What to do in Manchester

From Glossop station it is just 35 minutes by train or car to Manchester, one of the most vibrant cities in the country. There is a huge selection of things to do: theatre & comedy; sports to watch and to join in; music, art, literature & history; shopping and restaurants to suit all tastes; and much more...

Musicals and plays hot from the West End to ballet and opera there’s something for everyone in Manchester. Find all the theatre shows in Manchester at The Palace Theatre, Opera House, Lowry and other theatres in Manchester.

Alterantively for a change of pace have a laugh at the Comedy Store.

Theatres & Comedy

Manchester has an endless supply of sports activities to watch or to join in.

Football: Manchester City or Manchester United are synonomous with the city; how about checking out the National Football Musuem

Other sports venues include: Chill Factore skiing, Bell Vue Greyhound Stadium, National Speedway Stadium, UK National Cycling Centre, Sale Sharks Rugby Union, Manchester Storm Ice Hockey, National Squash Centre, Old Trafford Cricket and many more.


Music, art, literature, history, they are all available in the museums and galleries of Manchester.

Home, a purpose-built centre for international contemporary art, theatre, film and books.

The John Rylands Library, A late-Victorian, neo-Gothic masterpiece;

Manchester Museum, sights from the natural world and different cultures; Science & Industry Museum; The Whitworth Gallery in the Park; The Lowry; Manchester Art Gallery; Imperial War Museum North

Museums & Galleries

Manchester has a huge selection of music venue from classical to rock, from arenas to pubs.

The Manchester Arena, largest seated venue in the UK; Apollo, concert venue; Bridgewater Hall and Hallé St Peter's, classic music venues; Band on the Wall, a legendary, pioneering music venue.

Live Music

Manchester has an amazing array of retail outlets. HIgh end stores Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.

The Trafford Centre is still one of the largest retail centres in Europe. Alternatively, see the retro and the trendy at Afflecks in Manchester's northern quarter.


Manchester has literally hundreds of restaurants, so it is difficult to select the best, so be sure to hunt around there is something for everyone

Adam Reid at the French - 4AA rosettes; One Plus - chinese Top on Tripadvisor in February 2019; Northern Soul - American & British; Evuna - Spanish; 1847 - Vegetarian; TNQ - Contemporary; Mowgli - Asian.



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Birds Nest Cottage Guest House

40-42 Primrose Lane, Glossop, SK13 8EW

Tel. 07711 353696

All bookings require confirmation by telephone or email and booking confirmations are subject to a 25% deposit being received. Payments may be made by credit/debit card or bank transfer. Please see our terms and conditions.
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If you wish to arrive before 4pm please call us on 07711 353696.


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Beautiful base for walking in the Peak District. The Garden Retreat is nicely furnished with lots of thoughtful touchs - blankets on the sofas for snuggling into after a long walk Would definitely book here again and would recommend to friends.

The Garden Retreat is truly that - a beautiful home away from home set in a gorgeous garden. The Retreat was clean, cozy, spacious and well-appointed. We wil happily stay again!

The Garden Retreat is a wonderful place to stay. It’s a lovely apartment set in a beautiful garden. It provided the perfect location for us; combining going to see Manchester with doing outdoor stuff in the Peak District. We’d love to stay again.

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