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Our Top 10 Things to See and
Do in Manchester

       

The Manchester Museum

 

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

 

John Rylands Library

 

Museum of Science and Industry

 

Manchester Art Gallery

       

The Royal Exchange Theatre

 

The Comedy Store

 

Manchester Jewish Museum

 

Chetham’s Library

 

The National Football Museum

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The Manchester Museum
(directly opposite the conference venue)

We love the museum! It is the UK’s largest university museum displaying works of archaeology, anthropology and natural history providing access to about 4.5 million items from every continent. It is owned by the University of Manchester and is at the heart of the neo-gothic university buildings.

Details: A 2 minute stroll from the conference venue. Open 7 days a week 10:00 – 17:00. Admission is free. There’s also a nice café and shop. http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk

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Photograph courtesy of Elizabeth Gaskells House

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
84 Plymouth Grove, M13 9LW

A Grade II listed neoclassical villa in Manchester, England, which was the residence of William and Elizabeth Gaskell from 1850 till their deaths in 1884 and 1865 respectively. Elizabeth Gaskell's House is the former home of the famous author and her family. Her novels include Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South, Ruth and Wives and Daughters and are enjoyed on television, stage and radio.

Details: A 5-10 minute stroll from the conference venue. Open Wednesday / Thursday / Sunday from 11:00 – 16:00. Entrance fee is £4.95. No need to book. They have a café serving cake (not other food) and drink, and a nice bookshop. http://www.elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk/

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John Rylands Library
150 Deansgate, M3 3EH

What a gem! The John Rylands Library was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands. In 1889 the architect Basil Champneys designed the striking gothic building, which took ten years to build and was opened to public readers on 1 January 1900. The library became part of the University of Manchester in 1972 and currently holds the Special Collections of the University library.

Details: A 20 minute stroll from the conference venue, or catch any bus going to Deansgate. Just wander round and enjoy the building (which is amazing) and the ambience, the café, and the shop. Make sure you visit the fully restored victorian toilets! Open 7 days a week from 10:00 – 17:00 except Sundays and Mondays when it doesn’t open until 12 noon. Admission is free. http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands

There’s also opportunity to access the specialist collection reader service of many items including rare books and manuscripts, but you do need to book in advance, full details at http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/special-collections/access-the-special-collections

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Museum of Science and Industry
Liverpool Rd, Deansgate, M3 4FP

Situated at a globally important heritage site in the middle of Manchester comprising 5 listed heritage buildings, two of them listed Grade 1. Amazingly, the site was the original terminus of the world’s first inter-city railway and the characteristic 1830 Warehouse epitomises Manchester’s 19th-century reputation as the "warehouse of the western world." If you are into aircraft, railways, industrial heritage, computing but all set within a very modern approach to an extensive museum, then this is for you, and its great for wandering around especially if the weather is damp!

Details: A 20 minute stroll from the conference venue, or catch any bus going to Deansgate. Open 7 days a week from 09:00 – 17:00. Admission is free. There’s also a large café and a shop. http://msimanchester.org.uk

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Manchester Art Gallery
Moseley Street, M2 3JL

This publicly owned art gallery houses many works of local and international significance and has a collection of over 25,000 objects displayed in permanent and specialist temporary exhibitions often on tour. The main gallery premises were built for a learned society in 1823 and today its collection occupies three connected buildings, the most recent of which was built in 2002 following a major renovation and expansion project.

Details: A 15 minute stroll from the conference venue or catch any bus going to Piccadilly. Open 7 days a week from 10:00 – 17:00, and open until 21:00 on Thursdays. Admission is free. We love the café and shop. Public ‘Highlight’ tours are held from 14:00 – 15:00 each Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday – no need to book, just turn up. http://www.manchesterartgallery.org

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The Royal Exchange Theatre
St Anns Square, M2 7DH

Previously the Cotton Exchange, where Manchester merchants would meet and do business with each other. Resembling a lunar space craft set down amidst the glass domes and towering columns of this Grade II listed building, the Royal Exchange is the largest theatre in the round in the country, seating up to 750 people on three levels. With story-telling at its heart, the theatre showcases an ambitious programme inspired by the world's greatest stories: stories that have the power to change the way we see the world.

