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Visitors' Guide

BSG 2018: Welcome to the City of Manchester

Youthful, diverse, energetic and bursting with character; Manchester is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK. Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport, and today the city combines this heritage with a progressive vision to be a city that delivers surprise and delight in equal measures. Manchester city centre is jam-packed with unique and eclectic restaurants, bars, shops, museums, galleries and hotels whilst the surrounding Greater Manchester boroughs offer a patch-work of visitor experiences including quaint market towns, traditional pubs and beautiful green spaces and waterways to be explored on foot or bike.

As an organising committee, we love Manchester! The city has a lot to offer our conference participants, and because the conference venue is in the heart of the city, there are many things to see and do on your doorstep. Below we give our carefully selected top tips of things to do in the city whilst enjoying your time with us. Each of the suggestions has been tried and tested by Committee members, and we’ve had great fun in doing so!

Additionally, if you want to look up the huge range on culture, music, sports, heritage, shopping activities etc, then visit That said, a really good and insightful website on things to do and places to go is

If you fancy learning more about the University of Manchester, and its heritage, and its amazing gothic buildings, then you can download an App for a self-guided tour in the sunshine.

If you fancy a self-guided walking tour this app is an audio visual experience that allows you to explore the city and discover its defining moments and untold stories using routes created by the people who know Manchester best. Each tour is enhanced with layers of extra content and images from the city archives all waiting to be discovered as you stroll.

For those participants who prefer to take a self-guided walking tour using a paper-based map, we will have some specially prepared walking tour maps.

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