TV Series – Coronation Street
Favorite thing: Coronation Street is the UK’s longest running soap opera and was first broadcast in December 1960, the show centres on the lives of the residents of Coronation Street in the fictional town of Weatherfield located in the North West. The street consists of a row of terraced houses, cafe, corner shop, newsagents, textile factory and the Rovers Return pub.
In November 2013 a new production set was unveiled at Trafford Wharf, a former dock area about two miles to the east, part of the MediaCityUK complex. It took two years from start to finish recreating the iconic street; the houses have been built to almost full scale after previously being three-quarter size.
What I still have to do...
Favorite thing: Always leave something for the next visit! These are the things I didn't do in Manchester so far and that I want to do when going back:
National Football Museum - a new museum that is all about football
Museum of the Greater Manchester Police - a former Victorian police station which sounds interesting
Central Library - this was completely in scaffolding when I visited
Imperial War Museum North - definitely a must on a future visit
Lowry - another art museum which I skipped
Manchester Jewish Museum - the story of Manchester's Jewish community, including Marks of Marks&Spencer fame
Whitworth Art Gallery - spend a more leisurely visit there!
Town Hall - I don't want to miss the interior next time!
Elizabeth Gaskell's House - hopefully the restoration will be finished by the time of my next visitRelated to:
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Favorite thing: Nearly everybody told me that Manchester was quite an ugly city, so wandering around the city centre, I was surprised to spot some really nice buildings. Well, I guess it is not that surprising if you think about it and consider Manchester's history important role in the Industrial Revolution, and its growth and importance in the Victorian age. This wealth and self-esteem clearly reflects in some of the historical buildings you can spot in the city. Some of them have darkened a lot, and often you need to look up in order to see the impressive first and second floors while the ground floor is occupied by some shops or so, but the beauty certainly is there! Some of these buildings are really grand and high, for example those around Victoria Station, which are connected to the history of the railway as far as I assume.Related to:
Tourist Information Centre
Favorite thing: The tourist information was my very first stop in Manchester - I arrived by coach, walked directly to the tourist information and asked for a map. Staff were indeed very friendly and helpful here, I got a free map at once, they marked the way to my accommodation for me and explained how I would get there and what the fastest way was. They seem to be very efficient.
The location is great as well, close to the coach station, and in the very centre of the town, at Victoria Gardens and Piccadilly Plaza.
Apart from the usual leaflets, guide books etc. they sell a selection of "I 3 MCR" souvenirs, in the style of the popular "I 3 NY" shirts.
Address: Piccadilly Plaza/Portland Street
Directions: In the very centre of the city
Phone number: 0871 222 8223
Manchester Visitors Centre
Favorite thing: People should make this their first point of contact when visiting the city. The Centre is able to help visitors with what to see and in the city alongside accommodation and onward travel arrangements. There is also a contemporary souvenir shop where you can get funky souvenirs of the city and you can pick up a wide range of information on attractions in Manchester.
Piccadilly Plaza Post Office & Souvenir Shop
Favorite thing: This Post Office/souvenir shop is next to the Manchester's Visitors Centre. As well as it's handy for posting letters it stocks a wide range of souvenirs of Manchester and also of the UK at average prices. It also serves as a convenience store. It's certainly a useful place to get stamps as well as purchasing souvenirs for home!
Manchester Visitor Information Centre
Favorite thing: Visit or contact the Manchester Visitor Information Centre for more information about the city or help with accommodation or 'what's on', etc :-
45-50 Piccadilly Plaza
Tel: +44 (0)871 222 8223
Wolds First Passenger Train Station
Favorite thing: Manchester is the home of the wolds first passenger train station, Liverpool Road Station was the terminus of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway which was opened by the Duke of Wellington on the 15th of september 1830Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
A Little Manchester Tale - Definitely No Pics!
Favorite thing: In the bad old days, before the all-day drinking laws were introduced - HA! The only way to get a beer in the afternoon between my split shifts was to visit a member's only club. One such was Reno's on Moss Side. Whether this was a club or whether it did have a members list I've no idea. With my work-mate Raoul we used to quite often drop in for an afternoon beer and enjoy a bit of the Caribbean-influenced atmosphere.
It was all quite simple - you knocked on the riveted, steel-clad, door and a letterbox-sized hatch opened at your eye-level. A pair of slightly bloodshot hazelnut eyes would greet you and say "Ho Guys - You Members?"
"Yo Guy, we're members." My front man would reply.
The door would then be opened....
Fondest memory: ...and immediately closed behind us.
