We landed in the center of Manchester early in the morning – without a map and a specific tour plan. But sometimes this is how you can discover interesting places in a given city. If you are going to Manchester, we have five places to see.
Manchester Town Hall
At Albert Square there is a majestic Manchester Town Hall – a typical example of Victorian construction, built in the second half of the 19th century. On the south side of the town hall it borders on St Peter’s Square, where there is a library in a rotunda-shaped building and the Manchester Cenotaph monument commemorating the soldiers killed in World War I.
The highest building in Manchester
Completed in 2006, the Beetham Tower is the tallest skyscraper in Manchester and the tallest building in the UK outside London. The building is 169 meters high and has 48 floors. The building houses the Hilton hotel and private apartments. The characteristic shape of the building arouses a lot of controversy – Beetham Tower was built on quite a small piece of available land, but most say that it fits perfectly into the post-industrial climate of Manchester.
Shopping in Arndale
The Arndale Shopping Center is one of the largest centers in Europe with an area of more than 130,000 square meters, with over 200 stores on three floors, including popular British chain stores.
On the Irweel River
Right next to the Arndale shopping center is one of the biggest attractions in the city – The Wheel of Manchester. A ride on the devil’s 60 meter high mill costs 9 GBP, but it is a great viewpoint over the whole city.
Only a few steps away from Manchester Cathedral, built in the 15th century in the English Gothic style of the cathedral. We can visit the cathedral for free.
Between the cathedral and the mill we can also find a characteristic barrel building – The Old Wellington.
It is the oldest building of this type in town, it was built in the middle of the 16th century, nowadays there is a pub here. If you walk a bit along the Irweel River, you will reach the Trinity Bridge, which connects Manchester with Salford.
The Chinese district in Manchester is the second largest in the United Kingdom and the third ethnic district in the city in Europe. Walk under an arch over Faulkner Street and you’ll find yourself among Chinese stores, restaurants and bars.
How to get there?
We can reach Manchester by Ryanair lines from Gdansk, Krakow and Warsaw Modlin. The airport itself is located about 15 km from the city center, the connection between Manchester and the airport is served by city buses. The city center can be easily navigated on foot or use the Metrolink streetcars.