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Top 5 Places to Visit In Manchester for Coach Hire Groups

1 Castlefield

Designated the first Urban Heritage Park, Castlefield is an excellent place to begin exploring Manchester. Canals are a key feature in the area, once a hub of industrial activity, Castlefield is now one of the city’s most tranquil spots. Discover the lovingly restored Victorian houses along the old canals through to the reconstructed Roman Fort.

2 Manchester Museum of Science and Industry

Built on the site of the oldest surviving passenger railway station, in the heart of the world’s first industrial city. Today alive with innovative discoveries in science and technology. There are extensive displays on the theme of transport such as cars, aircraft, and railway locomotives to power generation and Manchester’s sewerage, sanitation, textiles, and computing.

The Museum of Science and Industry offers workshops and paid shows for schools and tour groups. The museum offers Free entry however some special exhibitions may be chargeable. Coach groups traveling to the museum should request to be dropped off at the corner of Liverpool Street as the museum does not have any coach parking available. This area is not far from the museum and it is safe to depart the vehicle if your driver parks in one of the 3 coach bays available on the street.

3 Imperial War Museum North

IWM North is located on The Quays, Greater Manchester’s unique waterfront destination. A family of 5 national war museums, IWM was founded in the midst of the First World War with a mission to preserve and tell the stories of all kinds of people, not only from Britain but from the countries of its empire. The unique collections tell the human stories of lives engulfed in war and show how conflict has shaped the world in which we all live.

The Imperial War Museum is Free admission, which is perfect for coach groups planning a day trip to Manchester. The museum is open from 10am to 5pm every day but Closes on 24, 25 & 26 December every year. The venue also provides unique venue hire for corporates and filming locations for productions.

4 National football museum

This football shrine features fascinating memorabilia related to the sport, including such gems as the very first rulebook, as well as historic trophies and clothing. A variety of great short movies show the history of the sport, while fun hands-on displays provide plenty of additional entertainment for youngsters.

The National Football Museum welcomes all tour and school groups to their venue. If you would like to make a group booking contact them directly at For school groups and learning programs contact their learning co-ordinator at

5 Manchester Art Gallery

Built-in 1823, renovated and expanded in 2002, The Manchester Art Gallery is free to enter and open seven days a week. The Art Gallery possesses one of the largest art collections in Britain outside of London. Including works by the pre-Raphaelites; Flemish masters of the 17th century; French impressionists, including Gauguin, Manet, and Monet. For a truly brilliant experience join their volunteer guides for a tour of the gallery. Find out more about art on display, the building and the history of the gallery.

The Manchester Art Gallery offers Free and Paid tours of the gallery to Adult groups. It also provides learning programs for schools, colleges, families, adults and young people. The Museum also provides a great location to host your own special events. They have multiple room types with various seating capacity such as Lecture rooms which hold up to 100 people, Corporate meeting rooms hold up to 18 people and Reception and dinner party rooms holding up to 600 people.

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