Details: A 20 minute stroll from the conference venue, or catch any bus going to St Anns Square. The Mezzanine Gallery holds a rolling programme of exhibitions, and you can also access some of the wonderful areas of the theatre (outside of performances). A ‘behind the scenes’ 1 hour tour costing £6.50 can be booked in advance via the box office, details at https://www.royalexchange.co.uk/backstage-tours

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The Comedy Store
Arches 3 and 4 Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, M1 5LH

“The best in stand-up show….. you may laugh so hard that your head may indeed fall off” according to TripAdvisor! A purpose built 500 seat theatre-style comedy venue and home to the finest stand-up comedy in the land.

Details: A 20 minute stroll from the conference venue, or catch any bus going to Deansgate. Now in its sixteenth year there is live comedy Thursday / Friday / Saturday/ Sunday nights starting at 8pm. The premises are licensed so you can eat and drink there too. Tickets cost in the region of £12 and should be booked in advance (and there’s generally good last minute availability). http://thecomedystore.co.uk/manchester

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Manchester Jewish Museum
190 Cheetham Hill Road, M8 8LW

Manchester Jewish Museum is located in a former Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue. It is the only Jewish Museum outside London and is housed in the oldest surviving synagogue building in Manchester, completed in 1874.

Details: A 30 minute stroll from the conference venue or catch the direct bus from the conference venue to Cheetham Hill, journey time is about 40 minutes, cost is £2 single. Open 6 days a week Sunday-Thursday from 10:00 - 16:00 and Friday from 10:00 – 13:00. Admission is £4.50. No need to book.

Additionally, museum volunteers offer the following guided tours which are included in the admission price (so no extra charge). There’s no need to book onto a tour in advance, you can just turn up at the times below. The museum recommend calling them on the day of your visit just to ensure a volunteer guide is available – call 0161 834 9879.

Tour 1: Jewish Manchester in 1912: Sweat Shops, Charity and the Titanic
Sunday-Thursday tours at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00, and every Friday at 11:00. No tours on Saturday.

Tour 2: Faith and the Synagogue (kosher food, festivals and the synagogue itself)
Sunday-Thursday tours at 12:00 and 14:00, and every Friday at 12:00. No tours on Saturdays. http://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com

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Chetham’s Library
Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB

Founded in 1653, Chetham’s is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world, and it has been in continuous use since this date. It is housed in a beautiful sandstone building dating from 1421 which was built to accommodate the priests of Manchester’s Collegiate Church. The entire collection at Chetham’s Library has been designated as one of national and international importance. The Library began acquiring books in 1655, and has been adding to its collections ever since. As well as a fine collection of early printed books, the collections include a wealth of ephemera, manuscript diaries, letters and deeds, prints, paintings and glass lantern slides.

Details: Situated near Victoria Railway station. A 25 minute stroll from the conference venue to the library, or catch any bus going to Victoria Station. The Library is open for self-guided tours at set times (10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30) Monday – Friday. Admission is free but there is a suggested minimum donation of £3. No need to book, just meet at the Long Millgate entrance 5 minutes before tour time. http://library.chethams.com

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The National Football Museum
Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

Located in one of Manchester’s most striking modern buildings, the museum is a must for anyone interested in football memorabilia – and there’s a huge amount of it spread over 4 levels in a very modern and interactive environment in which to be immersed and to have fun.

Details: A 25 minute stroll from the conference venue. Open 7 days a week from 10:00 – 17:00. Admission is free but there is a suggested donation of £3. If you upgrade to a £6 donation this includes a visitor guide, an opportunity to take your photos with some of the most famous trophies, and a 40 minute guided tour at selected times during the week (daily Monday – Friday at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30 & 15:30). Weekend tours cost £3.50 and need to be booked either directly at the museum or on eventbrite (link on the museum website). http://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com

 

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