and drawings. There is also two theatre spaces that hosts a range of local and national plays, comedians, ballet groups and shows.
Where: Oxford Road, M13 9PL
The museums fantastic collections span archaeology, Egyptology, rocks and minerals and vivarium to name but a few. Great for families.
JOHN RYLANDS LIBRARY
Where: Deansgate, M3 3EH
One of the most beautiful libraries in the world with its collections of international significance. Free to visit and open seven days a week, it was created more than 100 years ago as a gift to Manchester and its people.
PEOPLE’S HISTORY MUSEUM
Where: Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER
The dramatic story of the British working class’s struggle for democracy and social justice. The museum provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.