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  • Manchester


Once the industrial powerhouse of England, Manchester has been able to reinvent itself as a thriving city with a dynamic outlook. The smokey chimney of old have been replaced by galleries, museums and shops. And without doubt Mancunians are renowned for being a friendly and down to earth bunch, so visitors have plenty to enjoy here. Among the many areas that have seen a new lease of life, Canal Street in the late 1980s was a derelict post industrial wasteland: but starting from the following decade this neighbourhood turned into the epicentre of gay culture in the north of England - a title it proudly maintains today. Manchester Pride, on the last (long) weekend of August is a huge event, when the whole city comes out to play for a last burst of summer fun.


Gaytway Guide to Manchester

  • Part of the Gaytway purpose is to connect LGBT+ travellers with people, places and experiences. Our specially curated guides introduce you to what's on offer in each destination; where to stay and rest tired weary travellers feet and rejuvinate in between exploring sights and wonders, as well as where you can eat, drink and while the days and night away.

    And because we too love travelling and exploring, and know you can never know everything about somewhere, we would love to hear from you about that great place to stay, the new and hip bar or club in town or ways to meet and connect with the local LGBT+ community. That's why we make it easy for you to send us your own personal recommendations!

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    • Canal Street
    • The area around Canal Street is the heart of the LGBT community in the city – its Gay Village. This former derelict industrial area started its transformation in the 1990s when bar Manto opened. Since then many more venues opened and today it is a thriving neighbourhood. The whole neighbourhood turns into a giant party during Manchester Pride, held on the last weekend of August.

    • Victorian Splendour
    • Manchester was an industrial powerhouse in the Victorian age and today many magnificent buildings and warehouses remain, often carefully restored, for many uses, like the imposing Town Hall, the John Rylands Library and the Police Station that houses the Manchester Police Museum.

    • Salford Quays & Media City
    • The old industrial wasteland of Manchester Docks in Salford has been transformed in a cultural haven, with the opening of The Lowry, an impressive theatre and gallery complex, with some high quality productions. Beyond the Lowry is the huge Media City complex, where the BBC has moved most of its operations a few years ago.

    • The Northern Quarter
    • Just north of the city centre is the hipster neighbourhood commonly known as The Northern Quarter. Here visitors will find an incredible choice of funky and eclectic bars, restaurants of all sorts, but also many alternative & vintage shops, vinyl and music shops, as well as organic cafes.

    • The Museum of Science & Industry
    • Devoted to the development of science, technology and industry with emphasis on the city's achievements in these fields, this museum is a great stop for everyone who wants to understand the impact of the industrial revolution.
  • Bar Pop

    Attracting a young / students crowd due to the many special deals on drinks & shots.

    Centre Stage Manchester

    Hidden in the backstreets of Canal St, Centre Stage is a little gem of a Dive Bar! Serving up Tacky Cabaret & Nostalgia. Come take a trip down memory lane.


    Premier venue in the heart of Manchesters famous Canal Street Village. Entertainments, DJs, Cocktails/Wines, Shots, Coffee.

    G-A-Y Manchester

    G-A-Y Manchester is one of Manchester's main bar & nightclubs.

    Iconic Bar

    A bar from the AXM Group. 


    The biggest party in the village. Offering you amazing drink deals all day everyday.


    Welcome to Napoleons. We are the oldest venue in Manchester's Gay Village and are open five nights every week (Wednesday to Sunday) until very late,…

    New Union

    New Union Hotel is situated in the heart of the Manchester Gay Village. We are a Hotel and Show bar with a fun and lively atmosphere, awesome DJs,…

    New York New York

    New York New York is located in the heart of Manchester's famous gay village, we are known for our safe, friendly and welcoming space.

    Oscars Bar

    OSCARS is an intimate theatre-style bar, very popular on the Canal Street.

    The Company

    Company Bar, since 1997, welcomes all Gay men into Manchester with an atmosphere for all guys to enjoy. 

    The Goose

    In the heart of Manchester's village, offering a wide selection of draught lagers & beers, spirits & wine all served in a friendly, welcoming…

    The REM bar

    Canal Street's original and best-loved gay men's bar. Back to its best with regular live entertainment, horny guys & great atmosphere.


    Tribeca is one of Manchester’s premier bars with a New York loft-style décor.


    The Old Lady of Canal St has had a facelift without losing any of the quirky old charm, with new toilets which were long overdue and a new cocktail…
  • AXM Club Manchester

    AXM continues to be committed to bringing you a fashionable, stylish and contemporary space that specializes and prides itself on offering our customers more than the rest.

    Cruz 101

    Manchester's Gay Superclub.
  • Clone Zone Manchester

    Shop with a great selection of erotica, fetish-wear and DVDs.

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Gaytway Map of Manchester

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    Beach - Gay
  • Beach - Nudist
    Beach - Nudist
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    Bed & Breakfast
  • Cafe
  • Dance Club / Venue
    Dance Club / Venue
  • Erotica Shop
    Erotica Shop
  • Fashion
  • Hotel
  • Tour Operator
    Tour Operator
  • Sauna / Sex Venue
    Sauna / Sex Venue