So it's a tourist attraction. But I did like the view from up high. It goes much faster than the London Eye, so they have to stop it, but then we were able to go for four rotations, smaller pods, and bought the nice photo package which I think was 12 pounds.
This is a natural history museum in the University Center. It was quite large, may favorite displays were the fossil, mineral, bird, and insect displays. There wasn't much there that I hadn't seen at other natural history mseums. The museum was a full days outing and it was easy to get to on public transport. I think children would reall like this museum.
The Trafford centre near eccles in Trafford,
Located on a industrial estate, this huge monstrosity of a shopping complex has its own bus station, so public transport is qutie frequent,
Opened in 1998, It is made up of four main areas: Peel Avenue, Regent Crescent, The Dome, and The Orient.
The stores are open Monday–Friday from 10 am – 10 pm, Saturday 10 am – 8 pm (some stores opening at 9 am) and Sunday 12 noon – 6 pm
Other non-retail facilities are all located in a central spur called The Orient, a 1,600-seat food court which includes a 20-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, Laser Quest Laser Tag arena, miniature golf, a large Namco Centre with Dodgems, Bowling, and Arcade games, a Legoland Discovery Centre set to open in March 2010 ,dozens of restaurants and bars including The Exchange Bar & Grill, Starbucks, Est Est Est, Ma Potter's, Nando's and Cathay Dim Sum. There are also several popular fast food outlets – McDonald's, KFC, Subway and Pizza Hut among others
Definately work a trip to grab a bargain or simply something to do with the family
The Museum is located at The Quays - Greater Manchester's waterfront destination.
As a second thought after seeing the quays, It was free entry, and a charge for the viewing platform,, worth a quick look I suppose.
But the Museum itself, was split into two main areas on the 1st floor, which had a exhbition on captivity and prison camps, complete with a search light and various shorts running from great escape and fascinating displays of people's diaries who lived through it!
The main area had a number of vehicles, weapons and aircraft, and a useful timeline of warfare,, all in all, a great museum.
Open 7 days a week:
1 March - 2 November 10am - 6pm
3 November - 28 February 10am - 5pm
(Closed 24, 25, 26 December)
Please note: Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing.
The Victorian Gothic architecture looks more like a castle or cathedral. Even so, this was a last minute addition to my trip and I was glad I took the time. After a £16 million redevelopment, The Library has pink Cumbrian sandstone, 1890s architectural features.
A collection includes the oldest known piece of the New Testament, the St John Fragment. Other treasures of the vast, varied collection include magnificent illuminated medieval manuscripts and a1476 William Caxton edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, thought to be the first book printed in England.
First visit here, its split into 6 sections, I went into the space/flight building first, given its all now free, but wasn't a free years ago.
There was a nice selection of aircraft, bike's, cars, and even a helicopter,, unique points were the historical ties to Manchester, and very knowledgable staff on hand for questions, cafes and toilets in most buildings, and a plenty of hands on for kids,,
The Sewer walkthrough from the 1830's building is a nice way to end the tour giving the kids a little sense of adventure
Middleton in the second largest settlement in the Borough of Rochdale in Greater Manchester. People born and brought up in Middleton can claim the traditional title of "Moonraker". This refers to the legendary poachers who, at the approach of the local Constabulary, threw their booty in a pond and began raking the reflection of the moon in water, in the hope of recovering the green cheese. Many of the buildings reflect the influence of one of the towns most famous sons, the architect Edgar Wood. These are complemented by attractions such as St Leonard's Parish Church, which has on eof the three remaining wooden church towers in the country, and Ye Olde Boar's Head Inn on Long Street, which, according to legend, has a secret tunnel that links the inn with the Parish Church. Other famous residents of Middleton were Cardinal Thomas Langley and the writer Samuel Bamford.
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About three miles north of Oldham town centre, two miles from junction 21 of the M62.
A handy rail link to Manchester. Oldham and Rochdale easily accessible by road. A winding road also leads up to West Yorkshire, putting Halifax and Huddersfield in easy reach.
Wealthy cotton industry magnates used to frequent the town. And 100 years ago it was said to have more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the country. Now it has a good mix of older couples, professionals and young families.
Until recently Shaw was a lively little town with a lot of small traditional type shops.
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latley a large Asda Superstore has opened in town, The local shops are already feeling the pinch. Staff in Iceland frozen food shop have been put on 1 day contracts and 2 other shops have already closed down,
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The first written record of the name Ryeton (or Ryton) was in a survey of 1212.
Evidence of Stone Age dwellers exists, as does evidence of Romans and later Norsemen, some of whom settled at Thorp
It has been remarked that Royton has the distinction of being the world's first town where a cotton mill was built; at Thorp in 1764. It was also the town where the United Kingdom's last mill Elk hailed as the most modern in the world was built in 1926, but demolished in 1999.
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Rochdale is situated in a river valley with the Pennine Hills to the east and the Rossendale hills to the north. The valley was created by the River Roch (pronounced Roach) which flows off the Pennines and through the town centre. This is the only downhill route out of the town.
There are a couple of reasons why this area was good to establish a settlement. Firstly the river is shallow enough in the town centre to ford and secondly is communications. The line of the Pennines forms a huge barrier separating Lancashire and Yorkshire apart from The Summit Gap just north of Littleborough. This pass was formed at the end of the ice age by glacial melt waters. These waters eroded away the softer rock found in this area and thus formed a gap in the Pennines. This gap provided an excellent packhorse route and later on road, rail and canal all share this narrow pass. The pass soon became inhabited and a string of small villages, Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge to name but three, grew along the pack horse route.
There is evidence that this area has been inhabited, constantly, since about 5000 BC. When the Romans came to Northern England in AD 78, They left their mark in the form of Roman artifacts found in and around Rochdale. This being said, the Roman Road, which runs over Blackstone Edge, is now thought to be of a much later origin.
