9 March 2015


Our first time in Manchester! Our first plan was to see the Black Keys gig. Another first time for us and I couldn't wait to see them live. But it seems it is not my destiny to see them as they cancelled the whole month in Europe, due to an injury. Never mind, we already had the tickets to Manchester so we went anyway. 
To my surprise, the city centre is very small. But full of lovely little streets and beautiful houses. The architecture is really something. I really took picture of every second house. Important thing? I really loved this place, such an atmosphere with the northern kinda accent, but one or two days to is enough to see all important sightseeing points, see some of the museums and cafes.

We started our Saturday in the John Rylands Library. After a quick visit to Primark, of course. Such an amazing place this library. You don't have to be a book lover to fall in love with this place. It is just magical. I mean the building it self. We planed this as a short stop but at the end we spend there quite a long time. Free entrance. 

Piccadilly with the little "London Eye". We are not into these kinda attractions so even the non-London price did not make us to go there. 

When going to Manchester you should see the Town Hall and the Cathedral, the two most famous sightseeing spots. Well, the Town Hall is indeed a lovely building, the whole Albert square is a nice place. But it is just a short stop for few pictures. And the cathedral? We spent too much time in cafes and the library so next time...

Very close to the Manchester cathedral there is the Shambles square. This is not the only typical white and brown old house you will see in Manchester, there are everywhere. However, this should be (with some reconstruction and relocation in last century) the oldest of its kind and the most famous one. And yes, it is a pub. With a very old atmosphere.

When talking about pubs and places to eat you should try Sir Thomas's Chop House. The prices are similar to London prices but again, you won't find the atmosphere anywhere else. If you are not willing to spend on food China Town is the place to go (good prices for UK, don't compare it to the Asian prices).

To do list:
John Rylands Library
China Town
Manchester cathedral 
Manchester Town Hall
Castlefield Urban Heritage Park
National Football Museum
Museum of Science and Industry
Manchester Art Gallery
Sir Thomas's Chop House
Coffee Tour de Manchester 

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