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15 Sporting Attractions & Activities In Manchester


The city offers more than just its globally-known football teams (although, these are obviously gigantic attractions for international visitors). 

The best sporting attractions come from Manchester, and it's our job to let our readers know about the best sport-related activities, experiences, shops, bars, and more in the city!

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Manchester Is A Gigantic Sports City


Outside of football, visitors can enjoy the likes of ice hockey, rugby, and other famous sports in Manchester. In some cases, you'll only have to travel a few miles outside the city, but the vibrancy experienced in these stadiums and venues is one of a kind. 

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Best Sports Experiences & Activities 

TeamSport Go Karting

Manchester's TeamSport Go Karting gives you the ultimate sport-driving experience. 

Take part in one of the best go-karting venues in the North West. On your next big night out, corporate team outings or even out of curiosity, TeamSport is a fantastic day out for driving enthusiasts and competitive individuals!

National Football Museum

The National Football Museum is home to hundreds of football memorabilia that will prove interesting for football fans. 

The collection seen in the National Football Museum includes 2500 for every showcase they have, creating an incredible list of fascinating items that tell the story of football's history in Manchester. 

Treetop Adventure Golf 

Trek fantastical spaces in Treetop Adventure Golf's two indoor 18-hole mini golf courses! This place is ideal for visitors who like a bit of competition, with dozens of themes and trails to choose from, Treetop Adventure is great for a quick sporty day or night out.

Chill Factore

For something a bit more challenging, you can book Chill Factore and get stuck in lots of snowy activities. Chill Factore is an indoor facility which offers diverse snow sports experiences.

Ranging from skiing and snowboarding, Chill Factore is perfect for thrill seekers.

Challenge 4 Change 

A unique indoor urban learning facility, the C4C Centre offers a number of ground-level challenges (such as an assault course, high-rope course, and leap-of-faith.

The training venue offers ways to overcome barriers that hold them back, creating both a memorable and enticing experience for personal development. 

You can find Challenge 4 Change in the Clinks directory. 

HSBC UK National Cycling Centre 

Known as Britain's first indoor Olympic cycling track, HSBC's national cycling centre is one of the world's most pristine board tracks. 

In addition to the tracks found in the interior of the building, there is also a mountain bike trail that runs through Clayton Vale, around 12km in length which comprises four different skill levels. 

Diverse Sports & Leisure Centres


Sugden Sports Centre

Sugden Sports Centre provides a range of fitness classes, dedicated gyms and sports halls that are packed with daily activities. The sports centre includes: 

  • Gym
  • Sports Hall
  • Pitches
  • Courts
  • Schedules Activities

Manchester Aquatic Centre

Manchester Aquatic Centre has an incredible swimming area, as well as other facilities that can accommodate anyone that wants to get into a wide range of sports activities in Manchester. The Aquatic Centre includes:

  • 50m Pool
  • Diving Pool
  • Training Pool
  • Diverse Gyms
  • Health Suite
  • Studio
  • Cafe
  • Scheduled Activities

Moss Side Leisure Centre 

Moss Side Leisure Centre is a site that includes a variety of facilities. These include a health suite, gym, sports hall and studio. The centre includes the following: 

  • Swimming Pools
  • Health Suite
  • Gym
  • Sports Hall
  • Squash Courts

Soccer In The City 

For football fans, you can book an hour at Soccer in the City - a city centre venue in Manchester that allows corporates, professionals and business communities to play a 5-a-side football match after work.

With its own changing rooms, showering facilities and licensed bar, Soccer in the City is a fantastic place for organising casual football matches.

Football Stadiums In Manchester


It's already established that Manchester is massive on football. With two outstanding football teams (Manchester United and Manchester City), the city boasts an energetic atmosphere when it comes to the sport. 

The mood is reflected in Manchester's football stadiums.

Old Trafford

Old Trafford Stadium is home to Manchester United Football Club and is more than just a simple stadium for football fixtures. 

Known as the UK's second-largest venue for matches, Old Trafford boasts a capacity of over 75,000. In addition to its gigantic stadium, Old Trafford also offers behind-the-scenes tours during non-matchdays, as well as a souvenir shop and a delicious cafe. 

Etihad Stadium 

As home to Manchester City Football Club, Etihad Stadium is popular amongst City fans - as well as international guests visiting Manchester. 

Etihad Stadium offers the same attractions as Old Trafford. With an incredible football ground, options for tours and an outstanding souvenir shop, Etihad Stadium is a highly recommended attraction to visit. 

Exciting Sports Bars In The City 

Get into the energy of various sports matches happening around the world, or get stuck in the competitive games available in various sports/game bars in Manchester. 

Yates Manchester Printworks

Yates is a fantastic sports bar as - in addition to its great food and drink selection - it also plays live sports ranging from football to other exciting matches. 

Walkabout Manchester 

Walkabout Manchester is another sports bar that offers live sports showings, with refreshing pints, burgers, and massive HD screens for your enjoyment. 

Roxy's Ballroom 

Roxy's Ballroom brings various sporty and drinking games right onto the bar, creating a competitive and lively atmosphere. With tonnes of games and drinks to choose from, Roxy's Ballroom is an ideal night out for anyone! 

BOX Deansgate

Get your play on at BOX Deansgate's sports bar. This bar offers live viewing of the best sports happening. From boxing matches to rugby plays! 



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