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Full information can be unearthed from Manchester City Council, but highlights include:
Heaton Park Golf Centre
Located to the north of the city centre, accessible by Metrolink, this is Manchester's number one public golf facility is open to the public, seven days a week.
Heaton Park Golf Centre was voted 'Best Municipal Course 2005' by readers of Golfpunk magazine. The centre is located at the Middleton Road entrance to Heaton Park.
Manchester Aquatics Centre
Located on Booth Street in East Ardwick, Manchester Aquatics Centre is a world-class venue purpose built for the Commonwealth Games. Located in the centre of Manchester, and close to the universities, the Manchester Aquatics Centre has two 50 metre swimming pools (offering a varied programme of activities) and a brand new fitness studio.
The Manchester Aquatics Centre is accessible to all on a casual, 'pay as you go', basis.
Monday to Friday - 06:30-22:00
Saturday - 07:00 - 18:00
Sunday - 07:00 - 22:00
Debdale Outdoor Centre
Currently operating from Audenshaw Reservoir, Debdale Outdoor Centre is a modern purpose-built outdoor centre owned and operated by Manchester City Council. It provides an exciting range of activities in Greater Manchester and further afield in the Peak District, North Wales and North West England.
The Centre caters for a wide variety of clients of all ages and educational abilities, with the emphasis being on practical learning and appropriate theory lessons integrated into the day-long courses.
Activities available include dinghy sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking, powerboating, rock climbing, abseiling, hillwalking, gorge scrambling, orienteering, camping, navigation, multi-activity and team-building activities.
Located around the City of Manchester Stadium, Sportcity is a collection of venues purpose-built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. These centres are now in public use (subject to booking ahead). The National Squash Centre, the Velodrome and Regional Tennis Centre are there, should you require a brush-up on your skills or aspire to be a future champion of Wimbledon.
Trafford Water Sports Centre
This is a 45-acre lake, situated south-west of the city, close to the M60 orbital motorway. All manners of aquatic courses are available to the public, subject to prior booking. Get to know the basics of kayaking or windsurfing in a day, or just happily laze the day away floating across a peaceful lake.
More comprehensive details, including reservations, are available by clicking here.
Football (Soccer) in Manchester
As with most every town and city in the UK, Manchester is football crazy, soccer mad! The Manchester area currently plays host to four Premier League teams: Manchester United, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic, as well as numerous lower division sides.
The two most prominent teams from the four are undoubtedly Manchesters United and City. Manchester United started life as Newton Heath Railway FC back in 1878, while Manchester City were formed as St. Mark's West Gorton not long after. Both teams have a successful past though City's recent history has lacked much success. United, on the other foot, have been the most successful team since Sky Tv took over the whole of football in the UK.
The stadia of Old Trafford and the City of Manchester Stadium are both worth a visit; Old Trafford for its size and its trophy room and the City of Manchester Stadium for its innovative design and architecture. Both clubs have excellent on-site catering and well-stocked souvenir stores and provide stadium tours seven days a week (except matchdays).
Bolton Wanderers play at the Macron Stadium, part of a complex of retail outlets and sporting facilities. This is located in Horwich, accessible from the M61. Wigan are a little further out of town, playing at the JJB Stadium, the ground is shared with the local rugby league team.
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There are also some other football clubs in Greater Manchester that plays in the lower leagues. The main ones are Stockport County, Oldham Athletic, Rochdale AFC, and Bury. The football played by these teams are of course not up to the standard you would expect to see at one of the Premier League grounds but can still be quite entertaining. And as tickets are often hard to come by for the Premier League matches a visit to one of these smaller clubs can be an alternative if you find yourself in Manchester with a few hours to spare on a Saturday afternoon.
However if you want to get tickets for these games recommend sohotickets.com as a good place to get them from. A trip to Manchester is complete with seeing either Manchester United or Manchester City.
The new owners of Manchester City have invested into the team with players like Robinho and Jo. Manchester City are now the richest club in the world and therefore this makes for great entertainment for visitors to Manchester.
Manchester Guided Walks
Get the most out of your visit to the original, modern city by taking a guided walk led by one of the city's Green or Blue Badge Guides
Manchester Museums Consortium
Check out their website - Manchester's guide for the creative tourist
Manchester Visitor Information Centre