|Manchester town hall|
I had never been to Manchester before and Mr Bite had forgotten his childhood visits. It is an impressive city. Living in London, I find it a bit hard to slot smaller cities into a category (or alternatively phrased, to not just compare them to London) but Manchester does many things well. The mix of old and new architecture was particularly pleasing.
|Manchester central library|
We took the train up on Friday night, so had the full weekend plus a few hours on Monday morning. I think that was just the right length of time to explore the city. We took in the People's History Museum (focusing on the history of working class people and political developments from the 1800s onwards), the Museum of Science and Industry, Salford Quays development including Media City and the Lowry art collection, and the gorgeously gothic John Rylands Library (part of the University of Manchester). We also fit in an hour or so at the Manchester Art Gallery.
The museums / galleries were all excellent and all free with invited donations. Other than the Salford Quays area, they were also all easily reached on foot from the city center. Salford Quays (and other further afield destinations) are accessible by tram making Manchester simple to navigate for tourists.
|John Rylands library|
I was pleased to pick up some mini vegan peanut butter cups from V Revolution and if I'd been on my own, I suspect I could have purchased quite a few more items! It's lucky for our bank account that Mr Bite was there as a restraining influence.
Mr Bite also acted as a restraining influence for any shopping whims, but if you are after shopping, the Manchester shopping district is particularly well done. It was rebuilt after IRA bombing in 1996 and now houses some beautiful buildings with a mix of high street and upmarket shops.
All in all, as a weekend break from London, Manchester works very well indeed.
What did you get up to on the weekend?