What to see in and around Manchester in 7 days

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An important city in England, founded by the Romans in 79 AD, and home to a prestigious university, Manchester despite having a purely industrial past, is today an important cultural center. Museums, churches, palaces and various attractions related to football but not only, because it is the ideal base to discover the surroundings and spend a 7-day holiday. Full of clubs and very open to the LGBT community, it is also affordable despite Brexit and the pound.

Here is a travel itinerary for you with what to see in Manchester and surroundings in 7 daysi!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much is a week in Manchester
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

Start visiting the Cathedral, not imposing but with elegant gothic interiors and medieval distinctive features (8: 30-18: 30)
After a short visit, head to the nearby one Chetam's Library, the oldest Anglo-Saxon public library inside a beautiful 9th century building (Mon-Fri 00: 12-30: 13 and 30: 16-30: ).
End the morning at National Football Museum, one of the most important museums in England dedicated to the history and culture of this sport (every day 10: 00-17: 00).

Lunch at The Old Wellington, an ancient fast food that offers excellent burgers or fish & chips (average cost £ 15,00, around € 16,00).
After lunch in 10 minutes on foot go to Manchester Town Hall, an important Victorian building that houses the town hall, with typical neo-gothic architecture with marvelous interiors (under restoration until 2024).
Then visit the Manchester Art Gallery, art gallery that exhibits classic and contemporary works from painting to photography (every day 10: 00-17: 00).
End the afternoon by returning to Exchange Square, where the Manchester Well Ferris wheel is located for admiring the city from above.

Dinner at the nearby Gaucho Grill, an Argentine restaurant that offers excellent meat (average cost £ 23,00, about € 25,00). End the evening with a concert at "Manchester Arena" or have a drink at "The liquor store" the perfect place for a cocktail.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,9 km / 36 min
  • Places visited: Cathedral (free), Chetam's Library (free), The National Football Museum (free), Manchester Town Hall (free), Manchester Art Gallery (free), Manchester Well (£ 9,00, approx € 10,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Manchester United museum and stadium tour ticket to the National Football Museum
  • Lunch at The Old Wellington (Get directions), Dinner at Gaucho Grill (Get directions)

2 day

Start the day at the John Rylands Library in a beautiful late-Gothic building and visit the various rooms where collections of books, papyri, ancient maps and manuscripts are kept.
Then continue on a 1-hour cruise (departing from Ralli Qualli) along the historic Manchester Strip canal that will allow you to discover the industrial heart of Northern England and admire historic monuments.
End the morning at Museum of Science and Industry, which collects various topics: from transport to information technology (every day 10: 00-17: 00).

For lunch, stop at Rump N Ribs Steakhouse to eat excellent ribs of pork, lamb or beef (average cost £ 15,00, around € 16,00).
In the afternoon you reach in 15 minutes on foot Chinatown, the largest Chinese quarter in England, and wander through the alleys and spice shops and colorful markets.
From here, walk to the Rochdale Canal, a quiet area with unusual corners and Victorian-era structures. Finally, end the afternoon in the interesting Northern Quarter, the Hipster area with clubs and shops and do not miss the Manchester Craft and Design Center, a former fish market where today there is a very interesting museum dedicated to contemporary arts and design.

For the evening we recommend that you stay in this area and dine at Almost Famous, a pub, brewery that offers excellent burgers (average cost £ 15,00, around € 16,00). Finally, end the day with a good cocktail in one of the many bars in the neighborhood; we suggest 57 Thomas Street Marble Beers.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,1 km / 1 h 5 min
  • Places visited: Manchester Strip Cruise (€ 9,87), John Rylands Library (free), Museum of Science and Industry (free), Chinatown (free), Rochdale Canal (free), Northern Quarter (free), Manchester Craft and Design Center (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 42,00
  • 1 hour river cruise
  • Lunch at Rump N Ribs Steakhouse (Get Directions), Dinner at Almost Famous (Get Directions)

3 day

Start the day with the visit of the famous Manchester United stadium, Old Trafford, where you can retrace the history that made it famous. You can reach it from the center by bus or tram which takes 20 minutes (open for tours 9: 30-17: 00, possible variations for matches or other events).
After this attraction take bus 15 from Seymour Grove to the University stop, 3 minutes from the Manchester Museum (10: 00-17: 00, Thursday until 21:00). Spend the rest of the morning discovering this art gallery inside the Mancunian University where you can make an excursus of natural history and technology.

For lunch, stop at Christie's Bistro, an ancient place in a former library, converted into a bistro frequented by university students and teachers where you can enjoy excellent salads, sandwiches, soups and special dishes (average cost £ 10,00, around € 11,00, ).
In the early afternoon visit The Whitworth Art Gallery, which houses more than 6.000 works by international artists such as Cezanne, Manet, Renoire (10: 00-17: 00, Thursday until 21:00).
After the visit, return to the historic center and enjoy a walk through the streets.

