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With flights to Manchester, England, from American Airlines, it's never been easier to visit this historically significant city. From visiting museums and historic sites to listening to live music to watching Premier League football, there are plenty of options when it comes to things to do in Manchester.
With roots tracing back to the Roman fort Mamucium in 79 A.D., there is a treasure trove of history in this United Kingdom metropolis. One of the most interesting activities in Manchester is delving into its heritage. Start with a visit to the site of the fort in the Castlefield Urban Heritage Park, where you can see reconstructed remains of the gatehouse and other structures. Then it's on to Manchester's fine museums, beginning with the expansive Museum of Science and Industry, or MOSI. It's comprised of five buildings that cover over seven acres. It's located on the site of the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station and its exhibits include everything from hands-on activities to working steam mill engines. Then visit the John Rylands Library, a superb example of Victorian Gothic architecture. Its collection includes the oldest known portion of the New Testament known as the St. John Fragment and a 1476 edition of Canterbury Tales. Next, head to the family-friendly Manchester Art Gallery, where you can indulge your yen for fine art by viewing pre-Raphaelite paintings and your kids can indulge their I-want-to-touch-that inclination through hands-on exhibits. More places you won't want to miss include the Whitworth Art Gallery (with an excellent collection of British artwork) and the Stockport Air Raid Shelters (where you can get a real sense of daily life during the Blitz through a labyrinth of tunnels).
In addition to its historical attractions, the city also has a proud musical heritage. Many bands of worldwide renown began here, and hearing live music is one of our favorite things to do in Manchester. The primary venues to hear performances include Manchester Arena, Manchester Apollo and Manchester Academy. Of course, smaller venues abound throughout the city, making it easy to catch a few performances.
And residents are equally (if not more so) passionate about local sports, especially the city's two Premier League football clubs. Cheering for Manchester City or Manchester United is one of the most fun and boisterous activities in Manchester.
From football to art and history, Manchester offers something for everyone to enjoy. Let American Airlines help you fly to Manchester so you can explore every facet of the city for a memorable getaway. Search our flights and start planning your trip today.