Manchester is a vibrant and invigorating city in the North West of England, bursting with historic and cultural gems just waiting to be discovered. There’s a great choice of hotels near Palace Theatre, situated on Oxford Street, with a variety of amenities from trendy restaurants, cosy pubs, to iconic landmarks and quirky art galleries.
To get a real feel for the city check out Manchester Sightseeing Bus Tours. Climb on board an unmistakable red, open-top, double decker bus for a two-hour sightseeing tour of the city, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Alternatively, take to the streets on foot and explore the rich and varied history of the city with Manchester Guided Tours.
For some interesting architecture, the Manchester Central Library, with its vast collection of music and local information books on the history of this city, is worth a visit. Take a stroll to Albert Square, where a huge Neo-Gothic masterpiece, built in 1887 dominates the horizon. The Manchester Town Hall, designed by Alfred Waterhouse also provides a home to the statue of the Roman Governor, Aricola, the founder of the city.
The Corner House Gallery on Oxford Street is a haven of contemporary art. There’s a gallery filled with the works of emerging artists, a fabulous bookshop and three cinema screens showing the latest creations from European and World Cinema as well as some classics. It’s also great for a coffee or a bite to eat, with a number of bars to choose from.
The Manchester Art Gallery is one of the leading cultural destinations within the city with its world class displays of some of the city’s finest decorative artwork spanning six centuries. It’s particularly renowned for its British 19th-century paintings.
Nights Out and Entertainment
The Palace Theatre, originally known as ‘The Grand Old Lady of Oxford Street’ was designed by Alfred Darbyshire and built in 1891. These days, productions range from stand up comedy to blockbusting West End musicals.
As part of the city’s regeneration, The Bridgewater Hall is a modern, international concert venue, offering exceptional acoustics in an attractive, purpose-built building. Here you can sit back and enjoy everything from classical concerts and ballet to Indian fusion music.
For something different, Make A Break, located in the centre of Manchester is the perfect way to bond with your friends and draw on your strength as a team. It’s a real life escape game, where you have to solve puzzles and locate the clues in order to escape a room within 60 minutes.
If you fancy visiting a great alehouse, then you’ll find a wide selection available at the Salisbury Ale House on Wakefield Street. It’s a chance to sit back, take in the atmosphere and listen to the juke box rock.
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