Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester
Piccadilly Gardens is on a site originally occupied by Manchester Royal Infirmary. Is a large area on one end of Market Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Piccadilly Gardens is extremely popular year-round, and especially in the summer, for people to sit, relax, read, eat and meet people. It is also the central interchange of Manchester bus and tram networks, and is only five minutes walk from Piccadilly Railway Station, and ten minutes walk from Victoria Railway Station.
The gardens were re-developed as part of the on-going Post-IRA Bomb Regeneration. The green space and fountains were developed by the landscape architects EDAW, and the pavilion which contains several cafes, and was built mainly to shield the gardens from the transport interchange, was designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando. The redesign was part of the city-wide construction scheme leading up to Manchester’s hosting of the 2002 Commonwealth Games, as prior to this the square was becoming increasingly run-down.
The buildings that surround the gardens show Manchester’s history, with the Victorian cotton warehouses which are now the Thistle hotel, to the City Tower. There are also numerous statues on the edge of Piccadilly Gardens, those of Queen Victoria, The Duke of Wellington, Sir Robert Peel and James Watt.
The Gardens are a green space in the City Centre situated at one end of Market st. and on the edge of the Northern Quarter.Originally the site of the Manchester Royal infirmary built in 1755.The Infirmary was removed from the site in 1914.The square for many years was the central hub of Manchester's transport system.As part of an on going post 'IRA bomb'regeneration of the city,the council set up a competition for the re-design of the square,eventually won in 1998 by renowed Japanese architect 'Tadao Ando'.The square was revamped in 2001-02 to include new green space and fountains and a pavillion which partially functions to shield the gardens from the transport interchange.
The only real non changes from the past are the statues including the famous statue of Qeen Victoria at the North end of the square.The place is very popular with locals and visitors to the city and has a lazy relaxed feel to it.
Manchester Piccadilly Gardens has a long history going back from 1755 which included the former site of Manchester Royal Infirmary and in 1914 this was the site of The Manchester Public Free Library. Eventually, it became Manchester's central point for buses and trams where this is reached by a 5 minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly railway station and 10 minutes walk from Manchester Victoria railway station.
The Gardens were redesigned in time for the 2002 Commonwealth Games with new green space, a pavilion fountains and the original four statues (Sir Robert Peel, James Watt, Queen Victoria Monument and Duke of Wellington statues). The public transport system is now segregated from the gardens, which are south of the gardens.
It's lively and bustling during the day but on an evening the gardens can be a bit insalubrious so you need to be on your guard whilst commuting.
Piccadilly Gardens is located in Central Manchester on Market Street just a few minutes walk from Piccadilly Train Station. Following the IRA bombs in 1997 the gardens were regenerated in 2001 into what you see now with fountains and seating areas. There is a tram (metrolink) station right at the side of the gardens and there are lots of coffee shops and food outlets around the edge of the square. Piccadilly Gardens is also home to the Queen Victoria, Robert Peel and Duke of Wellington statues.
The gardens often get quite busy, especially during the summer and it is a great place to sit and relax with an iced tea or milkshake from one of the coffee shops.
The square is the heart of Manchester's public transport network It's here you'll find a bus station, tram stop & be only a short walk from both Piccadilly & Victoria railway stations
The square was revamped early this century & now contains a pavilion, green space & fountains.