Things to Do in Manchester

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Manchester Things to Do are diverse and plentiful. World-class galleries, theaters, cinemas, and first-rate shopping can all be found within the compact city center, and the drinking and dining scene caters to all tastes and budgets. Manchester's nightlife is famous the world over, and partiers won't want to miss the opportunity to hit the dance floor here.

Cultural Manchester

Culture vultures will find rich pickings in Manchester. The city prides itself on its diverse arts scene, and it's possible to take in everything from contemporary art to foreign films during a trip here. Manchester Art Gallery, the Chinese Arts Center, and Urbis offer diverse visual arts, while the Lowry Centre in nearby Salford is dedicated to the late LS Lowry, Manchester's most celebrated artist. Film fans should not miss the Cornerhouse on Oxford Road. This small, independent cinema shows limited-release foreign films and art house movies downstairs, while the upstairs bar features inventive DJ sets that make good use of film soundtracks. Of the city's many theaters, the Royal Exchange and Library Theatre host quality productions in an intimate setting, while the Palace Theatre on Oxford Road is the place for big budget shows and children's theater.

Dining in Manchester

With an ethnically diverse population and a thriving culinary scene, Manchester offers the opportunity to sample food from across the world. The independent cafe bars of the Northern Quarter and Oxford Street are all excellent places to try imported beers and tasty, imaginative and inexpensive food, while those looking for more formal dining can take their pick from Italian pizza and pasta, Spanish tapas, Greek mezze, and even Mongolian barbeque. Manchester's Chinatown is the largest in Europe, and there are some excellent quality Chinese restaurants to be found here. Meanwhile, spicy types should make a beeline for Rusholme and Manchester's famous Curry Mile - here, visitors will find the largest concentration of Indian restaurants in the UK.

Live Music and Nightlife

Manchester has a reputation as a party city, and its musical history is much celebrated. Nightlife in the city is as diverse as it is lively - from sweatboxes pumping out underground dance sounds to vast discotheques and super-exclusive cocktail bars. Live music can be heard every night of the week, whether it's a major show at one of the city's arenas or stadiums, or an up and coming local bar at one of the legendary small venues such as the Roadhouse or Night and Day Cafe.


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