20 FREE things to do in Manchester

Museum of Science & Industry
Manchester has some of the best histories in terms of science and industry, what with the Industrial Revolution starting on our doorstep, John Dalton paving the way for Rutherford and the smashing of them pesky atoms, and of course – Alan Turing. All this and more is celebrated within the 5 buildings that make up MOSI; including the world’s first inter-city railway. They are also currently showcasing Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond, which you should definitely check out.

Open Daily 10 am – 5 pm
Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP


Greater Manchester Police Museum
This is probably my favourite place to visit for free in Manchester – it’s absolutely brilliant. Open on Tuesdays, this small museum on Newton Street allows visitors a swift glimpse into some of the history and stories behind many local crimes and criminals. Once a working police station, the brilliant ex-copper volunteers take pleasure in showing you the genuine Victorian prison cells (and pictures of a fella escaping out of the serving hatch), as well as the magnificent courtroom upstairs. My favourite was being allowed to try on some riot gear and then read about some of the gruesome murders that have happened in the past in their evidence room.

Open Tuesdays 10.30am – 3.30pm
57A Newton St, Manchester M1 1ET


Weekend Walks
Here in Manchester, we are lucky enough to be a stone’s throw away from some wonderful spots for walking. Every few weeks here on Finest we do a little write up on a particular walk and in our arsenal, we’ve got Heaton Park, the historic (and definitely haunted) Dunham Massy, and Arley Hall and gardens just to name a few. Once you’ve got through these ones, keep your eyes peeled for more-especially as the days get longer and significantly warmer.


Chetham’s Library
This building is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world. The oldest. And it’s fenced in between Urbis, the Manchester Arena and that little Barber Shop that never seems to be open. The Library began acquiring books in 1655 and has been adding to its collections ever since resulting in a vast array of things for you to gawp at. On top of this, the Music School next door offers free Lunchtime Concerts where you can enjoy a varied programme of solo and chamber recitals.

Open Monday – Friday with timed entries: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 13.30pm, 14.30pm and 15.30pm
Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB

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