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Culture of Manchester. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Albert Square, Manchester Recent years Manchester is mostly identified with football discourse as the world renowned football club has skyrocketed the fame of this small scenic British city. However Manchester will be of great interest not only for football fans but for all the travelers being passionate to exciting tours and to visiting destinations of historical significance. Manchester is a place which was first to host British repertory theaters. Nowadays the city is of great attraction for dramatic art admirers from all over the world. The Palace Theatre is definitely worth visiting. Opera connoisseurs will enjoy the Opera House.
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Manchester will also entertain the fans of pictorial art with plenty of places to visit and explore. The sightseeing tour should include the Manchester Art Gallery. A beautiful building of great architectural significance hosts the gallery. The exhibition of the art gallery offers a rich collection of paintings of English artists of the 17th – 19th centuries. The same attracting tourist spot is the Manchester Museum which unique collection is concentrated on the Ancient Egypt history.
The collection of the museum features inestimable archeological discoveries, significant historical artifacts as well as art objects. The museum is one of the most visited cultural destinations of the city. City visitors have a chance to explore unique architectural landmarks. The most remarkable and significant spot among them is the Manchester Cathedral. Its construction was held in the middle of the 15th century. In a remarkable way the Cathedral is preserved in its original appearance till nowadays. The building features not only impressive appearance but an exquisite interior design and decoration. Its walls keep secure numerous religious artifacts and sanctities. Copyright
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One of the most beautiful and breath-taking places of the city is considered to be the Shambles Square aged more than two hundred years. To the architectural sights of the later period one may refer a building of the Stock exchange which was built in the end of the 19th century. The building features stunning design and decoration. Majestic historical buildings host several hotels in Manchester. Among them the most remarkable hotels are the Palace and the Britannia Manchester, located not far from the financial center of the city.
Town Hall and Market Square at Ashton-under Lyne Greater Manchester England Where, if not in Manchester, can be located a Museum dedicated to football "National Football Museum"? As already noted, it was the football club that glorified the city, so it is not surprising that there is a cultural institution dedicated to it, among the exhibits of the museum you will find interactive installations and cups. But this is not the most interesting —you can enjoy the quiz on the knowledge of football in the Museum, as well as try yourself as a sports commentator. In addition, famous football players are often invited to the cultural institution, so there is a certain chance to meet them. The glass building of the Museum, which seems "weightless" is also of great interest fo tourists. And a certain advantage of visiting it is the free entrance.
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Other interesting cultural institutions include Greater Manchester Police Museum, which tells the story of the British police, the Museum of Transport Greater Manchester, where many types of vehicles are presented, and special attention is paid to the symbol of the country — a red double-decker bus. No less remarkable is Science and Industry Museum, impressive for its huge collection of different kinds of equipment — and this is steam turbines, and old steam locomotives, and industrial machines (and even Cybermen from the cult British TV series "Doctor Who"). There is also a physics hall in the Museum, where visitors can see firsthand how certain laws of the surrounding world work. And all this is completely free, which is another advantage of this place.
Manchester Cathedral It will be interesting to visit Clayton Hall Museum together with young tourists, where a lot of entertainment and surprises are prepared for young visitors — interactive exhibits and masterclasses. The cultural institution is located in the building of the XVIII century, where the interior and atmosphere of those times are preserved — and all this is not without the help of dolls, which create the feeling that people of the Victorian era still live here. Many interactive exhibits that will allow you to learn more about the development of the trade union movement, the legal consciousness of the people, and the struggle for rights (including suffrage) can be found in People's History Museum. In another Museum — Gallery of Costume-visitors will find a beautiful collection of costumes, ranging from the Middle Ages to the Victorian era.
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Those who want to walk through the amazingly beautiful garden should definitely visit Wythenshawe Hall, famous just for its magnificent Park with a fragrant aroma of tropical plants. Wythenshawe Community Farm, with its pastoral atmosphere of that "old" Britain, is located on its territory. A place of honour among the cultural attractions of the city is the ice village Ice Cavern with its fantastic ice sculptures. There is also an ice bar on the site. Also, while in Manchester, you should definitely visit one of the theatrical or musical performances — you can do it in Royal Exchange Theatre or Hope Mill Theatre. Interesting concerts are held in another place — The Bridgewater Hall, which is also interesting for its fashionable facade.
Manchester Town Hall One of the most picturesque areas of the city is Chinatown, which in comparison with other similar quarters of large settlements, is very clean and well maintained. In Manchester, there are other interesting places that immerse visitors in a different culture-they sometimes do not expect to meet in a traditional British city here. For example, Khizra Masjid, a mosque built in 1962 specifically for the needs of the Islamic community. Or two Buddhist centres - Kagyu Ling Buddhist Centre and Manchester Buddhist Centre, which, it may seem, don’t look coherent with the city. However, they are present here, which once again is another proof of the tolerance of local residents.
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A magnificent masterpiece of neoclassical architecture is Manchester Central Library. The landmark was erected in 1934 by Emmanuel Vincent Harris, who focused on the Roman Pantheon during the construction of the library. Reconstruction of the building was needed only in 2010 and was completed four years later. The Corn Exchange building, where today you can find restaurants, is another bright landmark of the city. Designed by Richard lane, the building was erected in 1837, and until the period after World War II was used for its original purpose. In 1996, the building was damaged by IRA bombing and was restored only in 2014. At this time, the attack brought damage to another building considered interesting in Manchester — namely, the railway station Victoria Station.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Manchester and surroundings

