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Man demonstrating a lunge on a reformer pilates machine at Runway Pilates Manchester

Runway Pilates Manchester

Northern Quarter Gyms

Once a niche, LA-based fitness trend, reformer pilates looks set to become mainstream. There are at least three studios dedicated...

A bedroom at Yotel Manchester Deansgate.

Yotel Manchester Deansgate

Manchester City Centre Hotel

With its tech-led rooms and buzzy location, Yotel Manchester Deansgate is a popular choice with young travellers and city break...

Neon showtime sign at Hope Mill Theatre in Ancoats, Manchester

Hope Mill Theatre

Ancoats Theatres
The boxing ring at Eccles Boxing School

Eccles Boxing School

Eccles Gyms

The top floor of Bridgewater Mill was a derelict shell when Eccles Boxing School founder Brian Gardner first laid eyes...

The studio at Sculpt in Haus - a reformer pilates studio in Manchester city centre.

Sculpt in Haus

Manchester City Centre Gyms

Sculpt in Haus was one of the first reformer pilates studios to open in Manchester. Owner Amy Hughes brought the...

Urban Reform is a gym near Piccadilly Station in Manchester specialising in strength, conditioning and nutrition

Urban Reform

Piccadilly Gyms

This Hyrox-affiliated gym is five minutes' walk from Piccadilly Station, in the direction of Mayfield Park.

Girl lifting dumbbell at gym Lifestyle Fitness Manchester Ancoats, one of the best gyms in Manchester for 2024.

V1BE by Lifestyle Fitness Ancoats

Ancoats Gyms

With its marble changing rooms, split level design, and hip class brand, V1BE by Lifestyle Fitness Ancoats is a ‘flagship’...

Boxing bag and photographs of boxers at Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Gym in Manchester

Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club

Moss Side Gyms

Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club was set up in 2008 by three firefighters who wanted to give local kids...

The resident teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Manchester Gen Kelsang Lhachog

Kadampa Meditation Centre Manchester

Chorlton Clubs & Groups

Kadampa Meditation Centre Manchester, or KMC, is part of a network of centres which promote The New Kadampa Tradition; a...

The towering exterior of Gorton Monastery or Manchester Monastery as it's also known

Gorton Monastery

Gorton Historic Buildings & Sites

Its proper title is Manchester Monastery but most people in the city know it as Gorton Monastery. This Grade II...

Exterior of Juice Box Didsbury, a bar and bottle shop

Juicebox Didsbury

Didsbury Bars

Juicebox is an independent wine bar and bottle shop in Didsbury (there’s another one in Manchester city centre). It’s a...

The aquapark at Alderford Lake

Alderford Lake

Whitchurch Activities

Alderford Lake is the perfect summer day out. It’s an idyllic location but you won’t be able to sit still...

Artwork at Zap Graffiti

Zap Graffiti

Ropewalks Activities

Zap Graffiti is one of Liverpool's most unique art venues, focused on showcasing graffiti designs and even giving you the...

Bells Gym

Altrincham Gyms

Bells Gym opened in Altrincham in 2013, bringing a busy timetable of boutique boxing and fitness classes to the town.

Coffee and pastel de nata at the Old Fire Station, Salford.

The Old Fire Station

Salford Cafes

The Old Fire Station is a café, bar, bakery and brewery tap with a real community feel. It’s a part...

The gym floor at JD Gyms Manchester, one of the cheapest gyms in the city centre.

JD Gyms Manchester

Manchester City Centre Gyms

At under £20 a month, JD Gyms Manchester is one of your cheaper gym membership options in the city centre....

Girl lifting kettlebell at The Olympus Projects, a gym in Manchester city centre

The Olympus Projects

Green Quarter Gyms

The Olympus Projects takes its inspiration from the original musclebound warriors, the Greek Gods. The motivational quote as you enter...

Three people in the yoga studio at Re:treat at The Lowry Hotel - a spa and gym in Manchester city centre

Re:treat at The Lowry Hotel

Manchester City Centre Spas

The Lowry Hotel’s spa reopened in November 2022 after a full refurbishment and rebrand. Now known as Re:treat at The...

A statue of the Buddha at Manchester Buddhist Centre in the Northern Quarter

Manchester Buddhist Centre

Northern Quarter Therapeutic Services

Meditation, mindfulness, dhyana, non sleep deep rest, whatever you want to call it, the Buddhists have been practising it for...

Restorative yoga pose from Bodywise Natural Health Centre

Bodywise Natural Health Centre

Northern Quarter Gyms

Head upstairs from the Manchester Buddhist Centre and you'll find an equally calm and harmonious space; the Bodywise Natural Health...

Weight-lifting at Fighting Fit gym in Manchester city centre

Fighting Fit

Green Quarter Gyms

The first thing you see when you step into this under-the-arches gym near Victoria Station is the long line of...

The spacious gym floor at King Street Gym in Manchester city centre

King Street Gym

Manchester City Centre Gyms

Just the tip of this huge, iceberg-like gym is visible from street level. Head down the stairs and you'll find it's...

