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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

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

MEN Arena

Comedy, Music

The City Centre's largest concert venue (aka the Manchester Arena) is a stopping-off point for those commanding a big crowd: typically big pop acts (à la...

Victoria Station
Major venue

National Football Museum

Museums

Although the National Football Museum's move to Manchester (from Preston) has not been without controversy, it seems fitting that Manchester, a city known...

Cathedral Gardens
Major venue

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

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