Free virtual tour of the Northern Quarter
This area of the city centre is home to some of the trendiest bars, pubs and restaurants around, and has quickly become one of the most popular places in Manchester to visit for a night out. The vast collection of bars and pubs is forever expanding, with brand new venues offering a selection of local brewed casks, foreign beers, cocktails and spirits opening on a regular basis. For a livelier scene by night, there’s plenty of bar-come-clubs including Black Dog Ballroom and Soup Kitchen as well as live music venues including Band On The Wall and Night & Day Cafe. There’s no shortage of good food around the Northern Quarter either, with a whole host of eateries from cafés to burger bars and pizzerias, there’s something for everyone to indulge. Independent shops are in abundance here, with a range of fashion boutiques, record shops and vintage stores all selling a range of quirky, unique items in reflection of the true Northern Quarter creative charm. There’s much more to the Northern Quarter, and we show you around some of it in our free virtual tour videos below…
Things to do in the Northern Quarter
The Northern Quarter is bursting with things to do, places to see and is generally just an interesting place to explore. We couldn’t possibly point out everything that the area has to offer, as there’s something new to see around every corner. So, we’ve just picked out a few things that might take your interest on a day/night out in Manchester’s Northern Quarter…
Any trip to the Northern Quarter wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Afflecks. The department store with a difference houses over 70 individual independent indoor market stalls, selling everything from fashion to fancy dress, retro games to vinyls and home ware to craft shops – basically all the cool, quirky novelty items you’d ever wish to find under one roof. You can even get a piercing or tattoo while there, for a long lasting memory of what is a truly unique experience visiting Afflecks. read more
Manchester Craft and Design Centre
One for the art lovers. Manchester Craft and Design Centre is located inside a former Victorian fishmarket building, and showcases a huge variety of contemporary visual art, craft and design. Their free exhibitions and events are well worth a visit, and a variety of workshops are on offer for a fun and creative day out. read more
Band on the Wall
One of the best nights out in Manchester can be spent in Band on the Wall, a hugely popular live music venue, hosting a variety of regular jazz and world music gigs. The venue is well famed for its shows and clubnights, playing host to various DJ’s such as BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Craig Charles who puts on a sell-out Funk and Soul show every month. read more
If cats and coffee are two of your favourite things, then this is the place for you. Manchester’s cat café opened in 2016 and houses 10 lovely kitties, in a friendly environment where people can sit back and relax with some coffee and cake. There’s limited capacity though, for obvious health and safety reasons, so it’s worth booking in advance if you’re hoping to pay a visit. read more
Food & Drink
There’s more choice than you could ever need in the Northern Quarter when it comes to eating and drinking. Feast on a burger at Almost Famous or Solita, or grab a slice at Dough Pizza Kitchen. Home Sweet Home has some of the best brunch options around, and Sugar Junction offers a fantastic selection of sweet treats.
Wash it all down with a drink or two in some of the Northern Quarters great bars. Whether it’s a cocktail at Apotheca or a craft beer in The Crown and Kettle, there’s sure to be something to refresh your taste buds. For a truly unique experience, head to movie-themed Bar 21 where you’ll be surrounded by fascinating memorabilia from productions such as The Rocky Horror Show, while enjoying a tipple from their impressive drinks selection. read more
Facts about the Northern Quarter
- It was not fully developed until the late 18th century, despite Manchester having existed since medieval times
- Oldham Street is the heart of the Northern Quarter, though it spans across other popular streets including Tib Street, Newton Street, Lever Street, Dale Street, Hilton Street and
- Thomas Street
- The area has been used as a filming location several times, including 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, and Guy Ritchie’s 2009 film Sherlock Holmes
- The Northern Quarter was awarded the Great Neighbourhood of the Year Award 2011 for Britain and Ireland at the Academy of Urbanism Awards in London
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