The John Rylands Library
Founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands, the library opened to the public in 1900 as a gift to Manchester and its people.
Today, it is part of The University of Manchester Library and offers a range of services and resources for researchers, students, and visitors. Whether you want to explore our exhibitions, join our events or simply marvel at our architecture we look forward to welcoming you to this magnificent library.
one of the world’s finest collections of rare books and manuscripts. The John Rylands Library is part of The University of Manchester. Please note that we open at 12 noon on Mondays and Sundays.
Science and Industry Museum
The Science and Industry Museum sits in the heart of Manchester, the world’s first industrial city. It houses the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station and the world’s first railway warehouse from 1830, which are located at the end of the museum site. On a visit to the museum, you will see amazing objects and learn about the men and women whose ideas changed the world forever. Daily demonstrations bring the museum’s world-class collection of textile and industrial machinery to life. There are interactive exhibits to explore and a regular program of changing exhibitions to enjoy.
- Ideas that changed the world in the Revolution Manchester gallery
- Thunderous machines and cotton’s continuing legacy in the Textiles Gallery
- Hands-on science fun for all ages in Experiment
- Our world-first, multi-sensory exhibition Turn It Up: The power of music
- The ultimate gaming experience Power UP (weekends and school holidays)
Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester Art Gallery, formerly Manchester City Art Gallery, is a publicly owned art museum on Mosley Street in Manchester city center, England. The main gallery premises were built for a learned society in 1823 and today its collection occupies three connected buildings, two of which were designed by Sir Charles Barry. Manchester Art Gallery is best known for its important, representative collection of work by nineteenth-century British artists, particularly the Pre-Raphaelites. Today the collection includes over 2,000 oil paintings, plus related studies and archival material, and there is a renewed focus on collecting contemporary art.
People’s History Museum
PHM tells the story of the past, present and future of democracy in Britain. The right to vote, time to rest, fair pay – what has led to the freedoms we have today and what still needs to be done for a better future?
Visit the museum and learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.
Fletcher Moss Park
Our very popular and historic Park and Gardens are situated in Didsbury, South Manchester. Dating from public use in 1915, The Friends of Fletcher Moss Park and Parsonage Gardens was formed in 2006 to ensure their upkeep.
Hidden away between a number of gorgeous green spaces you’ll find Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens in all of its unsuspecting yet magical glory – tucked South of Manchester in Didsbury. An unexpected oasis of sheer beauty just a stone’s throw away from the lively neighbourhood, Fletcher Moss just so happens to be one of the most Instagrammable spots in the region thanks to its array of colourful plants and trees.
The current mansion is built on the site of a much earlier house, but still dates back to 1716. Its neo-classical architecture and elevated position making for a stunningly grand sight, even amidst the thousand acres of garden and landscaped parkland. Inside, the house is as immaculate as it is on the outside, with its rich furnishings and incredible collection of books, furniture and artworks. It’s well worth a good look around.
And as if the house isn’t impressive enough, the gardens, deer park, lake and working farm offer a wonderful chance to explore, pet, eat and play.
Visitors are welcome to walk, cycle and play in 1,000 acres of Parkland for free. There are lots of great trails that provide wonderful walks, amazing viewpoints and idyllic spots to relax and reflect.
This striking waterfront destination has grown out of the once-derelict docklands of the Salford and Trafford Quays area, transformed from a desolate wasteland into a place where some of the country’s most iconic buildings (both The Lowry and Imperial War Museum North are RIBA award-winners) stand with their neighbors to provide a place where culture, sport, shopping and a lot more come together.
Whitworth Art Gallery
The Whitworth is an art gallery in Manchester, England, containing about 55,000 items in its collection. The gallery is located in Whitworth Park and is part of the University of Manchester, operating as a convening space between the University and the people of the city. It was founded in 1889 as The Whitworth Institute and Park in memory of the industrialist Sir Joseph Whitworth for ‘the perpetual gratification of the people of Manchester’ and continues this mission today in new contexts.
The gallery is driven by a mission to work with communities to use art for positive social change, and actively address what matters most in people’s lives. This new vision has been developed as part of an international dialogue about how to evolve and adapt museums to a constantly changing world.
Victoria Baths is a Grade II* listed building, in the Chorlton-on-Medlock area of Manchester, in northwest England. The Baths opened to the public in 1906 and cost £59,144 to build. Manchester City Council closed the baths in 1993 and the building was left empty. A multimillion-pound restoration project began in 2007.
“Fabulous venue and event.”
National Football Museum
The world’s biggest and best football museum is open seven days a week in Manchester city center.
Whether you’re a football fanatic, planning a family day out, or visiting the great city of Manchester, the National Football Museum is the place to share stories about everybody’s favorite game.
With four galleries to explore, six interactive games, and an exciting program of exhibitions, guided tours, and workshops, there’s something for everybody to enjoy.