Bob Marley was the MAAAN at the time. The speakers were full Basso Profundo and the atmosphere was Smoko Profundo. Before you even got to the bar you were offered a sample.
Red Stripe was pretty much the only offering - well, either that or rum (and we're not talking about Bacardi!). Having work to get back to in the evenings the rum just wasn't an option but the Red Stripe was cool, literally.
One afternoon there was a real hammering on the door - as if someone had brought a battering ram. The guy on the door did his bit with his little shutter - "Ho Guys - You Members?"
He shouted down the stairs - "Pohlisse!" Then through the hatch, "Can I see your member's ID?" Which gave us all chortle as we calmly followed the "emergency instructions". Hey, the airlines give you all this B'*** about what to do in the case of a piece of metal tube falling 30.000 feet into the 2 mile deep ocean and you think you'll survive?? NOT!
Here at Reno's we knew the drill - through the cellar, up the stairs, let the fat guys go first and give them a bunk-up over the back wall if necessary and then everyone for themselves as we variously relaxed in the next door neighbours's back gardens, still clutching our cans of Red Stripe of course.
There must have been about 60 policemen out front and maybe the same again covering the back exits. There were Black Maraia's Galore and even an armoured-mesh-windowed coach. What they expected I don't know - perhaps not half-a-dozen garden parties tho!Related to:
- Beer Tasting
Old Manchester Pubs
Favorite thing: Manchester has some fine old pubs to visit like the Peveril of the Peak in my photo -- the pub dates back to 1829 and is named after the stagecoach which made the journey from Manchester to London.
127 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester
In 'other photos' is the Britons Protection, also on Great Bridgewater Street (next to the Jurys Inn hotel) - this pub dates back to 1806 and has a choice of over 150 whiskies and bourbons.
Canals & Rivers
Favorite thing: A lot of work has been done in recent years to clean-up the canals and rivers in and around Manchester -- they're part of the fabric of the city and the part it played in the Industrial Revolution. OK, this is definitely not Venice and for sure you won't see any gondolas (apart from the one on TV in the old Boddingtons beer advert ...), but if you're lucky you may see a narrow boat chugging it's way around the canal system, as I was when I took this photo on the Rochdale Canal beneath Oxford Road in the city centre -- in 'other photos' I have a photo of the River Irwell from Blackfriars Bridge near the Cathedral.
blue skies and beaches:P
Favorite thing: night life is good!
As part of my family lives there I feel good in manchester. Gotto go there.
It s nice most people live out of the city center and they meet at the weekends all together in the city center.
go to Fab club I liked it.
Rock world was good I guess would be great there in 80's during The Smiths' era
there are some nice parks but gotto drive,
I forgot the name of a huge park, nearby where footballera villas are located. It was good there!
City of Manchester Stadium
Favorite thing: The XV11th Commonwealth Games were held at the then new City of Manchester Stadium (Eastlands) in 2002. After the highly successful games the 48,500 capacity stadium became the new home to Manchester City Football Club who had occupied their old Maine Road ground since 1923.
The area is known as Sportcity as the facilities in this huge development include the National Squash Centre, the 6,000 capacity Regional Athletics Arena, the Indoor Tennis Centre and the National Cycling Centre at the Velodrome.
The futuristic sculpture outside the stadium is called 'B of the Bang' -- designed by Thomas Heatherwick, it's 50 metres high and made from 180 steel spikes -- it's the largest free-standing sculpture in the UK. It's name comes from a quote from athlete Linford Christie who said that at the start of a race he wanted to start not at hearing the bang of the starting pistol, but at the 'B of the bang'
Main stadium website: http://www.stadiumguide.com/cityofmanchester.htm
It's about a 10 minute bus ride from Piccadilly -- many buses go that route, including the 216, 217 and 230 -- if going by car, find the A662 east of the city and there are signs for Sportcity.
Favorite thing: The area around Castlefields is a pleasant place to wander around the canals. Many buildings here have been or are being converted into swish apartments and with the restaurants around here makes for a much improved area of Manchester. Nice spot for a few reflections too :-)
The Bridgewater Hall
Favorite thing: Seating over 23,000 this state-of-the-art international concert venue was opened in 1996. The Bridgewater stages over 250 performances a year and is now the new home of the famed Halle Orchestra.
Location: Lower Mosley Street, opposite the G-Mex Centre.
Opening hours: 10.00am - 8.00pm
Monday to Saturday and 12noon - 6.00pm (8.00pm on concert nights) on Sundays.
Web link: http://www.bridgewater-hall.co.ukRelated to:
- Theater Travel
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