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Abraham Lincoln Statue

Attractions

An imposing if slightly incongruous presence amid the nearby office blocks, this statue was given to the city in 1919 in recognition of the support that...

Lincoln Square

Cathedral Gardens

Attractions

A windswept patch of open space wedged between the National Football Museum, Chetham's Library, Victoria Station and the Triangle. Its grass slopes (often...

Central Library

Attractions

The Central Library's classical-revival style disguises the fact that it was built only in 1934, since when it has become one of the city's most...

St Peter's Square
Major venue

Chetham's Library & School of Music

Attractions, Music

Chetham's is a stunning piece of the 15th century that has survived more or less intact to the present day, the former college's library and surrounding...

Long Millgate
Free

Exchange Square

Attractions

Another of the new spaces afforded by the bomb, Exchange Square has rows of amphitheatre seating (with decorative metal bars to spoil the fun of more...

Major venue

John Rylands Library

Critics' choice
Attractions

Despite giving the impression of near-medieval antiquity, this glorious building is in fact just over a century old, having first opened in 1900. Among its...

150 Deansgate
FreeMajor venue

Manchester Cathedral

Attractions

A church building of some description has existed on this site since the first millennium, and the present cathedral has adapted to damage inflicted...

Cathedral Yard
FreeMajor venue

Peace Garden

Attractions

Manchester became the world's first nuclear-free city, in 1980, at the height of world nuclear paranoia. Today, the world may be no safer and the garden...

St Peter's Square

St Ann's Church

Attractions

Manchester Cathedral and this church (built in 1712) have long been the two focal points of surviving old Manchester; indeed, the tower of St Ann's is said...

St Ann Street
FreeMajor venue

St Mary's (The Hidden Gem)

Attractions

The aptly named Hidden Gem - founded in 1794 and claimed to be the oldest post-Reformation Catholic church in the country - is approached either from the...

Mulberry Street
Free

Town Hall

Attractions

Alfred Waterhouse's building, completed in 1887, remains a proud symbol of the city. Its imposing halls, host to a range of statuary, city council staff and...

Albert Square
FreeMajor venue

Victoria Station

Attractions

Signs of its former splendour remain - the lovely tiled map of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway on the entrance walls, the wood-panelled ticket offices...

Todd Street
Major venue