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Yorkshire Dales from Manchester

Yorkshire Dales from Manchester
10 hours
USD 64.65
This tour gives you a day in the Yorkshire Dales from Manchester. It's an ideal way to see the amazing landscape associated with this stunning part of Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. <br>


4 hours
USD 76.02
Discover how football is more than just a game in Manchester on this private and personalised experience with a Local Host.Explore Manchester and discover the sites that are historically important to the city's football heritage, relax with the locals at a pub where fans head for a pint on match days, visit the old home ground of your team and stop by the National Football Museum, all with your Local Host. Manchester is home to the world's richest and most supported football clubs and so the city is packed with restaurants and bars frequented (or owned) by players both past and present. So, expect to find pieces of football history at every spot you visit with your knowledgeable Local Host.

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Things To Do in Manchester & Manchester Airport Layover Ideas

Manchester things to do

Things to do in Manchester if you have a Manchester Airport Layover or Extended Manchester Airport Stopover

If you have an extended layover at the Manchester Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Manchester.LayoverIdeas.com.

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Manchester is a cosmopolitan city with many activities on offer. Downtown Manchester is easily accessible on public transport from the Manchester Airport and so, even if you only have a short layover you can get out into the city while you wait.

Visitor Information centre

If you want to get the most out of your layover in Manchester this is as good a place to start as any. First opened on June 20, 2010 this state of the art visitor centre will help you find the best attractions and events available in Manchester. The interactive Microsoft Surface tables allow you to browse maps of the area using just natural hand gestures. The experienced staff will help you make the most of your visit.

Manchester United

Soccer fans the world over are at the very least aware of Manchester United. This is the place where one of the worlds most famous football teams call home. Get a closer look at Manchester United from days gone by as well as finding out all the latest in football facts from the Old Trafford museum and tour centre. Easily accessible by public transport this is a great place to visit if you have a few hours to kill in Manchester.

Opie’s Museum of Memories

For an amazing visual journey through the last 100 years, Opie’s Museum of Memories takes you decade by decade through Newspapers, magazines, comics, toys and games, entertainment and music, advertising, design and fashion, groceries and sweets, covering every era from Victorian times to the present day. The Wigan Pier Theatre Company bring to life the essence of days gone by with interactive performances of every era.

The Trafford Centre

With over 200 stores filled to the rafters with retail therapy and 60 mouth watering eateries to choose from, the Trafford Centre is the place to shop in Manchester. While those fans of Shop til you Drop satisfy their need for all things designer, the rest of the family can head off to the leisure centre next door for fun filled hours of activity from indoor skydiving to Lego land Discovery Centre.

As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to MAN Manchester International Airport in time for your connecting flight. Enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

Manchester Attractions

Free Tour Manchester

Free Tour ManchesterDuration:
2 hours 30 minutes
USD 0.01
Sightseeing doesn't have to be expensive or boring. Suited for any budget, our Manchester walking tours will take you all over this amazing city, keeping you entertained, educated, and excited the entire way. <br>So come along and discover hidden neighborhoods, sample world class cuisine, and learn the incredible stories of the men and women who built the City of The revolution, The football and the Music.<br>We provide professional tours with no upfront cost, so that you can enjoy a quality sightseeing experience, no matter what your budget is.<br>If you only have a few days in the city, or you want to discover its secrets and explore the main attractions, this is the best free tour in the city. <br>Our tour guides are in love with the city, and being in a personal small tour they can answer all of your questions and make tailor made suggestions to make the most of your time in Manchester.

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Discover Manchester Walking Tour

Discover Manchester Walking TourDuration:
90 to 120 minutes
USD 13.47
Discover Manchester is the OFFICIAL daily Manchester walking tour and is operated by fully qualified, professional and insured Tour Guides.

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Manchester Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Sightseeing Tour

Manchester Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Sightseeing TourDuration:
90 minutes
USD 16.16
<p>Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport. Discover the city's heritage and how it has grown to be the progressive hub it is today with the 90-minute Sightseeing Manchester hop-on hop-off bus tour. The 15-stop tour has been carefully planned to take you round some of Manchester's key sights including Town Hall Manchester, National Football Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester United Football Club. The maximum group size is 15.<br><br><strong>WINTER SCHEDULE: Tours departing at 10:30, 12:00, 14:00 from Albert Square/Manchester Town Hall from Bus Stop WE (outside Slug &amp; Lettuce cafe bar, post code M2 5HD)</strong>&nbsp;</p>

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Explore Manchester's Gay Bars

Explore ManchesterDuration:
3 hours
USD 16.84
Our first stop will be a popular gay bar featured on Queer as folk. <br>Next, a bar that's also a historic landmark. <br>Finally, we will have a couple of 'wild card' stop that will be tailored to that particular night. <br>By the end of our circuit, you'll have received an introduction to navigating Manchester's Gay Village and will have sampled a small slice of the myriad of gay male subcultures within the larger, beautifully diverse LGBTQ+ family.

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Private Round Trip to Old Trafford from Manchester Center

Private Round Trip to Old Trafford from Manchester CenterDuration:
30 minutes
USD 17.97
<p>Have a smooth and stress-free sightseeing by pre-booking your private round-trip to and from the famous Red Devils' Stadium - Old Trafford. Your driver will greet you in the hotel located in Manchester city center and drive you directly to the place, where you will have time to visit this amazing stadium on your own. When it's time to leave, your private vehicle will be waiting to whisk you back to your hotel. There's no need to worry about inconvenient public transportation as your private driver will be waiting for you at the chosen time.</p>

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Boat to Old Trafford

Boat to Old TraffordDuration:
3 hours
USD 18.86
Going to Old Trafford then let us help get you there. Avoid the chaos of the trams with this unique way to get to the game. This boat trip takes you from the city centre to walking distance of the famous stadium, dropping you at Salford Quays.<br>Departs one hour before kick off for every MUFC home game, returning twenty minutes after the final whistle. With a fully stocked bar on board and a great pre-match atmosphere this is the best way to get to the game.

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Zombie Scavengers Game - Manchester, UK

Zombie Scavengers Game - Manchester, UKDuration:
1 hour
USD 20.00
CAN YOU SURVIVE THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE’<br>Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game.<br>With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive. Using your smartphone, your team will be tasked with scavenging the city for food, supplies, weapons, and shelter. The more things you find, the more points you get and more likely you are to survive. Along the way, you will be asked to do a challenge or answer a trivia question in order to be rewarded virtual weapons to ward off the zombies. The area is crawling with relentless zombies, and rival colonies are moving in. If you get too relaxed, rival colonies will take what you worked hard to find. The goal is to find all of the items in hopes that you will survive the zombie apocalypse.

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Manchester City FC Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Etihad Stadium

Manchester City FC Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Etihad StadiumDuration:
1 hour 30 minutes
USD 22.90
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Etihad Stadium, the home stadium of Manchester City Football Club, and learn about the club's history while seeing its sights! After browsing a contemporary exhibition that charts the club through the ages, explore must-visit sites such as the manager's dug-out and press conference room. With an avid Manchester City fan as a guide, listen to anecdotes and stories about the players, and then make use of a 10 percent discount card to save on souvenirs in the onsite City Store.

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Last Updated: 4 Jan 2023