AIBI Congress Manchester, England 30 May - 2 June 2019


We have picked out the highlights to help you decide where to visit but here is a useful website to help you see what Manchester has to offer

Tour of Manchester United Football Club Stadium

The story of Manchester United is unlike any other club in the world. Beginning more than a century ago, it combines eras of total English and European domination with some of the greatest adversity faced by any football club. 

Only at the Old Trafford Museum & Tour Centre can you see the stadium through the eyes of Manchester United greats themselves. Get even closer to the world of Manchester United and share 130 years of football in the Museum. 

These tours are extremely popular and will need booking well in advance.

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Tour of Manchester City Football Club

Visit the home of the Cityzens and explore more than a century of heritage through the unique memorabilia and interactive displays at the City of Manchester Stadium. Relive some of the team's greatest moments and discover what makes Manchester City the club it is today.

These tours are extremely popular and will need booking well in advance.

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Lancashire County Cricket Club

Steeped in history, Lancashire County Cricket Club was formed in 1864 and is one of eighteen first class counties within the domestic structure of England and Wales.

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Shopping – Intu Trafford Centre

Famed for it’s marble halls and opulence, Britains largest indoor shopping centre consists of more than 200 shops, a 1600-seat food court, a twenty screen cinema, an eighteen lane bowling alley and a huge selection of restaurants. Home to all the best retail brands stores include Selfridges, Debenhams, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer. It is located four miles west of Manchester city centre, with good bus links.

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National Cycling Centre

The HSBC UK National Cycling Centre was Britain's first indoor Olympic cycling track, and since it opened in 1994, has become one of the World's finest and fastest board tracks. The track is in constant use seven days a week and, thanks to the comprehensive programme of activities for all levels of ability, it is one of the busiest in the world. From elite athletes to novices, the track offers sessions to anyone seeking to experience this exciting sport. Regular users of the track include members of the very successful GB track cycling team, such as Sir Chris Hoy or Laura Trott, as well as local schoolchildren and track enthusiasts.

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Shopping - Manchester City Centre

Manchester’s city centre has a good mixture of high-street stores and independent shops, as well as designer boutiques and bargain-basement outlets. And it’s compact enough to walk everywhere.

Exchange Square in the city centre is one of the city’s most appealing shopping areas. There’s a Harvey Nichols, a Selfridges and the Arndale Centre home to high-street stores galore, such as Topshop, River Island and Next. Just down Deansgate in an Art Deco building is the city’s oldest department store, House of Fraser.

For something more quirky, Afflecks Palace sells everything from fancy dress to vintage clothing. And, if you keep walking beyond Afflecks, into the Northern Quarter, you’ll find loads of quirky and one-off shops. Look out for Manchester Craft and Design Centre a great place for gifts, from jewellery to ceramics.

The John Rylands Library

Founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands. In 1889 the architect Basil Champneys designed the striking gothic building, which took ten years to build and was opened to public readers on 1 January 1900.

A place of wchill-extraonder; a glorious, unrepentant celebration of imagination and learning, The John Rylands Library is free to visit and open seven days a week. It was created more than 100 years ago as a gift to Manchester and its people.

The John Rylands Library is home to one of the world’s richest and most unique collections of books, manuscripts, maps, works of art and objects.

Everyone is welcome in the Library, to study, research the collection, participate in the programme of events or simply enjoy how the space makes you feel.

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Concorde G-BOAC

Discover the enduring legacy of the flagship BA creation in G-BOAC Concorde, placed right in the centre of Runway Visitor Park's Concorde Conference Centre. Alternatively known under the affectionate pseudonym 'Alpha Charlie', the famous Concorde can be viewed in all its glory on the designated Concorde Classic Tour, where visitors can board the Concorde itself while learning about some of the famous passengers to have used the aircraft in the past.

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Chill Factore

Chill Factore is the UK's longest indoor ski slope; a £31M real snow centre located in the Trafford Park area next to the Traffford Centre. Designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, the centre opened in November 2007 at which time it was the widest in the world, at 180 metres long and 100 metres wide at its widest point.

In 2011, the Guinness World Record for the longest chain of skiers to travel 100m without breaking, was recorded at Chill Factore.

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National Football Museum

England’s National Football Museum is the world’s biggest and best museum of football. Founded to preserve, conserve and interpret important collections of football memorabilia. Based in the city centre in one of Manchester’s most visually striking buildings. Called Urbis, the museum is based in a unique building designed by Ian Simpson Architects. Home to football's greatest stories, from Pele to Pickles the glass building has six storeys and a distinctive sloping form with galleries spread over several floors.

Open daily, free admission. Guided tours are available Monday to Friday.

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Museum of Science & Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry sits in the heart of Manchester, the world's first industrial city. It houses the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station and the world's first railway warehouse from 1830, which are located at the end of the museum site. On a visit to the museum, you will see amazing objects and learn about the men and women whose ideas changed the world forever. Daily demonstrations bring the museum's world class collection of textile and industrial machinery to life. There are interactive exhibits to explore and a regular programme of changing exhibitions to enjoy. Free entry.

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Manchester’s historic public houses

The best British pubs always feel a bit like stepping back in time - and Manchester has plenty of them. Packed with original features like Victorian tiling and cosy wood-panelled snugs, the city’s best preserved pubs are recognised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Many pubs have remained unaltered in the last 70 years and display features of national historic importance.

Historic pubs in Manchester city centre include: The Briton’s Protection, Mr Thomas’s Chop House and Peveril of the Peak.

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