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Top Ten Attractions in Manchester

Vibrant and artistic, Manchester has a vibe that is unrivalled by any other UK city.

Simply walking down the main shopping street, you are surrounded by music. Salford is located immediately west of the city centre and The Quays, a modern, redeveloped area which was once home to heavy industry, is now one of Manchester's top tourist destinations.

Manchester has plenty of interesting things to do and see. Holiday Inn Express want you to make the most of your trip, which is why we have selected the following top ten attractions for you to enjoy when you visit Manchester.

During the Industrial Revolution, Manchester’s merchants went on a spending spree, scouring the world in search of cultural treasures to fill their stately homes. Many of these treasures now reside in the Manchester Art Gallery and the Manchester Museum.

Top Ten Attractions in Manchester

Top Ten Attractions in Manchester

1. Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N)

The largest indoor arena in Europe, the Manchester Arena is able to accommodate a whopping 21,000 people! Since opening in 1995, the Manchester Arena has brought some of the biggest names in show business to the North West of England. Despite its size, entering the venue is quick and easy and there is plenty of staff to guide you to your seat. The Mancunians really know how to host a great show, try and get the crowd to cheer for you by texting a message to the overhead score board.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Manchester - Salford Quays: 3 miles

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2. Lowry Outlet Mall

Perfect for the fashion savvy and bargain hunters alike, The Lowry Outlet Mall has an abundance of shops offering discounts of up to 60%. There's something here for both men and women, and after a pleasant afternoon shopping in the 80 boutiques take some time out at one of the bistros or head to the 8 screen cinema to see the latest smash hit blockbuster. The Lowry Outlet Mall is only a short walk from Holiday Inn Express Salford Quays.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Manchester - Salford Quays: less than 1 mile

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3. Aerial Extreme

Take to the treetops at Aerial Extreme in Manchester for some adrenalin pumping action! A high rope adventure course; swing, climb and jump between trees, 46 feet in the air. Always fancied taking on a zip slide? Well now is your chance, slip down the wire at lightning speed. Aerial Extreme is an action packed day out for both adults and children that is both safe and immense fun.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Manchester - Salford Quays: 5 miles

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4. Manchester Museum

Marvel at the ancient exhibits at Manchester Museum, beautifully curated for your viewing pleasure. The museum boasts one of the largest collections of Egyptian artefacts in Britain, with many of the objects dating back to 10,000 BC! Delve back into the past and learn about the fascinating cultures from throughout the ages from all over the world. Manchester Museum has unique exhibitions, which will make truly amaze you.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Manchester - Salford Quays: 3.5 miles

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5. Manchester Gay Village

Manchester is a popular destination for gay and lesbian tourists from all over the world. Canal Street sits at the centre of Manchester's Gay Village, with a wide variety of gay bars, restaurants and clubs lining the banks of the canal. The village is now one of the most successful gay villages in Europe and has featured in many popular television shows such as Queer as Folk and Coronation Street. Manchester's Gay Village is an area of acceptance where people can hang out and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the scene.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Manchester - Salford Quays: 3.2 miles

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6. Legoland Discovery Centre

Visit the UK's only LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. Built with over 2 million Lego bricks, the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is an amazing adventure for the kids! Start off in the Lego factory, explore all of Manchester's famous buildings in MINILAND and sing Karaoke with the LEGO friends. With rides, a 4D cinema and a Lego fire academy, this is definitely one of the most unique things to do with the kids in Manchester.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Manchester - Salford Quays: 3.8 miles

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7. Cloud 23

Enjoy fabulous food and cocktails at Cloud 23 located in the Beetham Tower, the tallest building in Manchester. This contemporary restaurant and bar provides stunning views through its floor-to-ceiling windows across the ever changing skyline of the city. Combining impeccable, friendly service and stylish décor, Cloud 23 is perfect environment to indulge with friends and family on any evening of the week.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Manchester - Salford Quays: 2.1 miles

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8. Royal Exchange Theatre

Come along to see a show or simply come and marvel at the Victorian architecture, the Royal Exchange Theatre has a unique design. Ever been to a show where you've been stuck behind a pillar, blocking your view of the stage? This is eliminated at the Royal Exchange Theatre, where all 760 seats are no less than nine metres from the stage, providing great views of the performance for everybody.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Manchester - Salford Quays: 3.4miles

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9. Museum of Science and Industry

Fascinated by science? Intrigued by industrial life? Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry has a range of captivating exhibits for you to feast your eyes on. Learn all about DNA and how it is used to control crime and disease. Don't miss the 4D theatre which goes way beyond the typical 3D experience and see Victorian machinery in action. Afterwards take in the spectacular views of the stars within the planetarium. The Museum of Science is a fantastic day out for people of all ages, where you're sure to learn something new.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Manchester - Salford Quays: 2 miles

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10. Manchester Sea Life Centre

The Manchester Sea Life Centre is an underwater experience like no other! With over 5000 creatures including Sharks, Seahorses and Octopus, there is so much to see. Take a trip through the underwater tunnel, watch the fun talks and feed shows throughout the day or even try out Europe's first seabed walk SeaTREK.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Manchester - Salford Quays: 3.8 miles

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Source: expressmanchester.co.uk

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