Do you often find yourself lost for something exciting to do in this huge city of ours. Do you feel like you’ve been there, done that?
We’ve created a list of things that don’t get shouted about as much as they should! Some might say, hidden gems… And that’s where we’ll begin.
Hidden Gem – St Mary’s Presbytery, 17 Mulberry St, Manchester M2 6LN
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Find ‘Hidden Gem’ just near Albert Square. The 200 year old Catholic church is a beautiful space filled with contemporary artwork, marble columns and stained glass to fill you with wonder. You can even find The Adams Stations of The Cross, a nationally acclaimed major work of art which attracts tonnes of visitors, including of course non-Catholics!
John Rylands Library – 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH
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Don’t mistake this 19th century library for another Mancunian cathedral. The church-like appearance was intended to create good reading light throughout the 250,000 book strong library. Visit the remarkable library to see amazing items such as an original Gutenberg Bible, medieval illuminated manuscripts and even the oldest known fragment of the New Testament.
Victoria Baths – Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0FE
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Constructed in 1906, the Victoria Baths were described as the designers as a ‘Water Palace’. But after homing a number of professional swimmers, the baths had fallen from grace by the 90’s. These were trying times for baths until a 3 million pound grant was awarded in 2007 after a competition ran by BBC’s reality show ‘Restoration’. The baths are now open once more and you can visit for concerts – and of course, swimming.
Godlee Observatory – Sackville Street Building, Manchester, M1 3NT
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A surprise to many due to its relatively small size, the observatory was able to assist in the historical American moon landing. During the mission, the observatory sent a message to astronauts warning them of a potentially dangerous crater.
It’s still in operation today, after amazingly withstanding the German Blitz – even after being designed with not much more than papier-mache and wood!
Monument to Vimto – Granby Row Manchester, M1 7AB
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Not many people know, including myself before writing this, that the household favourite Vimto was created here in Manchester. Since 1992, the Vimto monument has stood tall on the spot it was created. Known to once be a popular pilgrimage site, the monument was given a lovely refurbishment in 2011 updating the paint job and giving the spot a new lease of life.
Microbrewery Walking Tour – Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB
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Meet with a guide at Vimto Park and make your way down Piccadilly Beer Mile kicking off a special 3 hour walking tour. Get behind the scenes access to some of the amazing breweries Manchester has to offer. Including: Beer Nouveau; Carbon Smith Brewery and Alphabet Brewery!
MadLab – 36-40 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HN
MadLab, a grassroots innovation organisation, has a vast range of events to partake in every other day. From ‘Crochet, Chat, Coffee and Cake’ to ‘Rocket Design’ workshops at £20 including pizza and refreshments. The cost to attend the workshops is always relatively cheap or free. Accommodating to all ages, big and small this is one place you should definitely be thinking of visiting.
Chethams School of Music – Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB
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If you find yourself feeling like you’ve got too much time on your dinner hour (who knows), take 45 minutes out and listen to some upcoming students. Chethams invite you to enjoy some free music from their students. Sit back and relax in the outstanding Carole Nash Hall while students recite full length solo’s or perhaps you’ll be wooed by chamber ensembles, instrumentalists or vocalists.