Six Sights You Must See On A Day Trip To Manchester

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As one of the biggest cities in the United Kingdom, Manchester attracts thousands of tourists year upon year.

Although the weather often leaves much to be desired, the Northern city has a lot to offer – from its sporting venues to its variety of museums.

Here is a reminder of just a few of Manchester’s most iconic cultural and historic sites that must be visited on a day trip to the city.


Manchester has a strong connection with Chinese culture, boasting its own Chinatown. Located in the central district of the city, the area is just minutes walking distance from its largest train station – Manchester Piccadilly.

Filled with authentic bars and restaurants serving traditional dishes, the area is the UK’s second biggest and Europe’s third largest Chinatown – with its archway in Faulkner Street marking a spectacular entrance.

Old Trafford/Etihad Stadium

Whether you prefer the Reds or Blues, Manchester has a lot to offer when it comes to football. With two huge stadiums situated across the city, as well as the National Football Museum, a tour of either ground is a must when visiting for a day trip.

Old Trafford and the Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium can be reached via the Metrolink service which runs consistently throughout the city. Both stadiums are equipped with their own superstores, where you can find an array of souvenirs for both clubs.   


Another must-see sight in the city is its array of museums. With over 2 million visitors to the public facilities each year,

The Manchester Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Imperial War Museum North, and People’s History Museum are the four main iconic locations dedicated to a variety of historical artifacts.

A free and educated activity for a day trip, visiting one of Manchester’s number of museums can provide the perfect highlight for a family travelling to the city.

Manchester Art Gallery

Located centrally on Mosley Street, the Manchester Art Gallery is a free showcase of over nearly 40,000 pieces

Similarly witnessing over 2 million visitors per year, the gallery offers both fine and costume art as well as craft & design objects from top global designers.

A cost-free activity, the Manchester Art Gallery can offer a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Royal Exchange Theatre

If theatre is your thing, then what better way to spend your trip to Manchester than with a visit to the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Showing over 350 plays a year, the theatre is renowned for making memorable performances that have shaped drama in past years.

From the Great Hall, to the Theatre and intimate studios that the space has on show, the Royal Exchange is a must when visiting Manchester for a cultural experience.

The Trafford Centre

One of the largest shopping centres in the country, Peel Holdings’ Trafford Centre offers vast opportunities to browse all of your favourite designer brands.

On top of the array of different shopping facilities, the mall is equipped with a handful of bars and restaurants to cater for your needs.

A brief coach journey from Manchester City Centre, the Trafford Centre’s beautifully designed interior and accompanying shopping facilities are unlike any other in the country – certainly worth a quick trip to end a visit to the city!

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