A cultural powerhouse

Youthful, diverse, energetic and bursting with character, Manchester is a vibrant place to visit. Centre of the Industrial Revolution, the city has a proud heritage of science, politics, music, arts, and sport which combines with a progressive vision. Jam-packed with unique and eclectic museums, galleries, restaurants, bars, and shops in the city centre, the area of Greater Manchester also offers a patchwork of experiences including quaint market towns, green spaces, waterways and stately homes.


Discover a wealth of character and heritage in this vibrant city

  • John Rylands Library – a neo-Gothic gem with an extensive collection of manuscripts
  • The Whitworth – an impressive art gallery with eclectic exhibitions
  • Imperial War Museum North – powerful stories of modern conflict
  • The Lowry – an extensive collection of works by LS Lowry
  • MediaCityUK – an insight into the inner workings of BBC TV & radio
  • City River & Canal Tour – a sightseeing cruise of Salford Quays
  • Haworth Art Gallery – a fine property with an Arts & Crafts aesthetic
  • Enjoy time at leisure in Manchester
  • Executive coach travel throughout
  • 4 nights half board accommodation

From £509
per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 25 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Suggested Hotel

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester

  • A 4-star hotel in an excellent, central location
  • Perfectly located for exploring the city of Manchester
  • Climate-controlled rooms with all modern amenities
  • The hotel’s lounge and restaurant offers a wide selection of internationally inspired dishes

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.


  • Peover Hall

    This striking Elizabethan house, a family home to this day, has a rich and fascinating history. Inside, the property has been lovingly restored following a period of disrepair during WWII, and it is surrounded by fine historic gardens.

  • John Rylands Library
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    This stunning library in the heart of the city is part of the University of Manchester. An extraordinary neo-Gothic building, it houses one of the world’s most unique collections of books, manuscripts, maps, and more. It is also home to a papyrus fragment of the Gospel of St John – the earliest part of any New Testament writing in existence.

  • The Whitworth

    One of Manchester’s must-see cultural attractions, The Whitworth is an impressive art gallery with an extensive, eclectic collection that holds international significance. A recent £15 million development has integrated new spaces with the historic ones and the surrounding landscapes.

  • Chetham's Library

    This is the oldest surviving public library in the English speaking world. It began acquiring books in 1655, and has been adding to its collections of fine early printed books ever since. The building itself is a beautiful sandstone construction, originally a collegiate church dating back to 1421.

  • Victoria Baths
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    First opened in 1906, this Edwardian complex of swimming pools and Turkish baths has an interesting history. When the baths opened they were state-of-the-art and described as a ‘water palace’. After a closure in the 1990s, the heritage baths have been partially restored, with further conservation work in the pipeline for the future.

  • Imperial War Museum North
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    The IWM North tells powerful stories of war from the First World War to the present day. The galleries and exhibitions offer fascinating perspectives, and demonstrate the impact of conflict on modern people and society.

  • The Lowry
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    This bold building, located on the waterfront of Manchester’s Salford Quays, is home to theatres, galleries and places to eat. It hosts an extensive curated collection of works by LS Lowry, as well as changing exhibitions by artists of international renown.

  • MediaCityUK
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    A hub for technology, creativity and innovation, MediaCityUK is offers a fascinating insight into the inner workings of TV and radio, and is home to a host of BBC channels and programmes.

  • City River & Canal Tour
    Urban landscape of Manchester and River Irwell passing through Manchester city centre

    This boat cruise with commentary provides an overview of the history of this area of Manchester. The sightseeing cruise offers a unique view of the Salford Quays and the Manchester Ship Canal.

  • Haworth Art Gallery

    This Edwardian house is a fine example of the Arts and Crafts aesthetic, and holds an internationally renowned collection of Tiffany Glass, as well as a beautiful collection of 18th and 19th century paintings.

  • Lichfield Cathedral
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    Lichfield in Staffordshire is a lovely historic city known for its majestic medieval cathedral. The original cathedral was consecrated on Christmas Day in the year 700, however the elegant construction as it stands today dates back mostly to the 14th century. Lichfield Cathedral is the only cathedral in the UK with three spires, which are known as the ‘Ladies of the Vale.’


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