For the evening we suggest you have dinner at Chez Mal Brasserie & Bar, a place that offers good food in a very welcoming place (average cost £ 25,00, around € 27,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8,1 km / 1 h 42 min
  • Places visited: Old Trafford (£ 25,00, approx € 30,00), Manchester Museum (free), The Whitworth Art Gallery (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • Manchester United museum and stadium tour
  • Lunch at Christie's Bistro (Get directions), Dinner at Chez Mal Brasserie & Bar (Get directions)

4 day

For this day we recommend an excursion to the small town of Chester, 55km from Manchester, reachable by Northern train from Manchester Victoria in 50 minutes (cost starting from £ 13,30 each way, around € 14,40) or on a comfortable guided tour with lunch included (from € 50,00 approximately). This very romantic location is located in the county of Cheshire on the border between England and Wales.

Start by visiting the area of Northgate, gateway to the historic center, where you can admire the beautiful two-storey houses of the late medieval and Tudor period characterized by trellises and arcades, called Rows.
Reach the fascinating Cathedral and if you are a sportsman you face 216 steps that allow you to reach the top to enjoy the view (every day 10: 00-16: 00).
End the morning with the tour of the medieval walls, starting from the Eastgate Clock, the 1827 clock dedicated to Queen Victoria.

Continuing towards Newgate, come down from the walls and stop to eat at Pizza Express, the ideal restaurant for a quick lunch break based on Italian flavors (average cost £ 15,00, around € 16,00).
In the afternoon visit the Roman amphitheater, well preserved and can also be visited inside! Then do not miss the remains of the old medieval Saint John The Baptist church and finally conclude with the Dewa Roman Experience, the archaeological museum of Chester (daily 9: 00-17: 00).

For the evening, return to Manchester and have dinner at Annyeong Korean Restaurant, an excellent Korean restaurant that offers an extensive menu (average cost £ 25,00, around € 27,00). To conclude the evening, go to Corbieres Wine Cavern, a place reminiscent of those of the 50s, with a central jukeboxe where customers can choose the music between cocktails and the other.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 130 km / 1 h 58 min by car including travel to / from Manchester
  • Places visited: Rows district (free), Cathedral (free), medieval walls (free), Roman amphitheater (free), Saint John The Baptist (free), Dewa Roman Experience (£ 4,00, approx € 4,50)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • From Manchester: Chester guided tour and lunch
  • Pizza Express Lunch (Get Directions), Dinner at Annyeong Korean Restaurant (Get Directions)

5 day

For this day we suggest you to discover Liverpool, another important city in Great Britain just 55 km from Manchester. The best way to get there is by train which takes 40 minutes and departs from Manchester Victoria (tickets from £ 15,30 each way, around € 16,60), or on a guided day tour in the footsteps of the Beatles.

First visit the externally Tre Grazie, three Unesco heritage buildings built in the twentieth: Royal Liver Building with two twin towers on which are the Livel Birds symbol of the city, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building.
Then go to the Museum of Liverpool, which will allow you to make a historical excursus of the city and you cannot miss the screening of a docu-film about the Beatles (every day 10: 00-17: 00).

For lunch, stop at the Peaberry Coffee House Kitchen, which offers a varied menu and the service is quick and accurate (average cost £ 8,00, around € 8,70).
Here you will find yourself in port area of ​​Albert Dock, where there are several attractions such as The Beatles Story museum which traces the history of the famous band.
Once out, walk towards Chinatown, cross the quaint neighborhood and arrive in about 20 minutes at the Liverpool Cathedral, an impressive religious building, from whose tower you can admire a spectacular view (open every day from 7:30 to 18:00).
In the late afternoon, take the train back to Manchester.

Spend the evening inside the Beetham Tower, the 169-meter skyscraper visible from every corner of the city with a particular thin structure. For dinner we suggest you go to the Podium, a rather particular restaurant where they serve elaborate burgers, excellent fillet of meat but also vegetarian dishes (average cost £ 30,00, around € 32,00). Finally, go up to the 23rd floor and sip a cocktail at the famous Cloud 23 with a spectacular view over the city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 112 km / 2 h 1 min by car including travel to / from Manchester
  • Places visited: Three Graces (free), Museum of Liverpool (free), Albert Dock (free), The Beatles Story (£ 20,00, approx € 21,70), Liverpool Cathedral (tower £ 5,00, approx € 5,50, )
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • ticket for The Beatles Story Tour of Liverpool in the footsteps of the Beatles From Manchester: Liverpool and Beatles Day Trip by train
  • Lunch at Peaberry Coffee House Kitchen (Get directions), Dinner at Podium (Get directions)

6 day

Today we recommend that you participate in an organized excursion or rent a car (starting from € 40,00 per day) to discover a beautiful area around Manchester: the Lake district.

