The sites of historic Manchester
As the birthplace of the industrial revolution Manchester has an impressive heritage.
For those with an interest in history and architecture this great city offers a lot to see. We recommend utilising the free metro shuttle buses which circle the city centre as a great way of getting around.
Manchester adopted bees as an emblem of the city after the dawn of the industrial revolution, the worker bees were incorporated into the city coat of arms to represent Manchester as a hive of activity. Now the tiny bee motif can be spotted across the city, on streetlights and wall tiles. The flooring of the Town Hall includes a bee mural.
The Town Hall at Alberts Square in an impressive building and well worth a visit. Dominating space in the heart of the city this neo gothic building is often used in television and film as a double for Westminister Abbey due to the striking similarity in appearance to the building in London. The town hall is open to visitors Monday to Saturday.
Next to the Town Hall is the newly opened Central Library, built in 1934 inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. Inside the libruary there is a gaming area with Xboxes and Playstations, also for children is the newly restored children’s library designed on the theme of The Secret Garden. Even more impressive is John Rylands Library. This beautiful late-Victorian building is nestled in between the modern glass buildings of Spinningfields in the city centre. Regularly cited as one of the top attractions in Manchester City Centre the library is free to visit. Inside the castle like interior is a world class collection of medival texts in addition to oldest known piece of the New Testament.
Travel even further back in time by visiting the Castlefield urban heritage park to see the roman fort Mamucium. History buffs will be thrilled to see the roman amphitheatre alongside the Victorian viaduct of the industrial revolution-era waterways. On a sunny day the popular Catlesfield area is the perfect location for a city centre walk.