Top Manchester tourist attractions to add to your 2024 bucket-list - including National Football Museum and Dunham Massey

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We take a look at some of the city-region’s best attractions we think you should visit this year - including Manchester Museum and Cloud 23 sky bar.

From a giant T-Rex to a replica of a 1920s street to drinks with stunning views over the city centre - Manchester has plenty of sites to see.

Whether you're a resident or planning a visit to the area in 2024, there's always something to do in the city-region.

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We have compiled a list of the top tourist attractions to put on your bucket-list for 2024:

Manchester Museum

First up, Manchester Museum reopened in early 2023 after a 15 million pound renovation including the addition of a South Asia Gallery, a Chinese Culture Gallery and more.

Take a look at works of natural history for free at the city's famous tourist attraction - and if you want to catch a glimpse at the Golden Mummies of Egypt exhibition, don't forget to head down before April 14.

National Football Museum

Nex up, the National Football Musuem is located in Cathedral Gardens in the the city centre.

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The attraction is open for football fans to look at some of the most historic moments of the much-loved sport - and to test out skills in some fun activities.

The latest exhibition - Batteries Not Included - explores the history and development of football toys and games, including the latest cutting-edge VR technology - and is running until February 24.

People’s History Museum

People's History Museum (reopening Feb 1 2024) is the national museum of democracy and tells the story of working people in the UK.

Located in Spinningfields, the museum is known for its huge collection and conservation of political banners, which are changed at the beginning of each year in the annual banner exhibition.

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It truly is a unique attraction in Manchester and is filled with an amazing display of artefacts relating to the history of people working in Britain over the last 200 years.

The Science and Industry Museum

The Science and Industry Museum focuses on the development of science, technology and industry in the world's first industrial city.

The site has permanent exhibitions showing amazing scientific achievements and looking into Manchester's industrial history.

The Science and Industry Museum is fun for all the family, and its current temporary display, 'Ouch, Food Poo and You,' explores the entire journey through the digestive system in all the gory details.

Portland Basin Museum

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Next up, The Portland Basin Museum in Ashton-under-Lyne is a unique attraction focusing on the area's industrial heritage.

Built in the restored nineteenth-century Ashton Canal Warehouse in Ashton-under-Lyne, the museum houses an entire street where the sights and sounds of 1920s Tameside are brought to life.

Explore what a typical Greater Manchester house would have looked like, sit down for class at school, or take a trip into the site's fish and chip shop and browse the menu.

Portico Library

Manchester landmark The Portico Library in the City Centre is an independent subscription library home to 25,000 books and is one of the city's oldest buildings still being used for its original function.

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This historic library could be missed by many as they go about their day in the city, but the tall, domed ceiling and shelves stacked high with first editions and fragile manuscripts make it a must-see place in Manchester.

Dunham Massey

If you're looking for a day out filled with beautiful walks, views over gorgeous lakes, and a chance to spot some fallow deer - Dunham Massey near Altrincham could be the perfect place to visit.

The National Trust site was revealed as Manchester's most visited attraction last year, with over 525,000 people heading there in 2022.

Cloud 23

And finally, for some of the best skyline views of Greater Manchester, why not take a look at Cloud 23, located on the 23rd floor of Beetham Tower in Deansgate.

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The bar serves coffee, cocktails and champagne with a stunning panoramic view of all the beautiful sites of the city-region.

Manchester is home to a variety of amazing attractions, and these are some of the best things to do in the area.

For more ideas on what's happening in our city-region, don't forget to keep up-to-date with our weekly what's on guides.

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