Top 10 Things To Do Alone In Manchester, England - Updated 2024

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Bursting at the seams with so much to see and do, Manchester is a welcoming city that has something for everyone to enjoy, from museums and art galleries to behind the scene tours of many famous venues. Manchester’s diverse culture and unique historical roots (did you know Manchester is considered to be the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution?) make it a great place to explore on your own. To find the best places to visit as a solo traveler, be sure to check out these fun things to do in Manchester.

1. Eat like a rock star at the Hard Rock Cafe Manchester (from USD 33.0)

While you are out exploring Manchester, you’ll invariably need to grab a bite to eat at some point. Why not choose somewhere with interesting musical memorabilia in addition to some rockin’ grub? When dining at the Hard Rock Cafe Manchester, you’ll choose between a two and three-course menu, with menu options such as their famous cheeseburger or barbecue chicken. Depending on your timing, you may even get to take in a rock show featuring a local band. Be sure to visit their store on your way out and pick up a souvenir to remember your trip by.

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Hard Rock Cafe Manchester with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner

Duration: 2 hours

97 reviews

2. Take a food tour around Manchester (from USD 89.0)

Food tours are a great way to find some of the best local eats around a city that you may not have known about previously, and Manchester is no exception. This tour starts and concludes in the Northern Quarter and takes you into the heart of the city in the in between. While on the tour, you will learn about British food and drink and their history while eating what amounts to a large meal, so be sure to come hungry! The tour lasts about 3.5 hours on average and has a maximum capacity of twelve people to ensure a comfortable experience for all participants.

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Manchester Food Tour: Local Street Food & Gourmet

Duration: 210 to 240 minutes

212 reviews

3. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Etihad Stadium (from USD 33.0)

This tour is perfect for sports enthusiasts. On this 1.5-hour walking tour, you will go behind the scenes of the Manchester City Football Club’s Etihad Stadium, where you will visit the manager’s dugout, press conference room and the players’ changing rooms. Enjoy a brief history lesson on the team that dates back to the 1800’s with the interactive displays located in the exhibition hall. Your tour guide will recount to you stories of football legends, including Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany. Be sure to stop by the gift shop on your way out; your ticket to the tour will get you a 10% discount on all merchandise.

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The Manchester City Stadium Tour

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

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4. Discover the city by taking a private tour with a local (from USD 52.13)

things to do alone in manchester | discover the city by taking a private tour with a local

There is simply no better way to discover all that Manchester has to offer than by learning from someone who lives in the area. Take a walking tour with a local and you’ll be treated to the best insider information: the best restaurants to dine at, the best methods for getting around town and more. You can arrange for your tour to start wherever you are lodging, be it in a hotel or an Airbnb rental. Tours last between two to six hours, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

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Welcome to Manchester: Private Tour with a Local

Duration: 2.0 hour

61 reviews

5. Eat and play at the National Football Museum (from USD 16.43)

eat and play at the national football museum

Stop by the National Football Museum during your trip to Manchester and have the best day exploring. The museum is full of artifacts and memorabilia and has an area with interactive games that change regularly, guaranteeing a fresh experience even if you have visited in the past. On the ground floor of the museum, you’ll find the cafe. Here, you can choose from a set menu listing while enjoying watching live sports on one of eight plasma screen TVs.

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Manchester: National Football Museum Admission Ticket

Duration: 1.5 hour

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6. Embark on a canal cruise (from USD 15.17)

embark on a canal cruise

Get a look at the city from a different angle when you take a Manchester Ship Canal Cruise. These cruises last about an hour and they depart from the docks every 75 minutes, giving you plenty of time options throughout the day to set sail. Some of the highlights of the cruise include seeing Stephenson’s 1830 railway bridge and Manchester United’s Theatre of Dreams, all while listening to an audio documentary that details the canal’s history and future.

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Manchester: Canal & River Cruise

Duration: 1.0 hour

2264 reviews

7. Enjoy your evening on board a river cruise (from USD 19.55)

enjoy your evening on board a river cruise

As the daylight begins to wane, climb aboard the Princess Katherine and watch as the sun sets and the city begins to light up. This two-hour evening cruise departs from the city center and takes you past sights such as the Imperial War Museum and Old Trafford. While on board, you will be able to enjoy a snack from a shared food board as well as a glass of wine or beer from a local brewery.

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Manchester: 1.5-Hour Evening River Cruise

Duration: 1.5 hour

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8. Get an inside peek at the Manchester United Museum and Stadium (from USD 33.0)

get an inside peek at the manchester united museum and stadium

Take a look behind the scenes and learn more about the history of the Manchester United team during this 75-minute tour. You will get the chance to see the players’ dressing room, visit the trophy room and walk through the tunnel out onto the field. The museum itself features a hefty amount of team artifacts that have collected over the decades, all telling a vibrant story about how the team came to be what it is today.

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Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour at Old Trafford

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

26 reviews

9. Take in a comedy show at a local venue

take in a comedy show at a local venue

If you love a good comedy show, be sure to plan on spending an evening at the Frog and Bucket Comedy Club. There is a show every Friday and Saturday night featuring the club’s flagship act called the Barrel of Laughs. The show lasts about 2.5 hours and includes three acts from both the national and international stage as well as a local compere. Food and drinks are available during the show, with a late bar and a DJ after the show concludes.

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Frog and Bucket Comedy Club Admission in Manchester

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

10. Dive into SEA LIFE Manchester (from USD 25.0)

Take a deep sea excursion without setting foot in the ocean, by visiting SEA LIFE Manchester aquarium. Inside, you’ll find many fascinating species of aquatic life just waiting for you to find out more about them. Follow the life cycle of a sea turtle at the Turtle Beach exhibit before moving on to the underwater cave system exhibit where you will encounter some very strange looking creatures. During your tour of SEA LIFE, you’ll see such species as the lionfish, stingrays, jellyfish and even sharks!

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SEA LIFE Manchester Admission Ticket

Duration: 2 hours

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Traveling alone can be a great way to explore places you’ve never been to before; you only have to see and do the things you are truly interested in. Manchester is a great city for solo travel, with plenty of entertainment options that are suitable for all tastes and interests. Plan a visit to Manchester soon, there’s so much here you don’t want to miss!

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