A lively city of culture and events
Manchester, in the north of England, is the symbol of English sophistication. Once dominated by industry, it was able to transform itself into a contemporary metropolis, with modern buildings like the Lowry Centre, a rich cultural and artistic scene and excellent sport: it is home, in fact, to the grounds of Manchester United - Old Trafford.
The Central Library
, which takes inspiration from the Roman Pantheon
, is the largest public library
in the world, and the magnificent Royal Exchange Theatre
houses what is currently the largest central stage on earth.
The Central Library of Manchester. Photo: Sisterscom.com, Shutterstock
It is often coined as the first industrialised city in the world, and traces of this industrial past are visible in various spots throughout the city. It is exactly this extraordinary mix of old and modern features that gives Manchester its unique appearance. A popular saying states: “Manchester does today what the world does tomorrow”: in fact it is birthplace of the first computer.
The old and new town hall in Manchester. Photo: Sisterscom.com, Shutterstock
The museums of Manchester
The city offers numerous attractions, from museums to art galleries, from stadiums to music venues. The majority of the 90 museums in Manchester are free, including the galleries of the famous Lowry Centre.
The Lowry Centre of Manchester. Photo: Sisterscom.com, Shutterstock
Thanks to its mix of different cultures, Manchester offers a wide range of places to eat and drink, from award winning restaurants to cosy gastropubs, to the many cafes located along the canals of historical Castlefield.
The creative and independent heart of the ’Mancunians’ (the name given to the inhabitants of Manchester) is alive and thriving in the Northern Quarter, the realm of the DJs.
The shopping at Manchester
Manchester is an ideal destination for shopping: Manchester Fashion Market is the first market dedicated to north-western fashion, King Street is the perfect destination for big brand-names, the Arndale Centre provides numerous offers, whilst Affleck’s Palace is a labyrinth of independent boutiques.
The Shambles Square of Manchester. Photo: Sisterscom.com, Shutterstock
Text by Luca Lembi
Updated by Alisè Vitri
Avion Tourism Magazine
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Where to sleep in Manchester
Manchester is a welcoming city and offers different possibilities for accommodation.
To find the ideal hotel and the best offers you can do a search for the stars but also for districts or landmarks.
Hotels for stars, differentiated by type of services:
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WHERE TO GO in manchester
Monuments in Manchester
The splendid cathedral interiors are a wonderful example of late Medieval woodworking. In the northern part of the cathedral, the choir and ceiling are splendid and full of lively sculpted details, as are the special modern windows.
MANCHESTER TOWN HALL
Manchester Town Hall, the city’s municipal building, was designed in Victorian Neo-Gothic style by Alfred Waterhouse and inaugurated in 1877. Among the particularly interesting rooms in the Town Hall are the Sculpture Hall and the Great Hall, decorated with a glazed skylight inscribed with the names of every mayor and chair of the council since 1838.
Pier Eight Salford Quays
Inaugurated in 2000 in the wake of celebrations for the new millennium, The Lowry is a centre for the arts. Designed by the architect Michael Wilford, it is more or less triangular in shape and clad in sheets of aluminium and glass. Inside it offers two beautiful theatres and an art gallery.
JOHN RYLANDS LIBRARY
University of Manchester – 150 Deansgate
The Library, a masterpiece of Victorian Neo-gothic architecture, is more like a castle or cathedral. John Rylands died in 1888 and was one of the most successful industrialists in Manchester. The library was commissioned in 1890 by his wife Enriqueta in his memory. The collections include the oldest known piece of the New Testament, the St. John Fragment, and other treasures, such as the medieval illuminated manuscripts and a 1476 edition of Canterbury Tales.
ARLEY HALL E GARDENS
Estate Office - Arley
This early Victorian mansion house offers 12 acres of magnificent gardens of great charm. The house is open to the public and you can take long walks, eat in its restaurant and enjoy events organised throughout the year.
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM NORTH
Trafford Wharf Road - The Quays
This multi-award winning museum is one of the top tourist attractions in England. Located 2 miles from the city centre, it is about the people and their stories and how their lives have been shaped by wars and conflict.
University of Manchester – Oxford Road
Four floors of displays and exhibitions in 15 galleries show collections from all over the world. The most famous galleries are the Egyptology galleries and the Prehistoric Life Gallery, while in the Vivarium you can see live reptiles and frogs. In addition to its permanent collections, the Museum also has regular temporary exhibitions and a programme of activities throughout the year.
Excursions in Manchester and its surroundings
The Victoria Baths complex was designed by Manchester’s first architect of the city, Henry Price, and inaugurated in 1906. The façade has multi-coloured brickwork and terracotta decorations, the interiors are clad in glazed tiles, and most of the windows are decorated with stained glass. The baths are open for guided tours and special events.
Tatton Park offers a historical mansion house, a farm and more than 1,000 acres of parkland. The magnificent mansion house was built between 1780 and 1813 and preserves its original furnishings as well as an important collection of paintings and old books. Well worth a visit are the Japanese gardens, which have recently been renovated and are considered the best in Europe. The Park organises events throughout the year that make a visit all the more interesting.
LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTRE
Is the family attractions designed for kids aged 3-10 years, filled with over 2 million LEGO bricks under one roof. With a 4D cinema, LEGO rides, master model builder workshops, party rooms and huge LEGO shop. Visits usually last 2-3 hours.
Specialises in short breaks (3 or 4 day) to see Santa in Lapland. These magical holidays are a once in a lifetime chance to take the kids to experience this amazing Arctic winter wonderland and enjoy a private meeting with Santa. The classic short break or the slightly longer break to visit Santa in Lapland include flights from Manchester, and a transfer at the other end.
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