As a first stop you reach in about 1 hour and 30 min Bowness, a village on the shores of Lake Windermere, where to stroll, take a short panoramic cruise and walk through the alleys of the town.
Then in 30 minutes of road you arrive at Hawkshead, another picturesque village surrounded by countryside and greenery.

Finish the morning by reaching Grasmere, described by the poet Wordsworth as "the most beautiful place man has found". Stop for lunch at Greens Cafe & Bistro, which also has tables outside and is the ideal place for a quick break (average cost £ 10,00, around € 11,00), and visit the small center where you can breathe a ancient air and is characterized by a bookshop, a few B & Bs, art galleries and streets with little traffic.
After the visit start and return to Manchester stopping at Lancaster, a typically medieval city where you cannot miss the visit to the Norman Castle and the Shire Hall, the court that was once the place where prisoners were prepared before execution.

In the evening, return to Manchester and spend the evening at Peveril of the Peak, the oldest pub in the city, which dates back to 1830, where you can sip excellent beer and taste typical English dishes (average cost £ 15,00, around € 16,00 ).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 324 km / 4 h 30 min by car including travel to / from Manchester
  • Places visited: Bowness (free), Hawkshead (free), Grasmere (free), Lancaster (castle £ 8,00, approx € 9,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • From Manchester: Lake District, Windermere and Lancaster
  • Lunch at GReens Cafe & Bistro (Get directions), Dinner at Peveril of the Peak (Get directions)

7 day

To end your holiday in Manchester and its surroundings we recommend one last excursion to do independently by renting a car (starting from € 40,00 per day) or by joining an organized tour.

As a first stop you reach Castleton, just over 50km from Manchester, one picturesque old town with a typically English charm, ideal for walking and enjoying a magnificent villa overlooking the valley.
Then move to Bakewell, the town where the famous pudding was born, and visit the various historic houses including Chatsworth House, home to the Dukes of Devonshire.

For lunch stop at The Old Original Bakewell, a place where you can enjoy sweet and savory delicacies and rest for a while before resuming your tour (average cost £ 20,00, around € 21,80).
In the afternoon reach and visit Poole's cave, a large system of limestone caves with numerous chambers, stalagmites and stalactites that characterize the Peak District: don't miss the Blue John Cavern and the Speedwell Cavern.
Finally return to Manchester to spend the last evening.

For dinner, go to Alabama's, a local with American cuisine in the Northern District (average cost £ 15,00, about € 16,00) and to end your stay worthily go to the Mint Club where techno, house, dubstep and drum music play ' n'bass.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 147 km / 3 h 18 min by car including travel to / from Manchester
  • Places visited: Castleton (free), Bakewell (free), Chatsworth House (£ 7,00, approx € 7,60) and Peak District (Poole Cavern: £ 11,00, approx € 12,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 90,00
  • From Manchester: Derbyshire and Peak District day trip
  • Lunch at The Old Original Bakewell (Get Directions), Dinner at Alabama's (Get Directions)

How much is a week in Manchester

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Manchester is one rather expensive city As for accommodation and meals, however its free bus system and most of the free attractions, they don't make it too expensive a destination. Obviously, then, it depends on the type of holiday you intend to do: if your budget is small we suggest you stay overnight in hostels or apartments and eat in fast-food restaurants or shopping at the supermarket. If you love music and night clubs, here you will be spoiled for choice, but bear in mind that although admission is often free, drinks are compulsory and cost around £ 15,00 (around € 16,60).

  • starting from € 130,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Lake District: Manchester City Guided Walking Tour
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 750,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Manchester: summer is definitely the best time, with more hours of light and sunny days even if the rains can occur at any time - find out more
  • low cost flights, the airport is 14 km (25 min) from the city center. The center can be reached by train with the TransPennine Express and Northern companies to Piccadilly station (£ 3,00, approximately € 3,40), with the Metrolink tram (£ 3,00, approximately € 3,40), or by National Express bus, Bus Manchester Community Transport or Bus Stagecoach Manchester (£ 3,50, approx. € 4,00)
  • the central area of ​​Piccadilly offers plenty of accommodation in different price ranges
  • Getting around: on foot and by free buses operated by the First Manchester company or by tram from the Metrolink company (one way from £ 3,00 to £ 4,00, approximately € 3,50 - € 4,50) - find out more

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