A bartender at MOJO, a bar in Manchester

MOJO Manchester

Manchester City Centre Bars

MOJO Manchester is a red-blooded rock and roll bar with an atmosphere that comes from a guitar-led playlist. The music...

The studio at Trib3 Manchester Deansgate - a class-based boutique gym in Manchester city centre

TRIB3 Manchester Deansgate

Spinningfields Gyms

This boutique, class-based gym next to the hip Yotel hotel is part of a small but growing franchise of TRIB3...

Skating at Graystone Action Sports in Salford

Graystone

Salford Activities

Graystone is Salford’s action-packed home of high-adrenaline sports. Skateboarding is the big deal here. Practise on all sorts of drops,...

A Taylor Swift fan wearing friendship bracelets at her concert in Edinburgh, June 2024

Boxpark Liverpool

Baltic Triangle Restaurant

It’s a transplant from that-there London but at least Boxpark Liverpool is full of local food names. This food hall...

Weightlifting class at Hero Training Clubs in Manchester city centre

Zeno Health Club

Northern Quarter Gyms

With its stylish design and on-trend classes, boutique gym Zeno Health Club (formerly known as Hero Training Clubs) is well...

Boxers sparring at Collyhurst and Moston ABC, one of Manchester's best-known boxing clubs

Collyhurst and Moston ABC

Harpurhey Gyms

With its 100-year history and impressive list of professional and amateur fighters, Collyhurst and Moston ABC is one of Manchester's...

Open water swimming at Liverpool Watersport Centre.

Liverpool Watersports Centre

Waterfront Swimming

Nothing shakes up the senses quite like a winter dip in the docks. Head to Mariners Wharf for all-year-round aquatic...

The water slide at Grand Central in Stockport

Grand Central

Stockport Town Centre Swimming

Grand Central is a leisure centre in Stockport. It’s best known for its swimming pool which has two slides but...

healthy food and smoothie at The Green Lab Northern Quarter

The Green Lab

Northern Quarter Restaurant - Healthy

Founded in May 2019 by Manchester sisters Nikita and Kanika, The Green Lab is described as a health and well-being...

Stand-up paddleboarding at Salford Watersports Centre

Salford Watersports Centre

Salford Quays Activities

Situated at Dock 8, Salford Quays, Salford Watersports Centre aims to make its activities accessible to everyone who wants to...

Roman pool at Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa

Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa

Wirral Spas

With its Roman-style bath, outdoor hydro pools, and gorgeous countryside views, Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa is high on our...

The swimming pool at The Y Club - a health club and gym with classes in Castlefield, Manchester city centre.

The Y Club

Castlefield Gyms

If you want a gym with a pool in the city centre, The Y Club is one of just a...

TeamSport Go Karting Track with racers and red stop lights

TeamSport Go Karting: Trafford Park

Trafford Park Activities

TeamSport Go Karting: Trafford Park has 450 metres of adrenaline-fuelled GP circuit and a new fleet of Biz Evo3 adult...

T-shirts in the store at Barry's Manchester - a class-based gym offering HIIT workouts in Manchester city centre.

Barry’s Manchester

Manchester City Centre Gyms

Like all the gyms in this US-born franchise, Barry's Manchester is known for challenging classes and workout studios that look...

Dancers at Born Free, a sober conscious dance night at The Resonance Centre in Clayton, Manchester

The Resonance Centre

Clayton Therapeutic Services

If you're interested in exploring holistic therapies and alternative ways of treating stress, The Resonance Centre in Clayton is well...

Outdoor swimming at Swim Liverpool at Princes Dock, Liverpool.

Swim Liverpool

Princes Dock Swimming

Swim Liverpool at Princes Dock is the Liverpudlian base of We Swim Run, the team behind various races, courses and...

David James Seed at The Farm Club doing cold water immersion

The Farm Club

Pickmere Gyms

The Farm Club started life as a triathlon training centre before it expanded into offering a wider wellness experience. Situated...

Cocktail at 81 Ltd, a bar in Liverpool

81 Ltd

Chinatown (Liverpool) Bars

Some bars claim to be secret speakeasies even when they've got a big sign outside advertising cocktails. Shhh... don't tell...

Inside UBX Media City, a boxing gym at Salford Quays

UBX Media City

Media City Gyms

UBX Media City is a new boxing fitness gym at Salford Quays offering small group sessions that pack a punch....

The swimming pool at Waterside Leisure Centre in Didsbury, Manchester

Waterside Leisure Club

Didsbury Gyms

If you like your gym to be the kind of place where you can spend an entire day, hopping from...

A taxidermy bird at The World Museum in Liverpool

World Museum

Liverpool City Centre Museums

The World Museum, part of National Museums Liverpool, is selling itself short. It’s not a World Museum, it’s an absolutely...

Marvin Tomlinson coaching at Corner HQ, a boxing tech gym in Manchester.

Corner HQ

Ardwick Gyms

This boxing gym next to Mayfield Park doubles as the headquarters of boxing tech company Corner, hence the name Corner...

