HERITAGE AND LANDMARKS OF MANCHESTER

On one windy afternoon a group of around twenty five students from my University set out on a tour of some of the legendary places of this city. This post, in short describes some of the must see destinations of Manchester but every destination would be individually highlighted in later posts.

CHAPEL STREET 
Chapel Street is famous for being the first street in the city where street lights were switched on. Chapel Street today hosts the Peel Park Campus of the University of Salford.
PEEL PARK 

Some distance down from the Chapel Streetis Peel Park. This park is a very pretty place to lose yourself amidst natures beauty. The colours of autumn, in full bloom, can be best experienced in the silent surroundings of this park. In fact one of the campuses of the University of Salford has been named after Peel Park.

THE CRESCENT
 Right opposite to Peel Parkis The Crescent which has always been a great hangout place for the youth. Moreover, the Crescent gives special discounts to the University students.

THE BLACK HORSE HOTEL
 The Black Horse Hotel is another beautiful building standing almost entirely on its own. When I first saw the inn I was very impressed by it. In fact I had even made up my mind to go there one day and check it out; but very recently I found out that the hotel itself has closed down. Now only the building stands as a remembrance of what used to exist days ago.

ST. PHILIPS CHURCH
 Manchester is filled with churches and cathedrals. Every neighbourhood has one church of its own. This is St. Philips Church beside Peel Park. This church displays Greco-Roman architecture.
SALFORD CATHEDRAL

Two steps from the St Philips Church is the Salford Cathedral which has the aura of a mighty gothic- looking structure standing erect and high claiming its authority over the place.
CHURCH OF SACRED TRINITY
MANCHESTER CATHEDRAL
Moving further on you would find the Church of the Sacred Trinity and if you walk straight ahead you get to the Manchester Cathedral. This cathedral is said to be the Centre of the city as it is from here that the City Centre and one of the biggest shopping malls Manchester Arndale starts which later on merges with Market Street which is one of the high points of the city.
CHEETHAM LIBRARY
For those who have the slightest connection with Karl Marx, the Cheetham library would be an ideal place to visit. Not only because the membership is free but also because it was the very place where years ago Marx met his fellow companions and propagated his ideas.

CHEETHAM SCHOOL OF MUSIC
 Western music is always described by bands like Beatles, Eagles, pink Floyd, and more recently by Jackson, Madonna and the rest. But Cheetham School of Music has been imparting music to children and youth for years alike making it one of the most famous destinations of music.
VICTORIA STATION
Opposite to The Cheetham School of music is the Victoria Station Railway which connects the city to places like London, Leeds, Newcastle, York and Scotland.

SINCLAIRS PUB
 The Manchester City Council can be reached via a shortcut through the Sinclairs pub. It is said that when the city centre was being built, the Sinclairs pub was relocated to a new place brick by brick.

BEETHAM TOWER 
 A little further away from the City Council one comes to the Beetham Tower the tallest skyscraper of the city. With 47 floors tall, this building houses a hotel and is a primary landmark for those (like me) who frequently get lost in the city. The Museum of Science and Industry is built very near to this hotel.
CANAL SYSTEM

Right opposite the Museum is the Canal System of River Irwell. In fact I was told that many students take this unique arrangement as part of their studies and research work.

THE WORLD BEYOND HORIZONS

With the canal being our last point of visit, our tour came to an end. But as they say “the road goes on and on”, my journey is far from over and I would definitely try to visit all these places again and know more about their history and legends. 
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  1. Ami Bhat says:

    Wow…so much to do and see here. And to think, we missed going there owing to no time :(. Have to make a note of all these and hope that my next trip to UK helps me cover it.

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    1. Yes. But I guess you should also visit the ManU stadium after all Manchester actually became so famous because of football. 😛

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  2. Tamz says:

    Some really interesting and beautiful places to see in Manchester. I especially like the Salford Cathedral for its old world vibe and the Sinclairs Pub for its quirky simple colors.

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    1. Thanks . Yes Sinclairs pub is very old in Manchester. even before the city centre shopping arcade was made it existed. And actually was transported brick by brick so that the pub does not have to demolished while the city centre was being constructed.

