Take the kids to … People’s History Museum, Manchester

A march through Britain’s political and social history may sound heavy-going but clever curation, family trails and interactive exhibits will delight visitors of any age

Walking Manchester: a city united by industry, revolt and civic grandeur

A city walk in Manchester – through Ancoats and the Northern Quarter, and via Deansgate – takes in the best of the city’s municipal architecture, art and heritage

Let’s go to … Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester

This pretty market town in lovely West Pennines countryside has several Christmas events, adding to the appeal of its quality shops, pubs and bistros

More tickets go on sale for Manchester’s Crystal Maze experience

The team challenge game inspired by the hit 90s television series releases extra tickets for the Manchester venue, which will open in April 2017, as well as for the original London site

Britain’s best new train stations – in pictures

With the number of passengers travelling by train set to double in the next 25 years, Network Rail is spending almost £27bn on new track and stations. Here are some of the stations that have opened since 2015

The alt city guide to Manchester

Beyond the shiny, high-profile regeneration projects, independent, left-field Manchester is still thriving, as our guide to its vibrant bars, restaurants, music venues and creative arts scene proves

Manchester’s Trafford Park, the world’s first industrial estate – a history of cities in 50 buildings

This five square mile stretch of meadow and deer park became the great arsenal of the second world war effort, and the brains and guts of industrialised Britain