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Etihad Stadium: Manchester City Stadium and Museum Tour

1. Etihad Stadium: Manchester City Stadium and Museum Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite players on this behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Etihad Stadium. Take a look at the state-of-the-art new player facilities of the revamped stadium and club. From arrival to pre-match preparations, and from the big match to their post-match media obligations, gain a true understanding of the journey that players take on a match day. Follow your guide who will bring each corner of the stadium to life with interesting stories, facts, and anecdotes. There are plenty of new areas to visit this season, including the brand new player facilities and the introduction of The Tunnel Club – the first of its kind in world football.

Manchester: National Football Museum Admission Ticket

2. Manchester: National Football Museum Admission Ticket

Your ticket includes admission to all four floors of the museum. On the ground floor, have your photo taken with our FA Cup and Premier League trophies and enjoy the latest pop-up art exhibition. Level 1 is where you'll discover the must-see memorabilia — look out for the trophy won by England in 1966. You'll also uncover some fascinating history, like in England on the World Stage, which looks at the ups and downs of the England team. Level 1 is also the meeting point for guided tours. On Level 2, you'll find all the interactive challenges including Penalty Shootout. Temporary exhibitions on Level 3 change twice a year and take an in-depth look at soccer through art, photography, and technology.

Manchester: Urban Axe Throwing Experience

3. Manchester: Urban Axe Throwing Experience

Experience the thrill of axe throwing against the backdrop of a pumping soundtrack in urban Manchester. Benefit from the skills of professional instructors and toss some steel around in the heart of the city. Pick a spot in one of 10 lanes and size up your two targets. Let your instructor show you the basics. Aim for the bullseye and feel the thrill as your axe hits the target. Unwind with some drinks at the on-site bar after your experience.

From Manchester: Lake District Tour

4. From Manchester: Lake District Tour

This tour gives you a day in the Lake District National Park from Manchester. It’s an ideal way to see amazing landscapes associated with this stunning National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Leaving Manchester three times a week, the tour heads North via the M6 Motorway, and in approximately two hours, you will arrive in the beautiful Lake District.   Visit the medieval village of Hawkshead, famous for its connection with Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. Explore its many delightful features — there are plenty of photo opportunities as William Wordsworth's old Grammar School is located here, along with St Michael and All Angels Church which overlooks the village. You will also have time to explore and get something to eat; see the cobbled alleys, shops, cafes, galleries, and many more attractions. You will travel past incredible scenery in the Lake District, stopping for photographs at the most beautiful spots as you meander through the central Lakes. Spend time in the Langdale valley and take in views of the Langdale Pikes. As your Lake District tour comes to an end, you will then continue your journey back to Manchester.

Manchester: Salford Quays River Cruise

5. Manchester: Salford Quays River Cruise

Discover a different side of Manchester on a cruise along the city's historic waterway. Departing from the former docks at Salford Quays, sail past the striking architecture of the modern developments now dominating the area. Enjoy the views of the city from the comfort of the cabin or from the back deck. Enjoy live commentary onboard from the skipper who describes many of the sights along the trip as well as the history of the waterway which helped to transform Manchester into the industrial powerhouse of Europe.

