What’s Open in Manchester?

With a local lockdown in force, you may be wondering what’s open in Manchester? In this post, we talk you through what you can still do in and around Manchester, despite the local lockdown being firmly in place. Join Manchester Life News for the latest information on the numerous activities you can still enjoy in our vibrant city.


Key Manchester retail shopping locations are open and fully functional, albeit with the Government’s coronavirus restrictions and social distancing measures in place. Shopping destinations which are open for business include: Manchester Arndale, intu Trafford Centre, Cheshire Oaks, Selfridges, Quayside MediaCityUK, Afflecks, Spinningfields and King Street.


Important, iconic and central to a good family day out in Manchester, numerous attractions are open as normal to the public. First and foremost, some of the country’s finest National Trust properties have taken measures to remain open during this difficult time. These include Tatton Park, Dunham Massey, Lyme Park and Quarry Bank. When it comes to museums, the Science and Industry Museum, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, the National Football Museum and the Imperial War Museum North are open to the public. Chester Zoo and the Sea Life Centre are also open for business.


With Government guidelines in place, the following Manchester hotels are welcoming guests: Dakota Hotel, Hotel Indigo, Native, INNSiDE Manchester, King Street Townhouse, The Lowry Hotel, Hilton Manchester Deansgate.

Greater Manchester Local Coronavirus Restrictions

According to the latest Government guidance, a local lockdown remains in place for swathes of Greater Manchester including Bury, Manchester, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside and Trafford. According to these guidelines, people are not allowed to meet with people they don’t live with in a private home or garden. Greater Manchester residents are also prohibited from visiting someone else’s home or garden. Furthermore, people are also prohibited from socialising with those whom they don’t live with in any public venue. This includes pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops.