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  • Diversity: Ignite

    Diversity: Ignite

    Manchester

    After seven sell out UK tours, half a million tickets sold, and countless television and live performances, Diversity have announced another groundbre…more

  • Chopin & Champagne by Candlelight. Launch recital

    Chopin & Champagne by Candlelight. Launch recital

    Manchester

    CityMusic Promotions presents Chopin & Champagne by Candlelight a new concert series in Central Manchester at St Anns Church on ten Saturday …more

  • Sweeney Entertainments Presents T.Rextasy

    Sweeney Entertainments Presents T.Rextasy

    Manchester

    SWEENEY ENTERTAINMENTS PRESENTS T.REXTASYMarc Bolan, with his band T.Rex, was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam …more

  • MCR Student Social

    MCR Student Social

    Manchester

    Manchesters ultimate student shopping night returns on Tuesday 25 September with more than 160 stores and restaurants across Manchester Arndale and…more

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Far more than the (admittedly great) Manchester city at its heart, Greater Manchester could stake a good claim to be the most fascinating region in the north west. It is a metropolitan county with a population of over 2.7 million and is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Britain, made up of Wigan, Trafford, Tameside, Stockport, Rochdale, Oldham, Bury and Bolton.

Spanning 496 square miles it is bordered by Merseyside to the west, Lancashire to the north, Yorkshire to the northeast, Derbyshire to the south-east and Cheshire to the south. The landscape, where it is unpopulated, is still quite beautiful. The peninnes run along the east of the county, passing through Tameside, Rochdale and Oldham, whilst the West Peninne Moors pass through the west of the county. Both the Tame and the Mersey run through the county borders and the rivers Irk, Douglas and Beal also run through Greater Manchester. Chat Moss is a gorgeous area of farmland and has a massive area of semi-natural woodland to explore.

The real highlight is of course Manchester itself, one of the UKs most exciting cities. Some people head there for the football, to see the worlds biggest team (United) or the worlds richest team (City); others come for the vast and eclectic temples of mammon, the famous Manchester shopping.

For nightlife there is no finer destination in the UK and for culture and the arts few cities other than London can match the sheer breadth of galleries, shows, gig venues and museums. One favorite is the Museum of Science and Industry, with its reconstructed 19th century sewer and the incredible Beyer Garratt locomotive.

Moving further out, the Hack Green Secret Bunker in the Cheshire countryside is an eerie and chilling Cold War nuclear bunker complex and is a fascinating day out. Using Manchester as a base, why not head out into the Pennines and sample the High Peak Trail, or explore Celtic ruins and historic sites in the Cheshire countryside? From bohemian city breaks and mad nightlife to walking in the hills and touring historic sites, Greater Manchester really is a must-visit county.

Days Out & Attractions

Attractions in Greater Manchester

Fun days out in Greater Manchester

Enjoy a fun filled and fantastic day out for all the family at a range of attractions in Greater Manchester, including theme parks, castles, zoos, museums and historic houses.

Zoos & Safari Parks in Greater Manchester

Zoos & Safari Parks

Get close-up and personal with a wild animal at a zoo or safari park in Greater Manchester.

Theme Parks in Greater Manchester

Theme Parks

Thrills and spills on rides and rollercoasters at a theme park in Greater Manchester.

Museums in Greater Manchester

Museums

Love British history?Come and take a stroll through the ages at a local museum.

Art galleries in Greater Manchester

Art Galleries

From timeless classics to modern masterpieces, enjoy art at its very best.

Experiences

Experiences

Want to try your hand at something completely different? Try an experience...

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Towns in Greater Manchester


To find more localised events, attractions and activities, select a local town or city from the list below:

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