3-day Yorkshire Dales and Peak District Tour from Manchester

6. 3-day Yorkshire Dales and Peak District Tour from Manchester

Day 1: Travel to the Peak District. In the late morning, you will arrive in Castleton. This quaint old town attracts travelers from all over the world for its quintessential English charm. Nearby, there are caves, a beautiful view up a valley, and an insightful information center. Venture to the beautiful valley at Monsal Head. There’s an old rail line viaduct that emerges from the green hills. It’s a gorgeous structure with an impressive history. If you’re hungry, then you’re in luck, because you’re stopping for lunch in Bakewell. Not only is this town delicious to look at, but it’s also the home of one of England’s most famous desserts, the Bakewell Pudding. After savoring every last crumb, head over to Chatsworth House. This luxurious stately home is incredible; you can admire the architecture, get lost in a massive maze, or praise precious art. Finally, head off in the early evening to your overnight stop in York. Day 2: Full-day Tour of York Spend your morning in York. Visit a chocolate museum, find out about the Vikings, or just stroll around the ancient walls. Around midday, leave York and head to Goathland. This town was used in the Harry Potter movies and is situated in one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK. Your next stop is Whitby. This is the type of town everyone dreams of retiring in. There’s a beautifully-located, ruined abbey; old stone steps curving around viewpoints; and a lovely little beach to play about on. After exploring all the nooks and crannies of Whitby, travel to Robin Hood’s Bay. They doubt if the real Robin Hood ever came here, but there are still plenty of smugglers tales dotted around this remarkable harbor village. Finally, arrive back in York in the early evening. Day 3: Touring, Lunch, and Returning to Manchester Take the road to Fountains Abbey. This is one of the largest ruined abbeys in England and part of an important UNESCO Heritage site. Then find yourself surrounded by some of England’s most lovely waterfalls at AysgarthEnjoy a delicious lunch of Wensleydale's famous cheese and crackers. After lunch, travel past the epic Ribblehead railway viaduct before having a short snoop around the old castle-topped town of Clitheroe. In the evening, arrive in Manchester.

From Manchester: 3-Day Tour of Snowdonia, Wales, and Chester

7. From Manchester: 3-Day Tour of Snowdonia, Wales, and Chester

Day 1: Manchester to the border of Wales Depart from Manchester by coach for your first stop of the day, Conwy. Explore the town and its award-winning, picturesque harbor. View a castle perched by the sea, the "world’s smallest house", and traditional restaurants boasting the best fish and chips. Travel to the Llanberis Slate Museum, after you've soaked up the sea air, and learn about the history of the second largest slate mine in the world. Continue to Beddgelert, known as the "loveliest" village in Snowdonia. Admire the beautiful architecture of the stone houses and arched bridges. Travel through the heart of Snowdonia as the evening comes, arriving at your overnight stop in Aberystwyth. Day 2: Aberystwyth to New Quay Set off from Aberystwyth in the morning for the colorful seaside town of New Quay. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the picturesque beach or grab an ice cream. Visit Laugharne, and stand in awe before this village’s towering castle. Carry on towards Carreg Cennen, an imposing fortress perched on top of a hill, nestled within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Roam across the ramparts and experience stunning views of the surrounding natural landscape. Make your way to Newton House, a palatial building that boasts rich gardens, unique architecture, and famous ghost stories, before returning to Aberystwyth later on that evening. Day 3: Harlech Castle and Chester Watch Snowdonia’s mountains fly by as you make your way to Harlech Castle, one of the most popular castles to see in the whole of the UK. Take the chance to witness the sea views and learn about its war-torn history. Stop for lunch in the little village of Betws-Y-Coed before journeying to one of England’s most historic towns, Chester. Head to the cathedral, rebuilt in the Gothic style from 1250 onward. Arrive back in Manchester in the early evening.

Manchester: Food and Drinks Walking Tour

8. Manchester: Food and Drinks Walking Tour

Starting in the uber trendy area of Islington Marina, the tour takes in Ancoats and the Northern Quarter of Manchester. Learn about the fascinating history of this great city from the Industrial revolution to the music and bands that makes the world dance. Stopping at 6 locally run food stops where each dish tells a story about Manchester and the communites that make it tick. Guests will visit some of our favourite hidden gems and discover the real Manchester. Every tour is led by proud Mancunians.

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What people are saying about Manchester

We had a great time with James and were able to take a look behind the scenes of this exciting city.

Awesome. You should definitely check it out. One of the best experiences I’ve had in a while. ❤️

Great trip around etihad, really good guide full of enthusiasm, well worth a visit.

Was absolutely fabulous from start to finish would totally recommend x

Enjoyed the tour lots to do and see.the tour guide was very helpful.