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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

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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...

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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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...

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 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,...

Movie themed escape game

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  • moviESCAPE is proud to be Stockport's leading Escape Room offering, and a flagship attraction for the whole of the North West.

    moviESCAPE is 5* certified by TripAdvisor and has received 1000+ five star reviews from customers who have enjoyed the moviESCAPE experience.

    Created by filmmakers with a love of puzzles, cinema and...read more
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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...

1-Hour Zorbing Football Guided Experience

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  • Bubble Football is a hilarious and chaotic twist on the beautiful game, strap yourselves into your giant inflatable bubble and step onto the pitch, then barge, bounce and bump your way through a thrilling five-a-side match. Players will be rotated every few minutes to ensure everybody gets plenty of fun game time. If you can stop yourself howling...read more
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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...

Old Trafford Stadium Tour in Manchester

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  • Manchester365 is pleased to announce the tour in the Old Trafford football stadium, in Greater Manchester, England, the home of Manchester United football club. With a capacity of 74,140 seats, it is the largest club football stadium (and second-largest football stadium overall after Wembley Stadium) in the United Kingdom, and the eleventh-largest...read more
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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...

Manchester: Football Experience With A Local Host

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  • Discover how football is more than just a game in Manchester on this private and personalised experience with a Local Host. Explore Manchester and discover the sites that are historically important to the city’s football heritage, relax with the locals at a pub where fans head for a pint on match days, visit the old home ground of your team and...read more

MANCHESTER: Yorkshire Adventure - Sightseeing Day Trip Tour

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  • 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 in England
  • A trip to the famous home of the Bronte sisters and a glimpse in their trials
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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 era
  • Well organized and planned tour around one of the largest national parks in UK
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3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from Manchester

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  • 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 has to offer.
  • Visit England's tallest mountain and the deepest lake while on this
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Christmas In Manchester: Private Experience With A City Host

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  • An opportunity to take a customized tour in Manchester with an experienced local guide around the Arndale Shopping Centre.
  • An exciting tour to discover scenic spots in Manchester that are otherwise difficult to find in any guidebook or on the Internet.
  • A lifetime experience to explore Manchester during Christmas with a local
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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 know more about the local Yorkshire history
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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 Park.
  • Explore the beauty of the Lake District and visit some of the quaint sites of the district,
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3-Day Tour of the Lake District from Manchester

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  • 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 tour also takes the guests on a visit to the western Lake District which includes Hardknott Passes
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Manchester

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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.

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