The first documented evidence of the town of Rochdale comes from the Doomsday Book - William the Conqueror's Survey of England. In it, the book states that the manor of Recedham existed, and it has been calculated that about three hundred people lived within it.
Very little remains of medieval Rochdale although the Parish Church, which dates back to the twelfth century, was probably the centre of the medieval settlement. The church has gone through a couple of changes over the years, the biggest being an extension to the top of the tower and the removal of the clock in the 1870's & 80's.
Up to the present day, the Manor of Rochdale has been owned by various families, in1399 the King held it then in 1638 it was bought by John Byron and it stayed within the Byron family until Lord Byron (the poet) sold it to the Deardens who own it to the present day. Although the Manor's administrative control is in name only, The Manor Court still is in existence (it hasn't met since 1928) and rents are still collected from some property in Rochdale.
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There was a settlement of some kind at Ashton long before the Norman Conquest of 1066. A small hillock on the north bank of the River Tame, overlooking a good crossing-point on the river, became a fortified position guarding the boundary between the ancient kingdoms of Northumbria and and Mercia.
A village developed just to the north of this, around the area where St Michael's Square is today. The fortification eventually became the Old Hall. A church was built and a market developed which served the surrounding areas.
Over the centuries Ashton developed into a small market town. Wool spinning was a traditional cottage industry in the surrounding hilly areas, which were particularly suitable for rearing sheep. A small amount of coal mining took place nearby.
A major turning-point in the history of the town was the coming of the canals (and later the railways). Ashton became the junction of three canals, the Manchester and Ashton canal, the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the Peak Forest Canal.
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After recently celebrating 150 years of municipal status, Oldham is experiencing a period of renewal and economic regeneration that has parallels with the way the Borough developed during the latter half of the 19th century, when it enjoyed a phase of remarkable growth.
Achieving this mantle was by no means straightforward - Oldham was blessed with fewer natural resources than its neighbouring rivals. It is on a hillside and it had poor transport links. In addition, its high altitude - 700 feet above sea level - posed severe engineering challenges to canal and railway builders. Yet the original town grew to a point when it was consuming more raw cotton and spinning more yarn than any other single centre of the industry.
This level of success was achieved largely through the determination, perseverance and ingenuity of Oldham's people, who put to good use what advantages the town possessed - its high humidity, its reserves of coal and its proximity to the factories burgeoning on both sides of the Pennines, especially those in and around Manchester. As world demand for cotton grew, so Oldham's share of spindleage increased. By 1890 it has risen to 11.4 million out of 87.7 million - 13 per cent of the world's total production.
With this increase in market share came an increase in the size and number of Oldham's mills - from 50,000 spindles in 1870, to 90,000 by 1890 and no fewer than 17.8 million at the industry's peak in 1926 - 30 per cent of the total for the whole of Lancashire. The number of mills rose to a peak of 320 in 1918.
Oldham's industrial workers played a prominent role in the struggle for the vote, electing radical candidates John Fielden and William Cobbett and forming a Hampden Club in 1816. There was also a flourishing female political union in the town, 150 of whose members attended the meeting in Manchester on 16 August 1819 that resulted in the Peterloo Massacre.
When times were good for the mills they were also good for other industries. Mill construction provided the building industry with 50 years of highly profitable activity and the Oldham machine and steam engine manufacturers who gave life to the mills - notably Hibbert and Platt, Buckley and Taylor, Urmston and Thompson, Woolstenhulme and Rye - earned themselves legendary engineering reputations as well as generating wealth and creating jobs for thousands.
On the doorstep is the Pennine moorland of Saddleworth, extending into the Peak District National Park. The dramatic scenery of this countryside offers up a host of contrasts from the isolation of the reconstructed site of Castleshaw Roman Fort, one of a series built on the Roman military road from Chester to York, to the delightful village of Uppermill. Dobcross, once the commercial heart of the district, remains one of the most attractive villages in the Pennines and was used as the setting for the film Yanks. Its numerous weavers' cottages, clothiers' and merchants' houses surrounding the village square have remained virtually unchanged in 200 years.
Moving from the surrounding countryside into the town itself is to step into a rich municipal heritage. In the very centre of Oldham is Alexandra Park. The park, built in 1865, was funded by a government loan designed to boost jobs when the American Civil War caused supplies of cotton to dry up and left many people out of work. Alexandra Park covers 72 acres, with a boating lake at its heart, and features a statue of Joseph 'Blind Joe' Howarth (who held the job of town crier for 40 years) and a pagoda built as a meteorological observatory in 1899 to commemorate the town's Golden Jubilee
someone recently posted that the Museum of Science and Industry was the only free Museum in Manchester. this is RUBBISH!!! THEY BASICALLY ALL ARE.
The City Art Gallery, The Whitworth, the Manchester Museum, The Cornerhouse, Urbis, The Peoples History Museum, The Castlefield Gallery and many many more are all free!!
so get involved everybody!
Salford Quays Now just known as "The Quays " was in their hay day the main hub for shipping bringing in such good as Bananas from the Caribean and tea from china and coffee from Brazil. Today has been created into a leisure and living complex. Tradional Pubs and restaruants. Great shops and the Lowry Musuem.
This is a dining and leisure entertainment centre located directly opposite the Urbis Centre.
Designed as a cobbled street indoors with shops, restaruants , bars and a movie complex.
The complex takes its name of the Print works as it was oringainally home of the Daliy Mirror newspaper in the northwest and was formly known as "Maxwell House".
The biggest and most well known restaruant here is Hard Cafe, although there are many other types eateries to choose from.
I had a great time there. Stayed due to business 4 nights in the hotel. Staff was great, friendly...more
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