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Manchester Town Hall, Manchester

» Manchester Town Hall is one of the main attractions in Manchester. It was decided to construct a new town hall in 1863 because the old one did not suit the developing town.
»  The famous architect Alfred Waterhouse built a building in 1877 in the New Gothic style. There are almost no decorative elements on its facade. An 85-meter tower with a clock and 23 bells rises above the Town Hall.
»  Although it looks like an old construction, it has all amenities: heating, lighting, and ventilation. These systems are hidden and decorated.
»  The interior is distinguished by frescoes depicting scenes on various themes: religion, trade, and manufacture. There are also sculptures of famous residents of Manchester.
»  At the entrance to the Town Hall, there is a sculpture of the founder of Manchester, General Agricola.
»  The Town Hall was shot in several films.

Wheel of Manchester, Manchester

» It is better to enjoy the panoramic view of Manchester from heights. The Ferris wheel was constructed here in 2004. It was mounted and delivered to the amusement park from Edinburgh.
»  The wheel is over 50 m high and weighs several tons. It is tens of meters across. A few tens of suspended trolleys for passengers are attached to the rims of the vertical wheel. The trolley seats several people.
»  Visitors can reach their seats through a special platform. Dozens of workers used a crane to mount such a construction.
»  The mobile wheel is located not far from Manchester Cathedral, in the Millennium Quarter. From the wheel, you can clearly see the Town Hall, the river, and other attractions. The wheel rotates three of four times.
»  It is more comfortable to take a ride during daylight hours when the range of vision is up to 30 km. Within an hour, up to 1 000 people manage to take a ride.
»  According to the latest data, in April 2012, the city council decided to close and dismantle the wheel due to the Olympic Games.

Manchester Central Library, Manchester

» Central Library is the headquarters of all libraries and information services of Manchester. It was built in 1934.
»  Designed by the architect E. Vincent Harris, the building resembles the Roman Pantheon. Its roof is a round glass dome. You can enter the library through a huge arch with columns. Right behind it, there is a high hall. On its ceiling, you can see English arms and wonderful patterns.
»  After the renovation and refurbishment that cost £50 million, the library was re-opened in 2014.
»  On each floor, there is a computer that displays the information you are interested in, the map of the library, and the detailed description of all rooms.
»  In the reading room, natural light comes through the glass dome.
»  The total length of all the shelves is 56 km.
»  There is also the Henry Watson Music Library.

Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

» The Imperial War Museum North in Manchester is the fifth branch of the London Museum. Exactly this museum was seriously damaged by German bombs.
»  The famous architect Daniel Libeskind has designed an impressive museum building. The construction lasted from 1997 to 2001.
»  The building consists of three separate sectors that symbolize a broken globe. The museum collection includes artifacts telling about the First and Second World Wars.
»  The main purpose of the exhibition is to show the damaging impact of wars on human life. On the website of the museum, you can see these words: “It is more a world museum than a war museum.
»  At the entrance, there are the Soviet T34 tank and the English AV8a plane. They played a big role in the Second World War.
»  The walls of all halls are deep red, which symbolizes the blood spilled during military operations. The core of the collection is letters, photos, and belongings of ordinary people. The main purpose of museum founders was to show human destinies but not confrontations between countries.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Manchester

Gay Village
The Lowry
Where: Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester; Telephone: +44 (0)870 208 6000;
People’s History Museum
Where: Left Bank, Bridge St., Manchester; Telephone: +44 (0)161 228 7212;
Where: Cathedral Gardens, Manchester; Telephone: +44 (0)161 605 8200;
Manchester City Galleries
Where: Mosley Street (main office) Quay Street, Manchester; Telephone: +44 (0)161 235 8888;
Manchester Opera House
Where: Oxford Street, Manchester; Telephone: +44 (0)161 245 6600;
Manchester Museum
Where: John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 250 Oxford Road, Manchester; Telephone: +44 (0)161 275 2648/2634; Opening hours: Mon, Sun & Bank Holidays;
Imperial War Museum
Where: Trafford Wharf Road, The Quays, Manchester; Telephone: +44 (0)161 836 4000;
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Manchester
♥   Palace 'Chatsworth House' , 50.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Art galleries in Manchester and around
♥   Art museum 'Manchester Art Gallery' Manchester, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Manchester
♥   St. John the Baptist Church, Chester, 54 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathedral Church of St. Anne, Leeds, 57.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Lancaster, 72.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Fountains Abbey, Ripon, 82 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Culture guide to Manchester. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Manchester: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Manchester. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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