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Things to do in Manchester City Centre for under £10

I love spending my time in Manchester but it can be really expensive sometimes so I thought I’d list all my favourite places (that are kind of on the cheap side) for apprentices and students alike.

Ten Pin Bowling

Ten Pin is a great place for students especially if you have Student ID, as 3 games for one person comes to about £9.50. They also have a range of arcade games, like air hockey, driving games, and pool as well as beer pong tables, karaoke and shuffleboard.

Treetop Adventure Golf

Good for if you ever want to check how bad you really are at crazy golf. It’s about £9.75 for one adult for 1course but prices can vary. They do have a variety of deals such as early bird deals, so it’s always worth checking before you go. There are two 18 hole mini golf courses, called the Tropical Trail and the Ancient Explorer. They also do drinks and pizza too.

Vue Printworks

The only cinema I will go to because it's the only one that’s under a tenner, it’s normally about 4.99 perticket (Top tip: go to Poundland before for the snacks - Vue’s sweets are more expensive then the cinema ticket so I guess that’s where they make their money)

Manchester art gallery Manchester’s main art gallery always has a couple of contemporary art exhibitions on, as well as their historical collection of paintings on display, dating back to the 1700s. Also there is a really nice boba place just behind it called Ohayo tea which has a giant Shiba statue. I recommend the brown sugar tapioca milk (£4 - 4.5)- especially if it’s your first ever boba. Manchester is also home to some other museums like the People’s History Museum, Science and IndustryMuseum, Manchester Museum and both Manchester Libraries. All of these are free so perfect if you want a day out without spending money! Home MCR Open 2022 HOME is a building for contemporary art, theatre and film here in Manchester and definitely worth a visit. Theycurrently have one of their biennial exhibitions on - the Manchester Open. Only on until the 27th of March, it’s definitely worth a visit to see all the art submitted from

the wide community of Manchester. It’s completely free to book and you could even enter yourself for the next one!

Paramount Books

A really nice place for any bookworms, it’s a family run second hand bookshop that also stocks old comics, magazines and vintage clothing. It is in between Printworks and the Arndale, listen out for the old Opera andJazz music on a Friday to Sunday and you’ll be sure to find it.

National Football Museum

England’s national museum of football this is a great place for fans to see the displays and collections of football memorabilia. It is free entry for anyone who lives in the city centre!


This may be cheating, because this isn’t in Manchester, but Piccadilly Train station takes you to so many great places - one being Edale. It’s great if you want some time out of the city centre.

Take a 45 minute train journey into this small town in the Peak District (£8ish for a return) with a cafe and pub inthe village and there's small walks as well as hiking trails all over - just make sure you go with someone with a map.

Natalie Holden, Cohort 32, Social Media Manager and Creative at Social Chain


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