If you're thinking of booking a hotel near Bridgewater Hall why not check out what's on at this international concert venue, home to the world-class Hallé Orchestra?
Hotels near Bridgewater Hall
Bridgewater Hall, which opened in 1996, hosts around 250 concerts a year, most of them classical – the venue serves as the principal concert venue for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Arts and culture
Manchester has a thriving cultural scene supported by several art galleries and a number of theatres. It also stages a number of festivals including the biennial Manchester International Festival, as well as annual literature, science, theatre, Irish, Jazz, Spanish and Latin American Film events.
For fine art head to the revamped Whitworth Art Gallery, a short bus ride from the hall. It has notable collections of watercolours and sculpture. These include work by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Turner, William Blake, David Hockney, Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.
Or visit the Manchester Art Gallery, a few minutes’ walk from Bridgewater Hall, which has more than 2,000 oil paintings and 3,000 watercolours including work by Gainsborough, Hogarth and Turner.
L S Lowry enthusiasts are directed to the dedicated museum The Lowry in Salford, which houses over 300 works by the artist. The venue also has two theatres, a drama studio, restaurant and bar.
And why not pay a visit to the Royal Exchange Theatre, a theatre in the round which is housed in a spectacular venue which was originally used for cotton trading?
Things to see and do
Manchester is home to an impressive number of museums including The Imperial War Museum North, while footie fans will be 'over the moon' with The National Football Museum. Or why not take a tour around Old Trafford? Journey through time at The Museum of Transport and delve into the social history of working people in the United Kingdom at The People's History Museum.
Music fans of a certain age can choose from a guided walking or bus tour of the city exploring the legacy of some of the city's great bands including The Smiths, The Stone Roses and Oasis.
Eating and drinking
A highlight of any trip to Manchester is a visit to Chinatown, the second biggest outside London. Sample Happy Seasons, Hunan or Red Chilli. And for a taste of the culinary highlife head to the Michelin two-starred restaurant Michael Caines at ABode. Choose from one of three menus. And for a great pub try The Marble Arch with its original tiled walls and floors and homebrewed beers.
Manchester supports a thriving local jazz scene. Soak up some cool sounds at Matt and Phreds Jazz Club in the Northern Quarter or, further afield, The Hillary Step in Whalley Range. Or linger over a long cocktail at The Alchemist, a chic modern cocktail bar in the heart of Spinningfields.
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