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How to Spend 2 Days in Manchester

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How to Spend 2 Days in Manchester
From its vibrant music scene and many museums to its destination-worthy restaurants and legendary football stadiums, Manchester is one of the UK’s most exciting and varied cities. Two days is just enough time to experience its highlights and enjoy numerous treks around town—here’s how to plan a winning Manchester itinerary.

Day 1: Sports and Sightseeing
Morning: On a 2-day trip, time is of the essence—which is why a hop-on hop-off bus tour is the perfect way to begin your Manchester sightseeing. In just a couple of hours, you wend your way through the city, spot highlights such as Manchester Town Hall, and soak up history. No navigating required.

Afternoon: Next, it’s time to indulge your competitive side. Soccer (call it “football” to fit in) is less a passion and more a religion here. Think carefully before you side with Manchester United (on a visit to Old Trafford Stadium) or Manchester City (based in Etihad Stadium), as allegiances run deep.

Night: To round out your first day, meet with a private guide for a customized tour of the city. From vibrant neighborhoods to cocktail bars, see Manchester through a local’s eyes. Don’t forget to ask for insider tips about restaurants in town so you can plan a post-tour meal.

Day 2: Music and Museums
Morning: Don’t believe the stale stereotypes—England’s dining scene has never been more exciting, and Manchester is one of the best places in the UK to eat. Begin your day with a multistop food tour in the cool Northern Quarter, and enjoy multiple samples.

Afternoon: Next, digest on a relaxed museum stroll. Manchester is home to numerous top-notch institutions, from the Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery to the Science and Industry Museum. For younger visitors, SEA Life offers an entertaining way to learn about undersea creatures.

Night: It’s no surprise that the hometown of Oasis and The Smiths knows a thing or two about music, and Manchester is still known for its many live music venues. Venture to a show to see up-and-coming acts, or take a walking tour to learn more about the city’s musical legacy.
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The Manchester City Stadium TourCity Packages

The Manchester City Stadium Tour

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Go behind the scenes at Etihad Stadium, the home of Manchester City Football Club, on this guided tour. With an avid Man City fan as your guide, hear all about the football (soccer) club’s history as you visit the manager’s dug-out, the press conference room, the changing rooms and other sites that are off limits to the public during matches. Immerse yourself in the City story during a thrilling audio-visual show.
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Manchester Food Tour by Scranchester ToursCulinary & Gourmet Tour

Manchester Food Tour by Scranchester Tours

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A gastronomic adventure, sample some of the best food and drink the Britain's greatest industrial city has to offer and learn how our food and drink offers an insight into the city’s past, present and future. Manchester’s food and drink scene is booming and this tour will show you why. Your local guide will take you on a multi-stop food tour across the city revealing some culinary hidden gems and historical insights along the way.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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Manchester Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Sightseeing TourHop on Hop Off

Manchester Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Sightseeing Tour

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See more of Manchester in less time—and enjoy flexibility in your sightseeing schedule—with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Tickets are valid for two calendar days, so disembark when and where you wish. The bus tour sets off from the city center and includes Manchester’s top attractions, from the neo-Gothic Town Hall to the National Football Museum. Learn about the sights as you go, thanks to the included audio commentary.
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The Best in Stand-Up Live Comedy in ManchesterComedy Shows

The Best in Stand-Up Live Comedy in Manchester

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Get ready to laugh out loud with an evening of live stand-up comedy at one of Manchester’s most legendary comedy venues. Head to the Comedy Store for ‘The Best in Stand Up’ show and enjoy a variety of different acts from around the country. Want to make a night of it? There’s also a bar and restaurant on-site.
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A full day in Manchester with a local: private & personalizedDay Trips

A full day in Manchester with a local: private & personalized

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Discover Manchester with a private guide, and enjoy a tour that’s tailor-made to you. Pick your own departure time, meeting point, and duration, then build an itinerary with a Mancunian guide whose interests match your own. Admission tickets to Manchester attractions are at your own expense, but these can be arranged in advance via your guide.
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  • 8 hours
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 SEA LIFE Manchester Admission TicketAttraction Tickets

SEA LIFE Manchester Admission Ticket

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When you book advance tickets to SEA Life Manchester, you won’t just save yourself any hassle during your travels: you’ll have guaranteed admission to one of the city’s most engaging and family-friendly destinations. Home to over 5,000 sea creatures, SEA LIFE Manchester offers visitors of all ages a glimpse into the deep. See jellyfish, pufferfish, and octopi, and learn all about the life cycles of sea turtles. Once inside, you have time at your leisure to discover.
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Manchester's music sceneHalf-day Tours

Manchester's music scene

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Manchester is considered England’s music capital, but exploring independently means missing its hidden musical heritage. On this tour, follow in the footsteps of famous Manchester bands like the Buzzcocks, Joy Division, and The Smiths with your guide. Discover iconic locations including the Free Trade Hall, Oldham Street, and Piccadilly Records, stop for refreshments in historic pubs and live music venues, and find out what puts Manchester on Britain’s music map.
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Manchester: football experience with a local hostTheaters

Manchester: football experience with a local host

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Explore Manchester’s soccer history and heritage on this football fan’s sightseeing experience. With your local host to lead the way, visit must-see sites of interest like the National Football Museum, and learn of the role soccer plays in Manchester’s sporting culture. Explore both the old and new stadiums of either City or United—depending on the team you support—and stop for a drink in a fans’ bar.
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Private Round Trip to Old Trafford from Manchester CenterDay Trips

Private Round Trip to Old Trafford from Manchester Center

Make the most of your visit to Old Trafford by booking a private round-trip car service to take you there and back. After meeting your driver in your Manchester city center hotel, you’ll be whisked to the home of the Red Devils, where you can explore one of Manchester’s most important stadiums at your own pace. Your driver meets you afterwards for a hassle-free ride back to the hotel.
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  • 30 minutes
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