New openings coming to Manchester in 2023

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a returning traveller, there’s always something new to discover in Manchester. From brand-new music arenas to interactive exhibits, there’s plenty to get excited about in 2023.

Factory International

Factory International

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The creative team behind Manchester International Festival will be opening their enormous arts space, Factory International, in June 2023. The brand-new destination for arts, music and culture will become a year-round home for the biannual festival. Expect ground-breaking gigs, shows, exhibitions and performances by some of the world’s most exciting artists and homegrown talent. Tickets to the opening programme are already on sale and are going for £10 or less.

Location: Water Street, Manchester (5-minute drive/ 10-minute walk from The Ainscow Hotel)

See what’s on here.

Dreamland Imaginarium

Dreamland Manchester

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A multi-sensory, interactive world of colour has arrived in Salford! Children can roam the four different zones (Dreams of Flight, Monster’s Midway, Underwater Enchantment and Fantastical Flora). Along the journey, they’ll encounter inflatable creatures, interactive games, a monster bounce park slide, a ball pit, a neon dance floor, and plenty more surprises.

Location: Regent Retail Pak, Manchester (5-minute drive/ 15-minute walk from The Ainscow Hotel)

Book your tickets here.

Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum

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Manchester Museum, one of the biggest university museums in the UK, has had a £15m makeover and is set to re-open on 18 February 2023. It’s said to be re-opening as a “more inclusive, imaginative and caring museum”. New spaces include a South Asia Gallery, the Lee Kai Hung Chinese Culture Gallery, the Belonging Gallery, a Dinosaur Display and a temporary exhibition space featuring Golden Mummies of Egypt. The museum is free to everyone.

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Learn more about Manchester Museum here.


Disorder Manchester

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If you like being the first to try out Manchester’s new bars, you’ll want to put this Joy Division-inspired bar on your hit list. There will be Japanese tapas, bespoke cocktails, plenty of beer, and the lower floor bar will host live indie music and DJ nights. The exact opening date is TBC … so keep your eyes peeled.

Location: Northern Quarter, Manchester

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Co-op Live

Co-Op Live Manchester

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Set to be the biggest and most expensive arena in the UK, Co-op Live is a joint venture between Oak View Group, City Football Group, Harry Styles and Co-op. The state-of-the-art venue will be climate-friendly (harvesting raindrops to flush the toilets) and acoustically designed to enhance each show’s sound and lighting. There will be clubbing spaces, restaurant pop-up spaces and, of course, live music. There’s still a little while to wait for this one, opening in December 2023, but you can register your interest now and be the first to receive announcements.

Location: Alan Turning Way, Manchester

Register here to be the first to receive announcements.

Travelling around the city from The Ainscow Hotel

The Ainscow Hotel is within walking distance of trams, trains and bus stations, so you’ll have no trouble whizzing around the city. You can also get to some of Manchester’s most popular destinations on foot.

If you’re bringing your own car, we have limited secure parking for our guests, subject to availability and chargeable at £14.50 per night. Ask a member of our team for more information: 0161 827 1650.