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Visitor Information

Manchester Visitor Information Service is the best place for visitor and tourist information in the city.

Manchester Visitor Information Centre

Town Hall Extension (off St Peter's Square)
Lloyd Street
Manchester M60 2LA
Tel: +44 (0)161-234 3157

Open Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5:30pm, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 10:30am - 4:30pm.

There is also a call centre for enquires on 0845-600 6040

Services include:

Things to do in Manchester

Manchester Art Gallery

After a four year, £35 million transformation, Manchester Art Gallery re-opened in May. The Gallery houses one of the world's finest collections of art, including a world renowned collection of pre-Raphelites, displayed in spectacular surroundings. As well as the impressive works of art, there are fun interactives and special exhibitions to enjoy.

Imperial War Museum North

Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the museum resembles three shards of a shattered globe. It houses thousands of objects from a T34 tank to a teddy bear alongside a dynamic audio-visual show The Big Picture that reflects on how people's lives are shaped by war.


Manchester's lively centre for international cinema and visual arts. Its three galleries exhibit contemporary art, sculpture and photography. Three cinema screens show a wide variety of independent films. Plus bar, cafés and bookshop.

Whitworth Art Gallery

Home to the internationally famous collections of British watercolours textiles and wallpapers. The gallery also has an impressive range of prints, drawings, sculptures and paintings. Temporary exhibitions and events throughout the year.

The Museum of Science & Industry

The museum is partly based in the buildings of the oldest passenger railway station in the world. The huge, 7½ acre site has five historic buildings packed with fascinating exhibitions, hands-on exhibits, historic working machinery and superb special exhibitions.

For further information please telephone 0161 832 1830 (24 hour information line).

The Manchester Museum

Explore the world at the Manchester Museum with its 4 floors of displays and exhibitions in 15 galleries featuring collections from all over the world. See the famous Egyptology galleries;  the new Science for Life gallery; Zoology featuring mammals, birds and live animals; ethnology collections from South America and the Museum's own collections of fossils and minerals.

The People's History Museum

The People's History Museum is dedicated to the lives and struggles of working people in the city where the first Trades Union Congress took place in 1869. The Museum Galleries are housed in a former Edwardian pumping station.

Museum of Transport

Volunteer run museum with a vast array of road public transport from horse and cart through vintage bus to the present day. Special event days. Gift shop and tea rooms.

Manchester Jewish Museum

Manchester's Jewish history is recorded and displayed in this museum, housed in the restored Spanish and Portuguese synagogue. Exhibitions show every day life in the community back to the 1740's. Education programme, demonstrations music and talks.

Pankhurst Centre

60-62 Nelson Street
M13 9WP
Telephone 0161 273 5673

Number 62 is one of the two Georgian houses where the Women's Social and Political Union was formed in 1903. The Pankhurst Parlour and the gardens are in Edwardian style. Suffrage Movement exhibitions. Resources for women including meeting rooms, exhibition space, craft workshops and crèche.

Manchester United Tour and Museum

The tour takes you behind the scenes of the famous club and lets you go pitch side and through the players' changing rooms and players' lounge. The museum is impressive with tons of silverware, interactive displays and an exhibition on the Munich disaster.

Please contact in advance to book a tour.

Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral welcomes visitors every day. Come and look around some of the finest medieval carving in Europe and a whole wall of twentieth-century stained glass by the artist Anthony Hollaway. Try and catch a daily service and hear some of the best choral music in town!

Next door to the Cathedral, on Cateaton Street, is the new Visitor Centre, with hi-tech, interactive exhibition about the cathedral and its links with the city, community and the wider world. There is also a shop and licensed restaurant.

For further details please telephone 0161-833 2220.

John Rylands University Library

Superb 1890's Gothic building housing one of the finest collections of printed works and manuscripts in Europe. Free exhibitions. Special collections division of the University of Manchester.

Open: Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm; Sat: by appointment only.

We recommend that you contact the library before your visit: 0161-834 5343.

The Old Wellington Inn & Restaurant

The oldest pub in Manchester dating back to 1552 now boasts ground floor bar and all day restaurant. 1st floor non-smoking, 2nd floor smoking. À la carte restaurant from 6pm.

For further details please telephone 0161-830 1440.

The Royal Exchange

A historic building, which was for decades the centre of the global cotton trade. Inside, a vast, stylish space under three impressive domes, houses gift shops, restaurants, antiques gallery, specialist shops and fashion on three floors, plus the hi-tech Royal Exchange Theatre.

For further details please telephone 0161-834 3731.