City Guide: Manchester
Manchester is mainly famous for its two very successful soccer clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City. Even though Manchester’s history dates back to Roman times, the city of Manchester played a key role when it comes to the Industrial Revolution. Therefore, Manchester’s city scape is characterized by buildings and architecture of then, but some modern houses crept in as well.
Answering that the next city trip is going to be Manchester, unbelief was the most common reaction: “You told me that you are not a soccer fan, so do you have family in Manchester? No? Then what the heck are you doing there?” Well, sightseeing, at the very end. Discovering, travelling. Despite all the bad prophecies about Manchester, I came to the conclusion that Manchester was well worth my time!
Brick houses from another century
Manchester definitely is a city where you can still see the spurs of history it went through.
Brick houses witness Manchester’s Industrial history. When strolling through the streets in Manchester, you will feel like being thrown back a few centuries!
Detecting Manchester Castlefield
Located in the inner city, Manchester Castlefield is a conservation.
Preserving the remains of the Roman era is the main idea of Manchester Castlefield.
Manchester Cathedral is impressive, yet does not look like a typical church.
Even though there has “always” been a church at the place where Manchester Cathedral can be found today, there have been different ones. The actual cathedral was built in the 15th century.
Chinatown in Manchester
One might not think of Manchester being big enough for having an Asian population, but with half a million inhabitants, it seems to be big enough for even calling a quarter Chinatown!
As we convinced ourselves, Chinatown offers wares and goods typical Asian.
Manchester Victoria Station
Why do I write about a train/tram/metro station in a city review of Manchester? Because Victoria Station Manchester definitely is something stunning!
Victoria Station has first been opened in 1844, which can be seen when standing outside in front of the façade. But when moving inside, one can see immediately that extension works started – in 2010, causing a needed improvement. Beforehand, Victoria Station was listed at the top ten worst stations in the UK…
Different Museums in Manchester
Manchester is a real stronghold of museums. Whether it is the Manchester Museum itself or one of the others – be sure to plan some extra time to visit one!
Museum of Science and Industry, National Football Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, Imperial War Museum or Manchester Jewish Museum seem to be the most popular ones, even if the list is still to be continued!
Opera House and Central Library
As I already got in culture, it is a must to mention the Opera House Manchester and the Central Library.
In the Opera House, Ballet, Opera and Musicals take place on a regular basis.
When it comes to the Central Library of Manchester, it’s not only the inside which is interesting, but also the building itself – just take a look at the architecture! A pure mixture of different styles through the epochs…
The highest building in Manchester
Generally, Manchester is no city known for its skyscrapers as it just has few. Beetham Tower is special nevertheless.
Beetham Tower is a scurrile contrast to the architecture of the rest of Manchester. However, Hilton made use of the high building – up to the 23rd floor there are Hilton rooms.
Above, apartments are located. Beetham Tower is also the highest skyscraper in the UK when leaving out London. Taking London into account, Beetham Tower ranks at 11 with 169 m (554 feet). So if you want to see a “small London” like locals use to call Manchester, take the opportunity!