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10 Places You Didn't Know About in Manchester

9 March 2021 Simon Banks Read time: 3 min
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You probably think you’ve seen and done it all in Manchester. After all, it is one of the UK's most popular cities.Well, think again, because it just so happens that this northern powerhouse has loads of fun things to do and see that you probably didn’t even know existed. 

And because we love Manchester so much, we thought it would be a good idea to list 10 places you may not know about. So read on, and discover another side to Manchester that you can explore once the lockdown restrictions have been removed. 

1) Clowes Park

Where is it? Broughton

Clowes Park is so secret that it can be hard to find. But once you do locate this open space, you can feed the ducks at the pond, take a moment to enjoy the gated garden or sit down with a picnic during the warmer months. The park perfectly encapsulates a tranquil and vibrant atmosphere, even though it’s hidden away behind a fair few houses. 

2) Dog Bowl

Where is it? Manchester City Centre

Manchester is well-known for its bustling nightlife, with a ton of bars and clubs entertaining until the early hours of the morning. It’s not so well known for its bowling, however – though maybe it should be. Dog Bowl is a bowling venue with Tex-Mex food and cocktails that’s open until the early hours of the morning. Hit a strike and enjoy a night out at this hidden gem. 

3) Minute Theatre

Where is it? Manchester City Centre

The Minute Theatre is a place to watch the weird and wacky. They work closely with Manchester Shakespeare Co and Square Circle Community Theatre, offering a diverse programme of theatre, improv, poetry and even magic. 

4) Hula Bar

Where is it? Northern Quarter

This Tiki bar goes by the motto, “Tiki as f*#k”, and who are we to argue? Located in the Northern Quarter, Hula Bar will add a tropical twist to your evening with awesome cocktails and a vibrant atmosphere that will see you coming back again and again. 

5) The Ancoats Peeps

Where is it? Ancoats

Wander around Ancoats, and you will inevitably stumble upon these peepholes looking into a bygone era. There’s no real explanation for why these Ancoats Peeps exist, yet they offer a fascinating insight into Manchester’s industry era and provide a nostalgic slice of history.

6) Seoul Kimchi

Where is it? Chorlton-on-Medlock

Head to this teeny-tiny Korean restaurant in the M13 postcode to chow down on authentic dishes straight from South Korea. There’s just about everything here to enjoy some really very delicious food at Seoul Kimchi, from Bibimbap and Bulgogi to freshly-prepared sushi. 

7) The Temple

Where is it? Manchester City Centre

Situated on Oxford Street, The Temple is a tucked-away bar hidden between the supermarket and chain restaurants. Yet, when you do stumble upon this gem, you’re guaranteed a great night at a lively boozer with a jukebox and a huge range of beers. Oh, and it’s located in a small public toilet. 

8) Walkden Gardens

Where is it? Sale

Known by the locals as “The Secret Garden”, Walkden Gardens is a hidden hotspot in Sale. There are mazy hedgerows to discover as you twist and turn your way around the park. You’ll also find a Japanese Garden and lots of other surprises in this pleasant open space. 

9) Red Bank Co

Where is it? The Green Quarter

Set under a railway arch, Red Bank Co offers some vibrancy and buzz to one of the city’s quieter areas. It’s a cosy and welcoming space filled with a cafe to enjoy a hot brew, a bar for a few bevvies and a little studio space where you can enjoy some great grub. 

10) The National Football Museum

With two of the world’s largest football clubs located in Manchester, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s the setting for the National Football Museum. And yet, not too many people know it’s there. It features the world’s greatest football collection and has 140,000 items, including George Best’s Ballon D’Or from 1968. 

Discover another side of Manchester

There’s so much to discover in Manchester, from quirky hangouts to world-class venues and famous landmarks. So the next time you’re looking for something to do, try one of the spots on our list. And if you’ve got some recommendations for hidden gems in Manchester, let us know in the comments below. 

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