Best places to explore in Manchester’s cultural corridor

If you’re feeling a bit uncultured and are in desperate need of some first class northern fun and entertainment then a run down through Manchester’s cultural corridor should do the trick. But with so many options where should you venture to first, seek out these top locations and we guarantee you’ll never utter the words “I’m bored”, again.

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Cornerhouse – 70 Oxford Street

The ultimate cultural workout for those cultural (and actual) muscles, the Cornerhouse has three floors stacked full of galleries and even an independent cinema.

This vital centre of Manchester’s artsy scene is moving to a new £19M project called HOME in spring 2015, with a final goodbye exhibition in November called Playtime – so if you’re in town definitely stop by.

Manchester Academy – Moss Lane East

Possibly one of the greatest student unions in the UK, the Manchester Academy hosts both upcoming bands and world-famous bands alike.

Starting in 1963 this venue’s Hall of Fame is a roll call of the biggest names in pop and rock music through the ages – highlights include performances from Pink Floyd, Nirvana, The Beastie Boys, The Gorillaz, Mumford & Sons and Katy Perry.

Whitworth Art Gallery – Oxford Road

A great grandfather of Manchester’s cultural hubs, the Whitworth Art Gallery was first built in 1889. Currently undergoing a brand spanking new refit, the gallery reopens this autumn, which will see a 21st century gallery in the park added to its expansive arts offering.

The university may own it but it’s definitely driven by the public, and its huge collection should prove a good cultural workout for every age.

Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) – 124 Oxford Road

Not only is the RNCM a world leading college of music, it also hosts some of the best classical music acts from around the world.

Alongside stellar music, visitors can also catch wildly tacky but brilliant comedy acts and dance performances; a trip to the RNCM makes for an extra special night out.

The Deaf Institute – 35 Grosvenor Street

With its Gothic architecture and student-town location, the cleverly named live music venue is the perfect place to burn off some energy.

A recurring Friday night event called the “Revolver” combines hip shaking, 60’s wailing and a happy hour from 10pm until midnight.

Header image: Manchester skyline  ©  SAKhanphotography/iStock/Thinkstock

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Words by Lance van Dijk

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