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Highlights of Manchester's Architecture

A tour of Manchester’s diverse architectural heritage within the City Centre.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.006 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  Manchester’s architecture is steeped in history with a rich diversity of influences, beginning with ancient Roman. The city still... more »

Tips:  These five architectural attractions are located within Manchester's City Centre, easily walkable. Each stop on this tour offers tips ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Chetham’s School of Music and Library

Chetham’s School of Music and Library is one of the U.K.’s oldest surviving public libraries, established in 1653 by the will of Humphrey Chetham, a wealthy Manchester textile merchant, banker and landowner.

However, the sandstone building is actually 200 years older, built in 1421 as a college for priests. Today, it is one of the most complete ... More

A medieval church on Victoria Street and today’s seat of the Bishop of Manchester, Manchester Cathedral’s formal name is The Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George in Manchester. It boasts the widest nave of any church in England.

The Manchester Cathedral is the third built on this site since the 8th century. Evidence... More

The University of Manchester Library, formerly known as the John Rylands University Library, was founded by Enriqueta Rylands as a memorial to her late husband, Manchester’s first multimillionaire. In 1889, the £500,000 Gothic building was designed by architect Basil Champneys, opening to the public on January 1, 1900.

In 1972, the library... More

4. Beetham Tower

Completed in 2006, the Beetham Tower in Manchester is considered a symbol of the new, post-industrial Manchester, designed by architect Ian Simpson. The £150 million, mixed use development is located in Manchester City Centre at the junction of Deansgate.

Manchester’s highest building and U.K.’s tallest outside of London, Beetham can be seen... More

Dominating Albert Square on an asymmetrical triangular site, the Victorian-era, neo-Gothic Manchester Town Hall first became a town hall upon its completion in 1877. Designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse, its initial cost is estimated to range from £775,000 - £1 million. More than 50 years later, in 1938, the building was expanded with the... More