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How to Spend 3 Days in Manchester

How to Spend 3 Days in Manchester

From its neo-Gothic masterpieces to its major stadiums, from its Industrial-Revolution history to its unstoppable music scene, Manchester is a city with many personalities. Three days provides just the right amount of time to discover them all—as well as take a scenic, out-of-town day trip. Here’s your ideal itinerary.

Day 1: Major Manchester Attractions

On your first day in town, get acquainted with Manchester’s top-tier attractions. Begin with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, which provides a seamless way to take in the city’s neo-Gothic architecture, learn about its industrial past, and discover standout sights such as Manchester Town Hall. After lunch, delve into Manchester’s museums. For art lovers, the Whitworth Art Gallery, Lowry, and Manchester Art Museum are all worthy contenders, while the National Football Museum, Science and Industry Museum, and Imperial War Museum North all cater to different interests. Speaking of football (or soccer), it isn’t a day in Manchester without a trip to either Old Trafford (Manchester United’s home base) or Etihad (Manchester City’s stomping grounds). Tour either legendary stadium before winding down with dinner at a traditional pub.

Day 2: Alternative Manchester

See Manchester from a local’s point of view, and dedicate your second day to discovering the city’s vibrant neighborhoods. The Northern Quarter is home to vintage clothing stores, record shops, cool restaurants, and trendy cafes—begin with breakfast in the area, and stick around long enough to drop by one of its of-the-minute craft beer bars at lunch. Alternatively, venture to Chinatown (one of the largest in Europe), stroll down vibrant Canal Street in Manchester’s Gay Village, or venture to hipster-frequented Chorlton—if you sign up for a private walking tour, you can visit exactly what interests you. As the day winds down, check in with Manchester’s legendary music scene. Some tour itineraries cater specifically to fans of local bands like The Smiths, while others provide a more general overview of the city’s key musical landmarks. Cap off your day with a gig to feel like a true Mancunian.

Day 3: A Lake District Excursion

For travelers looking for the perfect city escape, Manchester is conveniently located a quick trip away from the Lake District—made famous by authors Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. It’s also England’s most-visited national park. Swap the urban bustle for country scenery when you sign up for a day trip (and you won't need to worry about orchestrating transit yourself). Driving tours make it simple to discover Lake District highlights, from Windermere (England’s largest lake) to Tarn Hows (one of the park’s most-photographed corners). Alternatively, Manchester is near several other northern cities, among them Liverpool, Leeds, and Sheffield. All are just a quick journey away by car or train.

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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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$32.98
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Half-Day Manchester Food Tour with Lunch

Half-Day Manchester Food Tour with Lunch

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A gastronomic adventure, sample some of the best food and drink the Britain's greatest industrial city has to offer and learn how our food and drink offers an insight into the city’s past, present and future. Manchester’s food and drink scene is booming and this tour will show you why. Your local guide will take you on a multi-stop food tour across the city revealing some culinary hidden gems and historical insights along the way.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.65
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A Full Day In Manchester With A Local: Private & Personalized

A Full Day In Manchester With A Local: Private & Personalized

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Discover Manchester with a private guide, and enjoy a tour that’s tailor-made to you. Pick your own departure time, meeting point, and duration, then build an itinerary with a Mancunian guide whose interests match your own. Admission tickets to Manchester attractions are at your own expense, but these can be arranged in advance via your guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$168.83
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Heart of the Lakes

Heart of the Lakes

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This is the ideal experience for nature lovers. Take the stress out of navigating and focus solely on the stunning views, by having transport provided. You’ll travel between dispersed sites and see a lot of The Lake District’s beautiful landscapes in a short space of time. Highlights include Blea Tarn, Langdale Pikes, Coniston, Tarn Hows, Hawkshead, and Great and Little Langdale.
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  • 4 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
  • Free Cancellation
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$158.28
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$158.28
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