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Tourist Attractions in Manchester, United Kingdom

Updated on July 23, 2012
Aerial view of Manchester
Aerial view of Manchester | Source

Manchester, the so-called “Capital of the North”, is situated in the south-central part of North West England and has a population of 458 100. It is the second most visited city in the United Kingdom and has a rich history. It is a centre of arts, media, higher education and commerce. Since 2002 the city has undergone an urban renaissance and now it is a thriving and energetic city that offers trendsetting music and fashion, friendly local pubs, over 90 museums and art galleries, great football, Modern and Victorian architecture.

Heaton Park

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The park is owned by the Manchester City Council and is situated about 4 miles north of the city centre and provides a vast amount of things to see and do, which will let you coming back for more. The park also contains a animal center, which is open all year round.

University of Manchester

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The Victoria University of Manchester was founded as Owens College back in 1851 while UMIST's roots can be traced back to 1824. These two great institutes operated in conjunction with each other for more than 100 years and initially decided to combine to form a single university on 22 October 2004, the University of Manchester

Manchester Art Gallery

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With over 400 000 visitors each year, Manchester Art Gallery is one of the most popular cultural destinations in the region. £35 million was used to refurbish and expand the art gallery to transform it into a world-class gallery for Manchester between the years of 1998 and 2002. After the gallery was updated and upgraded, it has won numerous awards and gained a national reputation as a gallery with high quality and audience focused services.

Designated as important national artwork, Manchester Art Gallery houses many of the city's most important fine and decorative artworks. Although the gallery houses over six centuries up to present day collections, it is especially renowned for its 19th century British paintings. Among these many artwork in the collection are Pre-Raphaelite works and the impressionistic paintings of Adolphe Valette.

Chetham’s Library & School of Music

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Chetham's Library is the oldest public library in the English- speaking world, founded in 1653.

Humphrey Chetham, a prosperous Manchester textile merchant, banker and landowner, established the library in 1653. A school for forty poor boys and five chained libraries to be placed in local churches was provisioned by Chetham.

In August 1655 the library started acquiring books and has been ever since. The library not only houses a fine collection for early printed books but also contains a wealth of ephemera, manuscript diaries, letters and deeds, prints, paintings and glass lantern- slides.

Museum of Science & Industry

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The Liverpool Road Station is one of the world’s oldest surviving railway stations. It closed it doors in 1844 after passenger services was re-routed to Hunt’s Bank Station (now Victoria Station). As a goods station it operated until 1975 until the British Rail closed it for good.

In 1978 the Greater Manchester Council bought the 1830 part of the Liverpool Road Station for a token sum of £1 to enable it to house the Museum of Science & Industry, which quickly outgrew its temporary premises on Grosvenor Street. The Council later bought the eastern end of the station.

On 15 September 1983 the Liverpool and Manchester Railway celebrated their 153rd anniversary and as part of the anniversary the museum opened at its new site.

People’s History Museum

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The People's History Museum got its name from the Trade Union, Labour and Co- operative History Society and was formed from the 1960's. The society ran a museum in Limehouse Town Hall in London between the years of 1975 and 1986 after which the collection was stored until the Greater Manchester authorities made a funding offer, which in its turn created a trust and enabled the museum to re-open in 1990.

The galleries was opened in the Pump House in Bridge street during the month of May in 1994. The only surviving Edwardian hydraulic pumping station in the city was used to power the warehouse and was also used to wound the Town Hall clock as well as raising the curtain at the Opera House.

The museum was known both by the National Museum of Labour History and the Pump House People's History Museum and changed to one name in 2001 allowing the museum to embrace the whole organisation: People's History Museum.

The museum closed it doors in 2007 for the public to allow a re-development scheme to shape it into a bigger and better People's Museum. The museum re-opened its doors on 13 February 2010. This re-development project was culminated at an amount of about £12,5 million, making this the biggest transformation the museum has gone through.

The Lowry Art Complex

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The Lowry Art Complex is situated at the heart of the redeveloped Salford Quays in
Greater Manchester. The Lowry has a unique and dynamic identity and is an architectural flagship. With its glass and metallic surfaces it reflects the surrounding landscapes and flourishing waterways.

The Lowry Art Complex opened their doors on 28 April 2000 and allows for a wide variety of performing and visual arts under one big roof. The aim of the Lowry Art Complex is to give everyone access to new areas of creativity and embrace its broad community.

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