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Free Things To Do In Manchester

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...

Manchester United v Southampton FC - VIP Hospitality

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    It is an exclusive tour in Manchester city that allows football fans enjoy VIP hospitality as they watch a live match of Manchester United against Southampton FC.
  • This tour includes watching a live match of two of the very popular football teams in the United museum with seats in the Sir Alex Ferguson stand.
  • Participants get
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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...

Manchester United FC v West Ham FC - VIP Hospitality

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  • It is a tour in Manchester city that at Old Trafford in the United Museum that allows participants watch an exclusive live match between two popular football teams.
  • This tour includes VIP hospitality before a match between Manchester United FC and West Ham FC with guaranteed seating in Sir Alex Ferguson Stand Match Tier 2.
  • It
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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,...

Manchester City FC v Bournemouth AFC - VIP Hospitality

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  • It is a tour that allows participants enjoy a live football match between Manchester City FC and Bournemouth AFC in Etihad Stadium, Manchester city.
  • It includes different booking packages to pick from, based on your preference and budget, with comfortable seats and a great viewing angle of the pitch.
  • From the VIP suite, you
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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...

Manchester City FC v Newcastle United FC - VIP Hospitality

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  • It is a tour that allows football lovers experience a live match between Manchester City FC and Newcastle United FC in the city of Manchester.
  • This tour includes an entry to Etihad Stadium in Manchester city featuring different booking packages like, Macunian premium VIP zone, Platinum VIP box and 93:20 bar to suit your preference and
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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...

Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour at Old Trafford

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  • The trip offers to take you through the museum of Manchester United which is considered as the Mecca of football by many.
  • A vivid insight into the history of the place, its legends and the tales of success.
  • The guided tour takes you through players " dressing room and the manager's dugout spot.
  • The tour is a perfect
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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...

SEA LIFE Manchester Admission Ticket

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  • An advance booking to enjoy SEA Life Manchester.
  • The activity offers an exciting and delightful insight into the aquatic world.
  • You can enjoy discovering innumerable water and sea creatures.
  • This activity provides you with an opportunity to explore at your own pace and choose your own time to explore.
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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...

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester

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  • An ideal outing for children at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Manchester's in Trafford Centre.
  • You can enjoy indoor based activities in the midst of innumerable building blocks that are specifically designed to the height of an average child.
  • The activity transports you to a different world with 4D Cinema, Kingdom Quest Laser
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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...

ELVIS on the River

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  • A beautiful experience of music, breeze and night under the stars.
  • A rejuvenating cruise on Princess Katherine around Salford Quay and Manchester ship canal.
  • The activity would allow you to enjoy two sets of music from Elvis Presley tribute act.
  • The itinerary offers a great way to unwind with friends, snacks and
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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...

Elizabeth Gaskell's House

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  • Visit the beautifully restored historic home of Elizabeth Gaskell, the famous Victorian author of North and South, Cranford and Mary Barton. Explore the historic period rooms, Victorian-style garden, Tea Room and shop where you'll learn about the lives of the Gaskell family, the restoration of the House and Elizabeth's literary career. A visit...read more

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...

Manchester City FC v Norwich City FC - VIP Hospitality

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    The Mancunian is a suite that’s big on style and substance.
    It offers panoramic windows that offer stunning views of the pitch.
    Executive padded seating along the half-way line.
    Enjoy four-course a la carte dining.
    Complimentary matchday program and VIP parking.
    Colin Bell Stand blue carpet...read more
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Manchester

There are many things you can do for free in Manchester like booking free entry into some Manchester museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.