Trains to Manchester
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Travelling to Manchester by train
It’s famous for its football teams and infamous for its music scene. But Manchester has more to offer than combustible rivalries and rock n’ roll excess. This powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution boasts some fantastic architecture, vibrant nightlife and enough culture to stand toe-to-toe with any city. It’s the third most visited city in the UK for a reason.
BBC MediaCity Tour
Take a peek behind the scenes of a British institution on the BBC MediaCity Tour – you might even get the chance to be an audience member for one of the Beeb’s biggest shows. Since its move up North from London, the BBC has found a home in MediaCity in Salford Quays, a short tram ride from Manchester city centre. Just remember to keep your cool if you see any famous faces wandering the halls.
Whitworth Art Gallery
Created in 1889, the Whitworth Art Gallery was the first English gallery to be situated in a park. Now part of The University of Manchester, the Whitworth Gallery houses internationally renowned collections of modern art, textiles, watercolours, prints, drawings and sculptures.
A recent £15m remodel doubled the size of the public space, with state-of-the-art facilities, additional gallery spaces, a learning studio and a collection and research centre.
Expect a frosty reception (of the good kind) at this 180m-long, real snow slope situated right next to the Trafford Centre. Chill Factore caters for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, with lessons and courses to perfect your skills. If you’re not looking to hit the slopes, there's plenty of other, slightly warmer, activities to get stuck in to – such as indoor climbing and fitness classes.
Manchester City Football Club, Stadium & Club Tour
For true blue City fans, no visit to Manchester is complete without a trip to the Etihad Stadium. On this 70-minute journey through the home of Manchester City, you’ll head through the press conference area, home team changing rooms, the player's tunnel and the manager's dug-out. After that, you can take your own 20-minute self-guided tour, taking in a range of interactive exhibits and memorabilia displays.
Science and Industry Museum
From the first steam-powered mill and microcomputer to the pioneering research conducted by Manchester’s universities today, innovation and industry run in the city’s blood. Whether you consider yourself an expert or an amateur enthusiast, the Science and Industry Museum is definitely worth a visit the next time you’re in Manchester. It’s easy to lose an afternoon exploring the amazing galleries and collections, so plan accordingly and prepare to have your mind blown.
John Rylands Library
This striking neo-gothic building holds the third-largest academic collection in the UK – more than 250,000 printed volumes and over a million manuscripts are housed within its walls. The library features numerous exhibitions and events throughout the year, as well as guided tours that let visitors discover the fascinating history of the building. For bookworms and history buffs alike, this is a must-see.
National Football Museum
Fittingly for a city obsessed with the beautiful game, Manchester is home to the National Football Museum. You’ll find it in the Urbis building right in the heart of the city centre. With over 2,500 items on display, including priceless artworks and rare souvenirs from decades gone by, it’s rightly been called the world’s biggest and best football museum. It doesn’t matter where your loyalties lie, there’s something to excite all football fans here – as well as a few opportunities to show off your ‘tekkers’ with a selection of interactive skill challenges.
For the ultimate test of your problem-solving and teamwork skills, why not take a few friends to Breakout Manchester? This live escape room game challenges you and your team to solve a series of puzzles and mysteries in 60 minutes in order to break out of a locked room. Rooms come with a variety of different themes and stories, from high fantasy to grizzly horror. Whether you feel like solving a gruesome murder or escaping an enchanted library, there’s a Breakout room for you and your crew.
O2 Apollo Manchester
Whether you’re strictly Top 40 or stuck in the 80s, the O2 Apollo Manchester has shows to please every taste. This Grade II listed theatre showcases some of the world’s best musical and comedy performers, and remains one of the UK’s most famous live entertainment venues.
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How long does it take to get to Manchester by train?
The journey to Manchester from London is a little over two hours long, and with departures every 20 minutes, it’s never been easier to plan. London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly is one of our most popular routes and runs from first thing in the morning to late at night – making it easy to do in a day if you want to.
Need to know exact times? Take a look at our London to Manchester journey page for the most up-to-date info.
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