11 hidden gems in Manchester to discover: from a speakeasy to beautiful historic libraries
Manchester has plenty of overlooked attractions to discover - here are 11 ranging from concealed bars to green spaces
Manchester is certainly not short of well-known tourist and visitor attractions - the Science and Industry Museum, the John Rylands Library and the National Football Museum to name but three - but the city also has its fair share of hidden gems which you have to be somewhat in the local know to discover.
From cool bars which disguise themselves from the outside as more mundane establishments to green havens located amid industrial sprawl and from quirky museums to historic buildings tucked away down side streets, Manchester has loads for visitors keen to get off the beaten track a bit to discover.
There was certainly no shortage of candidates which could have made this list, from a veritable index of Northern Quarter watering holes with concealed entrances and off-the-wall themes to cult Manchester institutions such as The Temple (a bar inside what used to be a subterranean loo) to alternative venues like the tiny Three Minute Theatre (or 3MT) tucked into a ground-floor corner of Afflecks.
But this is a list of 11 places ManchesterWorld feels have been somewhat overlooked and which range from the city’s very earliest beginnings way back in ancient history to firmly contemporary venues and hobbies.