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How to Spend 2 Days in Manchester

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 Tour

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: Football Experience With A Local Host

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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  • 4 hours
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Half-Day Manchester Food Tour with Lunch
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Half-Day Manchester Food Tour with Lunch

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Explore Manchester’s rich array of culinary treats with your friendly and knowledgeable guide who will take you on a journey led by your tastebuds. Feast on food from around the globe, all found in Manchester thanks to its multi-cultural heritage and long history of food and drink experimentation. Taste goodies at a traditional Cantonese bakery in Manchester’s Chinatown, and try delicacies from a whole host of local hidden gems including restaurants and street food vendors.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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Manchester's Music Scene

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 One Day Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private

Manchester One Day Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private

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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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