The swimming pool at Bannatyne Health Club and Spa on Quay Street in Manchester

Bannatyne Manchester Quay Street

Spinningfields Gyms

This health club is almost as much a key feature of Quay Street as the Opera House next door. It's...

One of the swimming pools and the spectator stands at Manchester Aquatics Centre in Manchester.

Manchester Aquatics Centre

Oxford Road Swimming

Manchester Aquatics Centre is open once again, following an 18-month closure for an extensive refurbishment and upgrade. The new centre...

Nuffield Health Manchester Printworks

Manchester City Centre Gyms

This gym on top of The Printworks is probably best known for its pool with views over Corporation Street. There's...

Pro-Balance Health

Manchester City Centre Gyms

If you want help to get in shape but dread the thought of being left to flounder in a big,...

Native offers serviced apartments in Manchester's Ducie Street Warehouse

Native

Piccadilly Hotel

Native offers the service and style of a boutique hotel but the freedom and space of an apartment. This cool...

Books from Anywhere Out Of The World, a bookshop in Manchester specialising in poetry, philosophy and history

Anywhere Out Of The World

Northern Quarter Bookshops

It’s no surprise that Anywhere Out Of The World, a bookshop named after a line from Baudelaire, doesn’t specialise in...

The studio at Yoga Soul in Manchester, Northern Quarter

Yoga Soul

Northern Quarter Gyms

Yoga Soul has quite a reputation considering it’s just one studio in a basement in the Northern Quarter. To get this...

The team at F45 Training Manchester NQ, a class-based gym in Manchester city centre

F45 Training Manchester NQ

Piccadilly Gyms

The F45 franchise has gyms all over the world but we doubt there are any quite like F45 Training Manchester...

FWD Manchester

Manchester City Centre Therapeutic Services

Want to give Wim Hof style cold water immersion a try but without leaving Manchester city centre? Head to the...

Girl on treadmill at V1BE Mosley Street

V1BE by Lifestyle Fitness Mosley Street

Manchester City Centre Gyms

V1BE by Lifestyle Fitness Mosley Street is an edgier, and dare we say cooler, gym than what you might expect...

TeamSport Go Karting: Manchester Victoria

Manchester City Centre Activities

TeamSport Go Karting: Manchester Victoria is a high-octane experience that'll turn even the mildest contestant into a speed demon.

Man doing a barbell squat at Train Manchester, a Cross Fit gym on the edge of the city centre

Train CrossFit Manchester

Castlefield Gyms

If you're specifically looking for a CrossFit gym near to Manchester city centre, Train CrossFit Manchester on the edge of...

The thermal suite at Hale Country Club & Spa in Altrincham, Greater Manchester

Hale Country Club & Spa

Hale Spas

This is wellness at its most luxurious. Hale Country Club & Spa is set in verdant Cheshire countryside and has some...

Wellnergy Manchester

Wythenshawe Festivals

The first ever Wellnergy Manchester takes place on 6 July 2024 in Wythenshawe Park, after a successful debut in London...

Girl at Reset by Form, a yoga, pilates and barre studio in Manchester city centre.

Reset by Form

Manchester City Centre Gyms

This is hidden-away studio in the Bloc building (not to be confused with the BLOK studio) is worth seeking out...

Paddleboarding at Trafford Watersports Centre, Sale Waterpark

Trafford Watersports Centre

Sale Activities

Trafford Watersports Centre is the organisation that runs most of the lake-based and land-based activities you'll see happening at Sale...

Tables in Chapter One, a bookshop and cafe in Manchester's Northern Quarter

Chapter One

Northern Quarter Cafes

Chapter One is an independent bookshop and café with a huge selection of fancy drinks, vegan-friendly cakes and a well-curated...

A yoga class at The Life Centre North in one of their light and airy yoga studios.

The Life Centre North

Manchester City Centre Gyms

From its two good-sized, daylight-filled rooms above Deansgate, The Life Centre North covers the spectrum of yoga styles, with a...

Hyde Leisure Pool

Hyde Activities

If you're looking for a pool with a waterslide in Manchester, you've got two options: Grand Central in Stockport and...

Manchester Tennis and Football Centre

Beswick Gyms

The Aquatics Centre, the Etihad Stadium, the Velodrome . . . anyone who doubts the legacy of the Manchester 2002...

A reformer pilates class at Re:Sculpt Studios on Chapel Street, near Manchester city centre

RE:SCULPT Studios

Blackfriars Gyms

RE:SCULPT Studios opened on Chapel Street in spring 2023 with the promise of offering a high-intensity, extra hard-working form of...

Tomas, one of the trainers at BLOK Manchester

BLOK Manchester

Manchester City Centre Gyms

BLOK is popular thanks to the variety of classes on offer at its Manchester studios (you can do strength, various...

Inside the Bluecoat, an arts centre in Liverpool city centre.

The Bluecoat

Ropewalks Arts Venues

The Bluecoat is Liverpool city centre’s oldest building, and the oldest arts centre in the country.

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