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Top Attractions In Manchester For Free

It’s home to an abundance of diverse culture and a wealth of historic buildings, streets and stories.

There’s also some truly great restaurants and an awesome nightlife scene in Manchester and of course, there’s also plenty of free activities too!

If you’re looking for the best free attractions in Manchester, as well as the top 10 paid attractions in Manchester, then we’ve got just the list for you!

Free Attractions in Manchester

Top Rated Manchester Attractions


Manchester Town Hall

Manchester Town Hall is undoubtedly one of the best free attractions in Manchester, as well as one of the most beloved buildings in the city.

The Grade 1 listed building is a pinnacle of culture and architecture in Manchester’s city centre and it’s a place that you need to add to your travel itinerary while you’re there.

The Manchester Town Hall is situated in Albert Square and is renowned for its beautiful...

Private Hire: Lake District from Manchester

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  • This is a private tour of the city of Manchester from Lake District National Park.
  • During this tour, enjoy a day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site with beautiful landscapes and stunning views in the world famous National...
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Platt Fields Park

Located in the Fallowfield area in Manchester, Platt Fields Park is a large open space that’s popular with both tourists to the city as well as locals.

It’s safe to say that the city of Manchester isn’t renowned for often having good weather but when a particularly sunny summer’s day hits, you can bet that Platt Fields Park will be teeming with people.

Platt Fields Park is the perfect place to visit in...

3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from Manchester

clock Duration: 3 days
  • This is a three day trip to Lake District from Manchester City.
  • It is a personalized tour, thus giving attention to all due to the small number of guests.
  • Enjoy the three days by exploring the various sites Lake District...
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What you need to know:

Manchester Art Gallery is the perfect place in the city to get your culture on and is also considered to be one of the best free attractions in Manchester.

The Art Gallery complex is situated near to some of the city’s top bars and restaurants, so it’s conveniently located.

However, once you enter the Gallery, you’ll be surrounded by over 13,000 paintings,...

3-Day Tour of the Lake District from Manchester

clock Duration: 3 days
  • A 3 day 2 night tour of the UNESCO world heritage site of Lake District from the city of Manchester.
  • Discover the charm of southern Lake District.
  • Explore medieval villages like Hawkshed, Tarn Hows and Coniston.
  • The...
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Fletcher Moss Park & Botanical Gardens

The Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden is a 21-acre park and gardens area situated away from the bustling city centre in Didsbury, Manchester.

The Gardens are a lush oasis from the heaving city streets and are an ideal location for a lovely afternoon stroll, a friendly game of catch or even a picnic.

There’s so many beautiful plants to admire at the Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden; from locally grown flowers, to plants that...

Lake District Adventure

clock Duration: 9 to 10 hour
  • Relaxed and fun way to go around the Lake district at your leisure
  • Discovery of some hidden gems that tourists don't visit
  • Flexible program, allowing visitors to choose their favorite activities
  • Fully narrated...
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John Rylands Library

Arguably the most famous free attraction in Manchester and certainly one of the greatest is the John Rylands Library.

Located in Deansgate, Manchester, the John Rylands Library is an exquisite work of Victorian Gothic architecture; both inside and out.

It also has an overwhelming Harry Potter vibe to it, so fans of the hit movie franchise are sure to enjoy visiting the library, regardless of their age.

You can also find...

Yorkshire Dales from Manchester

clock Duration: 10 hours
  • A trouble free and time saving day tour around the Yorkshire Dale
  • Driver guided tour in comfortable AC vehicle
  • A wonder chance to partake the local pub lunch and sample the cheese
  • A simple and insightful way to...
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Museum of Science and Industry

The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester is an incredibly fascinating museum located in the city centre.

The museum is home to works of art and studies that are devoted to the development of technology, science and industry and celebrates the city of Manchester’s achievements within these fields.

It’s a fun day out for the whole family and even young kids who aren’t usually fans of museums will enjoy...

North Wales Adventure

clock Duration: 9 to 10 hour
  • Fun 10 hours tour around the beautiful landscape of North Wales
  • Driver guide will take to you places that most tourist miss
  • Fully narrated tour including the history and of the places and their modern adaptation
  • ...
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Heaton Park

Spanning a total of 600 acres, Heaton Park encompasses a Grade 1 listed, 18th century country house aptly named Heaton Hall.

Heaton Park is actually the largest urban park in Europe and is home to a plethora of incredible things to see and do, alongside the beloved Heaton Hall.

You’ll find activities that everyone will enjoy, including a golf course, an animal farm, a boating lake, tennis courts, and so much...

Windermere, Lancaster & the Lake District Small-Group Day Tour from Manchester

clock Duration: 11 hours
  • A day tour to the best sights of Windermere, Lancaster & the Lake District
  • A relaxing and fun tour to revive your senses of the bygone area
  • tour includes a guided commentary about the history, culture, habits of the bygone...
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Castlefield Urban Heritage Park

Castlefield Urban Heritage Park is a great place to spend a few hours while in Manchester.

It’s definitely a free attraction that’s a bit more off the beaten track, but it’s also one that’s sure to give you plenty of enjoyment and culture when visiting Manchester.

You can walk along the admirable canals, see the picturesque houseboats bobbing up and down on the water and even see the remnants of an...

Yorkshire Adventure from Manchester

clock Duration: 10 hours
  • Yorkshire day trip sightseeing and adventure tour from Manchester
  • Driver guided tour along the Yorkshire moors, natural miracles surrounding the quaint old styled homes
  • Includes a visit to the highest single drop waterfall...
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Manchester Cathedral

What you need to know:

Manchester Cathedral dates all the way back to 700AD so it’s a great place in the city to immerse yourself in enigmatic history.

It has a Neo-Gothic design and is one of the very few Grade 1 listed buildings in Manchester City; it’s also located very centrally in the city so it’s pretty easy to get to.

This particular free attraction in Manchester won’t...

Private Round Trip to Old Trafford from Manchester Center

clock Duration: 30 minutes
  • A convenient way to explore Manchester and Old Trafford in a private vehicle and a chauffeur.
  • The service provides you with an opportunity to skip the trouble of taking a public transport or standing in long queues for taxi...
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The Trafford Centre

Manchester’s Trafford Centre is a huge shopping centre located in the Greater Manchester area.

If you have a particular penchant for shopping, then a visit to The Trafford Centre needs to be on your list of things to do in the city.

While of course you’ll need to spend money if you plan on buying anything from The Trafford Centre, you can also just simply enjoy window shopping.

There are approximately 280...

Hard Rock Cafe Manchester Including Meal

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • A perfect opportunity to relish American classic cuisine and soothing live music in the backdrop at the Hard Rock Cafe Manchester.
  • A world-class experience to enjoy the legendary burgers and other smokehouse specialties ranging from...
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