Hidden Gems In Manchester

If you think that you have seen all there is to see in our great city, you may just be surprised. There are some amazingly hidden gems that make our city so much more than a tourist hotspot. Read on for our guide to some of the best hidden gems in Manchester…


“No Such Thing” at Kabana Café

This is a wonderful event that will restore your faith in the goodness of humanity. Ran by a Salford-based theatre company, this event will offer you a bowl of curry not in exchange of coins, but in exchange of conversation with a stranger. Not only is the food divine, but you will have the opportunity to meet fantastic strangers and perhaps forge friendships that could last a lifetime.

Spoken Word Evens

If you have a love of literature, you are sure to have discovered the many bookshops and craft centres that call Manchester home. A little less well known, however, are the spoken word events that take place throughout various venues in the city.

A popular choice among word-lovers is The Castle Hotel, a 200 year-old pub in the Northern Quarter where an eclectic mix of spoken word poets and bands often perform.

Ancoats Peeps

Not as sinister as it sounds! If you walk the streets of Ancoats, you may notice small brass eye-holes. These were created by artist Dan Dubowitz and are slowly becoming more famous. They give you a peep into previously walled up buildings, where who knows what awaits inside?

Since there are no signposts or trails, this is a really fun day of exploring to see how many you can find!

Godlee Observatory

Easy to miss as it is situated on a roof and mainly hidden from view, the Godlee Observatory is fully working. Currently used by the Manchester Astronomical Society, it is a little-known fact that it’s actually open to the public but you will have to make an appointment. With high-tech equipment perfect for scanning  the stars, this is a unique and wonderful way to spend the evening.


Discovering Manchester is a treat in itself, especially with so much on our doorstep. If you are looking for a new vehicle to ferry you between destinations and need help with car finance in Manchester, contact the team at Instant Car Finance where we will be happy to help.