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  3. Your pictures make Manchester look fantastic. I would love to stay at the Black Horse, to be honest. It looks amazing, in a slightly creepy way. Kind of expect a ghost to be my new roomie 😀

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    1. Hehe ! I agree with you. I found it interesting and creepy and thus did a detailed post on it on my blog.

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  4. Veronica says:

    I totally loved Manchester. This is the only city that I visited in England and it is so different from everywhere else in Europe. Did you try the observation wheel?

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    1. No. I didnt know about that. Are you referring to the wheel which is like the London Eye ? cause that wheel is no longer in Manchester. If you are referring to something else, please give me details I would love to go and see it.

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  5. Anamika Ojha says:

    Manchester looks so beautiful and loved the architecture of this old city and so much history related to it! I’d love to visit some day in my life!

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    1. Im sure you would love the place. There are some amazing places to go to from Manchester for Day Trips I guess you should try them as well.

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  6. I really only know Manchester from the song from the musical Hair. But it looks like there’s lots of things to do there. I would love to see the beautiful churches!

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    1. There are so many churches all within a mile of each other in every direction. I have covered some of the most famous ones but not all. There are still many churches left that I have not visited.

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  7. wanderingwagarschristina says:

    Great summary of the key sights that can be visited in Manchester. I have only been to London but if I go back to UK, a visit to Manchester seems like it should definitely be in order.

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    1. Thanks. London is amazing I understand. I had been there once earlier this year. 🙂

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  8. gobeyondbounds says:

    We were in England last December but we did not plan to visit Manchester. Your post reminded us of our trip to Kanyakumari, southern most part of India, we were around 25 friends in Trivandrum for corporate training and decided to make a trip to Kanyakumari.

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    1. Thats really fun going out with friends. I usually go for trips with parents and day trips with friends. But recently I went for a holiday to Wales for a few days and its great going with them 🙂

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  9. Thanks for writing this! I have very little familiarity with Manchester outside of the football team, so it is really nice to see the town that everyone is talking about!

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    1. Im not very familiar with football although I know about the Manchester City and Manchester United. But This city is not only about football but more than that and I wanted to highlight this. 🙂

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  10. Manchester looks just as I pictured England to be. I read a ton of regency era romance books, so I’m always keen for architecture.

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    1. Haha. There are lots of beautiful sculptures and very different architectures in this city. Would do a separate blog post on the sculpture and architecture of Manchester soon. 🙂

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  11. Tae says:

    I love the cathedrals – it’s amazing that they can all look so different. I’d also want to climb up the tower someday as well!

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    1. 🙂 I havnt climbed it myself. To be honest not really given it a thought- climbing the tower that is. But now that you say it might be a great view. 🙂

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  12. Manchester looks really great! There’s something really distinctive about it: it doesn’t look like other towns in the UK.

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    1. Yes. It can well be called the industrial town of England. Though it shares some features of with other cities of the country but some landmarks are very unique to this city.

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  13. Tom says:

    I’ve long thought it strange that such a large city in England gets little attention for what’s there. So good on you for the spotlight

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    1. Thanks. its a beautiful city. 🙂

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  14. Shounak says:

    So European, so UK. Good to see sunshine ! 🙂

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  15. Dash the Map says:

    I will be in England in the fall and wanted to visit Manchester, but was unsure. Thanks for posting this now I have decisions to make about what cities to see.

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    1. Oh Thats nice. What places are you trying to see? Leeds and Liverpool are great places to see too. If you want a relaxing day then Southport or Lake District is the place. If you want to trek, then Peak District. I guess London is already on your list. Let me know If I can be of any help making your way round UK. 🙂

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  16. Manchester clearly defines its historical background and it seems it gives you that kind of feeling. I want to add this to my bucket list 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Great to know that. Manchester is a lovely place.

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  17. Joanna says:

    I have only been to Manchester once, for a meeting, and that meant coming and in out of the city without seeing anything. I would have liked to walk along the canals if I had more time, the area looks lovely.

