10 things to see or do in Manchester

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As part of #100DaysMCR, we’ve got together the ultimate list of things to explore in the city this semester.

Go to a gig at one of Manchester’s many music venues

Seeing a gig in one of Manchester’s many music venues is a must. Whether you decide to discover new music you’ve never heard before or catch one of your favourites, you’re bound to have a great time in the city that’s known for its music! Be sure to check out YES, Band on the Wall, and Manchester Academy for their upcoming gigs.

The John Rylands Library

Use it as a study spot, a learning resource, or simply a day out. Whatever you choose, a visit to The John Rylands Library will have you in awe of your surroundings and its history. Keep an eye out for the exhibitions and events at the library too – the current exhibition “Peterloo: Manchester’s Fight for Freedom” is on until 29th September.


Hatch is a quirky and vibrant space to shop, listen to live music, eat, and drink. Situated on Oxford Road further towards the train station, it’s open seven days a week and features over 30 independent traders. Takk, Ol and Electrik Box also make great study spots if you’d like a change of scenery while you work!

Salford Quays

Salford Quays is home to The Lowry, The Imperial War Museum, Media City, and so much more including several bars and restaurants. It makes a great day out if you’re looking for a few things to do throughout the day without travelling far between each one. It’s the perfect place to take a walk, do a spot of shopping, grab some food and then check out the museum. The 53 bus takes you straight from main campus up to Salford Quays.

Frog and Bucket

Frog and Bucket is your go-to if you want a night filled with laughter! With regular shows and student discount on tickets, why not gather your friends together and reward your studying with a well-earned night of fun? Keep up-to-date with what’s on over on their website.

Go and see the street art in Northern Quarter

Since Cities of Hope in 2016, the Northern Quarter is now full of more murals than ever before. A lot of the artwork focuses on global issues that the artists wanted to bring attention to. Taking a walk through Northern Quarter has never been so thought-provoking! And whilst you’re in this part of the city, why not grab a cuppa at one of the many coffee shops, or step inside the iconic Afflecks Palace?

Go stargazing at Godlee Observatory

You may have already spotted the white tower on the top of Sackville Street Building. That’s Godlee Observatory, and the Manchester Astronomical Society meet here every Thursday at 7pm. You’re welcome to attend a few meetings as a guest – those that attend are welcome to stargaze in the observatory (weather permitting) following the meeting. Meeting information can be viewed here.


Whether you’re a fan of the arts or simply want to experience something new, head to HOME for all things for theatre, dance, art, and film by talented creatives from across the world. It’s a great place to hear of stories and experiences from Manchester and beyond. There’s always events and workshops to go along to – be sure to take a look at what’s on.

Go for a Sunday roast at TROF

TROF say they do the “best Sunday roast in the world”, so why not try it out and see? They have vegan options too – it’s an ideal place to go with a group of friends or flatmates for a get together on a Sunday. Booking is advised as it’s said to get pretty busy!

The Whitworth Gallery

The Whitworth features so many different types of art – there’s something to suit everyone’s artistic taste. There’s also plenty of green space to take a walk, and a study space too on the basement level! The collections and exhibitions are always changing, so keep an eye out for what’s on.

Don’t forget, we still have some #100DaysMCR poster on the ground floor of University Place, the Main Library and AGLC! Pick one up, get exploring and scratch them off as you go.