3-5 April 2019
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Local Information and Activities

Places to explore

Manchester City

Manchester Visitor Information Centre, Manchester M1 1RG

See www.timeout.com for top 10 places to visit in Manchester

Guided tours: www.manchesterguidedtours.com/

Whitworth Art Gallery


Newly refurbished gallery and cafe.  The space itself impresses as much as the work within.  Changing exhibitions of contemporary art,  prints and textiles. Current exhibitions include:

29 March – 9 June 2019: Joy for Ever: How to use art to change the world and its price in the market. This exhibition responds to the 200th birthday of artist, art critic and social reformer John Ruskin with a joyful look at how to use art for social change.

29 March – 15 September 2019: Ancient Textiles from the Andes

A rare opportunity to see ancient Andean textiles from c300BC to c1400AD. As well as celebrating breath-taking achievements in textile technique and design, this show explores the complexities of their transition from local ritual to a wider international stage.

Manchester Art Gallery

Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL

Manchester's main art gallery, housing classical & 20th century collection alongside temporary exhibitions.

John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH

The library was commissioned by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband, an entrepreneur and philanthropist who became Manchester's first multi­millionaire as the owner of the UK's largest textile manufacturing business. It has a Hogwarts feel.Stairways spiral to the first floor and corridors lead into the most magnificent main reading room; a hall where stained glass windows throw their light into the reading alcoves, over sculptures of artists and scholars, and into a gallery overlooking the main space.  The collection holds a first edition of James Joyce's Ulysses, a fine paper copy of the Gutenberg Bible and some of the earliest fragments of the New Testament.

Manchester museum

University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL

Science Museum

Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP

Manchester Cathedral

Victoria St, Manchester M3 1SX

Royal Northern College of Music

124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD

Lunchtime concert. RNCM Concert Hall. Thursday 4 April 1.15pm

RNCM String Orchestra: Béla Bartók Divertimento

Free admission, no ticket required

Cheshire is unique, an exceptionally beautiful British landscape, an area of rich heritage, and a creative hot-bed, brimming with breath-taking scenery and dramatic landscapes; Cheshire delights just about everybody. You could catch world-class live music and cutting-edge science stars in the shadow of the Lovell Telescope or you could experience opera and classical performances in the middle of a farmer's field.

You can discover a place where community spirit is a creative force - from Chester's Storyhousearts hub, to Macclesfield's "re-purposed" venues. It's a place where rural and industrial traditions come together.

See all the ways you can enjoy Cheshire here.

Sightseeing in Cheshire

There are so many things to do in Cheshire and so many attractions to visit, you wouldn't want to miss a thing! Whether you're travelling alone or with loved ones, there is something to interest everyone. Cheshire is abundant with quirky museums and hidden gems waiting to be explored as well as countless stunning gardens, places to take the kids for a magical day out and festivals that will leave you wanting more.

Its bewitching beauty and unique atmosphere make Chester one of Britain’s most popular places for an unforgettable short break.

Chester has the most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse, and largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, plus a 1000 year old cathedral and 700 year old unique shopping rows.

Chester is also home to the UK's number one zoo, book your tickets here to see the most visited visitor attraction outside of London.

Explore the city aboard an open top or heritage bus, take a guided walking tour of the city or enjoy a leisurely sail up the river on one of Chester’s pleasure cruises.

Whether you are visiting for an indulgent city break or family day out, you’ll find something that suits your mood and budget here.

Food & Drink in Cheshire

Find some of the best places to eat out in Cheshire here!

Cheshire is well established as a foodie favourite and it's easy to see why. If you live in Cheshire or are just visiting, you'll find something to suit you here; whether you are looking for fine dining in an award winning restaurant, lunch in a beautiful country pub, delicious afternoon tea or the best street food at a bustling market. Cheshire has it all.

With an abundance of award winning restaurants, country pubs and quaint cafes all serving only the best, fresh local produce, you are sure to find plenty of places for eating out in Chester and Cheshire, to suit both your palate and your pocket.

For visitors to Cheshire, this pastoral beauty is a delight for the eyes as much as for the taste buds. Choose to visit some of our county's many farm shops, markets and festivals, but not forgetting to take refreshment at one of our many country pubs, perhaps lunch in one of our historic stately homes or even visit a local brewery!

Whether it’s a home-baked pie in a cosy country pub or a Michelin-starred dish at an award-winning restaurant, the range of quality venues serving fresh local produce is many and varied in Chester.

Take a break from shopping or visiting the many attractions and stop by one of the many tea rooms and cafes for freshly brewed coffee and a slice of homemade cake or sample some real ale in one of the many pubs.

Enjoy afternoon tea at The Chester Grosvenor and your fruit scones will doubtless be treated to Cheshire’s best clotted cream and locally-made strawberry jam.

There are so many places to eat out in Chester and Cheshire, let your taste buds lead the way!


In Cheshire and the whole of the UK, the pound sterling is the legal tender. Practically anywhere in the towns, you can pay at every register with cash, PIN and chip-cards.

Emergency Phone Numbers

You certainly hope it will never be necessary, but something might happen during your visit which requires medical attention. Keep the following numbers close at hand:

999 The national emergency phone number.
You can use this to receive urgent care from
doctors, police and fire departments. You can reach them on any phone. 
101 The national non-emergency phone number.
This is the national phone number for non-urgent care and problems. For emergency care, dial 999.
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