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    1. Yes definitely. Lovelier at night with the lights on. But I would recommend going to the canals with a friend or in a group.

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  18. I was in Manchester a few years back for a job interview, and honestly, the feeling that I got from that city was a big grey sadness. Maybe it was because it was winter, but I really didn’t like it. There are some interesting things you are talking about here that I never saw in the city that day, but it doesn’t seem like the greatest place to visit in the UK… I’m a Scotland lover, sorry hehe

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    1. No no. thats absolutely fine. You know im not originally from Manchester. when I came here, I felt the same way you feel- boring, drab, dull, cold, grey, freezing. It was nothing like my city. (I come from Kolkata, India) But maybe I gave time and patience to the city and thus have seen the brighter side of it too. I have been to Glasgow once. I love the place. 🙂

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  19. Whenever I read about Manchester, I’m often struck by the architecture of the buildings there. Also, of how they had survived through the years. I liked reading this very much!

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  20. Sona Sethi says:

    Manchester is an architecturally very appealing city! I love the churches there and they are all very splendid.

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  21. polly674 says:

    I didn’t figure out Manchester has so many nice sites to see. The Beetham Tower attracted my attention. Is there a very expensive hotel or is it affordable?

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    1. Well, the minimum rates per night are £97 exclusive taxes. But there is a cafe at the 23rd floor – Cloud 23 that is affordable.

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  22. Manchester looks like an interesting place, I can’t believe I live just on the other side of the Irish Sea and I haven’t visited yet! 🙂 Thanks for all those suggestions on what to visit.

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    1. Welcome. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  23. Indrani says:

    Very impressive architecture photography!
    The Black Horse hotel makes me curious.. what a name!
    The tall and slender Beetham Tower too looks great!

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    1. Ya The Black Horse hotel was an earlier pub but now its a preserved building. although every now and then talks are on of demolishing it but a petition saves it. the Beetham Tower is the tallest building in Manchester constructed by two different architects. In fact it so tall that at times the building vibrates making loud noises when heavy winds blow past it. That is a time the Tower doesnt seem so nice, it is eerily scary. 🙂

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  24. pierettadawn says:

    Loved this post – great photographs, interesting writing. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Eloise says:

    I’d love to travel more and see Manchester, any place with such history is worth exploring and learning from.

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    1. Thanks. Keep a lookout on my blog. I have dealt with each of these and many more places as separate posts. they all have their unqiue history and needs a closer look. 🙂

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  26. ASKSonnie says:

    3 churches in one block! MANCHESTER seems to have a strong religious historical influence from the past.

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    1. i missed the fourth one on the same street but on the other side of Chapel Street where I did not go. 😛

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  27. Anamika Ojha says:

    I love to explore any historic city with rich culture and architecture. Manchester looks like an amazing city that demonstrates a rich variety of architectural styles. I would love to visit Manchester and Salford Cathedral.

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    1. theres a post on Manchester cathedral in my blog. You can take a look at at for the time being 😛 . Salford Cathedral would soon follow as soon as I have finished with my london diaries

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  28. It’s wonderful when heritage and historic sites are kept in tact and preserved. These places sure look like they have some stories to tell.

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    1. Yes they do. I have taken up each of them as separate posts in my blog. 🙂

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  29. thetravelpockets says:

    Some beautiful looking buildings in Manchester! I’d love to stay at THE BLACK HORSE HOTEL.

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    1. Its dilapidated. Its a Grade A listed building for conservation. 🙂

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  30. Ana De Jesus says:

    Salford Cathedral is beautiful, I love Gothic architecture so this is definitely a place I would like to visit one day.

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  31. Sorry, is it me or does the Black Hotel look haunted? To it’s defense, whenever my boyfriend and I pass an old or foreclosed house, I say the same thing. I should probably stop watching ghost stories on TLC lol

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    1. Well I thought so too, I am with you when it comes to looking at old buildings and thinking that they are haunted. Interestingly, I had done a separate post on the Black Horse Inn itself and during my research I came to know about its history and various stories but no evidence of hauntings. Not too sure whether I should be happy or sad about it though 😛

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