If you’re passionate about the history of a place, as well as its modern culture and customs, you’ll appreciate the beauty of the stunning architecture in Manchester. While it’s often hiding in plain sight, the buildings dotted around central and greater Manchester really add to the personality of the city. Here are some of our favourites, close to your perfect accommodation in Manchester, PREMIER SUITES.
Whitworth Art Gallery
From the very old and classic to a very modern building next, Whitworth Art Gallery is a place that takes your breath away before you even enter. Surrounded by a lush green lawn, the gallery is beautiful to behold, especially at night when it seems to glow to reveal the artworks within. It’s a bit of distance outside the city but you could spend the day exploring the renowned galleries 60,000-piece collection.
Manchester Cathedral is one of the cities oldest buildings, dating all the way back to the 7th Century and is said to be the site where the town first began to form. It has survived severe damage from bombs during WW2 and subsequent IRA bombings and it has been extensively restored giving the impression of a much younger building. The cathedral is open to the public and if you look closely, you’ll see some design quirks like the bees on the roof. As the Cathedral is still serving the wide and diverse community of Manchester, there are regular services and concerts held here.
John Rylands Library
Another of our preserved buildings is John Rylands Library, which is available for very select wedding ceremonies. It’s a functioning library to this day but is more well-known as a tourist attraction and a very beautiful example of Victorian, Neo-Gothic style. It houses some of the world’s finest collections of rare books and manuscripts including the oldest recognised piece of the New Testament, the St John Fragment. The ornate features contained within and its peaceful ambiance create a haven in the middle of an otherwise busy city.
Manchester Town Hall
Of the most impressive and central buildings in the city, Manchester Town Hall was recently approved £330 million revamp which is still in progress to restore it to its former glory. The building was founded in 1877 and built in a Neo-Gothic, Victorian style, it is now home to the Manchester City council. As it is 140 years old, it is one of our highest valued Grade-I listed buildings. The original interior features have been preserved, including the tiles, mosaics, painted ceilings, murals, and ornate fireplaces so it truly is a wonder inside and out.
London Road Fire Station
The building was founded in 1906 and served as an active fire station until 1986. Although the building doesn’t see much of that sort of action anymore, it is still worth a wander by to admire the brickwork and sheer vastness of the site, which takes up an entire street corner. It was listed as a Grade II building in 1974, meaning it is one of historical or architectural interest and national importance. It is soon to be a new a ‘concept space’ in Manchester from which you can live, eat and work stylishly.
Accommodation in the United Kingdom can be hit and miss so it’s important to do your research. If you’re looking for a serviced apartment in Manchester with a fantastic central location, exclusive special offers for direct bookers and much more space than a traditional hotel stay, PREMIER SUITES is your only option. Our great location means you are within walking distance of the finest architecture the city has to offer.
Katie McGarr is a daytime writer for PREMIER SUITES Manchester, an ideal hotel substitute composed of elegant serviced apartments suitable for business and leisure stays. Travel and lifestyle make up a big portion of what she mostly writes about. For her, the beauty of this world is worth-sharing and appreciating.