Open since 1969, this public spot looks at how Manchester has contributed to the advancement of communications, railway, air & space, power generation, and more. Highlights include an Avro Skeleton plane from 1954, which was designed to fly for 24 hours straight.
A rotating assortment of food vendors set up shop here from Thursday through Saturday, offering easy eats with everything from traditional African fare and ostrich burgers to fresh Italian pasta and dim sum. In partnership with the local council, there's even a market-wide loyalty scheme in place where every 10th meal is free. There's also a selection of craft and vintage stalls as well, which you'll find on Fridays and Saturdays.
Cost: £5, depending on how hungry you are
Expand your brain at MadLab
Holding weekly events, the Manchester Digital Library aims to help advance the field through classes on coding, developing, designing, writing, and more. Many of the workshops here are free, and there are plenty of others that won’t exactly leave you penniless, either.
Cost: Mostly free