If you’re travelling by rail, this trendy hotel with great bar & restaurant is conveniently just minutes from Piccadilly Station. Expect stylish and elegant décor throughout, with cable television, CD player and complimentary toiletries all available in the well-appointed guest rooms. With an onsite gym and spa, this luxury property invites its guests to relax and unwind during their stay, but should you need to catch up on work, there are meeting rooms onsite equipped with internet and fax and photocopying services. Although the hotel is just minutes from all the action in Canal Street, China Town, Deansgate and the Northern Quarter, if you fancy staying in then the onsite bar and restaurant are both highly recommended.
Manchester is no short of interesting historical buildings, museums and galleries, and as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution it’s amalgamation of old and new architecture is what makes it such an exciting city to explore. Manchester Town Hall, in Albert Square, is perhaps one of the prettiest period properties in the city, designed by Alfred Waterhouse in a neo-Gothic style in the late 1800’s. By contrast, The Lowry is an iconic award winning building opened in 2000 and designed with glass and metallic surfaces in order to reflect the waterways and landscapes in the surrounding docklands. This impressive landmark is home to two theatres and a performing arts studio as well as galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants.
To discover more about the Industrial Revolution and the working people of Manchester, spend a couple of hours at the People’s History Museum. This fascinating museum chronicles 200 years of history, from the Peterloo Massacre in 1819 until the present day. There’s also plenty of interactive displays to bring the stories of real people, past and present, to life, including speakers corners where you can hear some of the most famous speeches, the personal items and stories of workers and nearly 1500 historical objects on display. Look out for special family friendly workshops if you’re travelling with children!
Heaton Park is located 4 miles north of the city centre, and is a great place to enjoy a romantic stroll or a family day out, stretching over 600 acres. Heaton Hall is located within the grounds, and is a stunning example of the neoclassical design of the 18th century. Kids will love the Animal Centre, home to alpacas, goats, rabbits and more as well as a themed play area. With a whole host of events year round, including concerts, theatre productions and festivals, be sure to check the calendar of events before your visit!