Where to muck about in Manchester

by Megan Waterhouse
Stripes Europe

England is a lovely country known for its vast farmland, musical icons and of course, political figureheads. Seeing as my family originally descends from Manchester, I have compiled a few places to spend time at in this popular city.

 

John Rylands Library

First on the list is John Rylands Library. Built in 1900, this library is home to many ancient manuscripts and volumes, now over 1.4 million works line the shelves! It is completely free to enter and is also open seven days a week. You can travel to the library by all ways of transportation in the city (walking, train, etc.) making it very accessible. Interested in buying a souvenir to remember your visit? You’re in luck! The library gift shop offers treasures such as literary-inspired  tea sets and postcards as well as books of course. For further information regarding the library, visit their official website.


View of shelves and elaborate cieling in library. PC: coward_lion   

Heaton Park

Next, is a piece of property called Heaton Park, which is a municipal park that includes an 18th century home, Heaton Hall. Originally it was owned by two families, the Heaton family until the late 1600s and the Egerton family until the 1900s when it was sold to the Manchester Corporation. There are historical landmarks and buildings scattered throughout the park, most constructed by James Wyatt, who built Heaton Hall (the home originally belonging to the Egerton family.) Outfitted with several activities such as rowing boats, donkey rides, stargazing, a free animal center, etc. All of this and more make Heaton Park a prime location for visiting families and locals alike! To get more insight on the history of this beautiful park and the activities offered, check out their page on the Manchester City Council website.


Majestic horse at the animal center in Heaton Park.

 

The Printworks

The Printworks is located on Withy Grove and is a hub for all sorts of entertainment. There are a multitude of restaurants ranging from Blank Canvas, which serves soul food and specialty drinks, to Waxy O’Connor’s, an Irish pub decked out with three bars. Treetop Adventure Golf is one of the highlighted leisure activities consisting of two 18-hole courses, one with a tropical theme and the other an explorer theme, set inside a top of the line indoor facility. Are you a big movie buff? You’ve come to the right place! The Printworks has both an IMAX theatre and traditional cinema with Dolby surround sound and 23 individual screening rooms. For information on everything offered at this popular entertainment complex, visit their website.


Exterior of the enternainment hub of Manchester. PC:colindamckie 

Etihad Stadium

Last on the list, but certainly not least, is Etihad Stadium. Constructed in 2002 for the Commonwealth Games, the stadium is home base for the Manchester City football team. Recently expanded, the stadium holds 55,000 football fans and is also a venue for large-scale concerts in the area. If you are a sports fan, grab some sky blue and yellow merchandise and visit the team’s website to score tickets to the next match!


Entrance to the stadium. PC:coward_lion   

Whether you are looking for gorgeous scenery, a new favorite pub, football team to support or a library to get lost in, Manchester is a city worth visiting!

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