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Manchester Galleries

Love art? You're in the right city. Manchester is home to two world class Art Galleries - The Manchester Art Gallery in town and the Whitworth Art Gallery on Oxford Road, by the university. There's also the recently redeveloped and reopened Gallery of Costume in Platt Fields Park - which you'll pass most days on your commute from Fallowfield to the Uni. All of the galleries house impressive permanent collections  (which are free) and regular special exhibitons (which aren't).

Manchester Art Gallery: Mosley Street, City Centre, 0161 2358888
Gallery of Costume: Platt Hall, Rusholme, 0161 2457245
Whitworth Art Gallery: Oxford Road, 0161 2757450

Manchester Museum

There's a dinosaur. And an Egyptian Mummy. And it's free. 'Nuff said. 
Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, 0161 275 2634

John Rylands Library

One of Manchester's most beautiful buildings, the John Rylands Library on Deansgate is a fine example of Vicorian neo-gothic architecture which houses some of the most significant books and manuscripts ever produced. Following a recent multi-million pound re-development, the building is a major visitor attraction for Manchester - not to mention a beautiful space to study. 
150 Deansgate, 0161 834 5343

The People's History Museum

Recently re-opened after a major facelift, the PHM chronicles 200 years of people's history in Manchester - beginning with the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 and ending in the present day. A visit to the PHM is a great way to understand more about the events, politics, people and tragedies that are woven into the fabric of the city that you now call home. 
Left Bank, Spinningfields, 0161 838 9190

Platt Fields Park

Occasionally, in Manchester, it stops raining and the sun comes out. And when this happens, you don't want to miss out. Platt Fields Park is the huge open space that runs between Fallowfield and Rusholme, and features a boating lake, sports facilities and plenty of picnic friendly open parkland. It's also home to the new Parklife Festival, which took place for the first time in 2010 and is going to be even bigger and better this year. 
nightlife

nightlife

You'll be completely spoilt for choice when it comes to Manchester's nightlife. It has one of the strongest scenes in the country, boasting major club establishments and live music hot spots both big and small. Take

eating out

eating out

Manchester as a city is awash with places to eat. With restaurants, bars and cafes around every corner and along every main drag, the choice can be overwhelming. You'll find a full list of Manchester restaurants in our restaurant section here - and you can get great offers when you book online. In t…

Hotels

Hotels

You'll be completely spoilt for choice when it comes to Manchester's nightlife. It has one of the strongest scenes in the country, boasting major club establishments and live music hot spots both big and small. Take

Manchester Attractions

Manchester Attractions

Manchester Galleries Love art? You're in the right city. Manchester is home to two world class Art Galleries - The Manchester Art Gallery in town and the Whitworth Art Gallery on Oxford Road, by the university. There's also the recently redeveloped and reopened Gallery of Costume in Platt Fields Pa…

shopping

shopping

When it comes to shopping, Manchester has it all and Skiddle.com aims to provides you with the best Manchester shopping guide online. Trust us, if you can't find it in Manchester, you'll struggle to find it anywhere. To make things a little easier to grasp, here are some of the main shopping areas i…

transport

transport

To put things simply, Manchester is a big place. Luckily for you, Manchester has a plethora of ways to get from A - B via C, with Fallowfield sitting on one of the busiest bus routes in Europe. This means competition is stiff, which for the punter translates to lots of buses. Of course the buses are…