Manchester Tourist

Industrial Revolution.

Top Pics

  • Manchester Cathedral, The Old Wellington (pie, beer), Chetham’s Library, Old Trafford (game or tour), The Warehouse Project, National Football Museum, Mr Thomas’s Chop House (corned beef hash cake), Beatnikz Republic Bar, Washhouse
  • Stay in Northern Quarter. Buy a connecting train ticket from the airport in advance (unable to buy digitally in the last hour?). Give extra time at the airport when leaving (incredibly slow).

About

History

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Manchester Cathedral (1421)

The Old Wellington (left) and Sinclairs Oyster Bar (right)

Old Pubs

  • The Old Wellington (1552 building). The only surviving Tudor building and oldest pub in Manchester. Game pies, low crossbeams in top dining area.
  • The Shakespeare (1656 building). Relocated from 40 miles away in 1928!
  • The Crown & Kettle (1734 building). Rumored underground passageway.
  • The Lower Turks Head (1745 building).
  • Castle Hotel* (1776). Site of taverns since 1400s!
  • Sir Ralph Abercromby* (1780). Peterloo painting, 2014 visit by Ed Sheeran and Wayne Rooney.
  • The Ox Noble* (1804)
  • The Briton’s Protection* (1806). Peterloo massacre murals, 300+ whiskeys.
  • Sinclairs Oyster Bar* (1807). Moved onto stilts in 1971, and moved again after the 1996 IRA bombing. Cash only, no phones.
  • Peveril Of The Peak* (1829). Outside tiles added in 1900, 91-year-old bartender.
  • Circus Tavern (1843, 1790 building). Claimed smallest counter in Europe, but is the smallest pub in Manchester.

Belle Vue* (1836 to 1987)

Chetham’s Library* (1653)

Free Trade Hall* (1856)

Old Trafford Cricket Ground* (1857)

Manchester Museum* (1867)

Royal Exchange* (1874)

Manchester Town Hall* (1877)

Palace Theatre* (1891)

John Rylands Research Institute and Library* (1900)

Old Trafford (1910)

Manchester Opera House* (1912)

Whitworth Art Gallery* (1958, founded 1889)

Science and Industry Museum* (1983, founded 1969)

People’s History Museum* (1994, building 1855)

Manchester Arena* (1995, reopened 2017)

Bridgewater Hall* (1996)

Manchester Art Gallery (2002, founded 1823)

Imperial War Museum North* (2002)

Etihad Stadium* (2002)

HOME* (2015)

Beetham Tower* (2006)

The Warehouse Project* (founded 2006)

National Football Museum (2012)

Mr Thomas’s Chop House

Coffee

  • Carhartt*, Counter, Foundation, Fig + Sparrow*, Hampton & Vouis*, Pot Kettle Black, Selina (coffee and bagels), Takk*

Eat

  • Gooey (cookies), Nibble (cakes), Mr Thomas’s Chop House (1867, bronze statue of LS Lowry, corn beef hash cake)

Drink

  • Beatnikz Republic Bar (modern craft beer), BrewDog* (microbrewery named Small Scale Experimental Beer Machine after the first stored-program computer), Café Beermoth (craft beer), Cloudwater Brewery Taproom*, Ducie Street Warehouse (Ace Hotel vibes), Grey Horse Inn*, Port Street Beer House, The Marble Arch*, The Piccadilly Tap*, The Temple [of Convenience]* (former public toilet), Washhouse (cocktail speakeasy, hidden slide near the bathrooms!)

See

  • Alan Turing Memorial (2001). Sculpture in Sackville Park beside Manchester’s gay village dedicated to the pioneer of computing who committed suicide in 1954 two years after being convicted of gross indecency (i.e. homosexual acts). Turing helped develop the first Manchester series computers. Features a quote by Bertrand Russell and the motto “Founder of Computer Science” as it would appear if encoded by an Enigma machine — which Turning helped to break during WWII.
  • Barton Arcade (1871, restored 1980s), Boardman’s (Dalton) Entry (hidden alleyway with metal umbrellas dedicated to the father of meteorology), The Mitre Hotel (1815, oldest hotel in Manchester)

Do

  • Hope Mill Theatre*, Salford Museum and Art Gallery* (free, Lark Hill Place 1897 street mock-up), Victoria Baths (events)*

Party

  • Band on the Wall* (reopened 2009, building 1862). Live music venue. Name comes from a 1930s nickname after the landlord placed a stage high on the far wall. Popular with overseas servicemen (and Italian prisoners of war and deserters) during WWII — with the band often playing on during air raids! In 1982, a young Björk performed supporting vocals.
  • Hidden at Downtex Mill*, SOUP (food upstairs, club below)*, YES*

Buy

  • Beermoth* (beer store), Empire Exchange (hoarder’s paradise), Forbidden Planet International (comics), Forsyth* (1857, instruments), Kendals (1832, oldest department store in the UK)
  • Manchester Arndale* (1979). Europe’s third-largest (130,000 m2) shopping mall. Severely damaged during the 1996 bombings.
Museum of Transport

Honorable Mentions

  • Manchester Jewish Museum* (1874). In a former Spanish and Portuguese synagogue with a collection of over 31,000 documenting the story of Jewish migration and settlement in Manchester.
  • Corn Exchange* (1903, redeveloped 2018). Originally corn exchange, damaged in the 1996 bombings, and currently a hotel and food court.
  • Manchester Grammar School* (1931, founded 1515). Alumni are called “Old Mancunians” and include England cricket captain Mike Atherton, John Charles Polanyi (1986 Nobel Prize for Chemistry), and Ben Kingsley.
  • Piccadilly Gardens (1965). Reconfigured in 2002, contains a concrete pavilion by Tadao And and monuments of the Duke of Wellington (1853), James Watt (1857, Industrial Revolution engineer), and Queen Victoria (1901).
  • Museum of Transport* (1979). Public transport museum, with one of the largest UK collections, in a 1901 former electric tram shed. Features 80 buses, a 1901 Manchester Corporation Tramways tram, two trolleybuses from Manchester and Ashton-under-Lyne corporations, the prototype Manchester Metrolink tram, and items from Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • Deansgate Square* (2018). Tallest (201m) skyscraper in the city.

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