Manchester, Liverpool, and the Peak District

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Manchester, Liverpool, and the Peak District - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Central Library

    City Centre | Library/Archive

    This 1930s structure was once the biggest municipal library in the world, and today its circular exterior, topped by a line of Doric columns...Read More

  • 2. IWM North

    Museum/Gallery

    The thought-provoking exhibits in this striking, aluminum-clad building, which architect Daniel Libeskind described as representing three shards...Read More

  • 3. John Rylands Library

    Millennium Quarter | Library/Archive

    Owned by the University of Manchester, this Gothic Revival masterpiece designed by Alfred Waterhouse was built by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands...Read More

  • 4. Manchester Museum

    University Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    Run by the University of Manchester and located in a superb Gothic Revival building with modern add-ons, this museum is currently undergoing...Read More

  • 5. Museum of Science and Industry

    Castlefield | Museum/Gallery

    The venue's historic buildings, one of which is the world's oldest passenger rail station (1830), hold marvelous collections relating to the...Read More

  • 6. Whitworth Art Gallery

    University Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    This University of Manchester–owned art museum is beautifully—and uniquely—integrated into the surrounding parkland through its art garden,...Read More

  • 7. Castlefield Urban Heritage Park

    Castlefield | Ruins

    Site of an early Roman fort, the district of Castlefield was later the center of the city's industrial boom, which resulted in the building...Read More

  • 8. Chetham's Library

    City Centre | Educational Institution

    The oldest public library in the English-speaking world (founded in 1653), as well as the meeting place of Marx and Engels when the former visited...Read More

  • 9. Manchester Art Gallery

    City Centre | Museum/Gallery

    Behind an impressive classical portico, this splendid museum and its sparkling modern atrium houses an outstanding collection of paintings by...Read More

  • 10. Manchester Cathedral

    City Centre | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The city's sandstone cathedral, set beside the River Irwell and originally a medieval parish church dating in part from the 15th century, is...Read More

  • 11. People's History Museum

    City Centre | Museum/Gallery

    Not everyone in 19th-century Manchester owned a cotton mill or made a fortune on the trading floor. This museum recounts powerfully the struggles...Read More

  • 12. RIBA North

    Waterfront | Museum/Gallery

    Located within a cutting-edge waterside building, this architecture center hosts changing exhibitions, talks, hands-on workshops, and city tours...Read More

  • 13. The Lowry

    Salford | Museum/Gallery

    Clad in perforated steel and glass, this arts center is one of the highlights of the Salford Quays waterways. L. S. Lowry (1887–1976) was a...Read More

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