Culture in Manchester

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Manchester has cultural attractions to suit all ages.

Theatres

The Library Theatre caters for everyone who loves reading about the arts as well as experiencing them live! Library

Museums

The Museum of Science and Industry tells the story of Manchester - the world's first city of Industry. 

Manchester Museum is in the Centre of Manchester not far from Piccadilly Gardens and has a collection of over 4 million different specimens and objects.

The Imperial War Museum North is just outside of Manchester City Centre, be intrigued of how people's lives have been shaped by war and conflict.

Manchester's newest museum, Urbis, explores contemporary urban city life.

Art

The Chinese Arts Centre with its selection of contemporary art exhibitions, something a little different.

Another popular place is the CornerHouse on Oxford Road bringing contemporary art by young British and foreign designers.

Town HallCathedrals

Restored during the Victorian era, Manchester Cathedral  has much of the magnificent original medieval architecture (its long, convoluted history stretches back to 1421) to be seen in Manchester Cathedral. Located in the oldest part of the city-overlooking the river Irwell, between St Ann's Square and Victoria Station.

Manchester Hotels  - Britannia History

The Sachas Hotel is also full of history and culture - this building used to be the C&A Store before it was unused building, then transformed into Sachas Hotel with 223 Bedrooms. 

The Britannia Manchester is the famous S & J Watts building, as it was known as, many years ago.  The Building was under threat of demolition when it was spared and transformed into a hotel opening it's doors in May 1982.

Where you are in the City?

The City is split into different areas so it is easier to know where you are:

  • Manchester Arndale & Market Street - This is the home of the High Street.
  • Deansgate, King Street & St Anne's Square - Lined with prestigious designer stores.
  • Peter's Field, The Conference Quarter  - The area including MICC & GMEX.
  • Chinatown - Made up of oriental businesses and restaurants.
  • Exchange Square & New Cathedral Street - The biggest names in fashion cna be found here, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.
  • Northern Quarter - This urban area houses independent stores and cafes.
  • Piccadilly - The hub of the City with Piccadilly Gardens and Piccadilly Train Station.
  • Castlefield - A relaxed and contemporary feel to this part of the City with it's waterside pubs and bars.
  • The Gay Village - A thriving atmosphere with restaurants, bars and clubs.
  • Spinningfields - A new development bringing a great combination of leisure, business and retail outlets.