Sightseeing in and around Arora Hotel Manchester – Tourist Attractions
Should you wish to explore the surrounding areas, our Front Desk team members will be delighted to assist you. They can provide directions to famous landmarks or little-known destinations off the beaten path; they can help to secure a reservation at one of the city’s finest restaurants or obtain tickets for one of the exciting attractions Manchester has to offer.
» Arts & Culture
Manchester’s arts and cultural scene is diverse. And when it comes to theatres in Manchester, you’ve many to choose from. By day, explore landmark galleries and museums, like Daniel Libeskind’s Imperial War Museum North, the Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester Art Gallery. By night, take in a show at one of Manchester’s many theatrical and concert venues, like the Royal Exchange or the Lowry. Manchester certainly takes centre stage. Drop in on Urbis the new home to the National Museum of Football from January 2010.
» Comedy clubs and Musicals
With the Comedy Store in Deansgate Lock, you are sure to have a laugh. For big-budget musicals like South Pacific or Mamma Mia look to the Palace Theatre and Opera House as well as The Lowry Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre. The more experimental end of performance art and music is explored at the Contact Theatre.
» Live Music
Band on the Wall, Night and Day and The Roadhouse lead the way in showcasing new talent as part of a thriving live scene with over 30 smaller venues. If the hottest ticket in town is more your pleasure, the 21,000 capacity Manchester Phones 4 U Arena is the largest venue in the city – and attracts stars big enough to fill it. More big-name touring artists can be found at the Manchester Apollo and Manchester Academy. For the more discerning crowd, Bridgewater Hall offers state-of-the-art acoustics and a diverse programme taking in classical, jazz, Americana and World Music.
Funky. Fashionable. Chic. Sleek. Shopping in Manchester is an experience like no other. Seek out rare finds at Saturday’s Tib Street fashion market and Afflecks Palace. Browse vintage boutiques and explore the record shops in Manchester’s Northern Quarter for one-off promos. For a more indulgent shop, head to Exchange Square home to Harvey Nichols and Selfridges or to King Street. For a shopping experience under one roof there is the Arndale Centre in the City Centre or the critically acclaimed Trafford Centre located 15 minutes out of the City Centre.
» Public parks & gardens
Manchester boasts more than 134 parks including Heaton Park, gardens and open spaces, and an additional 27 informal open spaces within the city's Irk, Medlock and Mersey River Valleys.
Tatton Park is an award-winning historic estate which welcomes over 750,000 visitors each year. There are 1000 acres of deer park, 4 interesting attractions, a restaurant, specialty shops and an extensive events programme. Other stately homes of historic interest are Dunham Massey, Lyme Park Country House and Park, Styal Mill and Bramhall Hall.
North of the city – around the towns of Bury, Bolton, Wigan, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford and Tameside – you’ll find more than 500 square miles of inspiring countryside, crisscrossed by historical waterways and dotted with picturesque towns and fascinating attractions that make for great days out of the city.
The magical Lake District National Park is sometimes known as Manchester’s Water Playground. Much of it remains virtually untouched wilderness – and although it’s very popular, it’s always easy to leave the crowds behind and find your own way through this region of dreamy waterscapes and spectacular views.
» Cities of the North
As the gateway to Northern England, Manchester is a superb base for exploring the region’s fascinating heritage. Explore the Roman city of Chester, the Viking streets of York, or the bustling city of Leeds. For more recent history, visit Liverpool with its old docks and the sites where The Beatles made musical history.
» Historic Market Towns
Many of England’s most famous market towns are on Manchester’s doorstep - each rich in history and character and set in some of Britain’s most stunning landscapes. Sample Bury, with its famous black puddings (a famous local delicacy blood sausage), open market and charming East Lancashire Railway, a 12-mile heritage railway line running steam engines and other old trains on weekends all year and home to Thomas the Tank Engine. Bolton also has a thriving traditional market with a magnificent Victorian market hall and many historic buildings including 14th-century Smithills Hall (summer only) and Bolton Museum, Art Gallery & Aquarium. Oldham, once one of the world’s great cotton-spinning towns, offers magnificent mill buildings, an impressive neo-classical town hall and the 140-year-old Tommyfield Market. Stockport is easily recognized by its iconic railway viaduct, the immense restored 27-arch structure is still in use.