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...

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...

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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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,...

moviEscape Stockport SAWtopsy

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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 more

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 United Soccer Match VIP Ticket 2023/24

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  • Victoria Warehouse Hospitality
    Situated a 10 minute walk away from Old Trafford, in the iconic Victoria Warehouse, this package includes VIP seating, a complimentary private bar, and gourmet dining options. Guests can also enjoy exclusive access to the stadium and behind-the-scenes tours. The package also includes a complimentary souvenir, more

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 City Match Ticket - VIP Hospitality 2023/24 Season

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  • Make yourself at home with your heroes in this vibrant & modern suite.

    Stunning views out onto the pitch, combined with an excellent
    chef’s buffet and stadium seats in a stand that’s big on
    atmosphere, all culminates in a place that’s great to either
    entertain clients or treat family and friends.

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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...

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 more

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 more

Man United Match Ticket Old Trafford with Kit Room Lounge Access

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  • Fixture List:
    Man United v Tottenham 14/1/24
    Man United v West Ham 4/2/24
    Man United v Fulham 24/2/24
    Man United v Everton 9/3/24
    Man United v Sheffield United 16/3/24
    Man United v Liverpool 6/4/24
    Man United v Newcastle 20/4/24
    Man United v Burnley 27/4/24
    Man United v Arsenal 11/5/24

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Manchester City Match at Etihad Stadium

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  • Fixture List:

    Man City v Burnley 31/1/24
    Man City v Everton 10/2/24
    Man City v Chelsea 17/2/24
    Man City v Man United 2/3/24
    Man City v Arsenal 30/3/24
    Man City v Aston Villa 3/4/24
    Man City v Luton 13/4/24
    Man City v Wolves 4/5/24
    Man City v West Ham 19/5/24

    Your experience concludes when the match more

ELVIS on the River

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  • A unique cruise aboard the Princess Katherine with two sets of music from the king of rock'n'roll Elvis Presley more

City River Tour

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  • An opportunity to get away from the noise of the city roads and take a peaceful sightseeing river cruise in Manchester.
  • An exciting cruise through the Manchester Ship Canal, Old Trafford and the Imperial War Museum.
  • A relaxing cruise with a light commentary of the game, covering the sail along the calmness of the
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MUFC Match Day Travel

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  • A chance to take a Boat tour in Manchester, away from the bustling city traffic.
  • An opportunity to look out for the former Pomona Docks and Old Trafford football stadium, home to the world-famous Manchester United.
  • A cruise on the Princess Katherine from Spinning fields in the city centre with onboard live commentary of the game
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Lake District Adventure from MANCHESTER

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  • Sightseeing Tours the way they should be. Fully narrated and escorted by driver guides who love their jobs almost as much as you will love your day with them.

    Navigating exciting hidden roads and routes not accessible to full-size coaches.

    Fun and laughter all the way, more
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