Explore Manchester

Known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester is one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in the UK, with a unique character all of its own.

Manchester’s energetic yet cool vibe vitality is expressed through its magnificent architecture, fascinating things to see and do and most of all, the spirit of its people. There’s so much more to Manchester than meets the eye, it’s a city that is waiting to be discovered. Manchester has earned a reputation as being revolutionary, innovative and entrepreneurial. The city was the birthplace for the industrial revolution, leading the development of the modern world.

Those who wish to take a break from the conference will find plenty to do in and around Manchester, and the conference venue is within easy walking distance of much of what is to offer.

Manchester is the perfect place to explore.  Stroll along the streets, discovering the mixture of old and new architecture sat side by side and soak up the urban vibe and experience being amidst this hive of activity.

Heritage

Birthplace of the computer, the football league and Top of the Pops, Manchester’s heritage is rich and diverse. Take in the history at the Museum of Science and Industry, housed in the station of the world’s first inter-city passenger railway, or at Chethams library, the oldest public library in the English-speaking world.

Sport

Manchester United and Manchester City are two of the Premiership’s finest football clubs, both of which offer daily tours of their grounds. If you’re feeling energetic Chill Factore, is the UK’s largest indoor ski slope offering year round skiing, snowboarding and climbing. Manchester is also home to the British Cycling Team at Manchester Velodrome, offering taster sessions of the track.

Museum & Galleries

Manchester is home to a large range of free-to-attend museums and galleries which rank among the best in the country. Choose from over 90 museums and galleries, most of which are free to enter, in and around the city. Visit The LowryIWM NorthNational Football MuseumMuseum of Science and Industry (MSI)Manchester Art GalleryManchester United Museum and Stadium Tour and many more.

Dining

From high-end restaurants and renowned chefs setting up camp here, to independent good value eateries, global cuisine and also locally produced grub on offer, Manchester has cemented itself as a culinary city. For the most up-to-date information please click here.

Culture

From music and art to theatre and architecture, Manchester’s culture is known for its energy and excellence.  Newly opened in 2015, The Whitworth and HOME provide platforms for some of the most groundbreaking work in the UK.

Shopping

From designer boutiques to high street shopping to vintage boutiques, Manchester has something for everyone when it comes to shopping. The main shopping areas within the city are located a short walk from the conference venue. Click here for more information.