"There's plenty to keep families and children entertained too!"

With a fabulous choice of food and drink outlets, great places to stay and round the clock shopping, all accessible by a short train journey, you'll be spoilt for choice day and night.


It's a big year for sport in the UK, and Manchester has an exciting line up too. With USA v GB Basketball at Manchester Arena, 9 Olympic football matches at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, the Great Manchester Swim at The Quays, the Sky Ride city centre cycling event and Bolton's Ironman UK event just some of the sporting events taking place this summer, the city will have its fair share of the action.

Art & Culture 

As part of the Cultural Olympiad, Manchester presents We Face Forward, a hugely ambitious festival of West African art, fashion, culture and music taking place across Manchester's museums, galleries, parks and music venues. Some of West Africa's best artists will feature, while the music programme includes Afrocubism, Femi Cuti and Diabel Cissohko. Tatton Park Biennial of contemporary art showcases artwork specially commissioned for the site, this year with the theme Flights of Fancy. Later in the summer, don't miss Abandon Normal Devices, Manchester's energetic festival of art, digital culture and new cinema.


There's plenty to keep families and children entertained too. The National Football Museum opens in July, entry is free and there are fun, hands on exhibits, an under 5s discovery zone and a floor dedicated to family activities - there's something for children of all ages. If you're not into football there's a Harry Potter day at John Rylands, a Day out with Thomas at MOSI and a Manchester Picnic too. Summer holidays have never been so much fun!

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Manchester is great value for money. As well as a free city centre bus shuttle and free entry to Manchester's museums and galleries, we've sourced some exclusive special offers on attractions, dining, hotels and spa treatments. View the special offers.




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