It may be barely September, but the shops are already lining their shelves with Christmas decorations. We all know things are going to start getting very expensive…

So if you’re tightening the purse strings in preparation for the Christmas parties and New Years Eve outings we’re here to help. We’ve compiled a shortlist of the best free (indoor) activities currently available to you in Manchester. No wallet needed! 

The John Rylands Library


In the midst of the modern office buildings in Deansgate is the late-Victorian, neo-Gothic John Rylands Library. It is an iconic testament to old-world Manchester and what’s more, it is free to explore. You should definitely take a trip to this library and explore the iconic selection of books from across history. The selection includes medieval manuscripts and an early European printing of the Gutenberg Bible. Rylands is a complete architectural delight what’s more it regularly hosts exhibitions on the history of Manchester.

The Rylands Library is free for every. So you could spend a rainy or cold afternoon here this winter. 

The Lowry

The Quays

The Lowry complex standing on the Salford Quays pier is a hub of creative talent and everything new that Manchester has to offer. Why not take a trip and see one of the many inspiring art exhibits currently available here for absolutely free. The Lowry holds regular festivals here featuring a number of famous faces integral to the make-up of Manchester. You may enjoy spending a couple of hours here simply soaking up the culture.
Although remember, that not all parts of The Lowry are free. There are regular shows and performances that are done on the cheap and they are definitely worth the money.

National Football Museum

Cathedral Gardens

Manchester’s love and commitment to football is part of the fabric of the city. So why not take a trip to the National Football Museum? This museum categories the history of the beautiful game and how it transformed into a global phenomenon. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a City supporter or a United fan you’ll find so many reasons to bond over football. Here you’ll remember why football is such an important part of our culture.

Science and Industry Museum

Liverpool Road

The Science and Industry Museum is a day out that will appeal for everyone, not just those that are into science. With galleries, exhibits and hands-on experiments that are perfect for all the family it’s an unforgettable day out. You’ll learn more on a day out at the Science and Industry Museum than you did during your old high-school science class.
Learn something new and embrace the future of mankind right in the heart of the city. 

Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden

Stenner Lane

For those days when you’re craving a refreshing walk into the cold winter air why don’t you head over to the Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden. Located in Didsbury Fletcher Moss is a perfect scenic location especially during the winter. A beautiful getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city centre with a veritable cornucopia of plants for you to  marvel at. With a cafe, sports facilities and original features this is a must-do in Manchester.

Free to enter and free to walk around, this is a destination for dog walkers and nature enthusiasts. 

The Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter

If you prefer a more city-based walk then you need to check out the Northern Quarter. Known as “hipster central,” you can wander around this artistic and forward-thinking community. Take some time to see the indie art exhibits and take-in some of the unique and provocative street art that mark some of these red-brick buildings.
You don’t have to spend a single penny for entertainment in the Northern Quarter. However you may be tempted to purchase one or two of the unique items on sale in this area of Manchester. 

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