Ways to be a tourist in Manchester (part 1)

If you didn’t know already, Manchester was voted the best city to live in Europe in 2016. And if we’re being honest, its not hard to see why. Manchester has shown its strength and solidarity in recent months. We are a diverse and multicultural city and we’re simply bursting with pride.

But not only is Manchester hearty in spirit, it has so much to offer. For this reason, even if you live in Manchester, you should be, even if its only for one day, a tourist.

The Lowry

Positioned alongside the stunning setting of Salford Quays lies The Lowry. But it’s not just the views that make The Lowry a must-visit destination. With three theatre stages, The Lyric stage which is the largest stage for theatre outside London, offers the promise of entertainment. From theatre, to dance, to music to comedy, The Lowry has it all.

Imperial War Museum 

At just a stone throw away from The Lowry is The Imperial War Museum North. In a poignant experience, the IWM North offers an extraordinary collection of personal stories of the lives on the home front and fighting fronts. The IWM North powerfully retells history and demonstrates how war shapes the lives of ordinary people.

John Rylands Library

Besides its truly stunning late-Victorian neo-gothic architecture, the John Rylands Library is home to one of the world’s finest collections of rare books and manuscripts. Take a guided tour, or simply take a sit and absorb the history of the archaic structure.

Manchester Town Hall 

Designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse and opened in 1871, the beautiful Gothic building is the crowning glory of the world’s greatest industrial city. Guided tours allow you access to sought-after sights. This includes the architecture, portraits, pictures and politics. See the Order of the Garter crest, the stone animals that guard the entrance and even the abandoned plans to demolish the Town Hall.

The Whitworth Art Gallery

Winning not one, but seventeen awards for its outstanding contribution to the world of art is The Whitworth. Since its reopening in 2015 and £15 million development, The Whitworth is a sight to behold both inside and out. With free entrance, The Whitworth is a must-visit for the whole family.

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