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How to Spend 1 Day in Manchester

How to Spend 1 Day in Manchester

England’s northern powerhouse, Manchester offers world-class museums, historic architecture, a wealth of culture, and plenty of sport. One day provides enough time for a whirlwind tour around town. Here are the essential stops to make on your day in Manchester.

Morning: Speedy Sightseeing

If you only have one day in town, then a hop-on hop-off bus tour provides an efficient way to kick off your Manchester excursion. The bus offers the perfect vantage point for admiring the city’s distinctive, neo-Gothic architecture. Hop on board at any of the numerous stops in central Manchester and zip past attractions ranging from the Manchester Town Hall and National Football Museum to the Museum of Science and Industry and Old Trafford Stadium. As you go, audio guides fill you in on the stories behind the sights.

Afternoon: Football (or Soccer) Fanatics

Speaking of Old Trafford: Manchester is a town that’s ruled by soccer—though they call it football here—and Manchester United is a big deal around these parts. Pay tribute to the Red Devils when you embark on a tour of Old Trafford. Learn about the team’s history in the on-site museum, see changing rooms and areas where the public is normally prohibited from entering, and even walk right out onto the field. Alternatively, venture to the nearby Lowry for a dose of arts and culture (or head east to Etihad Stadium, if your allegiances are with Manchester City).

Night: A Cultural Immersion

Manchester may be a sporty city, but it’s also celebrated for its vibrant music scene (this is the city that gave the world Oasis, Joy Division, and The Smiths, after all). In the evening, grab a bite in the city center before enjoying a dose of live music at one of the city’s top venues. For another entertaining option, live comedy shows are a nightlife staple and offer the chance to catch a range of up-and-coming comedians as they perfect their craft.

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The Manchester City Stadium Tour

The Manchester City Stadium Tour

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Go behind the scenes at Etihad Stadium, the home of Manchester City Football Club, on this guided tour. With an avid Man City fan as your guide, hear all about the football (soccer) club’s history as you visit the manager’s dug-out, the press conference room, the changing rooms and other sites that are off limits to the public during matches. Immerse yourself in the City story during a thrilling audio-visual show.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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The Best in Stand-Up Live Comedy in Manchester

The Best in Stand-Up Live Comedy in Manchester

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Get ready to laugh out loud with an evening of live stand-up comedy at one of Manchester’s most legendary comedy venues. Head to the Comedy Store for ‘The Best in Stand Up’ show and enjoy a variety of different acts from around the country. Want to make a night of it? There’s also a bar and restaurant on-site.
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  • 2 hours
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Manchester's Music Scene

Manchester's Music Scene

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Manchester is considered England’s music capital, but exploring independently means missing its hidden musical heritage. On this tour, follow in the footsteps of famous Manchester bands like the Buzzcocks, Joy Division, and The Smiths with your guide. Discover iconic locations including the Free Trade Hall, Oldham Street, and Piccadilly Records, stop for refreshments in historic pubs and live music venues, and find out what puts Manchester on Britain’s music map.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$131.90
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Manchester: Football Experience With A Local Host

Manchester: Football Experience With A Local Host

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Explore Manchester’s soccer history and heritage on this football fan’s sightseeing experience. With your local host to lead the way, visit must-see sites of interest like the National Football Museum, and learn of the role soccer plays in Manchester’s sporting culture. Explore both the old and new stadiums of either City or United—depending on the team you support—and stop for a drink in a fans’ bar.
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  • 4 hours
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$158.28
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